Calling all deep set and hooded eye people! We’ve heard the struggles and yup this ones for you. But before we get started, are you sure you have hooded eyes? Maybe they are deep set? What’s the difference? Well let me explain….
Hooded eyes, the most common eye shape!
Yes that’s right, if you have hooded eyes you’re not alone. In fact most of the population have with hooded eyes. Why is that? Well because some people are born naturally with this eye shape while others develop this eye shape when we age. Yes, truly sad, but when we loose collagen as we age, the skin fold becomes prominent and starts to cover our eye lid.
So how do you know for sure you have hooded eyes? Simple, look directly in front of a mirror, and if your eye lid is no longer visible, or perhaps part of your eye lid is no longer visible (usually the outer eye lid), then you my friend have hooded eyes. Don’t feel so sad about it, keep reading and I will tell you below a simple trick on how to make your hooded eyes really pop, it’s simpler than you think!
Deep set eyes…
Your brow bone is prominent and your eyes almost feel like they are set really deep into your head, weird, but if you have deep set eyes then you know what I’m talking about. Both hooded and deep set eyes have the common feature that the brow bone or fold hangs over the lid or is visibly prominent, but the way you can tell if yours are deep set is when you stare directly into the mirror you can still see your entire eyelid, from the inner corner to the outer, nothing is covered.
As promised, here is a quick fix to hide that prominent brow bone or skin fold that seems to stand out like a sore thumb. Use a soft colour, a few shades deeper than your skin tone and very gently buff it on-top of the brow bone, so a little higher than your crease line. The best brush for this is a eyeshadow blending brush as it allows you to apply a very soft application. You want to blend it upwards and outwards so soft that you don’t see where this colour starts and finishes, no lines. In the world of social media, this colour is known as your transition colour. Make sure this is a soft colour, just a little bit deeper than your natural skin colour, so a soft brown for example. This colour should always be matte, not shimmery or sparkly. What this does is recede the brow bone or skin fold, creating the illusion that the area is smaller, bringing it back. We have marked out this colour below with a red X.
Lastly, as we bring up that transition colour slightly higher than normal (higher than the crease), follow suit with all the other eye shadow colours you wish to use, bringing them slightly higher than normal, about 2 mm above the crease line (put your tape measure back), it doesn’t have to be exactly 2mm, just high enough so that when you look straight into the mirror the colour doesn’t completely disappear. Caution, the higher you go the more dramatic it will look, so baby steps!
Here are a few of the colours and tools we recommend to get you started.
Warm brown matte eye shadow tones for a great transition shade to recede the hood or brow bone.
Soft and fluffy blending brushes to gently buff away that hood. No harsh lines!
This is just one super easy way of doing a great makeup! But I can already hear you saying you want more! Look into our professional makeup course or book in a private class with us. These courses are perfect for anyone who is an absolute beginner and would like to learn makeup as a hobby for themselves or work as a Professional Makeup Artist. The sky’s the limit!
Director of the Academy of Hair & Makeup