4 Eyeliner Tricks for Hooded Eyes

October 07, 2020
By: Makeup.com | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
close-up of person wearing liquid winged eyeliner
Graphic eyeliner looks have been having a major moment in the beauty world. If you have hooded eyes, then you know that creating these looks can be challenging. Between having minimal eyelid space to work with and the likelihood of transfer, applying eyeliner on your eye shape can feel like a messy undertaking. Thankfully, there are a few application tricks that can help. Read on for tips on how to apply eyeliner on your eye shape.

Hooded Eye Trick #1: Tightline 

When in doubt, tightline. Placing eyeliner along your upper and lower lash line creates instant definition and drama. It’s also a stress-free solution if you are worried about eyeliner symmetry. For this, we recommend using a liquid eyeliner like the NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner. 
NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner

Hooded Eye Trick #2: Wing in Reverse 

Rather than starting your wing from the lash line and working your way up, try doing the reverse. Start the tip of your wing where your hooded eye starts. Connect the wing to the rest of your eyeliner with small strokes. Feel free to build your wing wider if you’re trying to amp up your glam for a night out. 

Hooded Eye Trick #3: Check Your Work in the Mirror 

With hooded eyes, it can be difficult to find your lid’s natural crease with your eyes shut. In order to make sure your eyeliner doesn’t disappear the second you open your eyes, check your work head-on in the mirror. Depending on your preference, you can also create your wing with your eyes open.

Hooded Eye Trick #4: Clean it Up

Keeping makeup wipes or cotton swabs handy is a must with hooded eyes. The lack of lid space means you’re probably prone to smudging your eyeliner. Luckily, a quick swipe of a cotton swab can make your liner look sharp and clean up any makeup mishaps. Pro tip: As a precaution, keep your eyes closed until the liner dries down, and opt for quick-drying formulas like the Maybelline New York Tattoo Studio Sharpenable Gel Pencil Longwear Eyeliner.
Maybelline New York Tattoo Studio Sharpenable Gel Pencil Longwear Eyeliner
Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline New York

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