Eyeshadow Tips for Hooded Eyelids

Those who have them will complain about the difficulty of creating a cat-eye, disappearing eyeshadow and smudging mascara but a hooded lid is more common than you’d think.

For those not in-the-know, a hooded lid is when you have an excess of skin on the top half of your lid that folds down onto your lower half making your crease practically non-existent.

If you’re one of the lucky ones with hooded lids, you can count yourself in great company as Blake Lively, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence and the world’s most supermodely supermodel of them all, Gisele Bündchen, all have hooded lids.

Luckily, you don’t need a professional makeup artist by your side every time you do your makeup with a few easy tips…

  1. Always use a good quality primer before you start. Primer specifically designed for eyelids are often that bit stronger than your regular face primer due to the regular movement of your lids. An eyelid primer will also help to control oil which stops your shadow slipping and sliding around whether you have hooded lids or not.

Some great options are…

Mac Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion


  1. Stay away from darker hues. Dark eyeshadow shades will just make your eyes look smaller and hide any illusion of depth. That doesn’t mean you can’t do a classic smokey eye though. It’s all about being strategic where you use your darker shades and often swapping from a black to a dark brown smokey can help. As close as possible as you can get to your lash line and through your crease are the only places you should be putting darker shades.


  1. Go for light, shimmery colours. I was once told that hooded eyes should avoid anything sparkly but I’ve since learnt that’s not really true. Light, bright and shimmering shadows help to create light along your lower lid where it would otherwise look dark and hidden by your upper lid. Focusing on the inner corners and middle of your lower lid will sculpt your lid best.


  1. Choose waterproof formulas. Because a hooded shape is more prone to smudging, waterproof formulas are going to work that little bit harder than regular shadows to prevent movement. That includes mascara as well! If you hate that extra scrubbing involved with waterproof mascara, try a tubing mascara.

Try out…


Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Make Up Forever Aqua Matic Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara

  1. Blend your shadows above your crease. If you’re a hooded lid gal and usually stop your shadow at your crease, blending it above may seem a little strange at first but it’s the best way to open up your eye. It also ensures you actually get to see the colour you’ve applied. Use a soft and fluffy brush to take your shadow further toward your brow bone stopping where you would normally put highlighter under your brow.
  1. False lashes are your friend. If you find that your lashes disappear as soon as you open your eye thanks to your hood, a pair of natural false lashes can help to open your eye and create a bit more drama. The trick is to choose a pair that aren’t too thick and trim them so they’re not too concentrated on the inner corner of your eye.

We love…

Ardell Natural Demi Wispies

ModelCo Flutter False Eyelashes in Hypnotic


Featured image (above) via instagram.com/gisele