Simple Makeup Tutorial for Hooded Eyes

Smitha Deepak
by Smitha Deepak
8 Materials
10 Minutes

If you have hooded or droopy eyes, you probably have that extra skin sitting on top of your lid that weighs your lid down.

Today's makeup look will help lift your eyes and keep them looking wide and beautiful. Using just two pencils, I'm going to show you how to magically lift your hooded or droopy eyes for a fabulous everyday makeup look.

Tools and materials:

  • Brow pencil
  • Primer
  • Black eyeliner
  • Nude eyeliner
  • Makeup brush
  • Mascara
  • Blush
  • Lipstick
Filling in brows

1. Fill in your brows

Take a brow pencil with a micro-tip and use it to fill in the sparse areas.

The key when you have hooded or droopy eyes is to push your brows as high as possible. That'll help to create as much space as possible below the brows for your eye makeup.

Even if your brows are very close to your eyes, you can still push them up and try to utilize as much space as possible below your brows.

I'm just filling in the sparse areas because I want my brows to look nice, but at the same time, it shouldn't be overwhelming. All the attention should be on the eyes.

Applying primer

2. Apply primer

If your skin, like mine, is uneven on the lids and below the brows, even your skin tone out using an eyeshadow primer. Apply a couple of dots to your lids and spread them out.

The primer I’m using dries down pretty quickly, it doesn't crease, and you don't have to set it with powder. 

Before vs after shot

Here is the before and after. As you can see, it makes a huge difference.

Applying black eyeliner

3. Apply black eyeliner

Take your black eyeliner and apply it to the outer corner of your upper and lower lash lines.

We’re using this to extend our eyes and give an illusion of wider and bigger eyes. It doesn’t have to be so neat, as we'll be smudging and smoking it out.

Smudging the eyeliner out

4. Smudge the eyeliner out

Using a smudging brush, smudge and smoke it out both in the upper and bottom lash lines.

Smoky eyeliners are more forgiving than clean eyeliners on hooded eyes because they don't interfere with the fold of the hood.

Applying nude eyeliner

5. Apply nude eyeliner 

Now use the nude eye pencil in your waterline.

Doing this will instantly make your eyes appear bigger because it gives that illusion of the white in your eyeball being extended.

Highlighting the inner corner

6. Highlight the inner corner

Then highlight the inner corner. This will draw more light toward the eyes and make them appear brighter.

Highlighting the brown bone

7. Highlight the brow bones

Also, highlight your brow bones and the center of your lids.


8. Blend out

Use your finger to blend everything out.

Applying mascara

9. Apply mascara

It's time to finish up with some mascara. Applying mascara brightens up your eyes and makes them appear so much bigger.

You don't have to apply mascara to your lower lashes if you don’t want to.

I love applying mascara to my lower lashes because it gives a doll eye effect.

Applying blush

10. Apply blush

Now let's finish up the rest of the face.

For every day, I don't really use a bronzer or contour. I just go with a very light blush.

Take it with a brush and remove some of that excess before you use it, and that'll give you a light rosy hue. This makes my face look so much fresher.

Applying lipstick

11. Apply lipstick

The last step is to apply some lipstick.

Simple makeup for hooded eyes

Makeup for hooded eyes

Here's the finished look. I feel like this looks so fresh and so youthful and brightens up the eyes and face.

The eye pencil technique that I used elongates the eye, and that tension is taken off from that hood in the outer corner.

This is a perfect makeup look for hooded eyes, and I hope you’ll give it a go!

If you enjoyed this tutorial, leave a comment down below and check out my post on How to Apply Gold Shimmer Eyeshadow on Mature Skin.

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  • Primer
  • Black eyeliner
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