I´m no makeup expert, but I wanted to share this because it took me so long to find this stuff out. For a long time I didn´t understand why on earth a lot of eye makeup looked terrible on me, especially the smokey eye. I had no idea I had hooded eyes. This is because hooded eyes are explained like this:
This looks NOTHING like a real hooded eye. At least it looks nothing like mine.
This is a real hooded eye -- Blake Lively on the left:
You don´t see any sagging or puffy upper lid (at least not when you´re young). What you do see is that the moveable eyelid is almost hidden (compare hers to his).
From this weird angle you see how the upper eyelid obscures the lower eyelid:
The basics rules for makeup for hooded ayes are:
* Light colour on the moveable lid. A dark colour or thick eyeliner will make it disappear completely.
* Dark colours should be avoided, since they can make the eye look really deep-set (unless you know what you are doing).
* A medium colour a little above the crease (on the "hood" part of the upper eyelid). No shimmer here, please !
* Tons of mascara, and fake lashes for big events.
Here Blake rocks the basic makeup look:
Tutorials and explanations:
* By the same authors, detailed explanations of basic makeup for hooded eyes. Her explanations are really good, although I wish she´d simplify her tutorial format.
* This lady has a very different approach to her hooded eyes -- using a lot of dark eye liner and shadow to create an elongated exotic cat eye.
Celebs with hooded eyes:
You can learn a lot by observing their eye makeup.
Also, these stars are living proof of the fact that hooded eyes are beautiful in their own way, and should not be seen as a liability.
Faye Dunway (pre-surgery)
|Madonna -- sometimes eyes on mature women look hooded|