Hooded eyes seem to be the most frequent struggle in the make-up world, yet no one seems to be helping women with hooded lids. YouTube gurus and Instagram stars know which angle makes their liner look best, so it always looks good in pictures. But can you pull it off in real life? We’re here to help you shine yet again.
What is a hooded eye?
A hooded eye happens when the crease of the eye folds over the outer corner, sometimes making the eye look downturned or droopy. This is why eyeliner doesn’t work on this type of eye shape - the crease folds and covers the liner, leaving the line all squiggly and peculiar.
But there is a way to make eyeliner work on hooded eyes - well, sort of. It’s the next best thing: introducing the smudged, sultry and smokey imitation liner.
Prime and set
Hooded eyes are extra famous for their lovely ability to transfer product. Unfortunately, it happens all the time, every time. But there is a quick simple solution - apply a thin layer of eye primer on your eyelids and blend well. Now set it with a pinch of setting powder or a nude eyeshadow, and you’re done.
Definition is key
It doesn’t matter if you have protruding or deep-set eyes, defining the crease is always an important step. First apply kohl liner and work it into the lash line, then extend from the outer corner outwards. If you have hooded eyes, only apply up to the point where your crease folds over on the outer corner of the eye.
If you do apply over that point, the product will start moving into your crease, and before you know it there will be a mess. So try your best to do it right - when done right, this imitation cat-eye technique is a quick way to make your eyes look more upturned and lifted.
Pro-tip: When you start blending and extending your liner, always try to blend upwards. That way you will create more lift, which works beautifully on hooded eyes.
Turn wrongs into rights
Product transfer and hooded lids are almost synonymous at this point, so we are unable to picture them apart. Sometimes product transfer happens even though you applied a primer, and oh, isn’t that fun. Though there is a quick fix that can make that go away - it includes using the transfer to your advantage.
Simply open your eye after applying kohl liner on the lash line - once you do, product will inevitably transfer to your upper lid. Blend downwards from where the transfer is, and try to create a V- shape on the outer corner of the eye.
Once you open your eye, you will see a sassy smudged faux-liner that will make all your built-up eyeliner frustration leave your body.
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