Hooded Eye Makeup Tutorial: Holiday Makeup

Hooded Eye Makeup Tutorial just in time for the Holidays!

hooded eyelid makeup

This makeup tutorial hits pretty close to home for me guys!  When I first started experimenting with makeup, I struggled with nailing some of the gorgeously complex eyeshadow looks I saw in pictures and on celebrities.  It wasn’t until college when people started making fun of me for my “bedroom eyes” that the lightbulb went off for me…I have slightly hooded eyes!  This realization was a major game changer for me. The more I learned about hooded eyes, the easier my makeup application became and the happier I was with my results!

The name of this blog is Maha Maven afterall, so it’s about time I start honing in on those peepers.


What is a hooded eye?

A hooded eye is defined by an eyelid that becomes “hooded” by the skin on the brow bone, leaving less visible eyelid space when looking straight ahead.  Some people confuse a hooded eyelid with a monolid, but they really are not the same.  A monolid is one in which the eyelid is completely hidden, while with most hooded eyes the lid remains at least partially visible.


How can I tell if I have a hooded eye?

When looking down, hooded eyes become very noticeable: the crease is less defined, if it is defined at all, and the space between your brow and you upper lash line is either flat or slightly convex.


My eyes are “hooded.”  What now?

Consider yourself lucky! I know I do.  Bedroom eyes are beautiful, sultry, and intense.  It’s just all about learning how to tweak your makeup techniques to really play them up.  Notable celebrities with hooded eyes are Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence, Nia Long, Taylor Swift and Camilla Belle.  All gorgeous women!

PRO Tips

Start your eye makeup by laying down your crease and transition colors to define the area, and also give yourself a visual barrier for your eyeshadow.

I like to keep the darkest colors on the outer corner of you eye, and focus my brightest colors on my inner and center eyelid.  This enhances the sultriness of my eyes without making them look smaller, while enabling me to maximize lid space for intricate eyeshadow looks.

Without further ado, here’s the makeup!


Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, Cappuccino

L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8 icon

Ben Nye Banana Powder

LORAC Pro Palette, Expresso

LORAC Unzipped Palette, Unbridled


Maybelline Gel Studio, Black icon

Urban Decay Book of Shadows, Hijack

Sleek “Bad Girl” Palette, Intoxicated (#7) and Blade (#3)

Sleek “Storm” Palette, #9


LORAC Lip Pencil, 04

NARS Lip Lacquer, Eros


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  1. Susannah
    November 20, 2013 / 10:41 am

    Most beautiful eye look I’ve seen in ages. So pretty!!! My eyes aren’t hooded, but I still loved this post. I’ve subscribed to your YouTube channel. Looking forward to seeing more of your videos :D.

    • November 21, 2013 / 3:32 pm

      Aww, thank you so much! I am so happy to hear that, I really appreciate your support 🙂


  2. November 21, 2013 / 1:40 pm

    Gorgeous eyes! 🙂 Silver really suits your skintone and color of the eyes. Love this makeup! x

    Love, Satu

    • November 21, 2013 / 3:33 pm

      Thank you so much :)) I really appreciate it. Thanks for stopping by!

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