5 Ways to Maximise and Open Up Hooded Eyes

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By Mel - 5 min read

I have always had a hooded eye shape but until I trained as a make up artist I had no idea why traditional makeup applications didn’t work. When I decided to stop dyeing my hair and embrace my natural silver hair, I really took the time to work out how I could wear makeup that both flattered my new hair grey hair colour and my eye shape. I’d like to share with my 5 favourite was to maximise and open up hooded eyes.

Hooded eyes are a beautiful eye shape. They do, however, require special attention to help open them up! A hooded eye can close the eye in and this can get more pronounced as we age.

Many women fret at the suggestion of hooded eyes, but to be honest, I have found that in my work as a makeup artist, that most people do have a hooded eyes. So, how do we find Ways to Maximise and Open Up Hooded Eyes?

Here are my tips to help you do just that.

1. Prep Your Eyes

When applying make up, the most important step is the first one and that is to prep the eye properly. Here are the steps I use on myself and on clients.

Step 1- Use an eye primer to prep the eye. There are many on the market- some good, some not so much. A really good one is the Urban Decay Eyeprimer.

Step 2- Set the eye primer with a loose powder. A fabulous powder and the one I now use the most for all my makeup tutorials is the Jane Iredale Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I also recommend this because it has SPF 30 in it. Apply and then glide over with your finger. It should feel silky, soft and smooth to the touch.

Step 3- Your eyes are now ready for the rest of your eye makeup.

2. Create a Crease

If you have hooded eyes, you will notice that you have very little lid space. You won’t want to close in your eye further by loading on too much makeup. What we need to do is concentrate on using light, subtle shadow colours and highlight to open up the eye.

Step 1- To achieve a more open eye appearance, it is worth investing in a good naturals eyeshadow palette that contains taupe or soft brown colour.

My favourite by a mile is the Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette. The eye shadow colours glide on and don’t drop and smudge all over the place (who has time for that).

A light to medium taupe or brown colour eyeshadow is a subtle way of opening up the eye. It does this by creating a shadow effect. Place the shadow colour just above the natural crease of your eyes in a windscreen wiper motion.

Step 2- Add a darker colour from the same Too Faced Naturals Palette . Make sure it is darker than your taupe or soft brown. Use a small pencil brush and apply the colour just below your taupe placement. Take it into an inverted V on the outer corner of each eye. Blend with a clean fluffy eye brush.

Step 3– I like to add a frost colour to the centre of my lid for this step. I find, generally speaking, that the more frosted colours are more flattering on hooded eyes. Silk Teddy in the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette is perfect for this. Sometimes frosted colours have a tiny fine dusting of glitter as well. I think this works well for an evening look.

3. Don’t put Eyeliner above your Lashline

This is a general role. I find I can add a tiny eyeliner line to my eyes when I am adding false lashes to my look. However even then, it’s best to avoid them.

If you have little to no eye space between the lash line and your crease, then eyeliner just won’t be flattering and is likely to transfer onto the lid . You won’t see it either, and it’s likely to transfer onto the upper eye area. This can get you in a big mess-eek!

If you are going for a natural look, then apply eyeliner only to the waterline just under the top lashes. Then use a waterproof eyeliner so it doesn’t run or disappear. This will make your lashes look thicker. Use a waterproof eyeliner pencil in a dark colour like black, dark brown or charcoal such as the Huda Life Eyeliner, which has a pencil on one end and a pen on the other, so super versatile.

4. False Lashes

Without a doubt, the best lashes I have ever used on my hooded eyes are individual lashes;

a. they don’t take up any lid space, so that is ideal for hooded eyes

b. you don’t need to use an eyeliner with them

c. you can get any look you want from wispy to natural to cat eye shape.

The best ones in my opinion are the Sweed Nikki Clusters.

5. Curl your Natural Lashes before Applying Mascara

If you’re not crazy about wearing false lashes then there is another solution! Curling your natural lashes before mascara with an eyelash curler is a great way to open up the eye. This is true for all shapes but especially if you have hooded eyes. Curling your lashes will maximise their length as well.

A little trick is to gently warm the eyelash curlers with your hairdryer. This gives the lashes more staying power and will curl them better than using them without heat. Avoid getting them too hot, because you could burn the delicate skin area and potentially damage your lashes.

I use Surratt Relevée Eyelash curlers and I have found them to be the best. They are a little on the expensive side but well worth the investment.

My choice of mascara is Stila Huge Extreme Mascara in black. It lengthens, curls, and creates volume and its waterproof, so it won’t end up half way down your face by lunchtime. Love.


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That completes my tips for opening up a hooded eye. I hope you enjoyed them. Sharing my tips on how to maximise your natural beauty from the inside out is what I love and sharing all things natural grey hair. Life is all about sharing right? Follow me on all my social medias from Instagram to Pinterest and join in the conversations.

About Me.

Hey, my name is Mel. I’m a professionally trained Make-up Artist and Independent Colour Consultant with ItsMyColour based in London. I have been a natural hair blogger since 2016 and share topics that women Over 40 can relate to. Keeping it positive and real; supporting women entering their best years leading to midlife and beyond. Do consider following me over on Instagram @silver_styling and join the newsletter here. See you soon.

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