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24 Makeup Tips Every Person With Hooded Eyes Needs To Know

Yes you CAN wear a killer cat eye.

MYTH: You can't wear a lot of cute makeup looks because they won't flatter your hooded eyes. The previous statement IS NOT TRUE, and we can prove it to you.

Before we start, let's find out if you actually have hooded lids. Do your eyes have a crease?

If you do, draw a straight line across your eyes and see if the outer corners pull up or down.

If they don't turn up or down (aka they are just straight), ask yourself one last question: Is your crease visible?

If not, you have hooded eyes, which means all of the following tips apply to you. Woo-hoo!

Now, are you ready for some ~eye-popping~ tricks?

1. Here's a quick one: add a bright pop of color to the inner corner of your eye.

2. Use a brighter/lighter/shinier shade in the center of your eyelid over your transition shade.

3. Use a white or light colored eyeliner to draw a tight line right at your bottom lash line to make your eyes look bigger.

4. Add eye shadow to your under-eye area (after concealer, of course).

5. A cat eye, or winged liner, is probably the biggest struggle for small-lidded folks, but here's a quick and easy trick.

6. A variation of the cat eye style called puppy eyeliner is also a super cute alternative.

View this video on YouTube

Smitha Deepak

YouTuber Smitha Deepak's puppy eyeliner tutorial has almost 8 million views, so you can trust her expert guidance.

7. If you're still having trouble, this disconnected wing technique may look wild, but it actually works.

8. It's best to apply makeup with your eyes open, because it can be hard to find your natural crease with your eyes closed.

9. Apply your eyeshadow of choice just above where you're marking your crease as opposed to in the natural fold of your eyelid. This basically creates a new crease, which is super important so that your eyeshadow doesn't get lost when your eye is open.

10. If you're a beginner at applying eyeshadow, try this foolproof straight-line technique.

It'll give hooded lids the illusion of lifted eyes.

11. If you're using false eyelashes, it's important to choose the right shape for your eye!

12. For the love of literally anything, use mascara on your bottom lashes. That goes for everyone, not just people with hooded eyes.

13. If you're looking to minimize your upper brow bone, stick with matte shades.

14. Invest in a waterproof mascara.

15. Did you think that classic looks like a silvery smoky eye weren't possible because of your hooded eyes? Think again!

16. If you're into warmer, shinier colors, here's great smoky look with a more bronzy hue.

17. You can also create a "cut crease," which fakes a higher fold on your eyelid.

18. Are cut creases and elaborate smoky eyes a little intimidating? No worries, with some strategic brushstrokes, you can achieve a simple eye look with just a few colors. Sometimes simple is best!

19. If you want to try something bright AF, be sure to bring the shadow up past the hood to maximize the color. Otherwise, the color will get trapped in the fold of your eyelid.

20. You might feel like there isn't enough space on your eyelids for makeup, so do your eyebrows in a way that creates more space under the brow bone.

21. Forget that idea that your beautiful hooded eyes can't rock any and all makeup looks!

22. If you thought tips for hooded eyes were only applicable to people in their 20s, 30s, or 40s, that's not true.

23. Get a great eye primer!

24. And lastly, know that YouTube is a great resource for any kind of makeup you might want to do.

And, as always, continue being your bad self.