Best Makeup for Hooded Eyes: Step by Step Tutorial (with pictures)

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The ultimate Eyeshadow tutorial step by step for Hooded eyes!

This is the first part of my popular “Makeup for Hooded Eyes” Series, check here the second part: How to apply eyeliner for Hooded eyes step by step(with pictures), and the Third part: How to do the perfect Cut-crease for Hooded Eyes

There’s a lot of percentage of the women population that has a naturally hooded eye. 

A monolid eye shape means that there’s no eye crease.

All the eye shapes have a lid, but with a monolid, for example, the lid doesn’t make a crease, and with Hooded eyes there’s an excess of skin on your brow bone and tens to look droppy.

There are six eye shapes (monolid, almond eyes, wide-set eyes, round, close-set and hooded eyes) all eye shapes are beautiful and can create amazing eye looks!

You just need to follow specific tips for each eye shape. 

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So, What are hooded eyes?

Hooded eyes are when a part of your lid drops above your eyebrow and a part of your eye. 

It can look like you are tired or older than your age if you don’t do your makeup correctly for hooded eyes. 

We can follow any makeup tools or tips if we want, but always keep in mind your eye shape to reach the desire look results. 

Related Eye Makeup tutorial: Easy Brown Smokey Eye for Hooded Eyes

What is a hooded eyelid?

We can describe it as an extra layer of skin that drops down between the eyebrow and the eyelid, and it causes your lid to appear smaller. 

The eye shape has an eyebrow bone, crease, and lid. 

And the hooded eye has more percentage of eyebrow bone a lower crease and looks like a little small to no lid. 

How do you know if you have hooded eyes?

If you answer YES to 2 o more of the following sentences you probably have HOODED eyes: 

  1. When your eyes are open, you can’t see many parts of your lid   
  2. You struggle a lot with eyeliner, even more with a cat-eye style
  3. When you finally finish your winged eyeliner, once you look in front of the mirror, you realize that your eyeliner looks fallen
  4. If you apply eyeliner and don’t let it dry enough, you instantly ruin your Eyeshadow previously work.
  5. You feel like you don’t have enough space to work with your eyeshadows.

Also, other eye shapes on older women can look like hooded eyes. 

if you said yes to every sentence, you have hooded eyes for sure. 

(just like me) The good news is that I already master the hooded eyes technique, and I will share it with you in a minute. 

Some people confuse Hooded eyes with Deep-set eyes, and these are not the same.

However, a big percentage of the women with hooded eyes have also, Deep-set eyes!

If this is your case or you want to know if you have deep-set eyes, Check really quick this post about how to determine Deep-set eyes and the best eye makeup tips to make them pop.

Then come back to this tutorial.

Should hooded eyes wear eyeliner?

FOR SURE! Hooded eyes should wear eyeliner and also can rock a winged eyeliner cat-eye style. 

BUTTTT… you need to look for a WATERPROOF eyeliner to get the best results!

Because with hooded eyes, our lid hides when we open the eyes and a regular eyeliner can ruin our eyeshadows.

✅ My #1 TOP recommendation for Hooded eyes is this Waterproof pen eyeliner here.

Another option is this waterproof eyeliner from Stila that I love and truly recommend!

As a makeup artist (and hooded eye girl), I have mastered the technique, and I’m happy to share it with you! 

Related Eyeliner post: How to do winged Eyeliner for Hooded Eyes

How do I apply makeup to hooded eyes?

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The best part of knowing your eye shape is that from now on, we can take advantage of the exclusive hooded makeup tips and create beautiful looks! 

Don’t make the mistake of following precisely the same makeup steps as a beauty guru on youtube. 

Hooded eyes do not apply Eyeshadow as other eye shapes, and should not do the same eyeliner technique. 

You need to follow specific tips to have a complete eye balance and create an illusion of big, fresh, and open eyes. 

First, I will share with you some essential TIPS for hooded eyes.


The lid needs to be primed with a good and useful eyeshadow primer. 

You need to avoid getting an oily lid because since the eyebrow bone skin covers your lid, your eyeshadows can get ruin if you don’t prime and set your lid first. 

A good one that I recommend is this one here by Makeup revolution.

after you primer your lids, it’s super important to set it with a translucent powder. 

Don’t avoid this step. 

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Choose a lighters color on your lid, it can be with a shimmer finish or matte. 

Because when we use a light color on our lid, we create the illusion of extending it and make it bigger.


This mistake will create the opposite illusion of what we are seeking. 

Go for a MATTE color in the eyebrow bone and crease area. 

I like this eyeshadow palette from Tarte that has 12 amazing MATTE neutral shades perfect for hooded eyelids girls like you and me!


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How to Apply Eyeshadow for hooded eyes

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Take a transition color eyeshadow with a small fluffy brush to create a crease.

Typically we will put this eyeshadow tone in the crease like in the picture below, but if you do that with hooded eyes, you will lose your crease when you open your eyes.

That’s a big mistake! 

We need to create a fake crease upper our crease and blend the Eyeshadow focusing on blend it to our eyebrow bone.

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Take a little section of your eyebrow bone but leaving a small space to highlight the eyebrow bone later. 

Next, to the same step but now with a darker tone. 

Keep following your new crease, and try to create a more profound effect with an eyeshadow that is one or two tones darker than your transition shade. 

This time, it is doing it with a small precision brush and then getting back with your small fluffy brush to perfectly blend it out. 

BE CAREFUL when you are blending a hooded eye!

You don’t want your Eyeshadow down your lid, try to always blend in an upward direction.

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We will do a soft cut-crease eye makeup, so next

Take a small precision brush and a white concealer (if you don’t have with you can use any light tone of concealer or your lighter foundation). 

I love to use this white concealer from L.A. Girl

Cut your new “FAKE” crease that we created with the transition shade very carefully and then with a flat brush, blend your concealer down to your lash line. 

Next, you can apply any color of eyeshade that you like!

PRO TIP: Go for lighter colors to get the illusion of a more prominent eyelid.

You also can choose a shimmery color or glitter.

In this tutorial, we will use pressed glitter.

With a flat sponge brush, take a bit of setting spray and then take the pressed glitter.

(you can either use this technique or use your fingers directly).

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Apply the glitter in the same area where you apply the white concealer following the new crease that was created. 

A BIG MISTAKE is to continue following the natural crease and apply the lighter eyeshade in the small lid section. 

Here’s the difference. 

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Next, with a thin small brush and a dark shade, we will cut or crease even more.

Apply the eyeshade right up the lighter shade to get a more profound illusion and finish our new “FAKE” crease.

You can get back to the transition shade to get a better-blended finish.

Try to not touch the shimmery zone.

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Now it’s time to highlight our eye look. 

As we have a hooded eye with a very pronounced eyebrow bone, we need to avoid making it even more bulge. 

A common mistake is to add a shimmer white creamy eyeshade on the entire eyebrow bone. 

You need to use a thin and small flat brush and apply a matte light shade only right down your eyebrow. 

Avoid going over down when you will blend it. 

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The next step is to apply your favorite black eyeliner,

I will touch this step very quickly since I have the full step-by-step eyeliner guide for Hooded Eyes and you need to check it for more quick-win hooded eyes tips!

You can either choose from liquid eyeliner, pen eyeliner, or eyeliner your eye with a dark eyeshadow.

The point here is to keep the line as thin as possible, so you can still show some lid when your eyes open.

Do not apply eyeliner on your water line either in your lower lash line.

That will create a fallen-eye illusion.

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Do you have hooded eyes, and you struggle with your eye makeup?

I highly recommend you the master makeup program, where I teach my secrets and best tips to master your eyeliner, eyeshadow, eyelashes, and the rest of the makeup with your hooded eyes and other advanced makeup techniques!


After your eyeliner, if you want to create a more dramatic look, you can apply some eyelashes. 

Go for a pair that has a thin, clear strip, and I recommend a clear lash glue as well. 

Clear OR transparent strip on false eyelashes are crucial for hooded eyes since you want to show your lid as much as possible, a thick black strip will do the opposite and hide your eyelid even more.

Apply a highlighter eyeshade to your inner corner, and your eye look is ready! 

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Final Eyeshadow Look for Hooded Eyes

You feel like you don’t have enough space to work with your eyeshadows.

I love sharing with you my day-to-day Makeup struggles and Because there is not a complete Eye makeup look without EYELINER, I decided to create a step by step guide for applying eyeliner for Hooded eyes!

So check the second part of this series here: The ultimate Eyeliner guide for Hooded Eyes (with pictures)

and the third part here: Easy Cut crease for Hooded Eyes (with pictures)

I hope you find this post helpful.

If so, please share with me your experience with eye makeup on your Hooded eyes and what you think about this quick-win tutorial?


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6 thoughts on “Best Makeup for Hooded Eyes: Step by Step Tutorial (with pictures)”

  1. Thank you so much for the best hooded eye instruction. As I age my eyes are heavier and the way I used to apply shadows no longer work.

    1. You’re so welcome! I’m happy to hear that this Eyeshadow for Hooded Eyes tutorial helped you. And I agree, as we age we need to adapt some makeup techniques, the best part is that we always will look beautiful and we can enhance that beauty with Makeup hacks 🙂

  2. Hi Valeria does your book have all of this information for hooded eyes specifically inside of the book?

  3. Janice Benford

    Thank you so much! I have hooded eyes and now realize that I have been putting my eyeshadow palette on wrong ! Now I see I needed to create a fake eye crease all along. This was sooo helpful. Also your eyes start to droop as you get older, lol. I love doing my eyes and eyeshadow looks.

    1. I’m so glad you liked it, Janice! I think hooded eyes are beautiful and challenging at the same time! But with the right eyeshadow tips, we can do amazing eyeshadow looks!

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