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Hooded eyelids are among the most common types of eye shapes, and while it’s commonly associated with Asians, many beautiful non-Asian celebrities also have this eye shape. Think Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, Jennifer Aniston… the list goes on.

Maybe your eyes are extremely hooded, or you just wish you had a little more eyelid space for makeup. Perhaps you’ve only just noticed this problem as you’ve got older, or you’ve struggled with it all your life. No matter where you are in your hooded eye journey, consider this your survival guide.

1. Invest in a good primer

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Those with hooded lids know better than anyone else how easily their eye makeup smears and smudges, so invest in a great primer to get things off to a stellar start.

2. Keep your eyes open

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When applying eyeshadow, your natural instinct may be to close your eyes. However, if you have hooded lids, it’s best to apply makeup with your eyes open, because it can be hard to find your natural crease with your eyes closed.

3. Use wispy lashes


Thick, dramatic lashes will completely hide any eyeshadow you’re wearing. Wispy lashes will give you volume and length, while still showing off your lids!

4. Blend above the crease

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This technique can make all the difference if you have hooded eyes. Ever put on a ton of eye shadow only to find it disappear as soon as you open your eyes? That’s a common problem if you have hooded eyes, but it’s easy to fix by simply extending the shadow’s placement above your eyelid’s crease towards the brow bone.

5. Always use a matte shade in your crease


If you have hooded eyes, shimmery shades on the crease will work against you, making the skin appear saggier than it actually is. Instead, always blend a matte shade above the crease to create dimension and make the eyes appear bigger.

6. Embrace waterproof mascara

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One of the most annoying things about having hooded eyes is that your lashes often touch your brow bone. This means that if your mascara isn’t smudge-proof, you’re going to end up with black smears under your eyebrows, especially if your skin gets more sweaty or oilier throughout the day.

7. Apply thin eyeliner

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When applying eyeliner, make sure to draw a very thin line that is nestled right up against your upper lash line. Otherwise, the eyeliner will appear to take over your entire eyelid. After all, no one wants to look like you’ve used a drawing marker on your eyelids, right?

8. Experiment with colour

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A perk of hooded eyes: playing with colour. Since your lids cover a lot of your eye real estate, they’ll naturally create a more subtle look. It’s the perfect excuse to get away with a dash of seasonal colour, like a pop of violet, which might be overwhelming on a larger eyelid space.

9. Smudge under your lower lashes for smokey eyes

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Smudged shadows and liners often get swallowed up by hooded eyes, rendering a dramatic smokey eye almost invisible. If this has happened to you, it’s time to flip the traditional smokey-eye placement upside down and focus your efforts under your eye instead of above it.