What's good in the hood, loves? :) Last week, we did that post on ID-ing your eye shape and accentuating almond-shaped eyes like mine (you can check it out here if you missed it and don't know your eye shape—there's a pretty handy little quiz to help you find out), and this week, we get to talk about jazzing up those beautiful hooded eyes.
I'll be posting about the round, down-turned, and up-turned shapes and how to apply eye makeup accordingly in subsequent posts, so be on the lookout! This one, however, is specifically for you delicious divas with hooded eyes. Where my girls at?
You lucky ladies were blessed with some LOVELY eyes. This is going to be fun.
I know that some people resent their hooded lids because they think that means they have "droopy" eyes, but I hope you never start singing along to that sad, sad tune because they are phenomenally fierce and super sultry in my book!
Don't believe me?
SULTRY with a capital dayumn!! You're in some pretty good-lookin' company.
Just to reiterate the "WHY" behind this post: Your eye shape is important because, just like with clothes, certain styles are more flattering for your individual eye shape. If you've ever wondered why a particular makeup look looks great on your friend but not on you, don't start thinking that it's because you're any less of a showstopper. In fact, kick those thoughts right over to that stony, little curb over there. I just about guarantee that it's because you have different eye shapes.
My lifelong BFF has hooded eyes, and I did her eye makeup over the weekend, but I didn't get great quality photos of it since you basically need a flashlight to be able to see in the Hard Rock Hotel so you can't really see details. So I did a similar look on myself, but since I don't have hooded eyes, it was pretty disappointing . . .
. . . so I promptly threw those pictures into my virtual trash can and immediately washed my face. However, the silver lining is that it does serve to prove the point that your makeup should be dependent upon your eye shape, so I guess there's that. (still not showing the pictures)
The illustration I put together below shows the steps I'd recommend for accentuating your hooded eyes. I forgot to number the boxes so, just to be clear, you should be reading by row, not by column. :)
At the end of it, you should have something pretty similar to our darling miss Jennifer Lawrence below. On that note, I'm sure you've noticed by now that J-Law's face is on this blog just about as much as my own is, so I'll just squash the rumors now because I know what you're thinking—but no, we are not best friends.
Unfortunately, the timing hasn't worked out for us to become soul sisters because one of us is too busy being world-famous and adored by millions, and the other one is out winning Oscars and starring in The Hunger Games. ;) #obvijokes . . . but really, I do admit to having a girl crush on her—she seems like the most down-to-earth cat in Hollywood—so you will most likely continue to see her face when applicable.
I've noticed Jennifer's (yeah, I'll do the first-name basis thing) makeup artists love to play up her hooded eyes using the same techniques that I showed above—darker on the lash line, blending it upward, highlighting the tear duct and brow bone, etc., so I wasn't kidding when I said you should end up with something very similar.
An added benefit for you hooded girls is that you don't have to mess around with being super nitpick about placement, blending the darker shades into the crease, mastering symmetrical outer Vs, brightening the right parts of the lids, and having all those transitional zones. Your dramatic look is pretty straightforward. Just remember to blend.
Quick bonus tip: If your eyes slope downward, just as a suggestion, I would maybe stay away from anything TOO TOO dark just because it has the tendency to drag the eyes down and make them look heavy. J-Law has slightly upturned (in the outer corners) hooded eyes so that kind of combats the heaviness.
In a nutshell, use that pale shimmer around your tear duct and brow bone to really brighten your eyes and open them up, and then just concentrate your dark tones on your lash line and create a gradient by blending upward and outward to lift your eyes. Simple as that.
I hope this was helpful! I plan to do round eyes next. Have a wonderful night, beauties!