Makeup tips - Hooded eyes (9 best tips!)

    This post contains advertising links.

    - Advertisement -

    In this post I will share lots of makeup tips for the eye shape hooded eyes / hanging eyelids!

    The most difficult thing about hooded eyes is that you often do not know that you have it, but when you follow step-by-step make-up made by people with a different eye shape, it does not become the same in your own eyes.

    I want to emphasize that this not are tips on how to change the eye shape, as hooded eyes are nice and nothing you need to change, but just tips on how to get such a nice make-up for your eye shape :)

    makeup tips hooded eyes

    Here you see the make-up before and after! My model was going to have a christening and surprise wedding in honor of the day as well so she also got her hair styled by Mia.

    - Advertisement -

    What are hooded eyes?

    Hooded eyes are when the eye is completely or largely hidden by the skin over the eyelid, ie. droopy eyelids. It can either be of age, that the skin over the eyelid hangs down, but it is also a very common eye shape that many have.

    Hooded eyes are not just one eye shape, there are lots of different types of hooded eyes. In short, I usually divide it into two different - one is where the overhang goes down only to the eyelashes so that you do not see anything at all of the eyelid when you look straight ahead, the other is as my model has today - that a small part of the eyelid still visible.

    I will do a tutorial on how to make up completely hooded eyes later on, the tips I show you today are mainly adapted for people who have eyelids that are still slightly visible but can of course be used even if you have more hooded eyes.

    make up hooded eyes

    This is a fairly simple makeup, I wanted to do a make-up that shows all the tips without it becoming too advanced if you are a beginner.

    But to understand why today's tips make a difference for just hooded eyes, I thought I would start by explaining what makeup details are common to do and what effects these have on hooded eyes:

    makeup hooded eyes

    On the edited side of the image with hooded eyes:

    1. Eyeshadow that does not go far enough up = the eyeshadow is less visible + the whole make-up becomes quite sharp because the soft fading you have worked with ends up completely under the skin that is over.

    2. Wide eyeliner = nice but the only thing you see when you look straight ahead is black and nothing at all of the eye shadow on the eyelid.

    3. Highlighter on a large part under the brow = the skin that hangs over (which in many eyes is even more sagging and baggy) is emphasized more.

    - Advertisement -

    In other words, there is nothing wrong with the make-up on the edited image, it is also very nice! But when you do not have as many eyelids to work with, it can be good to be aware of the effects :)

    makeup tips hooded eyes

    By placing the highlighter just below the brow, darken the overhang itself and then make a thin eyeliner or just lashliner, you get the eye shadow visible over the globe line and also the other color you have on the eyelid :)

    Makeup inspiration hooded eyes

    If you want to look for makeup inspiration, there are many famous people with hooded eyes, here are some examples:

    • Kate Moss
    • Emma Stone
    • Lucy Liu
    • Blake Lively
    • Malin Åkerman
    • Rachel Bilson
    • Jennifer Lawrence

    primer hooded eyes

    Before you begin - Eyeshadow primer

    Eyeshadow primer is important for everyone to make the eyeshadows more intense and the eye makeup more durable, but it is actually a little extra important for people with hooded eyes.

    Because when the overhang lies against the eyelid and "rubs", many people get the eyeliner and eye shadows to discolour over the crease line and the whole make-up looks sticky when you have blinked for a few hours. So extra important for this eye shape to primer with a primer and use products that last.

    Note that waterproof does not mean smudge-free if it is not just water such as tears, rain, etc. that is the problem. Oily eyelids dissolve waterproof makeup, then the primer underneath that keeps the eyelid matte is really worth its weight in gold.

    I use the primer Pixi Eye Bright Primer in this post.

    Application of eye makeup for hooded eyes

    All eye shadows are from the palette glo Skin Beauty Shadow Palette (Mixed Metals) which contains both matte and shimmery eye shadows.

    - Advertisement -

    Apply a medium dark color over the crease line crease - it is important that you relax your forehead and look straight into the mirror when doing this step. Feel free to put a little higher up than what "feels comfortable" it will blend in much better then when all the other details are in place!

    For this I use Nanshy Tapered Crease Brush which is compact enough to print solid pigment while being round at the top and giving a soft fade instantly. This can be toned out more afterwards if you want even softer.

    2. Create a little more depth in the eye shadow by applying an even darker color just over the skin fold. Here I used a smaller brush with more precision, Nanshy pencil brush.

    On this overhang you often have some structure in the skin (not all, but it is common) then I recommend matte shadows if you do not want the structure in the skin to be emphasized.

    Light eye shadow on the rest of the eyelid, this color is also matte.

    4. Apply the dark shadow to the outer edge of the eyelid. If you have droopy eyes (eyes that go down in the outer edge) which is a common combo to hooded eyes, remember not to follow the eye shape down in the same downward sloping slope - then you get the outer edges to go even more down which can give a slightly sad look.

    I usually do a lifting make-up in two different ways, these two shapes are difficult to describe in just text so I made two pictures where you see:

    The left image is the way I did not do today - lay the eye shadow as a straight line over the crease line crease and out to the edge, and then meet up from the lower lash line and out in a cat eye shape.

    The right image is as I made up in the model in this post, like a dome type. It goes great with hooded eyes!

    5. Place the shimmery highlighter just below the brow, no further down.

    6. And in the corner of the eye too, cheers up nicely!

    8. Place the brown eyeshadow at the end of the lower lash line, tie together with the top in the outer corner of the eye, then a little of the dark brown closest to the lash line also for a little more framing. If you want a lifting make-up, do not go so far down with the eye shadow under the eye, then you lower your gaze again.

    9. Lashliner / thin eyeliner - The little that is visible by the eyelid I want to emphasize in this makeup, therefore I made a lashliner / thin eyeliner for a clear marking that does not take up much space from the eyelid. Read more about how to make lashliner here!

    The eyeliner I have used is Kryolan HD Cream Liner, when I had made lashliner, I smoked a little more this very thin from the top also for a little more selection.

    Finish with mascara as usual, Magnetic lash mascara.

    Then it's ready! :)

    Products in this make-up:

    Face primer - Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer
    Foundation - Pixi H2O Skintint (Nude) and a little gloMinerals Pressed Base Foundation (Golden medium) over when she later wanted a little more coverage :)
    Concealer - Pixi Pat Away Concealer (Nude)
    Powder that neutralizes redness - glo Skin Beauty Redness relief powder
    Contouring & highlighter - Pixi Contour Creator
    Rouge - Paese Powder blush (35)

    Brynpenna - glo Skin Beauty Micro Brow Liner (Dark brown)

    Lip pencil - Benecos natural lip liner (brown)
    Lip Gloss - glo Skin Beauty Lip Gloss (Desert Bloom)

    Eyeshadow Primer - Pixi Eye Bright Primer
    Eyeshadow Palette - glo Skin Beauty Shadow Palette (Mixed Metals)

    makeup tips hooded eyes

    When you close your eyes, the shape is a little different because the eyes change very much when you look / close your eyes if you have a lot of skin over the eyelid. Hence, the shape does not really look like a dome when she closes her eyes. Therefore, it is important to make the shape while relaxing in the forehead and looking straight into the mirror, as I wrote in point no. 1.

    Hope all the tips were helpful and that you liked my post about hooded eyes! Just shout if you have any questions or concerns, or requests for more makeup tips areas you need help with :)

    Can also tip about my post about that pick different eyebrow shapes, check it out!

    Hug! ♥




    - Advertisement -
    Helena Amiley
    Helena Amiley
    I write mostly about beauty but also offer glimpses from the entrepreneurial life and the construction of our own camper van. Vanlife here we come!


    1. What a difference! You're so good.
      I have hooded eyes and have always had. However, my skin covers the entire eyelid.
      Would love to have tips on a make-up for that too.
      If you need a model, just shout;)
      Thank you for all the inspo you always share. Professional inspo!
      Kramar Pia

    2. Thanks for the detailed tips. Super nice! Can you just clarify which shadow you shaped like a dome? I thought you meant the dark shadow but in the last picture it does not look like that. You do a fantastic job, do not understand how you manage to do everything!

      • Thank you for your comment, it's warm! :) It is the dark eye shadow that I shaped like a dome. In the last picture where she closes her eyes, the shape is a little different because the eyes change very much when you look / close your eyes when you have a lot of skin over the eyelid. Therefore, it is important to make the shape while relaxing in the forehead and looking straight into the mirror, as I wrote in point no. 1 :) Maternity!

    Write a comment! :)

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Related posts

    Latest posts