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Simple Makeup Technique For Mature Hooded Eyes


Simple Makeup Technique For Mature Hooded Eyes

A close up of a mature woman's face with hooded eyes.

In this quick tutorial, I will show you some makeup techniques for mature hooded eyes. You’ll learn how to correct eyes that have become hooded with age. Some people are born with hooded eyes and that’s a very pretty shape that should be embraced in my opinion.

What are Mature Hooded Eyes?

Mature hooded eyes are when the muscles and the skin around your eyes starts to droop over the eyelid. As a result, you can’t see the eyelid as much anymore. In some cases it can actually interfere with vision if it goes over your lashes. This can make the eyes look smaller and tired.

How To Make Mature Hooded Eyes Seem More Awake and Bigger

This tutorial is for older women, like me, who’s upper eye lids have become lower over time. Using a beginner level makeup technique, I will show you how to get a more lifted and rested appearance. Being over 60 myself, I have first-hand experience with mature hooded eyes that sometimes make me look more tired than I feel! There are minimum products required to achieve this look.

Makeup brushes by me:

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand

I like to use concealer as a primer, because I have dry skin.  This one is Bobbi Brown’s creamy concealer in Sand. This blocks out any discoloration on my lids, and makes the eyeshadow last longer. Apply it from the lash line to the brow bone.

Ben Nye Translucent Colorless Powder

Next I’m setting the concealer with Ben Nye Translucent colorless powder. If you have oily skin, you might prefer a lid primer that’s made for the job like this one here. But, I’m using a combination of concealer and powder as a primer.

MAC Eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown

We want to create the illusion of an eyelid. In order to do this, you’ll need to get the contour illusion right where you want it, the first thing you have to do is look at yourself dead on in the mirror. Decide on the area that you want to recess with this technique, in my case it’s right below my brow bone.

I’m going to give the illusion of a contour that I don’t have, I’m using a fluffy angled brush and applying a matte brown eyeshadow. In the video I am using Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow in Mochaccino but if you can’t find that in stock MAC Eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown is a great duplicate. I love these colors because they’re neutral, not too warm, not too cool.  

You could stop right here, for a very natural look. But, I will go ahead and apply the same neutral brown with a slightly smaller brush just above my lashes. As a result, the contour will be a bit more intense and the effect more noticeable.

MAC Eyeshadow in Brulé

Next, I’ll apply soft creamy beige eyeshadow just above my iris on my brow bone. The eyeshadow that I originally used in the video is discontinued but Brulé by MAC is a perfect match. This is one of my favorite highlighter colors for the brow bone area.  It really helps lift the eye area.

Lancôme Smoky Eye Liner in Black Ebony

Next, I’m using a Lancôme black eyeliner pencil. I’m working it close to the lash line, and between the lashes. This one is a very soft color, which works well for this look. Make sure you always keep your eyeliner pencil nicely sharpened, or it won’t work properly.  One of my favorite sharpeners is here.

Tweezerman Eyelash Curler

After that, I will curl my eyelashes in two places along the length of my lashes. This gives the lash a nice ‘C’ shape curve, not an ‘L’ shape.

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

Lastly, I’m using L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon black. But, you can use whatever color you think works best for you. If you like to keep it more natural than this, try a brown or black/brown.

Some of the makeup I am wearing but not demonstrated:

Dior Lipstick in Saint Germain
MAC Lip Liner in Soar
ILIA Beauty True Skin Serum Foundation
Smashbox the Cali Contour
ILIA Beauty Essential Brow Gel in Blonde

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