Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hooded Eyes

I love the almond shaped eyes with beautiful lids - my sister has them. She can rock almost any form of make-up and always looks fabulous. No wonder I have always thought of her as the pinnacle of female beauty :-)

My eyes are hooded.
Having hooded eyes means that more or less of your eyelids are obscured, either by skin or bone structure, which gives an appearance of heaviness. This type of eye structure is also called “bedroom eyes”.

Here's some samples of occidental and oriental hooded eyes. Now, I don't think "monolid" is hooded - that is, I disagree with Olivia of that Jessica has hooded eyes. But, what do I know. I'm not oriental. None of my business. Anyway, Olivia gives in that entry the basics of hooded eye makeup, and that's great :-)

As not much of the eyelid is showing, it's no use to even try having the elaborate eye shadow experiments... as nothing of it will show anyway. Nevertheless, there are things you can do...

Here's a "weekend make-up, daytime makeup with color and nighttime make-up" presented by a very beautiful pair of hooded eyes :-)
Make-up for hooded eyes
all about hooded eyes
Pacific Style - hooded eyes and the follow-up on hooded eyes with additional information, like a list of YouTube makeup artists with hooded eyes.
smokey hooded eyes - very pretty

It's funny how some people define "hooded eyes" or "hooded lids" :-D
Yes, this happens with age. My eyes were hooded already when I was 10, though... but 10 is an age. :-D
This is what Colour Focus claims hooded eyes look like...
Very pretty... I suppose there's some hooding going on in the outer end of the lid... but that's not what my eyes look like, or how the eyes of most other women with hooded eyes look :-D
(Now, in the above mentioned "difference between occidental and oriental hooded eye, Jane has that kind of hooded eyes! And, yes, I agree, her eyes are hooded. Not as much as mine, but...)
They look more like this:

I took their suggestion of "deep set eyes" and tweaked it a bit.

Hooded Eyes
These eyes are set so the natural crease in the eyelid is not readily seen. Highlighting the brow bone and lining the lash base gives hooded eyes an alluring shape.

To enhance hooded eyes
- Apply a medium to dark shadow on the crease and hooded area.
- Sweep a lighter shadow on the brow bone and on the inside corner of the eye.
- Draw a very thin line along the top lash line (to keep the eye looking open) and smudge with a cotton swab.
- Apply black mascara to upper lashes.
- Line upper lash-line only. Gradually soften shadow as you approach the brow.
- Vanity Rich: How to Work Your Eye Shape

(Now, Vanity Rich is a very beautiful woman who does NOT have hooded eyes, and doesn't seem to be interested in figuring out how to ENHANCE the very specific and alluring look the hooded eyes give you, but takes the same road everyone else does - even women with hooded eyes - that is, trying to make them look less hooded.)
Also, my sister is blond and blue-eyed - like my mother... I don't have a chance! :-D

You see, my eyes are hazel - or mud-colored, as I so kindly refer to them, when I'm not feeling well. The color of dark amber, says my husband. Green, on a good day. Can even look brown with right clothes. But - alas - they are not blue, so I cannot be beautiful.

Then I read this:
"Hazel eyes are considered to be one of the most expressive and one of the most unique eyes as well. The reason is that hazel eyes can change the color according to the person’s mood!
When the person gets angry, the hazel eye color tends to get more greenish,
when in a frisky mood, it turns to gray or blue!
Not only the mood, but even the color of the clothes influences the hazel eye color."
- fabulous makeup tips for hazel eyes
Oh...So instead of having droopy eyelids and mud-colored eyes, I have sexy "bedroom eyes" and the most expressive and unique eye color... (Now, I wonder which color eyes I have when "frisky"... because my eyes are never blue. They get grey as colorless when I'm afraid, stressed, worried, anxious or in pain, though. Truly mud-colored.)

Nevertheless, for the other girls out there with bedroom eyes, here's some celebrities who share this quality with you :-) See how they have their eyes made up and copy the look if you like it :-)

Anne Hathaway

Blake Lively

Brigitte Bardot

Carmen Electra

Catherine Zeta Jones

Dianne Wiest

Drew Barrymore

Elizabeth Hurley

Eva Mendes

Faye Dunaway

Gisele Bündchen

Jaclyn Smith

Jenna Elfman

Lauren Bacall

Leelee Sobieski

Malin Åkerman

Maura Tierney

Melinda Clarke

Milla Jovovich

Nicole Kidman

Reneé Zellweger

Selena Gomez

Selma Blair

Sharon Stone

Taylor Swift

Sienna Miller

 Jennifer Lawrence

Hayden Panettiere

Emma Stone

 Clemence Poesy

 Eva Green

Kirsten Dunst

 Claudia Schiffer

Jessica Szohr, Megan Fox, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kristin Kreuk, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Middleton and Veronica Hamel
have been mentioned as having hooded eyes, but I'm not sure...
Besides, there's plenty of very beautiful women with hooded eyes on this list already :-)

Now, some mention Madonna, Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lopez as samples of women with hooded lids.
I disagree.


  1. This was a great article. Very personal and informative :) I have hooded eyes too. I'm happy to see that a lot of my favorite celebs have eyes like my own. It's all in the makeup.

  2. I would nominate Kate Middleton and definitely Emma Stone. Not a bad list, I'd say!

  3. I agree on Kate and Emma :-)
    It's not a bad list, true :-) I'm in a good company :-D

    1. I don't agree on Kate Middleton, to be honest. I think it is just because she wears liner on top and bottom. I think she has a pretty large eyelid space. Agree with Emma Stone though

  4. I also have both hazel eyes and hooded lids, and this article made me feel so much better about them! I never thought my hooded eyes were pretty (I used to keep my eyebrows raised all the time because I thought it made them look nicer, haha) but now I feel like really giving them a chance. Being able to see how many beautiful women have hooded eyes really blew me away and made me realize your features don't have to be one way in order to make something beautiful. Thank you so much for posting this article! All the best.

  5. I think you might add Eva Green (she's stunning!!!), Kirsten Dunst and Clemence Poesy. :)
    I didn't even know that some girls feel uncomfortable about hooded eyes! Honestly I was born with hooded eyes and I've always been proud of them because they look different and people actually tell me that I have gorgeous eyes.
    Probably it's just because I'm not into make up so I never experienced the "problem" of having a hooded eye. XD

  6. Claudia Schiffer has hooded eyes as well - and she’s one of the legendary supermodels and Victoria Secrets Originals!

  7. You're absolutely right, "Parrot" and Anna! Thanks!

  8. I love your sense of humor.
    My almond shaped, once beautiful, brown eyes are now 54 years old and hooded and droopy and.just.ICK.

    1. Thanks :-)
      I'm sorry that you feel that way. It cannot be nice. But I'm pretty sure that everyone else thinks you still have beautiful, brown eyes :-)
      (And as I am going through "Dressing Your Truth", I immediately came to think about Type 2 - they start with the classic beautiful almond shaped doe eyes, but as their energy is flowing and water-like, their whole being softens as they get older and they often get the hooded "droopy" eyes - and other parts of body. I don't know if that is in any way comforting, I am afraid it might be the exact opposite, but I hope there is something there you could use and turn the unavoidable into a source of strength.)

  9. wow, more celebrity's than i thought have hooded lids, this makes me feel better :D

  10. Great piece. I would also add Elizabeth McGovern to the growing list of hooded lidded beauties!

  11. Most women are overweight and or bloated from too much sodium in their diets. 2/3 of American woman are medically overweight or obese. If women would lose the fat and adopt low sodium diets, they would see their eyelids again! As well as improve their bodies.

  12. Most women are overweight and or bloated from too much sodium in their diets. 2/3 of American woman are medically overweight or obese. If women would lose the fat and adopt low sodium diets, they would see their eyelids again! As well as improve their bodies.

  13. No, women with hooded eyes do not need to lose weight. I'm a 00 and have hooded eyes. It is where a fat pad is deposited (doesn't mean you are FAT) or from a low set brow. Losing weight will not un-hood my eyes. Sometimes they are MORE hooded than other days when retaining water, but it will not go away without surgery!

    1. Exactly!!! I have a bmi of 17.5 and still i have hooded eyes. Your eyes have nothing to do with your size.

  14. I have never understood why any woman would see hooded eyes (or eyes with an epicanthic fold) as a "problem." It's a feature, not a bug! Hooded eyes are mysterious, soulful and beautiful on a woman. I wonder if the attraction's genetic - I'm a guy with deep set, hooded eyes with no eyelid exposure and I only tend to find women really attractive if they too have no eyelid exposure. I'm probably just subconsciously looking out for my own genes.

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