One of the most common questions I get from clients is how to perk up their droopy eyes using easily accessible, everyday products. For most women, hooded eyelids are a huge challenge when putting on make-up. There’s just more to deal with—the constant smudging, the extra effort in trying to make your eyes look bigger, and so on. However, if you know what to do and how to do it correctly, you’ll find that it’s actually quite easy!
Today, I’ll be giving you the top five tips to minimize hooded or droopy eyes like a professional. These little pointers can help you achieve a well put-together look, any day of the week!
- Use a Primer on your Eyelids
We usually use primers on the rest of our faces before applying foundation, but you’d be surprised to know that it works magic for people with hooded or droopy eyes, too. It will serve as a base to make your eyelids smoother and more even. This will help you apply eye makeup easier as it somehow manages your natural creases.
Another benefit of using a primer on your eyelids is that it will keep your makeup in place throughout the day. Hooded or droopy-eyed women commonly have problems with smudged eyeshadows, but luckily, the right primer can fix this in a jiffy! You may want to invest in a product that suits your skin and does the job without breaking the bank.
- Highlight the Right Areas
The basic principle when it comes to colors is that light palettes can highlight a feature, while dark tones can make it recede. Since our goal is to perk up those hooded eyes, use a lighter shade on the inner corners of your eyes and work it outward up to the center of your eyelid. On the other hand, use a deeper shade on the droopiest part of your eye, just above your natural crease. This combination will add depth through multiple layers of shades while opening your eyes and veering the focus away from the creases.
My personal favorite trick is to use a highlighter on the brow bone to give your eyes a lifted look. It follows the same logic of using a lighter shade, but a highlighter can get you that instant beam to accentuate the upper part of your eyes. So, if you already have one that you use on other parts of your face, make the most of it by trying out this trick.
- Don’t Close Your Eyes
Most women think that it’s a necessity to close their eyes when applying eye makeup, but when you have hooded or droopy eyes, it is best to keep your eyes open. Try to look straight at yourself in the mirror while putting on eyeshadow so that you’ll be able to see where your natural creases are. This will help you easily determine where to apply each shade of color. Once you’ve established where the creases are, apply a darker eyeshadow shade above it but make sure that it’s not too close to your brow bone. Keeping your eyes open will also avoid smudging while you’re in the process of finishing up your look.
- Use a Soft Brush
A soft brush can make it easier for you to blend the colors and avoid those harsh, strong lines. Apart from looking unnatural, it could further accentuate your natural creases rather than minimize them. The goal is to add some dimension onto your eyelids by brushing them gently in a wiper-like motion, back and forth.
Also, soft brushes are very handy for applying eyeshadow on the droopiest parts of your eyes because of its delicate nature. You wouldn’t want to create more creases or pull your skin the wrong way by using tougher tools on your eyelids.
The Wonders of Gel Liners
Instead of the usual pencils and liquid eyeliners, try using gel liners. It dries up faster, which makes it perfect for hooded or droopy eyes. Make sure that your eyeliner flicks a bit upward at the end to make your eyes appear wider. But, don’t overdo it! You will find that fine eyeliners are incredibly useful especially on your lower lashes without overpowering the rest of your eye makeup.
If you’re feeling a little anxious about using an eyeliner, you can apply a bit of your darker shade of eyeshadow and blend it as an eyeliner to give some definition. This is also a great idea to get that smokey and more natural look.
I hope that these tips and tricks can help you achieve your desired look, whether it be for a day in the office or a night out with the ladies. Don’t hesitate to experiment or tweak them a bit to see what works best for you. Try it out and let me know your thoughts through the comments below!