Makeup Trick for Hooded Eyes

step 1 for enterspree's makeup trick for hooded eyes

If you have hooded eyes and have been worrying about them then don’t! There are many easy to learn tricks out there that can help you to improve the appearance. As a professional makeup artist, I’ve learnt quite a bit over the years and today I’m going to show you one good trick for dealing with hooded eyelids. It’s all about creating the illusion of a false eyelid, which can be done quick and easy once you just know how.

Getty Images. Left to Right: Selena Gomez, Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence

Hooded eyes, for those who don’t know, is when you have an extra layer of skin that sits over the crease of the eyelid, causing it to look smaller. Though very frustrating, it’s certainly not a disadvantage. In fact, some of the most beautiful celebrities have hooded eyes, including Selena Gomez, Blake Lively and Jennifer Lawrence just to name a few.

What You’ll Need:

  1. Black Mascara – I used Seventeen Falsifeye Mascara – £6.99 
  2. Black Eyeliner – I used Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner – £5.29
  3. Eyeshadow Palette – I used Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – £37.00 
  4. Makeup Brushes – I used Real Techniques – £29.99
    • Small Blending Brush
    • Small Round Precision Brush
    • Flat Shader Brush
    • Flat Angled Shadow Brush

So for this makeup trick, you’re going to need an eyeshadow palette that consists of some creams, browns and black; both matte and shimmery. I would personally recommend the Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette but if you already contain a eyeshadow palette with similar colours then don’t go and splash your money. Along with naming the Naked Palette shades, i’ll also advise you on the generic shades that you can use to achieve similar results.

Get Started:


STEP 1: Use your flat shader brush and the ‘booty call’ colour, or a cream/white eyeshadow shade. Gently press the colour onto the eyelid to cover the whole top area, taking it right up to the brow bone. Build your colour up with a few layers, and as seen in the picture,  push the colour into the inner corner of your eye and under your lash line.



step2STEP 2: Use the small blending brush and the ‘tease’ colour, or a soft brown eyeshadow shade. Lightly draw an arch where you can feel the top of your eyeball. Once you have your socket line, begin to blend the shadow into your socket using small circular motions.

TipBlend the colour above the socket line, not down onto your lid. You want a clear distinction between lid and socket!


step3STEP 3: Use the flat angled shadow brush and the ‘blackout’ colour, or a black eyeshadow shade. Draw a draft wing out line along your top lash line using the black eyeshadow. Once you feel happy with the wing, go over it with your black eyeliner to really sharpen the look of the line. 

Tip: The wing of your eyeline should look like an extension of your lower lash line.



step4STEP 4: Use the small round precision brush and the ‘blackout’ colour, or any black eyeshadow. Draw a small triangle in the outer corner of your eye and a more prominent line along your socket line. Then, as before, use your small blending brush to blend the colour into the socket and outer corner. 

Tip: Don’t take the colour too high near your brow bone. We are creating a shadow for your imaginary socket and you don’t want to end up looking like you have a black eye!



STEP 5: Use the small round precision brush and the ‘tease’ colour, or a soft brown eyeshadow shade. Blend underneath your lower lash line. This will soften the look and take away any harsh lines.

STEP 6: Use the black mascara. Apply some to your eyelashes to complete the look. If you lack eyelashes and want to open up the eye, then you can use false lashes as an alternative.



So here you have it, the final look for my hooded eyes makeup trick. We’ve created an illusion of a full eye socket in 6 easy steps. I want you to remember that you are not trying to hide the fact that you have a hooded eyelid, you’re just trying to enhance your beautiful eye shape and open up those peepers!

I hope that this little trick of mine has helped you in one way or another to enhance your hooded eyelids. Remember that practice makes perfect, so if you don’t get it right the first time, then dust yourself off and try again. 


Do you need my help with a flaw that you’re not comfortable with? Maybe you want advice on some makeup tips, or to be shown a specific trick on how you can deal with an imperfection. If that sounds like you, I am always here to help. Leave your comment below, or for a more private approach, contact me directly. You know I love you guys, so i’ll be sure to respond to you as quickly as I can.

Published by Laura Henderson

Make up Artist and Blogger!

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