What are hooded eyelids? It's when the top bit of skin above your eyes folds over a bit, hiding a majority of your eyelid. There are lots of people who have this, including (as a reference) Blake Lively and Selena Gomez.
The problem these eyelids bring about is that you work hard to apply an eyeshadow, and then it all but disappears when you step back! So I'm going to show you a little step by step guide on how to make a smokey eye look with these kinds of eyelids!
Everything I used minus the Faux Cils YSL mascara I did a review about last week! Oh and I never did get around to using the brush on the far left, oh well.
Blend foundation/ tinted moisturizer into skin well. I used my fingers here, but it's recommended to use a foundation brush (liquid or powder).
2. Conceal dark circles under eye. Here I'm using Laura Mercier's secret concealer duo
4. Fill in your eyebrows if need be. Mine are so freakishly light that I probably should more often. Use a shade much lighter than you think you'll need. I used Omega by MAC.
5. Line in between the lashes on the upper eyelid.
It will be awkward at first. The idea is to get an eye pencil that is sharpened, but dulled a bit so it doesn't physically hurt. From one end of the eyelid to the other, wiggle some color between your eyelashes. This makes them look more full and darker in a natural way.
6. Chose the eyeshadow color you want to be the lighter color or the base. I used a color from an old Laura Mercier artist's palette called Chocolate.
7. I take a darker color to make the look more dramatic. You can make a smokey eye of any color you want to, and I normally do lighter browns or greys in the daytime, and darker shades at night such as golds, blacks, bronzes, etc.
I chose to use Chanel's #75 Ombre Essentielle in Magic Night
Continue out and get as dramatic as you want to. Don't be afraid to experiment with colors, but just remember that because your eyelid is obscured by that skin, you need to go out farther than you may be used to. Take your time, and continue looking straight ahead with relaxed eyes to see what the make-up will look like when you are out and about.
8. Line the bottom third of your waterline
9. Continue on and line the top part of your eyelid. I blend it a bit with my pinky or a smudge brush to make it blend in with the colors around it. This makes the look more dramatic.
10. (Optional) I like to take some color and bring it to the bottom lash line. I think it softens the look and makes it more appealing. The color I chose to use was Laura Mercier's Tiger's Eye
This brush is far too large but it'll to the job.
11. Curl your eyelashes. I have the Chanel eyelash curler and I adore it. My eyelashes tend to go straight in random parts and super curly in others, so this evens them out and makes them uniform.
12. Apply mascara! As I mentioned earlier, I used YSL Faux Cils. I applied it twice and it was very dramatic.
This is a picture of my eyelashes after just one coating.
13. Apply blush gently along the cheek bone. I used Smashbox's Blush Rush in Masterpiece.
You don't need much because your eyes are so dramatic, but you do need some to give angles to your face if they are lacking.
14. Chose lipstick! I chose that favorite of mine, the Chanel #40, Charme. It's a soft pink that is gorgeous but not too dark. I could have gone darker in lip color if I wanted to, or lightly applied a red, or done a lighter pink. It's up to you, have fun with it!