Look at your eyes in the mirror. Is your crease hidden by an extra layer of skin from your browbone area? Do you have difficulty doing a cat eye because a huge chunk of it disappears when you open your eyes? If your answer is yes to both questions, then welcome to the hooded eyes club!
Hooded eyes are considered by some as a difficult eye shape to work with. This is because they don't have as much eyelid space for makeup compared to other eye shapes, but that doesn't mean hooded-eyed girls have the short end of the stick at all. Celebs like Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, and Jennifer Lawrence rock beauty looks with their own pair of invisible creases all the time. And to prove our point, here's how you can also do the same thing for your own!
EASY: Eyeliner and lashes
Winged eyeliner on hooded eyes needs a separate tutorial in itself, but that doesn't mean you can't line your eyes another way. You can give the illusion of longer lashes by tight-lining and applying eyeliner across the roots of your lashes. Volumize your lashes by loading on the mascara, and line your waterline with a nude eye pencil to open up your eyes even more. With some practice, this should take you less than three minutes to do!
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With eyeshadow, it's less restrictive than eyeliner. All you have to do is to avoid applying color on the browbone to keep your eyes big and awake and focus on softly sculpting everything else.
To start, apply soft brown eyeshadow all over the lid and a little past the crease to give the illusion of depth, then smudge dark brown or black eyeshadow on the upper and lower lashline to enhance these areas. This technique defines your lashline in place of eyeliner, and the brown on the lids and crease brings that area forward since it's mostly always hidden in folds.
HARD: Eyelid tape
This last tip is actually not that difficult, but it involves faking a crease with eyelid tape–a tool that's very popular with monolids as well, except you're only making your crease look higher instead of creating one. Watch the video below to see how you can use this nifty tool:
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Etude House My Beauty Tool Double Eyelid Tape, P98, SM Mall of Asia
After successfully faking a crease with eyelid tape, you can proceed with doing your eye makeup without worrying about it disappearing. You can even try looks for entirely different eye shapes!
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