As we get older, our eyes can start to look downturned and our brows can appear heavier (or hooded) and droop over our eyelids. Here are several ways to update your eyeshadow to combat this and enhance your aging eyes.
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I’m so excited to bring you this post today. I’ve updated a post I created in 2016 to include everything I’ve learned since then – including my own video showing how I’m doing my own eye makeup now.
Looking for the videos found in the original version of this post? Skip down to the bottom for a playlist with all of the videos I shared earlier and more!
A few years ago, I looked in the mirror and realized I now have hooded eyes. As I’ve aged, gravity has pulled down the skin below my brow so that it seems like I no longer have eyelids. I could fork over the money for an upper blepharoplasty, but honestly, I’d rather spend my discretionary income on other things.
I have other problems I noticed while I was staring in the mirror examining my eyes. For starters, my eyelids are getting a crepey texture. And my eyelids have freckles now, thanks to a misspent youth in the sun, as well as dark patches that affect the color of any eye shadow I use.
What to do? Well, for starters, I needed to adjust my makeup to my new reality. The routine I’ve developed over the years of putting on a swipe of brown eye shadow and some black eyeliner. Time to learn some new techniques.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the past years watching tons of makeup and skincare videos on YouTube to see what tips I could learn to help me feel a bit more confident in aging gracefully. In the end, I developed my own technique, which works for me and my eyes. I hope you find it useful.
How to Enhance Aging, Hooded Eyes
Here’s an overview video of the process and the steps are described in depth below. You can find the more complete YouTube video at the end of this post if you want more details.
Products Used in This Video
Here’s Why You Should Always Apply Eyeshadow Primer – Always!
Eyeshadow primer is extremely important for aging eyes for several reasons:
It keeps your eyeshadow in place. I notice more and more that my eyeshadow can tend to slip around the day. Eyeshadow primer keeps my eye makeup in place throughout the day.
It helps create a smooth surface for your eye makeup. My skin on and around my eyes is probably the most wrinkled and crepey skin I have right now.
If I put on eyeshadow without primer, it sticks to some parts of my eyelid and skips over other parts, leaving my eyeshadow looking messy and unfinished. I hate to use the word “spackle” in terms of the face, but primer really does act as a kind of spackle to even out the surface of the eye.
Primer gives your lids a consistent color and can brighten the eyelid. My eyelids have freckles now, as well as other dark areas. Using primer helps keep my eyeshadow colors looking the way they do in the palette, rather than taking on an undertone caused by my uneven skin tone.
I like to use a primer that’s slightly lighter than my lid color because I feel like it helps brighten my eyelid.
Getting the Look
- Apply primer with a concealer brush or even your finger evenly over the whole eye.
2. Cover the Entire Lid to Set the Primer.
You can use eyeshadow for this step (I used White Chocolate in the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette) or simply a translucent powder applied with a fluffy brush. This sets your primer and gives a nice smooth surface on which to apply the eyeshadow.
3. Define Your Crease
Apply a medium eyeshadow shade with a small, flat eyeshadow brush slightly above your natural crease. Make sure you can see this when your eye is open! Extend it out only as far as the edge of your brow. Blend this down to your lid and up toward your brow with a fluffy brush.
4. Lightly Line the Lower Lash Line
Using a flat, liner brush, take the same color you used for your crease and line underneath your lower lashes. When you get to the outer corner of the eye, bring the color up toward your outer brow for just the width of the liner brush.
5. Apply Lid Color
Apply color over the lid, up to your transition color.
6. Define the Outer Edge of the Eye
Take a darker color and further define your crease and the outer corner of your eye by applying a darker shade slightly under your original crease-defining shade and using the same color to cover the outer third of your eye.
7. Highlight the Inner Corner of the Eye and Just Under the Brow Bone
Using a small brush and a bright, light color, highlight the inner corner of the eye then just under the brow bone to add definition.
8. Apply Eyeliner
Apply eyeliner using the method that best suits your eyes. Because I can sometimes have issues with eyeliners, I took a dark eyeshadow color and applied it just along the upper lash lane in a pressing motion to give depth to my lashes.
9. Curl Your Lashes and Apply Mascara
Curling your lashes helps give a lifted look that helps combat the look of down-turned eyes.
10. The Finished Look!
Looking for more complete details? Here’s my complete video from YouTube.
Other Great Tips for Hooded Eye Makeup
Looking for the videos I mentioned in my original post? I’ve created a YouTube playlist with all of those videos and several I’ve found helpful along the way.
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