How I Make My Hooded Eyes Look Bigger

I’ve been wearing makeup since I was in middle school, and since then, I’d say I’ve picked up a fair amount of tips and tricks. I’ve certainly also gotten much better at makeup over the years, just due to the fact that I’ve spent a lot of time familiarizing myself with my face and what makeup looks best on me. That being said, what works for me may not work for you. Always do what feels the most natural and fitting for your own face, no matter what the makeup “experts” say.

Anyway, today I want to share some tips with you about how I elongate my eyes and make them look a bit bigger. I LOVE wearing eyeshadow, so of course I want it to be visible despite having hooded eyes. I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful to some capacity!


This is a pretty standard makeup tip, but it’s especially helpful to us folks with hooded eyes. Every time I apply my eyeshadow, I follow the same basic pattern of applying a light shimmer in the inner corner, a medium transition shade in the center, and a darker shade in the outer corner. This trick works because it makes your eyes look wider, brighter, and generally more elongated (obviously, if you did the colors in the reverse order, it would have the opposite effect. Also, you’d look like a raccoon.) I prefer to use a cream or white-colored shimmer rather than a matte, because I personally think it makes my eyes look even brighter. I also drag the eyeshadow all the way up to my brow bone, because otherwise, all the work you did on your shadow is going to be covered by the lid!

The next thing I do to make my eyes look even more elongated and cat-like is apply a very long, thick winged eyeliner. The trick with this is to start in the middle of your eye, rather than right in the inner corner, as doing the latter will make your eyes look even smaller. I know doing a wing may seem complicated or scary to some, but once you find a tip that works for you and you practice regularly, you’ll be a pro at liquid eyeliner in no time! Similarly to the illusion of the eyeshadow, winging out your eyeliner in a cat-eye shape will elongate your eyes and make them look even bigger and doe-like. 

When I was in middle school and high school, I always wore a thick bottom eyeliner in my entire eyeliner. As you can see…this was not my look.


Anyway, I realized about halfway through college that the most I can get away with is a little bit of eyeliner and mascara in the outer corner, but not much more than that. As you can see, going completely bare on my lower lash line and using a light concealer on my under-eye area really elongates my face and creates the illusion that my eyes are bigger than they actually are. If you do decide to use some color or eyeliner on your lower lash line, try applying it directly below your waterline and putting a white eyeliner in the lash line instead. 

Lastly, on the topic of elongating your eyes and making them more shapely, I would suggest opting for wispier lashes instead of a thicker, more dramatic pair, so that they don’t cover up all the hard work you just did on your eyeshadow! Additionally, something that works for me is to cut them and just apply them just on the outer corner, rather than across my entire upper lash line. Not only are they much easier to apply this way, you’re basically doubling the amount of eyelashes you have for free! It’s a no-brainer. 

Those are my top four tips for how I make my hooded eyes look bigger! Obviously, I’m not a beauty guru and you should do whatever feels right for your face, but this is just what works for me. I hope you found this article helpful, and I’d love to know if any of these tips helped you. 

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