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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MAC #Liptensity pre-launch!




Yesterday I went to a MAC exclusive, pre-launch event to promote the new ‘Liptensity’ range, at the MAC store in John Lewis in Southampton with SotonBloggers. Did I remember all the key words and locations? I think so!

The new range all came about because Maureen Seaberg has a condition called tetrachromacy. Being a tetrachromat, means that she has four different types of cone cells in her eye whereas everyone else has only three – a condition which only women can have, interestingly enough.

She worked with MAC to make 24 new shades of lipstick, using her ability to see a hundred million colours to tweak the colours to the best they could be.


“We wanted to make them as pure and clear as possible.”

The range is full of bright and varied colours that are still wearable – what I mean by that is the colours aren’t bright green and blues and yellows, they’re still ‘normal’ lipstick colours, with a range of bright reds, dark berries and more subtle nudes to suite whatever colour anyone might want to wear.

I bought a shade called marsala, a dark berry red with pink undertones (do I sound like a beauty blogger yet?) and I’m obsessed with it. I also bought the pencil ‘Rebellion’ and one of the beauticians at the MAC store applied them both for me.


It will never look like this on my lips again.

The application of this lipstick was so nice and I love how depending on what you’re wearing it could be dressed up or dressed down as a casual or more formal colour. The formula is super nice and it was super comfortable to wear too, though if I’m honest it didn’t last too long because it was patchy by the time I took it off a few hours later.

The event surrounding the new launch was so nice – the staff at the MAC store were really chatty and lovely, the girls from SotonBloggers were really cool about bringing people together and introducing people and everyone there was absolutely lovely and it was so much fun to network and find out about other peoples blogs!

It was so cool to be surrounded by other people who love blogging as much as I do, because I don’t actually know that many people that blog. I can’t wait for the next SotonBloggers event to meet more people!

Go check out SotonBloggers on Twitter and Instagram for pictures of the event and MAC Southampton’s instagram for gorgeous MAC product pictures!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx


Thank you thecolourchronicles for posing for me, that orange shade really did look gorgeous!

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