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In the hood

Hooded eyes are when the fold of skin from your eyebrow meets your lash line when your eyes are open.
There are many variations though, in thickness of the “hooding” skin and how heavy it falls onto the eye.
Of course women with hooded eyes can and should do any eye shadow application that makes them feel pretty (as always) but there are a few tricks to really making eyes of this shape SPARKLE. But first I need to address the MANY emails I get that are concerned about their hooded eyes…as if there is something wrong with that eye shape…

If think hooded eyes are a bad thing.
You is dead wrong.
Blake Lively

Jessica-Biel

gisel

These are just a few of our modern day beauties that share your eye shape. So you are in FABULOUS company.
The number one trick to making those peepers sparkle is REALIZING that!
I know that it can be a bummer to see a gorgeous shadow displayed on prominent eyes (where there is plenty of lid showing even in a wide eyed gaze) and try to duplicate it to no avail. (my eyes aren’t quite hooded but they don’t show much of my lid either, so I feel ya) Not all eyes are meant to look the same. That would be so boring.
But all eyes are meant to be beautiful. Above any other feature even. Hooded eyes can really show off those lashes, they look soft and genuine and they give you the option of having a peek-a-boo pop of shadow that only shows up when you blink!
So once you feel genuinely happy to have beautiful hooded eyes, you may proceed (of course that only applies to those of you who have hoods)

Finally! Some really good tips for hooded eyes!
My best advice:
1. Define the eye right near the root of the lashes with some dark liner.
2. Instead of putting the medium shade color in the crease (like they always say to do ) apply it right under your brow bone inside your eye socket which will be above your natural crease. That will frame your eye gorgeously.
3. Highlight and define your brow. For some women, the hooding can have a bit of a drooping effect which can close off their eye. Brightening the brow bone and defining your arch completely counter acts that. {video here}
4. LASHES! I love to capitalize on lashes because they add femininity to the eyes while making them look bigger and brighter. I used Kiss Trio clusters on Cami, which I am going to do a video on applying. In the meantime the biggest advice I can give for these is to use less glue than you think and wait for it to get a little tacky. That will make a HUGE difference.
But, If you don’t wanna go to the trouble to go the falsie route I say go with “They’re Real” mascara by Benfit. I have got to do a before and after of me using ANY OTHER mascara for you guys cause it’s amazing. I’ve never seen such a giant difference with my lashes until I started using it. It adds miles of lash!

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Also, I am going to be on RadioMD.com today at 9:30am PST doing an interview if you’d like to listen in!

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91 Comments

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    Sheila
    June 18, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Well good morning to me with great advice for my exact problem. Thanks!

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    Tanya
    June 18, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Thanks for the tips. I have eyes like this, and I think this will help make them pop more.

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    PennyPincherFashion (@PPFGirl)
    June 18, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Thank you so much for this – I have hooded eyes and will definitely be trying these tricks!! xo

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

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    nicole
    June 18, 2013 at 5:36 am

    You are a makeup genius!! Thank you!

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    Claire
    June 18, 2013 at 6:01 am

    “They’re real!” by Benefit… IS. THE. BEST. period. Just take her word for it, get it. I have been using it for over a year now and will never use any other mascara. I have crazy long black lashes as is, so when I wear this I actually do have to convince people that yes, they are real! Many coworkers and friends have now switched to it. Here’s a link on Benefits site showing before & after pics of different types of lashes! http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/theyre-real#pdpTabsTips

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      Lindsay
      June 18, 2013 at 6:31 am

      Is it better than their “Bad Gal” or whatever it’s called formula? Because I said “never again” to Benefit mascara after I tried that stuff. So disappointing.

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        Katie
        August 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

        I hated Bad Gal but agree I that They’re Real is AMAZING.

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      Kristy
      June 18, 2013 at 6:54 am

      I really didn’t like “They’re Real” mascara. I wanted to like it because of all the hype I’d heard, but I swear every time I try a more expensive mascara I end up right back at the drugstore buying L’Oreal or some other cheapie. They always work much better for me, and at a fraction of the cost. I guess I shouldn’t complain about saving money! 😉

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        Brittany
        June 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

        I’m with you Kristy. I just tried “They’re Real” and it made my lashes stiff and stick together which gave me less volume. I am back to using L’Oreal Voluminous. Today I used Voluminous and then used “They’re Real” on the tips of my lashes and that worked better at least. I guess I’m still on the hunt for my perfect mascara!

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          Jenny
          June 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

          Can´t agree more with Brittany and Kristy! Sadly I bought They´re real mascara at the Benefit´s website because they were having a discount and when it arrived I thought it was a total waste of money. It clumps, stick together lashes, simply horrible because the price is a little high for me. I think I´ll try the Voluminous mascara, does it really adds volume?

          • Kristy
            June 19, 2013 at 6:50 am

            Brittany and Jenny, Voluminous is the exact one I use! I really like it. It makes my lashes look full AND long. Sometimes I use CoverGirl LashBlast if I’m going for a more natural look, because it seems to coat them more evenly.

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          Kristy
          June 19, 2013 at 6:51 am

          I did that too for awhile, just to feel like I got my money’s worth out of the Benefit one. 🙂

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    Candi Kidd
    June 18, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Love this!!! I was wondering if you were going to include different brow shapes for different face shapes on brow school? I have been trying to do very “archy” brows for a long time until I googled eyebrows for oblong faces. I’m supposed to have more horizontal brows and I could not believe the difference it has made widening my face! My face finally looks proportioned! And I’m finally happy with my brows! Thank you for all you do. My twin sister and I talk about your blog enough that my husband even knows who you are!! You’re pretty much a household name!!!

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      Cara
      June 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Great idea! Who knew brows could have sooo much info!? It’s gonna go forever!

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    Candi Kidd
    June 18, 2013 at 6:04 am

    *in brow school

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    Mia @ Makemeupmia
    June 18, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Ohh thank you for this post! My friend was “complaining” about her eyes being like this recently, I will definitely share this with her. Thanks <3

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    Maddy Cane
    June 18, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Such good tips, you have made me feel a lot better about having hooded eyes as well! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 
    ♥

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    Tawny @ GlamorouslyMommy
    June 18, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I love my hooded eyes! The trick is to blend that crease color up and out. It’s will open your eye and and make you look gorgeous.

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    Brecken Judd
    June 18, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I love this post. You are so right on with everything you said!:) thanks for all your wonderful tips!:)

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    Crissy
    June 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

    oh thanks so much, i too have hooded eyes. my problem is my mascara rubs on my eylid no matter what i use or do. can you help with that

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      Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
      June 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

      My eyeliner does that too! For mascara I would say to try waterproof and don’t look up for 30 seconds until it dries…

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        Crissy
        June 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

        my eyeliner does too. i have aways used waterproof on liner and mascara. it also gets under my eyes. i dont put mascara on my bottom lashes but have the lash marks under my eyes!

        help

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          Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
          June 18, 2013 at 11:50 am

          I try to compensate by blending a darker shadow where the eyeliner gets to make it look on purpose. Something else I learned is to put translucent powder under my eyes without blending it until I’m done, then brushing it away. I find it helps keep color from getting under my eyes and keeping my concealer on longer.

          • Lindselita
            June 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm

            I just wanted to tell you that I love your name!

          • Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
            June 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

            Thanks Lindselita 🙂

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      Dana
      June 19, 2013 at 4:05 am

      I was just about to post this same question. I never wear eye liner because it just ends up everywhere but where it should be. To be honest, I’ve never tried a nice (expensive) waterproof kind because I just can’t justify the purchase when I’m pretty sure I’ll hate it. As far as mascara, I just deal with it. But I would love to hear Maskcara’s tips on this issue! I thought I was the only one with this problem!

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        Kristy
        June 19, 2013 at 6:57 am

        I had the same problem, and I felt the same way about paying a lot for an eyeliner. I finally realized that Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes and Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners are both worth it if you want something that stays a LONG time. I sometimes even have trouble getting them off at the end of the day, especially the MUFE one.

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    Charity
    June 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I would LOVE to see a makeup tutorial for deep set eyes! It’s difficult to achieve a smokey eye or anything more than minimal without my eyes looking even more sunken in. It’s sad, very sad. Thanks, Cara!

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      Cara
      June 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Charity! I LOVE deep set eyes! but of course I’m gonna give y’all some love to!

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      Maria
      June 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

      I was going to say the same thing! Can’t wait to see a deep set eye tutorial.

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      Mer
      June 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Me three! I look like the undead if I overdo the smoky shadow.

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    June 18, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Great radio interview btw 🙂

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      Cara
      June 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks so much Viola! Love your new photo BTW:)

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    Flavia
    June 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Thanks so much! Will try it right away! Is there any trick with the eyeshadow in the case one lid is more hooded than the other? (which is my case)

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      Cara
      June 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      on the more hooded lid you can try blending slightly more shadow to create more depth. It has to be subtle but it might make a difference and make the hood look more like twins:)

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    Devri
    June 18, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Yes, please do a before/after with the Benefit mascara! I have been thinking about purchasing it because of all the great reviews. And I haven’t been loving many mascaras lately, so I thought this would be worth a try! Any other mascara recommendations for short lashes?

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      Kat
      June 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      “They’re real” changed my life 😉 ok not really but I got a sample of it and now I can’t bring myself to use anything else. It wears soft, and makes lashes look…well, fake! I highly recommend it

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      Cara
      June 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      try they’re real. For short or thin lashes it makes a huge difference!

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    jacque
    June 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

    thank you, thank you, thank you for this post i have super duper hoody eyelids (a gift from my grandfather, thanks pawpaw. lol)!!! and i have to agree with you on the There Real mascara!!! its great! i got a sample this month from sephora for my “birthday gift” and it really is good stuff!

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    Olivia Weststeyn
    June 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I too was very disappointed with “They’re Real” and thought it went on too thin and they looked to natural. I absolutely love Lancome Hypnose. The regular one so you can build it. NOt the doll one. It is thick and I love it!

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    lburrell2013
    June 18, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I missed the interview but I’m going to try to listen to it now, here – http://radiomd.com/show/beauty-inside-out/item/12476-small-makeup-routines-that-make-a-big-difference?highlight=YToxOntpOjA7czo0OiJjYXJhIjt9

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    Stefanie
    June 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Oh, THANK YOU FOR THIS! I never even noticed that I had hooded eyes until recently (maybe because I wore long bangs for most of my late 20s?) and I thought it was due to aging, but apparently it’s just my natural eye shape, YAY!!!

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    haohara
    June 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Finally!! One of my favorite bloggers has mentioned my favorite mascara!! I can’t believe we don’t hear more about it, my husband about fell over when I told him how much I pay for it, but anyone I have used it on is so impressed with the difference!

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    sari
    June 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you for your post today. I hate my hooded eyes but today you made me feel better about them!:)

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    Christina D
    June 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    What do you suggest for hooded eyes but one hood is “thicker” than the other? It’s so annoying to have to draw my liner differently just to TRY to get them to look the same. Of course, I could wear black shadow everyday and call it quits on attempting to make it even, but black is so harsh during the day! Any tips/tricks on minimizing the difference? I’ve attached a photo (minimal makeup, no liner) that depicts my “problem.”

    http://instagram.com/p/YvIM3GiWGv/

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      charlotte
      June 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      You are so pretty. Seriously.

      I would not use liner on the lid, tightline instead. Apply whatever color you like as long as it is darker than your skin tone and be sure it extends to just above your fold, so you can see it on both eyes with them open. You may have to play around with it a bit with your eyes closed so that it looks even on both sides.. I can’t tell if there would be a difference with the picture. A transition color would help if there is. Once your lashes are done no one will ever know there is a difference, even if you choose not to wear shadow, because you do not have that liner on the lid spotlighting the problem. HTH

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      Kristy
      June 19, 2013 at 7:01 am

      First of all sorry for blowing up these comments today, but there are so many things here I can relate to!

      Second, I vote for a tutorial on how to make uneven eyelids look more even. I have this problem too and it drives me crazy! I’m always trying to make one line bigger to compensate, or just wear a dark shadow all over like Christina said.

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      Alyssa
      June 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      I have the same problem… I was born with ptosis & could have gone blind if it wasn’t fixed. I had a few surgeries and thankfully can see just fine, but my eyelids are completely different and it makes me so self-conscious! My eyes look like yours but the difference between them is much more drastic, one is completely hooded and the other isn’t at all. At least it’s extremely noticeable to me, lol. I never would have asked because I thought I was the only one with this problem. It really isn’t a big deal or even noticeable on you and you are still pretty of course 🙂 Thanks Cara for bringing this up & your awesome advice! Love your blog and you are so gorgeous and sweet 🙂 xoxo

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        Katie
        August 30, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        To those of you asking about uneven hoodedness, there is a product called double eyelid tape that can be worn daily and used to ‘retrain’ your eyecrease. I first read about this on an Asian beauty blog a long time ago. It’s fairly popular in both Japan and Korea as an alternative to double eyelid surgery.

        http://m.wikihow.com/Make-a-Double-Eyelid

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          Eli
          April 27, 2015 at 11:43 pm

          Ive been “retraining” my lids without tape by simply gently pushing in my hood and creating a fold a bit higher up. It has worked a bit except that it worked better on one eye so the other is slightly more hooded than the other but, I still like them much more on me than when they were completely hooded. Now they look more like Jessica Biel or Gisele’s lids rather than Jennifer Laurence’s.

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    Rachel @ painfreekitchen
    June 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for pointing out all of the actresses that have hooded eyes. I always felt that I was at a disadvantage because I was “stuck” with hooded eyes. One thing that you could have also mentioned is doing a dark shadow in the outer-V, but bringing it higher above the fold. It opens up my eyes but still lets me do the same looks other people are doing.

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    Laura
    June 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Perfect post! I can’t wait for the video on falsies! I’ve been patiently waiting for a long time for such a video. =)

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    charlotte
    June 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I have hooded eyes. Took me years to figure out the best way to apply shadow to be able to wear all those gorgeous looks you see in tutorials. My tips:

    You may need to prime more than others because of the fold causing skin to skin contact all day. Try a little milk of magnesia on the lid before your usual primer. Makes my shadow bulletproof, also keeps liner and mascara from smudging and transferring.

    If you want color in the “crease” you have to fake it. Open your eyes, look straight ahead and use a small brush to mark the area that shows above your fold. Now when you close your eyes you can see exactly where your crease needs to go. If you are using a lighter color on the lid extend it a bit higher than your lid, this fakes a larger lid. Use shimmer on the lid and matte in the crease to increase the illusion. Keep any liner, outer v shadow, etc to the outer 1/3 to 1/2 of the lid to reserve what lid space you have. You can do a smokey eye, just pull the shadow above the fold as described above and you will be able to see it. Don’t forget the lower lashline you have space here to show off a pop of color or smoky shadow. If you want the “cat eye” look apply a very dark shadow to the outer corner of the lid and connect to the lower lashline vs. trying to wing liner.. winged liner simply does not work on most hooded eyes.

    Tightline and waterline vs. using liner on the lid, gives beautiful definition without sacrificing lid space. Leaving the lid liner free also makes your lashes much more apparent. Don’t be afraid of black, there is such a small amount of liner showing that it’s much less harsh than black on the lid, but dark colors are great too (grey, purple, navy, brown, green). If you TL/WL with the same color it will last longer and you don’t have to worry about transfer from top to bottom. My favorite inner eye liner is the Maybelline master drama, their gel liner is also good if you prefer a gel. Try to stay away from falsies (unless they are individual lashes) because the band takes up your valuable lid space. Try layering mascaras, using a lengthening formula first followed by a volumizing one can give you amazing lashes. Again use black, you need the definition. Be sure to curl your lashes, if you hate crimping curlers try the heated wand style, I have an Ulta brand one that was very inexpensive and works great.

    Focus on playing up your eye color, just a little bit of contrasting liner or shadow can make your eyes really pop, and with hooded eyes you see a lot more of your actual eye color than you do of the shadow you apply.

    Buy smaller brushes, since color placement is so important they give you a lot more control. I apply 90% off my shadow with an angle brush or very small shader. Sonia Kashuk’s economy line (the white handles) has a lot of really nice small brushes and they are great quality.Try applying your color dark to light (opposite of most tutorials), this also gives you a lot more accuracy and control and keeps dark colors from “taking over” your eye look.

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      Cara
      June 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      REALLY great info! Thank you!

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    Aja
    June 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I have the exact opposite problem my whole eyelid is visible a la mila kunis… It makes eyeshadow harder to do because it is totally visible and there is no room for error. Could you do a post on this kind of eyeshadow application?? That would be swell, im a huge fan of the blog xox

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      Cara
      June 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      I will but I will NOT agree that this is a problem! So much lid! ahhhhh I have stared for hours at Milas eyes!

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    Brittany
    June 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    “They’re Real” takes a little but of playing around before you get it right. I did not like it at first either; I felt it was difficult to make it look nice. The trick is to do it in layers for me; the first layer must be thin to spread out the lashes. Then add more to the ends in a vertical brushstroke. Hope that helps!

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    Lindselita
    June 18, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you for this and thank you for demonstrating on someone with a hooded eye. So many “tutorials” on YouTube on women that don’t have hooded eyes, so it’s hardly helpful! Would love to see different looks! Maybe doing a look on a typical eye and then the translation on a hooded eye? See so many looks that I would love to try, but takes considerable tweaking to work on a hooded eye! You are awesome!

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    kassie (@kmakesithappen)
    June 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I actually like hooded eye because it you apply liquid eyeliner on your upper lash line can make your eyes look so full and your eyelashes so full. I have a really big eyelid area, so I was always wishing I had more hooded eyes. It’s funny how we want what other have. Great post and great tips

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    Jessica
    June 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Love this! Thank you! I’ve always struggled with my hooded eyelids! I read your post as I was getting ready for work… my eyes looked great, thanks to you!!! 🙂

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    Rosanna O'Gorman
    June 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I would love to see eye makeup for my small almond eyes. They seem to disappear so easily and would like to give them some definition.

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    Barbara
    June 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Sweetheart, been loving your blog and videos! My hooded eyes have developed with age – I’m now 55. My eyes are small, deepset, hooded (fleshy) and droop downward at the outer corners. Thank you for this post…may I add a couple of thoughts for older women? I use shimmer (or satin, really) finishes on my lid, inner eye corner or just under my brow arch – never in my crease or on that fleshy part – the hood. Shimmery liner? You bet! But I look best with matte shadows from the crease upwards. I find now that I need 2 matte shades: A matte shade from the crease almost up to my brow in with a shadow one shade darker than my lid shade, then a shade darker than that in my former crease area. Blending this 2nd shade perfectly is a problem for me because I HATE to see that “line” of darker shadow demarcation on that fleshy part of my eye! But I do blend it, and then I’m good with liner and mascara or I can deepen my lid and crease for a more dramatic look. Blending is terribly important especially with hooded eyes! The skin of young women’s hooded eyes is smooth and fresh looking; when you age that skin is saggy and textured….not so fresh! So keeping it matte and super-blended prevents the skin texture rather camouflaged.

    Thank you again for all your work!!! Love you!

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    Stacey
    June 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Definitely a hooded eye girl! So glad you posted this! And the pic of Jennifer Lawrence! Love her! Glad I’m in such great company! 🙂

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    Lara
    June 19, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I have hooded eyes, and never enjoyed wearing eye shadow, as it never shows up! A few years ago, I went to a cosmetic surgeon for a consult to get a microderm abrasion for my horribly dry skin. The first thing out of his mouth was, ” Oh sweetie, you really need to do something about those eyes. You really need to consider getting your upper and lower lids done.” Needless to say, I left there feeling even more self conscious than before, as though I had some huge flaw. I have 3 boys, and they have my eyes. No surgery for me…..I WANT to look like their mom. Thanks so much for the great tips Cara!

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    Victoria
    June 19, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Hi Cara! I love your site, and I have learned so much!
    I might be hijacking comments here, but was unsure of where to post my question, and cannot find the answer!

    Most people recommend putting eyeliner (or eye-brightener) on the water line of the bottom of your eye. However, if I do that, it comes off right away. Like as soon as I blink right away. I have tried dusting it with shadow, and even using primer, but it never stays on! So, I always default to just under the water line on the lash line. Any suggestions for this? Or do you think it’s necessary to keep fighting for the water line?

    Thanks for any tips you have, I appreciate all that I have learned on your site…..(although I don’t think my husband does once he started seeing multiple amazon packages w/ only makeup and tools in it hehe)!

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      Cara
      June 19, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks Victoria! Have you tried Loreal Gel Eyeliner? It’s the best thing i’ve found for my tear line. It DOES NOT MOVE!

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        Victoria
        June 26, 2013 at 7:34 am

        I will try that, thanks for the tip!

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    Ruth
    June 19, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I think I just realized that I have hooded eyelids-this is just the post I needed
    xo ruth
    ruthandglory.blogspot.com

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    Jordin Huff
    June 19, 2013 at 11:20 am

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    tina :)
    June 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you for this!!! Most of all thank you for being such a positive voice about beauty. I have always loved my eyes but recently watching another makeup artists youtube videos made me super insecure about the hood to my eyes.
    Now… hey if its good enough for Giselle its good enough for me 🙂

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      Cara
      June 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Oh thank you! I totally agree it’s nice to find similarities with supermodels and it dawns on you, OHHHHH beauty is in the variety!

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      Christine
      June 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

      I couldn’t agree more. I saw that and thought – HEY! Maybe we ARE pretty after all!

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    Felicia
    June 20, 2013 at 1:10 am

    I’m not sure if I have hooded eyes. They look hooded sometimes, but other times not at all. Is this normal?

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    Christine
    June 20, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Thank you! I have been contemplating plastic surgery on my eyelids for years. I think I will eventually have to for vision reasons, but for now I can use your tips to get more of a look I like. Many of your tricks and those offered by your readers have been in my arsenal for years. However, there are two I’m adding. First, the specifics of putting the darker shadow at the brow bone (and slightly above) is a huge help. I was doing that but also getting it in the crease. The before and after really pointed out to me how big a difference EYELASHES make. I always use a lot of mascara and dark eyeliner – but I often forgo my eyelash curler. I learned the trick of heating the eyelash curler with the blow dryer for a couple of seconds to turn it into your very own heated eyelash curler. I’d made a point of doing that on both eyes before I put mascara on…and what a difference it makes. I mean – I just never realized it until I saw the side-by-side! I’ve tried ALOT of mascara (thanks to Sephora’s samplers) and settled on Outrageous Volume by Sephora. It’s phenomenal.

    One more thing learned from my asian sisters…if you have hooded lids, it’s fun to try THICK eyeliner on the top lid. When your lid is closed it looks VERY dramatic because you only see the liner. I don’t think women with deep set eyes would have the same effect. Makes your eye appear larger when it’s open – but it’s dramatic – so be forewarned. I like to just use a liquid eyeliner and then I blow dry my eyelids with a cool setting on the blow dryer until they are set. Yup – the smearing and smudging is definitely part of the package with hooded lids!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration…now back to the eyebrow issue…:)

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    Julie
    June 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I would love to see a review of the “They’re Real” mascara. I curious about it, but haven’t tried it because I didn’t like the Benefit “Bad Gal.” And also a tutorial on the trio lashes, please! I have short lashes, so I’m all about this stuff.

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    jenafer
    June 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    They’re Real mascara IS THE BEST MASCARA EVER! I’ve been using it for few months. Before that I was always switching mascaras because I have a mascara/lash problem they were never long enough voluminous enough but ill never switch from They’re Real! Actually I use They’re Real and Loreal telescopic over it and the telescopic makes my lashes even longer! Thanks for this post i have pretty hooded eyes and your right you have to embrace it. Its not that bad i’ve made it work 🙂

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    FleurLight
    June 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I didn’t even realise I had hooded eyes until I read this. Well, now I know how to sort it! Thankyou!

    And I’ve heard nothing but good stuff about this Benefit mascara. Everyone seems to be raving about it!

    http://www.fleur-light.blogspot.com

    x

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    MEP
    June 21, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Yay the post I’ve been waiting for! Another hooded gal, thanks Cara and commenters for the GREAT tips here. I also want to come out for They’re Real — it’s my favorite! I got a sample somehow and I really love it, and I’m VERY particular about my mascara since I have contacts and unfortunate lashes. It does not flake, stays on all day, and makes my straight, stubby lashes look long, curly, and thick.

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    Jenni Rae
    June 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Cara- I seriously love your blog and repin all the time. I’ve started one of my own for those of us that are “older”. I have very hooded eyes so I appreciate the kind of info you have in this post. I will definitely try all of it (including the mascara from Benefit).

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    Emily
    June 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Cara! This is my first time visiting your site and I am instantly in love with all of your tutorials! I am actually in the same situation as you in that i am naturally blonde and dye my hair dark.. i was wondering what exactly you did to get your hair back to blonde without completely frying it… i heard once you go dark its extremely difficult to go back light.

    Emily

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    LauraK
    June 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Cara — I am absolutely BEGGING you to find a hooded-eye friend and make a video of this application. I’m 42 and while I have always loved my hooded eyes, the “hood” (skin between the brow and crease) is getting more prominent as I age. It’s like one day I knew how to apply eye shadow and the next I was a hot mess. So please, please consider a show and tell. Bonus points if you pick someone a little ‘mature’ to address the kind of hooding that comes with age. All that said, I am going…right now…to give this technique a shot. Thanks a bunch!

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    Whitney
    June 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Cara, I feel I have kind of an unusual problem with my hooded eyes and I do not know how to do my makeup because of it. like you’ve said before our face is not the same on both sides, they are not twins but sisters. Well I have one eye that is “hooded” all the way and on the other eye you can see right above my lash line. I feel like my eyeliner looks really weird and I try to make them look the same with make up but just don’t know how. In pictures of me it looks like I have a lazy eye (the eye that you can see above the lash line) because it does not look the same as the other eye (the hooded one) Help! how do I fix it

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    Erin
    July 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Cara I am SOO happy you put this tutorial. I have hooded eyes and have tried literally hundreds of different cute eyeshadow looks and wondered why they never looked the same on me as they did on the models. I always knew my eyes looked better with a highlighted brow bone and a defined brow but this is so easily explained. Its like you read my mind…. thanks!! 🙂

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    Joni
    August 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    This post made me smile because I would kill for hooded eyes! I have very deep set/prominent eyes (very deep crease with a lot of lid visible) and I try to minimize my eyelids. Everybody wants what they don’t have!! Please do a post for deep set/prominent eyes. I would be eternally grateful!!!
    Love your blog and videos. You are a wonderful artist!

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    MonicaJ
    August 14, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Hi, Cara. I realize this is an older post (and I am hoping that you will see my reply) but I was wondering if there was any way we could get demonstration of #2 especially. I so so so appreciate your blog so much and plan to submit my photo for Makeover Monday soon! Thanks for your time!

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    Rebecca
    December 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I am so happy to have found this application method for my hooded eyes! I too have discovered that the lashes make a huge difference!! I use Younique’s Moodstruck 3D fiber lash mascara and it has literally transformed my eyes! I have really sparse and short eye lashes, but with the 3D mascara they seriously look like falsies!!! I would encourage you to try it for yourself! I would love to hear what you think. You can order yours here: http://www.youniqueproducts.com/rebeccacleary

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    Eli
    April 28, 2015 at 10:35 am

    My eyes are not just hooded but they are also close set and so small my whites barely show. On top of that, I have to wear glasses. People are constantly asking me if I’m ok, if I’m tired, If I’ve been crying, if I’m mad. Even my parent would annoy me constantly about being in a bad mood based solely on the way my face looked since I can remember! A coworker, after I assured him I was ok and not tired, even said ” either you are tired or you have really weird eyes” and I kinda snapped and said “Yeah, I guess I have weird eyes then!” I also have straight, close set brows and big(chronically dry) protruding lips which all add to the look that I’m frowning. At least I have eyes and I am not completely blind so I’m glad for that, cant say I hate my eyes but I do wish I had better ones(in function and looks).

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    Sondra
    June 1, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    The biggest problem I have with hooded lids, is that they get oily and the shadow just globs up in the crease! I’ve tried the cornstarch, and that works for like an hour… maybe two. Anyone have any suggestions for that?

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    Beth
    September 4, 2017 at 7:54 am

    What is a great crease color that enhances the eye to make it more open not hooded? I was told to find an orangey brown but there are so many and not sure which one is the best. Should you put it on the lid as well or just the crease? Also my eyelashes at the corners are ruly and curl in instead of outwards. Any suggestions? Thx

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