All eyes naturally come in different shapes, and because of this, some eyes are just naturally easier to apply makeup to than others. In particular, one of the eye types that can be tricky to apply eye makeup to is hooded eyes.
But ‘tricky’ does not mean impossible.
If you are training to be a makeup artist, or you have hooded eyes, then you will find the early days of doing eye makeup on this type of eye difficult. But, once you get practice at it, you will quickly find that applying eye makeup to this eye type isn’t difficult.
There is just a specific technique that you have to follow if you want the finished result to be good.
One eye makeup style that a lot of people struggle to do on hooded eyes is the ‘cut crease’. This is because hooded eyes cover the natural crease of the eye, so you have to create a new crease.
But before you do this, it is very important that you apply a good eye makeup primer to hold the new crease in place.
You can then begin creating the new crease with eyeshadow. You should apply this makeup to the natural crease of the eye, but also apply the makeup to the area above this, in order to create a visible crease.
After that, you can then continue to apply the rest of the eyeshadow as you would on any other eye type.
How do you apply eyeshadow to hooded eyes?
We have spoken about how to create a new ‘crease’ when doing eye makeup on a hooded eye. But there are lots of other things you should be aware of before you begin applying eye makeup to this eye type.
When you are applying eye makeup to a hooded eye, it is very important to be a little cautious with the amount of product that you apply to your brush. This includes the primer that you use, and the eyeshadow that you apply on top of it.
Hooded eyes are generally more prone to smudging, so if you limit the amount of product that you use, you should also reduce the amount of mess.
The main difference between applying eyeshadow to hooded eyes and regular eyes is the area that you place the eyeshadow.
In regular eyes, you can utilize the entire lid when using eyeshadow, but in hooded eyes, you will also have to use the area above the eyelid. This is due to the ‘hooding’ of the eyelid, which will limit the amount of eyeshadow you can see on the lid.
But, other than this, the process of applying eyeshadow to hooded eyes is very similar to applying eyeshadow to any eye. Once you gain experience with this eye type, you will realize that it isn’t actually that difficult. But, at the beginning, hooded eyes can be rather intimidating.
How do you keep eyeliner from smudging on hooded eyes?
But, eyeshadow isn’t the only product that can be rather tricky to apply to hooded eyes. In fact, applying eyeliner to this eye type is arguably more difficult. If you do not apply eyeliner to hooded eyes in the correct manner, then you will often find that the eyeliner quickly smudges.
So let’s take a look at how you can stop this from happening.
Hooded eyes are given their name because they have an extra layer of skin between the eyelid and brow bone. This additional layer of skin often folds over, making it look like the eyelids are hooded.
It is also this additional layer of skin that often causes eyeliner to smudge when it is applied to hooded eyes.
To avoid your eyeliner smudging on hooded eyes, you must avoid applying eyeliner anywhere near the hooded area of your eye. This does mean that your eyeliner options are limited if you have hooded eyes, and you might be unable to have thick eyeliner.
The best eyeliner style for hooded eyes is a single, thin line tight against the eyelashes. This allows your eyes to pop, and also ensure that your eyeliner doesn’t smudge.
So, if you want to avoid your eyeliner smudging on hooded eyes, the best thing to do is keep your eyeliner style simple. Just add a line of the makeup along your lash line to make your eyes pop, and you won’t need to worry about your eyeliner smudging.
Can you do winged eyeliner on hooded eyes?
If you have always loved winged eyeliner, but are unsure whether you can do it on your hooded eyes, there’s no need to fret. You absolutely can do winged eyeliner on hooded eyes, you just have to be very tactical with the way you apply the eyeliner, and cautious throughout the process.
A lot of people view a hooded eye as a problem, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be. In fact, when you are applying eyeliner, you can use your hooded eye to your advantage. Simply apply your eyeliner across your lash line in the way that you usually would, and then you can start working on the wing.
The main issue that people have with hooded eyes is that they can obscure the finished look of your makeup. So, you have to ensure that you attach the wing to your eyeliner in a place that will be visible.
To do this, you should create the outer wing tip directly next to where the hood of your eyelid starts. This means that you will always be able to see the wing, as it is located outside the hood.
You can then join the wing to the eyeliner that you applied earlier, and you will have winged eyeliner that will be clearly visible and will not smudge.
Do eyeliner stamps work on hooded eyes?
Unfortunately, if you have hooded eyes, you will find that most eyeliner stamps do not work on your eye type. This can be very frustrating, but most eyeliner stamps are designed with a ‘one size fits all’ approach, and hooded eyes are in the minority. But, this doesn’t mean that there are no eyeliner stamps that work on hooded eyes.
While your options are limited, there are some companies that produce eyeliner stamps that are specifically designed for those with hooded eyes. As these eyeliner stamps are few and far between, you will find that they are generally more expensive.
But, they are guaranteed to work with hooded eyes, while regular eyeliner stamps are not.
There is nothing preventing you from using a regular eyeliner stamp on your hooded eye. But, you will likely find that the finished result smudges, and this can ruin your entire eye makeup look.
So, while it can be tempting to cut the costs and buy a regular eye eyeliner stamp, it will not be worth your money, and it simply will not work.
Even though hooded eye eyeliner stamps will work on your hooded eyes, you likely still won’t get a perfect finish. So, if you can do your own eyeliner, this is always the best option.
But, if you are in a hurry, then an eyeliner stamp specifically designed for hooded eyes will do the job perfectly fine.
From nails to skin and hair to makeup and even waxing and eye care, Steph loves it all. A firm believer in personal expression and style she’s rarely ready on time herself but loves helping others look their best.