How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner for Hooded Eyes (Tutorial)

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Last updated on January 24th, 2023 at 02:19 am

Hooded eyes are a common eye shape that many people have, it refers to the extra skin that droops over the crease of the eyelid, making it difficult to see the eyelid and apply makeup.

One of the biggest challenges of hooded eyes is applying liquid eyeliner.

The hooded part of the eyelid can make it difficult to see the eyelid and apply the eyeliner correctly.

This can result in uneven lines, smudging, and difficulty creating a winged look.

But with the proper techniques and products, anyone can master the art of applying liquid eyeliner on hooded eyes. And I will show you how in this article!

In this blog post, you’ll read about the importance of prepping the eyelids, choosing the right eyeliner, and the different techniques for applying liquid eyeliner on hooded eyes.

Also tips on how to create different eyeliner looks, and how to fix mistakes and prevent smudging.

By the end, you will have a better understanding of how to apply liquid eyeliner on hooded eyes and will be able to apply liquid eyeliner like a total pro!

Let’s begin

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First things first,

Can hooded eyes wear liquid eyeliner?

Yes, Hooded eyes can wear liquid eyeliner and it is actually encouraged to use it, particularly for hooded eyes, because liquid eyeliner lasts longer than other formulas like pencil, gel or crayon.

Hooded eyes have the struggle of smearing eyeliner or eyeshadow because of the hooded eyelids touching mobile eyelids.

So waterproof, long-lasting liquid eyeliner is of the best products to use for this particular type of eye.

Importance of prepping the eyelids

The first step in applying liquid eyeliner on hooded eyes is to prepare the eyelids.

This means creating a smooth canvas for the eyeliner to adhere to.

A good way to do this is by using an eyeshadow primer to create a smooth surface and by using a matte eyeshadow that is close to your skin tone as a base

I always start by applying a primer to my eyelids, this helps to create a smooth surface and makes it easier for the eyeliner to adhere to the eyelid.

I also like to use a matte eyeshadow that is close to my skin tone as a base, this helps to even out the skin tone and makes it easier to apply the eyeliner.

I find that using a primer and a matte eyeshadow as a base helps to make the eyeliner more durable and long-lasting.

What’s the best eye primer for hooded eyelids?

If you want to use your concealer as eye primer, you need to use a matte long-lasting concealer like this one here.

If you have oily eyelids a matte concealer will help to absorb the excess oils. Plus set your primer with a translucent mattyginy powder for maximum results.

However, if you have dry hooded eyelids, which is not typical but it can be, particularly for mature hooded eyelids, you should try another type of eye primer like this one here.

I highly recommend you to check this article where I share all things eye primer vs concealer when to use each to prime the eyelids and the best recommendations.

Different types of eyeliner and which ones are best for hooded eyes

When it comes to choosing the right eyeliner for hooded eyes, there are a lot of options, but there are some basics to consider.

For beginners, gel and liquid liners are easier to apply and provide long-lasting results, making them ideal for those without much practice.

But if you’re looking for something more subtle or that glides on easier, pencil or crayon liners may be better suited. Gel liners with an angled brush offer the most control and can easily create a smoky eye look.

The best type of liner for hooded eyes is one that has a creamy formula with good staying power and doesn’t migrate into the creases of the eye during wear.

These are typically waterproof formulas like this eyeliner here.

Pen liquid eyeliner is for me, the best eyeliner to use for hooded eyelids!

This type of eyeliner allows us to make super fine thin strokes which is exactly what we want when doing eyeliner for hooded eyes. You’ll know why in the tutorial below.

Step-by-step tutorial for applying liquid eyeliner on hooded eyes

When it comes to applying eyeliner, I find it helpful to look down into a mirror.

This allows me to see the hooded eyelid clearly. 

With hooded eyes it is easy to close the eye, do a beautiful winged eyeliner and then open the eyes and find out that it actually looks terrible.

If we follow our droopy eye shape, the eyeliner will also look droopy. 

What we need to do is to try to apply the liquid eyeliner with our eyes as open as possible to allow us to see in the mirror how it looks, the line we are doing, and how it will look with our eyes open. 

Another thing to consider is that depending on how hooded your eyelids are, it is how thin you need to do the eyeliner, especially in the outer corner of the lash line. 

“…depending on how hooded your eyelids are, it is how thin you need to do the eyeliner”

If you have slightly hooded eyes, you can try a medium-thin line.

More hooded eyelids need a super fine small line. 

This is because we want to let our eyelid show as much as possible when we open our eyes above our eyeliner.

This gives the illusion of not having hooded eyelids. 

For very hooded eyelids, you should opt for a smudged technique.

This is the same technique I teach for mature hooded eyes in my book on mature skin makeup. 

In my case, I’m doing a super thin line that I’m starting from the outer corner of my lash line, taking it to the center of my eye, and stopping there.

I don’t want to make the entire lash line for now. At least not with liquid eyeliner.

liquid eyeliner for hooded eyes tutorial
Eyeliner applied from the outer part of the lashline until the center

The next step is to make a small delicate wing and make a line from the end of the wing towards the start of our natural crease, like this:

how to apply liquid eyeliner for hooded eyes tutorial

Next, we will make a small line between the line we just made and our natural lash line. And this will finish our line.

The purpose of doing this two-step line instead of just doing one line from the lash line to the wing is to find the point where our natural hooded eyelid starts and avoid that point, so when we open our eyes the eyeliner line looks straight and just how we want it.

Pro tips to apply liquid eyeliner for hooded eyes

By this time, we have our inner part of the lash line without any eyeliner.

Pro tip #1: What I want to do with the inner corner of the lash line is a technique called tightlining, where I apply a pencil eyeliner to the upper waterline.

This creates a subtle line and makes my lashes look fuller. 

Applying pencil eyeliner to the upper waterline. (tightlining)

And because we are doing a thin line in the outer part of the lash line and a almost invisible (still visible) line in the inner part, we are creating the illusion of a regular eyeliner, but we are giving the opportunity to our hooded eyelid to show more when we have our eyes open. 

And like we mentioned earlier, this is exactly what we want to achieve. 

Pro tip #2: When it comes to creating a winged look, I like to use a steady hand and take my time.

I start by drawing a small line at the outer corner of the eye, and then gradually build up the wing by drawing a line upwards and outwards

This creates a winged look that is subtle and flattering.

Pro tip #3: Clean up your eyeliner with concealer

cleaning the eyeliner makeup with concealer
cleaning the eyeliner with concealer

I also find it helpful to use a small brush to clean up any mistakes and to correct any smudging.

I like to keep a small brush and some makeup remover nearby in case I need to make any adjustments.

Final takeaways from this tutorial:

  • Start by prepping your eyelids by applying a primer and using a matte eyeshadow that is close to your skin tone as a base.
  • Choose a waterproof and smudge-proof eyeliner with a small brush or fine tip.
  • Look down into a mirror and apply the eyeliner from the inner corner of the eye towards the outer corner.
  • Use the technique called tightlining where you apply the eyeliner to the upper waterline to create a subtle line and make your lashes look fuller.
  • To create a winged look, start by drawing a small line at the outer corner of the eye, and then gradually build up the wing by drawing a line upwards and outwards.
  • Keep a small brush and some makeup remover nearby in case you need to make any adjustments.
  • Experiment with different techniques and products to find what works best for you.
  • Remember to take your time and use a steady hand when creating a winged look.
  • Keep practicing and you’ll be able to apply liquid eyeliner on hooded eyes like a pro!

Final tips on how to apply liquid eyeliner for hooded eyes

In conclusion, applying liquid eyeliner on hooded eyes can be a challenge, but with the right techniques and products, anyone can master the art of applying liquid eyeliner on hooded eyes.

Remember to prepare the eyelids, choose the right eyeliner, use the right technique and take your time when creating a winged look.

For more makeup tips and tricks for hooded eyes and droopy eyelids, check my eBook on Hooded eye makeup here where I teach all the tips and tricks from eye primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and more techniques to balance and lift hooded eyes!

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