This season, designers and it-girls alike encouraged us to embrace a variety of different dark eye makeup looks, whether it's liner meticulously placed on our water lines, smeared across our lids or shaped into a dramatic cat-eye. And while we're all about versatility, the varying trends left us wondering which look is best suited to our own personal looks?
To clear things up, the answer is all of the above. There is no right or wrong way to apply liner to your eyes, just like there isn't a shape that is going to make you look bad. And while we're all about experimentation and breaking the rules, it's true that certain eye makeup techniques can accentuate different eye shapes. Exhibit A? Hooded eyelids. Those who have hooded lids probably know that they aren't the easiest to work with. Sometimes, you can't see any traces of liner at all, as it seems to melt seamlessly into the brow bone. Either way, makeup for hooded eyes can be extremely difficult to master – especially when it ends up smeared across your lids.
That's why Get The Look is offering you 5 makeup tips for enhancing your hooded lids, inspired by Blake Lively (who also shares the trait)!
TURN YOUR CAT EYE UPSIDE DOWN
If you have hooded lids, sometimes an average cat-eye can be difficult to apply and to notice – especially if you also have one of those tricky eyelid creases or folds that gets in the way in the outer corner of your eye. Instead of the traditional flick, try an upside down cat-eye to add lift to the eye. To do this, start in the inner corner of your bottom lash line, and use a liner pencil to gently accentuate your lash line. Once you reach the outer corner, draw a line upwards from the bottom lash line up to meet the brow bone (without actually meeting it).
Tight lining is when you take your eyeliner and apply it right in your waterline where your lashes are – as close to your eyeball as it gets. You can do this on both the top and bottom waterline, but if you have hooded eyes, tight line your upper waterline to avoid a makeup mess. Lift your lids up using your fingers, and gently line the area closest to your eyeball. You can also apply a liner in-between each lash for the appearance of fuller lashes if you aren't comfortable getting that close to your eyeballs. Blake Lively uses this trick all the time to achieve the appearance of fuller lashes and accentuated eyes!
GO FOR BOLD COLOURS
If you feel your eye makeup isn't standing out due to your hooded eyelids, try opting for a bold shadow colour or liner like electric blue. You can even use both coloured mascara and liner for a more dramatic look.
BLEND ABOVE YOUR CREASE
If you have hooded eyes, this technique can make all the difference. Have you ever put on a ton of eye shadow only to find it disappear as soon as you open your eyes? That's a common problem if you have hooded eyes, but it's easy to fix by simply extending the shadow's placement above your eyelid's crease towards the brow bone.
Placing a dot of highlighter or white, shimmery shadow on your inner corners is a great way to enhance hooded eyes and make the shadow appear more prominent on your eyes. It's a trick that L'Oreal muse Blake Lively uses often, so why not give it a try?