make-up ideas for hooded eyes

2017, lifestyle, photography, student


When you watch any make-up or beauty vloggers or bloggers, they have these gorgeous big eyes and they you can see all the detail of the five different eyeshadow colours they’ve used and the glitter and the delicate little eyeliner flick.

If I try to recreate this on my eyes, it looks okay when I’m applying it with my eyes closed then as soon as I open them, it’s all hidden because I have really hooded eyes. Whilst I do love watching lots of make up tutorials, I don’t tend to follow them because it wouldn’t work with my eyes anyway.

So I feel like I’m slowly starting to get the hang of making the most of the eye shape I have  so I thought I’d share. The main thing I learnt is that taking photos of your own eyes is actually really difficult and that my ‘good eye’ (the one that has a less intense prescription in my glasses) is more hooded then my ‘bad eye’ – the things you learn ey!

Look 1: Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Pen eyeliner and L’Oreal False Last X Fibre mascara – for the simpler, in more of a rush days! If I struggle to make my eyeshadow visible I’m not going to try too hard on lazy days – sometimes I’ll try and do a cat eye flick but a lot of the time I don’t have the time or inclination to try and get it right. Often I won’t even use eyeliner, but mascara is a good way to lift and open up the eyes too. Though, this L’Oreal eyeliner that I spent £10.99 on wasn’t worth the money – it doesn’t replicate false eyelashes and the ‘fibre’ thing is a lie – I don’t even know which of the two steps is meant to have the fibres. Wouldn’t recommend it!

Look 2: Gold eyeshadow and mascara – I love gold and brown tones when I’m doing eyeshadow and a slight step up from the ‘basic’ look 1, is look 2 (more of an alternative than a step 1). A fairly light gold, shimmery toned eyeshadow from a Sleek palette so old that I don’t think they make it anymore and I’ve hit pan on most of the colours while some remain completely untouched. Paired with mascara I think this combination really lightens up your eyes and makes them falsely look a little bit bigger.

Also I thought taking a photo with my glasses on would be a good idea. It wasn’t because the reflection of the window is definitely not helping anyone.

Look 3: The Full Shebang – two eyeshadow colours that I didn’t blend very well, eyeliner and mascara, nice one. I used a much lighter gold shade for the base of my lid and a darker, almost burgundy mahogany colour that I tried to apply to the crease and blend out but this did not happen. However, if I put more effort in (which clearly I didn’t feel the need to do to take these photos today) then this look can really work for hooded eyes as it gives the perception of depth and makes you feel a little bit more like an accomplished make up… person.

I tried okay.

At the end of the day – whatever face shape or features you have and however you apply make up or don’t apply make up, you look great. You do you – beauty gurus aren’t everything.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

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