5 Makeup Tutorials for Hooded Eyes

The magic of makeup is undeniable. It’s a tool used to hide unwanted blemishes, enlarge the size of your lips, and make your eyes look bigger and brighter. having the tools––concealer, lip liner or mascara––is only half the battle. The best way to really maximize the power of makeup is to learn from experts.

One particular challenge a lot of women face is using makeup to open up their eyes, especially those women with hooded eyes. Not sure if that’s you? The easiest way to check is to look straight ahead and see if the crease of your eye is visible (that hollow space between your eyebrow bone and eyeball). If you can’t see it, or you can only sort of see it, then you most likely have hooded eyes. Don’t panic, though! Having hooded eyes isn’t the end of the world; it can just make eye makeup a little tough sometimes. So next time you’re looking to switch up your makeup routine, watch these YouTube makeup gurus explain how to apply makeup in the most flattering way for your eye shape.

1. A list of do’s and dont’s


Everyone loves a good list, so when it comes to makeup application, having one to refer to is almost a necessity. If you’re new to makeup, it might be a good idea to watch this video before any of the other tutorials below. Why? Because sometimes watching someone show what techniques are right and wrong makes it easier for you to decipher if you’re on the right path when it comes time to doing your own makeup.

2. The straight line technique

Wayne Goss, a longtime YouTube makeup guru, knows almost everything there is to know about makeup. He has tutorials covering everything from celebrity makeup tutorials to makeup tricks just for men. One particular tutorial, the straight line technique, teachers viewers how to use eyeshadow to give the illusion of a more lifted eye.

3. Halo eyeshadow for hooded eyes

Alissa Ashley talks about some of the tips and tricks she’s learned as a makeup artist as part of a series she calls, “Bush Bootcamp.” If you’re looking for a video that breaks down everything step by step, even clarifying which brush to use for each step, this is the one. One tip she uses is to put brighter, lighter colors to the inner corner of the eye, then build towards the outer part of the eye with darker colors. This method opens up the eye and can also be used to create a smokey eye look.

4. Sephora’s hooded eye tips and tricks

If you’re a big fan of Sephora, you need to check out this hooded eye how-to tutorial with the Sephora Pro Team. Finding the right spot to put eyeshadow on your eye can be super confusing while applying a smokey eye, and this video clarifies everything. You’ll learn easy-to-follow, simple tricks that professionals themselves use everyday. For example, professionals work around the orbital bone of the eye to play up every individual’s bone structure. In this video, by adding a darker color underneath that orbital bone (the crease between the bone and your eyeball) the makeup artist creates a deeper eye socket.

5. Glitter cut crease for hooded eyes

Makeup trends are always changing, and right now, the glitter cut crease is definitely having a moment. For a lot of women with hooded eyes, this look can be hard to achieve. But this tutorial shows you that it’s totally possible. For Destinie, this look was made a lot easier with the help of tape. A lot of makeup artists will use this same technique when applying eye makeup too. Instead of trying to eyeball where to put your eyeshadow, the tape will stop you from going too far out.

From beginner tutorials, to advanced these tutorials will have you completely covered when it comes to your eye makeup routine. Next time you’re getting ready with your friends, you’re going to be the go-to gal for eyeshadow tips and tricks!