Try This Easy 5-Minute One Eyeshadow Makeup Look for Hooded Eyes

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In this tutorial, I’m going to be doing a quick and easy, one eyeshadow makeup look for hooded eyes. I’ll be showing you how to apply eyeshadow to hooded eyes so that they look more open and less droopy.

When choosing a color for this look, you want to go for a matte eyeshadow that is a few shades darker than your skin tone. Nothing too dark or too light.

Tools and materials:

  • Matte eyeshadow
  • Makeup brush
  • Black eyeliner
  • Mascara
Applying eyeshadow above the eye

1. Apply the eyeshadow above the eye

Begin by patting the eyeshadow all over your mobile lid. You can build up the color until you get the intensity that you want. When you’ve got that on your mobile lid, keep blending it up in a half-circle motion.

You want to bring the color up onto the crease. I’m also going to make it a bit darker on the outer corner because that’s where my eye droops the most.

Applying eyeshadow below the eye

2. Add eyeshadow below the eye

Then, take a pencil brush and go in with the same eyeshadow on your lower lash line. This is your eyeshadow done. 

Because you’re just using one color, think of it as an all-black, monochrome outfit for your eyes. You know, if we dress in all one color and a bit darker, it makes us look slimmer, slender, and all uniform; this is a bit like that with the eyes.

Applying eyeliner to the lash line

3. Add eyeliner

Next, apply a tiny bit of black eyeliner in the lash line and then in your waterline. If you have quite small eyes, then you don’t need to add eyeliner because too much eyeliner around your eyes will close your eyes down and make them look smaller.

Applying mascara to eyelashes

4. Apply mascara

Finish off your eye makeup look by adding a bit of mascara.

How to apply eyeshadow to hooded eyes

On the left eye (in the picture), we have our finished eye makeup look, and on the right eye, I’ve shown you what you shouldn’t do.

On my right eye, the dark eyeshadow is not high enough. It's just on my mobile lid, so when I open my eye, you can’t really see it. It’s an okay look, and you might like it, but it hasn’t hidden the hood, so my eye still looks quite droopy. 

On the left eye, however, I’ve shaded the hooded part, which retracts it, and it looks like there is no hood anymore. So If your aim is to hide your hood, you need to go much higher with your eyeshadow.

So as we said before, you want to go for a medium-dark eyeshadow. This is especially good for those of you that don’t have much of a mobile lid. It needs to be a shadow color, so any type of brown would be good for this.

You want it to be a bit of a crease transition color, not too dark and not too light. If it’s too light, it won’t be noticeable and won’t make an impact, and if it’s too dark, well, you might end up looking like you’ve been in a nasty punch up!

Then, of course, you can build it up to whatever depth you want and make it however smoky you want it.

One eyeshadow makeup look

One eyeshadow makeup look tutorial

Now I've corrected the right eye, so we now have both of the eyes looking fabulous. Applying the dark eyeshadow to the crease as well as the mobile lid makes my eyes appear bigger and my hoods lifted. I finished off the look by adding some pretty pink lipstick.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful!

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Matte eyeshadow
  • Makeup brush
  • Black eyeliner
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