3 Easy Eye Lift Makeup Hacks to Look More Youthful

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
14 Materials
25 Minutes

Hey, beauties! This beginner-friendly tutorial will show you 3 ways to achieve an eye lift using just makeup!

These 3 simple tips will help your eyes to look more awake and younger, especially on hooded or droopy eyelids.

Tools and materials:

  • Concealer
  • Makeup sponge
  • Setting powder
  • Makeup cloth
  • Paper towel
  • Tapered eyeshadow brush
  • Matte brown eyeshadow palette
  • Angled eyeliner brush
  • Individual eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • Liquid eyeliner
  • False eyelashes
  • Tweezers
  • Small scissors
Applying concealer

Tip 1: Brighten under the eyes

1. Apply a lighter concealer

Take a concealer that’s half a shade lighter than your foundation and apply it underneath the bottom half of your eyes.

As we age, this part of the eyes starts to look redder and tends to sink a little. The goal is to brighten the area, making it look fuller, which is synonymous with a youthful look.

Then, dab it to blend with a makeup sponge. If you have many fine lines in this area, make sure the concealer is thin and hydrating.

If you are wearing fuller coverage foundation, you can afford to go with a denser concealer or even a lighter shade. 


2. Apply setting powder

Use a makeup cloth to dab on a slightly lighter setting powder.

Applying setting powder

Tip 2: Lift the corners of the eyes with eyeshadow

1. Apply matte brown eyeshadow

Take a tissue or paper towel and place it on the outer corner of the eye, angled up toward the tail of your eyebrow, like so:

Tissue against eye

Then, apply a brown, matte eyeshadow that’s slightly darker than your skin tone.

Keep it perpendicular to the highest point of your mobile eyelid. So where the eye creases, go outwards. 

Applying eyeshadow

Sweep this shade from the outer corner of the eyelid, down toward the middle of your lashes.

Applying eyeshadow

If you take the tissue away, you can already see the eye lift makeup taking shape:

Matte brown eyeshadow

2. Apply a deeper brown eyeshadow

Put the tissue back in place.

Then, using a slightly darker, matte brown eyeshadow, apply it starting at the tissue, not much higher than the mobile lid itself, until the middle of the eyelashes.

Applying eyeshadow

This will help give an almond shape to your eyes and a beautifully lifted appearance.

You can go in and soften the line if you want a less intense makeup eye lift. 

Brown eyeshadow

3. Apply an even darker brown eyeshadow

Using an angled eyeliner brush, apply a darker brown to intensify the outer edge.

This eyeshadow technique is an excellent alternative to eyeliner, especially if you have hooded eyes, since it’s much more gradual and forgiving.

Applying eyeshadow

Plus, you still get the gorgeous, winged effect when you open your eyes.

This look may not be for you if you find that with your hooded eyes, the fold goes way past your eye.

Brown eyeshadow

4. Curl your eyelashes

Give your eyelashes a little crimp with an individual eyelash curler, concentrating the curling to the outer edges of your eyes.

Curling lashes

5. Apply mascara

Next, apply your favorite mascara to define your lashes.

Applying mascara

6. Apply liquid eyeliner under the lash line

Another great technique for hooded eyes is to go in underneath your top lashes with a bit of liquid eyeliner.

This is a great alternative if you’ve tried applying eyeliner above your lashes but it ends up not showing. It makes your lashes appear fuller without losing any space on your eyelid.

Applying eyeliner

Tip 3: Add false eyelashes to the outer edges, with a gap

1. Cut your false lashes 

Choose false lashes that get gradually longer toward the outside. Hold up your false lashes with a tweezer and cut off the first half.

Cutting false lashes

2. Apply the outer pieces of the false lashes 

Then, apply the outer pieces of the false lashes to the outer half of your eyes.

Since this type goes from short to long, it accentuates the winged look.

If you’ve applied black eyeliner close to the root of your eyelashes, you can attach the false lashes to the skin, leaving a small gap between your natural lashes and the false ones, which will create an even more lifted look.

Applying lashes

Here you can see the difference between my eyes.

Before and after: Eye lift makeup

Eye lift makeup

Those were my 3 tips for how to give an eye lift with makeup. Let me know which tip was your favorite in the comments below!

For more makeup content, check out my Super Simple Everyday Makeup Tutorial.

Products used:

Concealer recommendation for skin with fine lines and wrinkles:

Trinny London BFF Eye Serum-Concealer

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Natasha Denona - Camel Palette

UK & Global - Cult Beauty: https://go.shopmy.us/p-995104

US - Look Fantastic: https://go.shopmy.us/p-995105

MAC 286S Blending Brush

Global: https://go.shopmy.us/p-630220

Angled Brush:

UK - Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kKBDcN

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GURU Makeup Emporium: https://go.shopmy.us/p-630252


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Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push-Up Mascara

UK: https://go.shopmy.us/p-1010419

US: https://go.shopmy.us/p-1010428

Ardell Faux Mink Wispies

UK - Amazon: https://amzn.to/3HADium

US - Amazon: https://amzn.to/3JmySZk

Suggested materials:
  • Concealer
  • Makeup sponge
  • Setting powder
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  • Caren Copeland Caren Copeland on Mar 27, 2023

    Enjoyed your video. Not sure where/how to follow you. Please provide info!

    • Shonagh Scott Shonagh Scott on Mar 28, 2023

      Hi Caren,

      If you search my name, Shonagh Scott, on YouTube you will find my channel. And also over on Instagram if you have it - @showmemakeup