How to Apply Makeup on Your Hooded Eyes

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Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style, using Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette

What are Hooded Eyes?

I remember the first time I heard a beauty YouTube talk about ‘hooded’ eyes, I was thinking, “What the heck is that?”
And, as I was doing some research, I quickly realized… I have hooded eyes!
The older I get, the more droopy my upper lid gets, the more my crease disappears.

How Do You Know If You Have Hooded Eyes?

Take a good look in the mirror with your eyes wide open. Do you see a crease?
If the crease is barely visible, or hidden underneath the upper part of your lid…you have hooded eyes.

There are certainly varying degrees.

Hooded eyes, celebrities with hooded eyes include Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively and Taylor Swift

Still Not Sure…

If you are still not sure, look at celebrities like Blake Likely, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lawrence (above). They all have hooded eyes.
It’s worth noting that these women are all young and beautiful… so hooded eyes are not something necessarily brought on by age.
Although, drooping lids caused by aging, can definitely hide a crease.

Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style using Bobbi Brown long-wear eye base, eye lid primer

How To Do Your Eye Makeup

So… now that you know for sure your eyes are hooded, the question remains, “How do you apply your makeup?”
I am NOT a makeup artist, but I’ve been doing my own eyes for years, and I also did a ton of research in order to bring you the best tips!

The goal with your makeup:

1) Add definition to the crease,
2) Make eyes look bigger and more defined

Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style using Bobbi Brown long wear eye base primer

Step #1 | Prime the Eyelid

When you have a droopy or protruding upper lid, it’s much easier for that skin to interfere with your perfect eyeshadow application.
Smudging is almost a certainty.
To help prevent this, use an eye makeup primer first. In the picture above I’m using Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Base.
I prefer a long-wear primer because there is no telling when I will have a chance to touch up my makeup.

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Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style, using Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette

Step #2 |  Use Mostly Matte Eyeshadow Shades

If you think about what a sparkly eyeshadow does, it makes an area standout, almost come forward.
(Just think about how much your highlighted cheekbones pop)
With hooded eyes, you are trying to create a crease, or add definition to a barely visible crease.
Matte shades will create the illusion of more depth, and make the crease recede.

I would plan to use a light, matte shade across the lid, and a deeper matte shade in the crease.

Above I’m applying the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, using the first shade on the left.

Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style, using Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette

Step #3 | Define the Crease

To create more of a crease on my eyes, I’m using a light brown matte shade from the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette.
You can add a slightly darker shade to corner to add even more definition.

I apply the shadow slightly above my natural crease, since the crease is barely visible.
Applying it higher means you will see it better.
Try applying with your eyes open for the best results.

At an Angle

I also apply the shadow so it’s angled up and drawing the eyes up, versus down.
I know that sounds confusing, but I think the image above will explain.
Use that imaginary line, or a tissue to keep a straight, angled line.

Leave Space

Be sure to leave space between fake crease and the brow… to highlight your brows.

Use a soft, fluffy brush to really soften and blend crease color.  I LOVE the Mac 217 brush for the crease!

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Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style, using Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette

Step #4 | Add Shimmer to Center of Lid

It is sometimes referred to as, “The Halo Effect.”
Add a bit of shimmer in the center of the lid… from the lash line to the crease… being carefully not to go too high.
This will help bring the actual lid forward and create the illusion you have more lid space.

Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style, using Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette

Step #5 | Use Light Shade on Inner Corners

I also add a little shimmer to the corners of the eyes to make my eyes look bigger and more awake.

I would also highlight the brows by adding the same shade just under the brow (above the crease shade).

Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style, using Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette

Step #5 | Line the Lower and Upper Lash Lines

I’m using a dark brown matte shade from the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette to line the eyes both upper and lower lash lines.
I think lining the lower lash line creates balance and makes eyes look bigger.

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Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style, using Estee Lauder long wear liquid eye liner in black

Step #6 | Add Liquid Liner and Wing it Out

If you add a darker liquid liner to your upper lid, it will help add more definition. Really work it into the root of the lashes.
I’m using the fine tipped, Estee Lauder Little Black Liner, winging out the liner slightly will make eyes look more lifted.

You can use a piece of tissue, or a thin cloth to help you stay on target.
Waterproof eyeliner is better… so it won’t smudge as easily.

The KEY is to make the line very thin…so it looks like you have more lid real estate.

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Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style, using Charlotte Tilbury eyelash curler

Step #7 | Curl Your Lashes

This is no doubt a key step, NOT to be skipped.

Curling your lashes will really open the eyes, making them look bigger.

I’m a big fan of this curler by Charlotte Tilbury, Life Changing Lashes Eyelash Curler.
Since buying this one, I got rid of all my old ones.

Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style, using Mac mascara

Step #7 | Mascara

Another integral step…use mascara.

If you like long, lush lashes like I do, you’ll want to try Mac False Lashes Extreme Lash Mascara.
It’s pretty awesome and comes in a travel size too here.

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Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style,

6) Conceal last

The last step… is to conceal your under eyes.
You can cover any loose shadow that may have dusted under your eyes, or any mistakes you may have made with your crease shadow.

It will also brighten and lighten under your eyes, making the eyes pop a bit more.

I have been using the hydrating, Retoucher Conceal & Treat Stick by Charlotte Tilbury.
It reminds me a lot of the infamous Touche Eclat, but with more coverage.

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Before & After

Be sure to check out the right eye in the photo above (with makeup) and compare it to the left eye (without makeup).
The eye on the right looks more defined, larger, more open… and has a more defined crease.

Hooded eyes, how to apply your eye makeup to look more defined and bigger when you have hooded eyes, featuring beauty blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style, using Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette

Ready to Roll

After shooting this tutorial, I threw on this WAYF sexy, silky maxi…and Chris and I went out to a lovely dinner in Cabo San Lucas.

I hope this tutorial helped you a little. As always just comment below if you have questions.
You might also like my 5-minute makeup tutorial here.

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  1. Does it have the names of the two matte shadows that you used? Wondering if I can buy them individually, since I don’t need the entire set. Thanks!

    1. They don’t have names. It’s a limited edition palette. I just looked on the website too and the colors are not delineated other than saying creamy matte ivory… generic description like that. So sorry! Erin xo

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