If I Were A Terrible Person, This Article Would Be Called 'In Da Hood: Makeup Tips For Hooded Eyes'

7 steps for making the most of your bedroom eyes.
Publish date:
June 4, 2013
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Hooded eyes. I have them. If you’re reading this, there's a decent chance you have them. They’re also called bedroom eyes, which I always thought meant they made you look like you wanted to go to the bedroom to sleep, but in reality it means they make you look like you want to go to the bedroom to have sex...’kay.

I recently wrote about how using egg whites to lift hooded eyelids doesn’t actually lift hooded eyelids. Today, I offer you an effective way to put makeup on them so that they have some depth and contrast rather than just looking like a little wall of flesh.

This is a good, standard, versatile look. It’s like the black pumps of eye makeup, except no one actually wears black pumps.


1. Use a primer. (OK, so I’m using concealer. Ya caught me.) Many people with hooded eyes complain that their eyeliner transfers to the hooded part of the eye during the day because it touches the lash time. Primer can prevent that by helping everything stay in place.

2. Use a very light, shimmery shade on your eyelid and in the corner near your nose. We’re trying to create depth; this is a highlight. Don’t sweep the color all the way to the brow. Keep it on the lid.

3. Next, take a medium brown matte shade and make a little triangle over the outer half of your lid, making sure to extend it higher than your natural crease to create the illusion of a recessed area. The key here is matte color, which will create a shadow that absorbs rather than reflects light.

You can go a little bigger or a little smaller depending on how much of a drama queen you are, but keep it to the general triangle shape you see here.

4. More triangles! Use a small brush and a matte black color to create a baby triangle inside the bigger one, basically over the outer third of the lid, in and over your natural crease. You are creating a false shadow to imitate depth. Kinda like how all the kids in the Harry Potter movies just breathe really heavily and stare at things to create “depth” in their “acting.”

5. Apparently, I apply eyeliner like a heroin addict going through withdrawal. Do as I say, not as I do. Tight-line the outer third of your lashes and then line the outer third top and bottom. Your eyelid is prime real estate--because you can’t see much of it when your eye is open--and you don’t want to take up too much of it with thick eyeliner. Keep it close to the lash line. This is why tight-lining is great.

I like using gel/cream eyeliner with a brush; it gives a solid line with more control than liquid liner and is easier to push between lashes when tight-lining.

6. Clean and blend. If you made a complete mess like I did, make friends with a Q-tip and some makeup remover.

7. Mascara! Go ahead and put, like, three coats on. I know, I know--you don’t want to look like you smashed a spider on your face, but just put a liiiiiittle bit more on than you normally would.

Curl them well; you want them to sort of poke up over the hooded area.

Done! Here’s a comparison:

For all you TL;DR people, here are the takeaways:

  • Create depth and contrast by utilizing shimmery colors to highlight and matte colors to create shadow.
  • Your crease is

    not your friend. The hooded part of your eye eats your crease for breakfast all day. Drop shadow above your crease to imitate one.

  • Put your eyeliner on a diet. Tight-line and/or use a thin stroke on only the outer third of the eye.
  • Don’t be afraid of big, curled lashes as they can “screen” the hooded part of your eye.
  • Hooded eyelids are not a problem. Google it; you’ll get basically all pictures of hot people. This just gives you a way to make makeup work for your eyes.

Any other tips for hooded eyes you've found works?