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.

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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

About the Author

Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in NewsOK.com and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.

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