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Genius makeup tips for hooded eyes
December 21, 2017, 5:32 pm

Like the rest of the body, eyes come in all shapes and sizes, and one of these variations is the hooded eye.  Hooded eyes feature excess skin folding down from the brow bone to the lash line, which obscures your crease, shrinks your eyelids and can make you look drowsy. Lots of people have this eye shape from birth, but it could also be the result of your lid drooping with age.  Whether you want to bring the drama for a night-out look or simply appear more bright-eyed for your day at the office, here are some makeup techniques you need to make your eyes - hooded lids and all - shine.

For wide-awake eyes:  Lack of lid space can close in hooded eyes, making you appear tired. Fake a good night's sleep with strategically placed highlighter.

Blend a pretty champagne shade in the inner corner of your eyes and across your lid, bringing the shade up toward your brow bone. Be generous with the shade at the inner corners to bring light (and the illusion of space) to that area. Apply a little on your lower lash line as well. Add a few coats of lengthening mascara to your top and bottom lashes to help open up and define your eyes.

For an instant eye-lift: To combat the downturned look of hooded eyes, all you need is the flick of a felt-tip liner. Extend and lift the liner on the upper lid a bit higher than you normally do, creating a sexy cat eye.  Start by powdering your lids to create a dry, creaseless canvas for the eyeliner. Then, pull the skin of your lid up to give you a little space to work with.

Run the liner in a fine line along your lashes, stopping a few millimeters from the outer corner of your eye. Hold the lid up for a few seconds longer, allowing the formula to dry so it doesn't leave a mark on your lids. Release, and then flick the liner up toward the tail of your brow, starting where you stopped your line earlier. You will get greater precision with a firm, felt-tip applicator than you will with a gel or powder.

Keep the wing short for a subtle lift, or lengthen it for a more feline effect. Finish with a coat of mascara.

For smoldering smoky eyes: Smoky eyes are tough to execute for most mortals, and they can be especially tricky for people with hooded eyes. Hooded lids eat up shadow, so you will need to apply it slightly above the lid to create a crease where there isn't one naturally. Top off the look with some falsies to open your eyes way up.

You can achieve this look by blending a medium-toned brown shade onto your lid, and look straight ahead into a mirror. With your eyes open, you'll be able to see when the shadow starts to become visible. Blend the brown shade up past your socket, towards your brow bone. Don't worry, you've got plenty of room up there. This shadow technique contours your socket into looking like a crease, lending a sultry, defined vibe to your look.

Next, blend the same shadow along your bottom lash line. Rim your water line and upper lash line with a deep grey liner, and use a light champagne shadow to highlight just the inner corners of your eyes to keep them from looking closed-in.

Finish the look with a volumizing mascara on your top and bottom lashes. Add a set of medium-length false lashes to make your eyes appear even bigger.







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