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Makeup tricks for hooded eyes

Much requested and apparently much needed – a tutorial to make your hooded eyes shine without spending ages working on the lids. There are other tricks to bring out your eyes, not just the same old light-colored shimmery eyeshadow. Intrigued yet? Get the know-how below!

Prime and set

The basic movement of the eyes is blinking (and we blink about five times a minute - fun nerd fact of the day). But when you love eye makeup - especially buttery eyeshadows and eyeliner - and you're “blessed” with hooded eyes, each blink means there's less makeup on your lids and more in the crease. Bleh!

How to avoid that, you ask?

For starters, go get yourself a primer and apply it in a thin layer before doing anything else on your lids. Then set the primer with a loose powder, or even better, use a white/nude eyeshadow. Eyeshadows are usually softer and more finely milled than powder, so they will stick on better.

Define the eyes – The basics

Use a butterfly wing technique to define the crease, which means using a light brown eyeshadow and a blending brush to create a V-shape in the outer corner of the eyes. Blend the brown shade into the crease well until the crease becomes subtly defined.
Now take a precise round brush and prepare black gel eyeliner. Make a thin line along the upper lash line, pushing the product between the lashes as you go. Lift your chin up and look down to make this step easier. The eyeliner should begin in the middle of the lid, stopping just short of the hooded part of your crease. Make the line any longer in the outer corner and you'll end up with a smudged mess when you blink.
Next, connect the lower and upper lid by precisely filling in the part where your upper and lower lids meet, and extend the line along the lower lash line – but just for a few millimeters! This will make your eyes seem rounder and larger, which is usually what people with hooded eyes wish for every Christmas. Smoke out the eyeliner on the upper lid with careful downwards strokes.
Finish the eye makeup by applying a nude waterproof pencil in the lower waterline. This will make you seem more awake, whether you’ve had your 8 hours per night or not. After contouring the tops of the forehead and under the cheekbones, applying the foundation and blending in the concealer under the eyes, it's time to...

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Concentrate on the features that stand out

You don't have to rely on shimmery eyeshadow to bring your eyes out. You can make other features work to your advantage. Emphasize thicker brows and juicy lips, like we did in the video, or simply go with a bold lip color.
You can also choose a blush shade that compliments your eye color – peach blush for blue eyes, rosy for brown eyes and reddish for green eyes. Complimentary colors make each other stand out, which means that your natural eye color will shine through instantly.

Why not adding some highlight right above the apples of the cheeks (i.e. above the blush) while you’re at it? The light-reflecting particles will not only make your cheekbones look insanely sculpted, but they will also bring out your eyes. Two birds with one stone, how about that!

Products list


  • ZOEVA Warm Spectrum eyeshadow palette
  • Misslyn Treat Me Sweet powder blush
  • L'Oreal Gel Intenza eyeliner in black
  • TOP SHOP contouring cream in Sweep
  • Maybelline Lash Sensation mascara
  • Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner
  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h foundation in no. 01
  • L'Oreal Perfect Match concealer in beige
  • Sleek eyebrow pencil in dark 718
  • Kryolan highlighting palette
  • Kanebo Sensai The Lipstick