Smokey Shadow For Hooded Eyes

 Today I have a little something different for you MissBB readers. I’ve done video tutorials before but never a picture tutorial for my blog. I kind of like the step by step and find them easier to follow than videos, personally but let me know what you think. I’ve wanted to share something like this for a while because I know that hooded eyes are a problem for a lot of girls and although mine may not be super hooded I also have another issue to contend with. One of the pitfalls of making YouTube videos and taking copious amounts of pictures of your own face for posts such as these is that you notice small imperfections you may otherwise have missed. One such imperfection on me is that my right brow sits lower than my left  so my right eye is slightly more hooded. Because of this I have to even up my eye makeup or it will look off and this “technique” works perfectly as most of the shading is done above the crease.

I used the NYC Individual Eyes palette for Brown eyes, their High Definition felt tip liner and the BIG Curl mascara. Now for the step by step..

 I started by priming my lids with the primer in the palette (which by the way isn’t fantastic, the cream highlighter also provided does a better job)

I used shade one all over the lid as my base colour

I defined my crease with shade three but as you can see I left most of the lid clear and brought it on my brow bone as this is what’s more visible if your eyes are hooded

I deepened that definition with shade four, shading in my socket and the outer corner to give the smokey effect

I added liner and mascara and voila.. My only bugbear is that the shimmery silver shade (one) does create fallout so I did have a little glittery under eye going on but otherwise these shadows are very nice quality, especially for the price

I even up my uneven brows by measuring my blending to my brow rather than my crease as you can see in the above photo

I love this smokey look and you can achieve it with so many combinations. If you’re nervous about introducing colour to your eyes this is a great way to do ti. Stick with a neutral shadow on my lids and use a colour to define, it’s less scary than an all over hot pink, that’s for sure.

Let me know what you think of the format of this as I think I will be doing more!

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  1. 12 January, 2013 / 4:07 pm

    I have hooded eyes (turns out a lot of celebs do too) and there just aren’t many good tutorials for this problem. You’ve done a fantastic job! I like the individual pictures too..really helps give a clear picture (pardon the pun) of the end result with each step.

    Thank you so much!

  2. 12 January, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    I love this! Such a clear way of doing a tutorial.. better than any others I’ve seen and perfectly timed for me today too as I’m heading out tonight, so I plan on giving it a go! 🙂

  3. 12 January, 2013 / 6:22 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this – I struggle to wear eyeshadow because of my hooded lids and now I may be able to give them a go thanks to you 🙂

    Danniella x

  4. 13 January, 2013 / 3:18 am

    Do you have any tips or tutorials on how you do your liner for hooded eyes? My eyes are slightly hooded and I have such a horrible time with liner.


  5. 13 January, 2013 / 5:17 am

    It looks beautiful so don’t be too harsh on yourself. As for more lookbook posts, I always prefer the watching videos, You can post your finished looks with maybe one or two close up face shots but including the video tutorial is what I look for and think it would be more productive time-wise.

  6. 13 January, 2013 / 5:44 am

    WOW!! Looks so nice!

  7. 13 January, 2013 / 10:52 am

    great post – definitely keep doing these 🙂

  8. 13 January, 2013 / 11:36 am

    Amazing that you did this tutorial today as I was experimenting with a very similar method last night and for the first time felt I actually made my hooded eyes look better. I followed my brow line rather than the crease and kept the shading quite high, which in my eyes helps conceal some of the droopy effect and create the illusion of a slight lift.

    Brilliant tutorial and I love these colours, esp the darkest shade.

    Thank you!

    Nic x

  9. Sarah
    13 January, 2013 / 10:37 pm

    Really nice and useful tutorial. I much prefer blog, pictorial, tutorials to video ones. Thanks! x

  10. 14 January, 2013 / 7:59 am

    Lovely and simple , great tutorial

  11. Annemarie
    7 January, 2014 / 12:15 am

    My hooded eyes have been the bane of my life when it comes to makeup! I’d try tutorials and on my eyes, even if I followed it exactly, the results just wouldn’t come off right because of my hooded eyes. So it’s really lovely to see a tutorial aimed at this problem! 🙂 Will def be checking out the rest of your stuff, this look is beautiful!

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