Why Puppy Eyeliner Works For Hooded Eyes & How to Do It

Smitha Deepak
by Smitha Deepak
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In this tutorial, I'm showing you how to do puppy eyeliner for hooded eyes.

If you have hooded eyes - eyes that have a fold over the lid - winged eyeliner can be difficult to do. This is because the fold of the eye will interfere with the wing and will end up looking distorted like this:

Winged eyeliner on hooded eyes

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There are several different ways to work around the fold, such as a smaller wing or a batwing. But, today I’m going to show you how to do puppy eyeliner. 

Tools and materials:

  • Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow
  • Concealer
  • Makeup brushes
  • Translucent powder
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
Do I have hooded eyes?

1. Check if your eyes are hooded

First, let’s make sure your eyes are actually hooded. To do this, look straight in the mirror without tilting your head.

If you find your lid space is minimal and is hiding under extra skin, you have hooded eyes! Hooded eyes are just as beautiful as other eyes, but the way you accentuate them with makeup will be different.

Defining brows for hooded eyes

2. Prepare the eyes

Before we get to the eyes, let’s start with our brows. All I’m going to do is fill them in where they are sparse and brush the hairs upwards.

The trick to doing your brows is to keep the arch as high as possible as this is going to give the illusion of bigger lid space. As such, you should avoid lengthening your brows for maximum effect.

Applying concealer to the eyelid

Then, I cleaned up the lines with concealer as well as used the concealer on my lids as a primer to even out my skin tone and hide any discoloration. 

Setting concealer with translucent powder

Set with a translucent powder to prevent creasing.

Extending the lash line

3. Extend your lash line from the outer corner

Now, let’s move on to the puppy eyeliner.

Unlike a winged liner where you would take the wing towards the fold, you should apply eyeliner parallel to the fold. Rather than interfering with the fold, we will work along it.

To do this, with your eyeliner, extend your lash line from the outer corner in the direction your lash line is pointing. Try not to extend too much, otherwise your eye will start to look droopy.

How to do puppy eyeliner

4. Line your lash line

Next, line your lash line to join it with the outer corner.

A super easy trick to get the perfect line is to lay it flat on your lash line and use it as a stencil rather than pointing it at your lash line or holding it at an angle.

All you have to do is gently stamp rather than pull.

Once you’ve got your line, fill in any gaps between the liner and your lashes.

Puppy eyeliner tutorial

5. Add eyeshadow to the lower lash line

You can leave the look as is, finishing up with some mascara, but here’s how you can achieve a more rounded look.

With an angled brush, use black eyeshadow to join your lower lash line to the extended outer corner. 

Puppy eyeliner technique

Then, smoke out the outer half of the eyeshadow and deepen it out for a nice ombre effect so it fades as it comes to the center of the lash line.

Curling eyelashes with an eyelash curler

6. Add finishing touches

To finish up, curl your lashes.

Applying mascara to eyelashes

Apply a coat of mascara. If you decide to use false lashes, pick something wispy that won’t weigh your lid down.

Here’s the completed puppy eyeliner on hooded eyes look!

Puppy eyeliner on hooded eyes

Puppy eyeliner for hooded eyes tutorial

The puppy eyeliner technique is named as such because it’s a really cute style that will round out and widen your eyes to mimic the look of a puppy.

It’s super pretty and suits hooded eyes very well without weighing them down or making them appear too droopy.

Let me know if you try this out and if you think it’ll replace your normal eyeliner routine! 

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