Here are my go-to tricks for helping disguise hooded eyelids:

  1. Use a primer. Start with a good primer to help your makeup last longer and prevent creasing. Apply a small amount on your lids, making sure to blend it well. I love Danessa Myricks’ Color Fix 24-Hour Cream Color Nude 3
  2. Choose the right eyeshadow. For women with hooded lids, it’s best to choose a matte eyeshadow that is a shade lighter than your skin tone. Avoid shimmery or glittery shadows as they can highlight your hooded lids. I love Urban Decay’s Mini Basics palette.
  3. Highlight the brow bone. Use a light shade of shadow to highlight your brow bone, which will make your eyes appear more open and bright. Apply the shadow just under the arch of your brow and blend it well.
  4. Tightline your eyes. Tightlining means applying eyeliner to the upper waterline of your eyes. This technique will help create an illusion of fuller lashes and will make your eyes look larger. My go-to eyeliner is Hourglass’ Voyeur liner in shade Cave.  It’s the perfect brown/black. . . Never too harsh!
  5. Use a thin eyeliner. Use a thin line of liner along your lash line, starting from the inner corner of your eyes and working outward. A thin line will create the illusion of larger eyes.
  6. Curl your lashes. Invest in a good eyelash curler and use it to curl your lashes upward. This will help open your eyes and make them appear more awake.
  7. Mascara application. Use a volumizing mascara to coat your lashes from root to tip. Make sure to apply a little extra on the outer lashes to create a lift and prevent droopiness. This L’Oreal Voluminous is a fun one to try.
  8. Consider false lashes. False lashes can be a game-changer for women with hooded lids. Opt for individual lashes and apply them to the outer corner of your eyes for a lifted effect. My favorite individual lashes for DIY lashes are these from Kiss Falscara.

Leave a note and let me know if any of these tricks help you!


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