Hooded eyes are when a person has excess skin folding down from the brow bone to the lash line (if you are experiencing difficulties with your vision due to this then it could be a symptom of ptosis – ptosis explained from All About Vision). If you do have hooded eyes might find yourself struggling to get the eyeshadow look you want, below are some tips on how you can combat some of the makeup issues that hooded eyes cause.
1. Use A Primer
One of the huge problems you might face is the issue of transfer because of the overlapping brow bone. This could be during application or throughout the day as the sagging skin rubs against the ball of the eye. By using a primer specifically for eyes, like this one from Urban Decay, you are essentially glueing your shadow and liner in place making it transfer proof, as well as making your makeup last longer in general.
2. Do not underestimate the power of liner
Strong waterproof eyeliner is recommended to help prevent transfer, but it is also important to keep to thin lines. Thicker eyeliner can overpower the shadow and make your eyes look smaller. If you are going for a winged liner then try a smaller flick and try to keep the eyeliner to just the outer corner of the eye.
3. Keep the lid light
Darker colors on the lid can make your eyes look sunken, something which is more prevalent for those with hooded eyes. To add balance and make your eyes look bigger and brighter, use lighter colors and shimmers to the lid to bring it forward.
4. Blend up and out
If there is more space on your brow bone then make use of this area and blend your darker tones up and out, whilst reserving the lid for the lighter colors.
5. False lashes can work miracles
False lashes lift the upper lash line, which is exactly what you want for hooded eyes. The best style for this is those with more volume and length in the centre in order to help round out the eye. Be careful not to go too far with the lashes because very thick, full falsies can make the eyelid look smaller.
6. Fake It Till You Make It
If you can get the technique right, then you can try to cheat your crease! If you extend the lid color up above your natural fold and then blend with color in slightly above that, it can create the illusion of a wider eye and a higher crease – this also helps to properly display your handiwork rather than have it disappear as soon as you open your eyes!
7. Have fun with it
Do not get too hung up on your hooded eyes, makeup is supposed to be fun and creative. Experiment with all different techniques and colors to find the perfect look for you personally, you may actually find that some of the popular trends work really well on your eye shape.
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