Quick and Easy Makeup Hack for Tired Eyes

Smitha Deepak
by Smitha Deepak
11 Materials
20 Minutes

If you have hooded eyes, droopy eyes or your eyes just look tired, follow along with this easy, makeup for tired eyes tutorial.

It will give your eyes looking bright and lively without an expensive procedure.

Tools and materials:

  • Spoolie
  • Fine-tipped brow pencil
  • Concealer
  • Assorted makeup brushes
  • Brown eye pencil
  • 2 shades of brown eyeshadow
  • Champagne eyeshadow 
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Nude eyeliner pencil
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
Filling brows in

1. Tame and fill your brows

Brush the hairs downward with a spoolie and use a fine-tipped brow pencil to fill in sparse areas at the top without overdoing it.

Focus on the center–so don’t elongate or pull down your brows beyond their natural shape.

Then brush the hairs upward and fill in any holes at the bottom of your browline.

A light touch will help avoid weighing down your lid.

2. Maximize the space under your brows

Even out the skin tone between your lid and under your eyebrow with concealer.

Start applying with an angled brush directly under the brow. 

Applying concealer

Apply more concealer with a round, concealer brush to fluff it onto the eyelid. 

Applying concealer

3. Mark a higher crease

Starting right at the center, use a brown eye pencil to mark a point above your natural crease line.

When you keep your eye open, you should still be able to see that marking. 

Marking higher crease

Next, mark the corners.

Marking higher crease

Lightly connect the markings with the pencil, then raise your brows so you can clearly see the marking. Use a brush to soften the line. 

Marking higher crease

Further soften out this line with brown eyeshadow on a blending brush.

Applying eyeshadow

4. Apply eyeshadow to your lower lash line

Apply the same brown shadow on a small brush to your lower lash line. 

Applying eyeshadow

5. Apply a darker brown eyeshadow

Use a darker brown eyeshadow to darken the crease line with a tapered blending brush.

Focus the brush straight on the new crease line, focusing on the outer half, not pointing up or down. 

Applying eyeshadow

Run this shade on your lower lashes as well with the small brush.

Applying eyeshadow

6. Apply a champagne color to your mobile lid

Apply a champagne shade of eyeshadow to your mobile lid to highlight it, bringing it forward.

Applying eyeshadow

Soften the transition at the crease line using the leftover brown on the tapered brush, as well as soften the outer edge of the lid. 

Applying eyeshadow

7. Apply black eyeshadow as eyeliner

Apply black eyeshadow to create eyeliner very close to the lash line, making a small wing in the outer corner.

This will give the illusion of lifting the lash line.  

Applying eyeshadow

8. Use nude eyeliner on your outer, lower waterline

Line the outer half of your lower waterline with a nude eyeliner pencil. This makes the eyeballs appear bigger. 

Adding eyeliner

9. Curl your lashes

Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler. 

Curling lashes

10. Apply mascara

Apply your favorite mascara to your upper and lower lashes. For a night-time look, you can apply false lashes. 

Adding mascara

Now you can see, as compared to my left (untouched) eye, that my right eye looks brighter, bigger and more lively:

Makeup for tired eyes

With just a few, simple steps, you can completely change the shape of your eye and also the mood associated with the look.

Here is the completed eye lift makeup look on both of my eyes: 

Makeup for tired eyes

Add a nice lip color and you’re ready to go: 

Makeup for tired eyes

Makeup for tired eyes

Let me know if you will try this makeup for tired eyes.

Next, check out these 5 game-changing makeup secrets used by celeb makeup artists.

Suggested materials:
  • Spoolie
  • Fine-tipped brow pencil
  • Concealer
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  • Rhonda Rhonda on Jan 29, 2024

    Your eye's looked amazing ! I loved how you did them ! But I wonder would you use the same colors in some of the shading & eye shadow if a person like me would want to highlight the green in your eye's ?