Hooded eyes. What is that anyway? It happens as we age and it can also just be the eye shape you were born with. It’s when the skin above the eyelid folds down and sits on top of the eyelid. It hides the eyelid.
There are a few tricks you can use to make you eyelids stand out without piling on a lot of makeup.
The basic trick is to lighten the eyelid with a light color eyeshadow. Even if you don’t add anything else, that will help your eyelid be more visible.
Take a look at the video for an easy “how to” for enhancing your eyes so the lids stand out.
Steps for Applying Eye Makeup
- Primer – Primer is the foundation for eye shadow. It helps to prevent creasing and keeps your eyeshadow in place throughout the day. I like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (antiaging formula and original) and Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyeshadow Primer.
- Eyeshadow – Apply a light powder eyeshadow to your eyelids from lashes into the crease. Apply a darker color in the crease and above and on the corner of your lid. I love Beautycounter’s eyeshadow palettes. For this video I used the Romantic palette. I used the colors Candlelight and Truffle.
- Eyeliner – I like to use an eyeliner pencil and especially like the wood pencils that can be sharpened. They are easy to control and you can always have a sharp point for more precise application. I apply by holding the pencil closed to the end farthest from my eye rather than close to my eye. It gives me better control. Using short little strokes to apply the liner helps to keep the line as close as possible to my bottom and top lashes. Beautycounter’s Color Outline Pencils are my go-tos. In the video I’m using brown. I also regularly use black and navy.
- Apply mascara – I love Beautycounter’s Volumizing Mascara, but when I’m in a hurry I’m not super graceful with the volumizing brush. My other favorite mascara is Liquid Lash Extensions by Thrive Causemetics. Both of these mascaras don’t smudge or flake.
And you’re finished with your standout eyes!
Brighten Those Eyelids!
This isn’t the greatest photo – it’s actually a screenshot from my laptop – but it was the best light for noticing that my eyelids are definitely more visible with light eyeshadow.
But Wait! There’s More . . .
There are a couple of other important steps to giving your eyes a standout look: eyebrows and the under-eye area.
I always apply an under-eye concealer to finish my look. I usually apply it before eye makeup, but you can do it after as well. My under-eye area is dark – it’s genetics for me. I’ve tried SO MANY concealers and really love Beautycounter’s Touchup Skin Concealer Pen. I can use both Light and Fair – it kind of depends on how my eyes are looking on a particular day and how I’m wearing my makeup.
What about eyebrows? Eyebrows are to your eyes like a frame is to a painting. Don’t neglect them! My eyebrows have become a little sparse over the years, even thought they were quite heavy in my younger years. That plucking and plucking takes its toll! I use Beautycounter’s Color Define Brow Pencil in Dark to fill in the spaces and extend the tail of my brow. I finish them with Beautycounter Brilliant Brow Gel in Invisible. The brow gel comes in 5 shades, but since I use the brow pencil to fill in the color, I don’t use a colored brow gel.
Do an eyebrow experiment. Fill in and shape one brow and leave the other natural. Stand in front of a mirror and cover the made-up eye and eyebrow with your hand so that only the undone brow is visible. Then switch sides. I can pretty much guarantee that it will be very obvious that the groomed eyebrow gives more focus to your eyes – kind of makes them pop.
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Guess the Expression
In this time of mask-wearing, dressing up your eyes gives your face a little perk. It’s almost impossible to guess someone’s expression under the mask – it’s only your eyes that show. Give them the opportunity to shine a little bit!
In one photo I’m smiling and in another I’m not. Can you tell by my eyes?
Since the eyes are your only visible feature when wearing a mask, give them some love!