How to Do a Natural Smokey Eye for Hooded Lids

by Mimi Abney

Nothing says sexy like a pair of smokey eyes -- in fact, a dark, sophisticated and sultry eye look can help hooded lids to open up and seem less droopy. The trick? The contrasting light and dark shadows used in a smokey eye make the lids appear to recede, creating a larger-looking eye socket while fashioning the illusion of more symmetrical features. For just the right amount of daytime dazzle -- at work or on the weekend -- ditch the deeper-colored dramatic smoke and sweep on a natural smokey-eye look instead.

Prime your eyelids with a pea-sized amount of liquid concealer, foundation or eye-shadow primer to prevent the eye-shadow colors from migrating to your upper lids or falling down into your lashes. Smooth on the product with your fingertip or an eye-shadow brush.

Apply a cream or taupe highlight shade to the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye. This will open up the eye, giving a softer look to your smokey-eye look.

Sweep your eyelid with a light brown, gray or taupe eye shadow to help recede your hooded lids. Apply this mid-tone shadow from the lash line to an inch below the brow bone.

Sweep a light highlight shade from the brow bone down to meet the mid-tone shadow, blending the two colors where they meet with the eye-shadow brush.

Line eyes -- near the lash line -- with a dark-colored liquid eyeliner to make your hooded lids look more open and prominent. Don't worry about your line being too clean or perfect. Blend the line in with an eye-shadow brush to achieve a smudgy look.

Lightly rim the lower lashes with a pencil liner to define the eyes. For a very light line, simply dot the pencil at the lash line. Blend the line or dots in with an eye-shadow brush to achieve a smudgy look.

Set your eye look by applying a quick dusting of translucent powder with a fluffy blush brush.

Curl your eyelashes with an eyelash curler.

Apply two coats of dark-colored mascara to lift the eyes and complete your natural smokey-eye look.

Items you will need
  • Liquid concealer, foundation or eye-shadow primer
  • Eye-shadow brush
  • Medium- and light-toned eye-shadow colors
  • Liquid eyeliner
  • Eyeliner pencil
  • Translucent powder
  • Blush brush
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara

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