Before we dive into the steps for eye makeup for small eyelids, you’ve got to assess what’s in your makeup bag. After all, the tools that you use can make a bigger difference than your technique. Make sure that you have an eyeshadow primer, a basic eyeshadow palette to get started, a black or brown eyeliner, and mascara. If you don't know where to begin, we as your beauty matchmakers have got you covered. Here are some of our top picks that deserve a spot front and centre in your makeup bag.
Step 1: Define your eyebrows
You know the saying that your eyes are the windows to your soul? Well, your eyebrows are definitely coming in at a close second, at least in our books. When it comes to acing hooded eye makeup, the first step is to make sure that your brows are well-shaped. Use an eyebrow pencil or a brown gel to fill in any gaps in your eyebrows. Remember, they should be sisters and not twins. If you are new to filling in your eyebrows, a good idea is to follow the natural curve of your brows and start from there.
One big problem when it comes to makeup for small eyelids is that all your eye makeup can transfer since there is no visible lid space. This, coupled with humidity during summer and monsoon, makes it tough for your eye makeup stay intact all day long. The key to tackling this is investing in a good eyeshadow primer. So, instead of using concealer to prep your eyelids or skipping it entirely, you should use a heavy-duty eyeshadow primer that will help control oiliness and keep your makeup looking vibrant for longer.
Step 3: Apply eyeshadow
When it comes to applying eyeshadow and eye makeup for hooded eyes, always keep in mind that you have to create your own crease line. Since your natural crease line will not be visible, you can fake it by placing a darker eyeshadow colour higher than your natural crease line and deepening that area. So, when your eyes are open, this will give the illusion of more lid space. Plus, it's always a good idea to look forward instead of downwards when doing your eye makeup so that you can actually see the colours, placement, and the space that you're blending your eyeshadow in.
Step 4: Lift and highlight
If you're someone who loves their highlighting shades, raise your hand! By strategically placing lighter colours in and around your eye area, you can lift the appearance of hooded eyes. Wondering how? Use a shimmery, bright eye shadow (either in a gold or silver tone, depending on your makeup look) and place it in the inner corner of your eyes, on the middle of your lid, and on your brow bone as well. Since hooded eyes tend to have the appearance of a heavier lid, this will open up your eye shape, too.
Step 5: Line with eyeliner