How To Flatter Brown & Hooded Eyes | Monday Makeover

I have shared a few looks recently and while I usually do more beauty reviews here because a. I’m no pro at applying makeup and b. I hate taking awkward photos of myself, but after wearing this eye look non-stop (by that I mean, whenever I actually put on makeup) the past few months, I knew I had to share it asap.

This eye look would probably be gorgeous on a lot of people, but it looks ESPECIALLY gorgeous on:

1. People with brown eyes. As a child everyone seems to want blue eyes. Or maybe it’s just that you want whatever you don’t have. Either way, I have come to love my eyes. It helped meeting my husband who raved about my eyes and was the first to show me how golden they looked in the light with a darker rim around the edges. Aw, he made me feel pretty. 😛 I have learned that when I accentuate them with certain colors, they really shine. Here’s what I’d recommendscreen-shot-2017-01-17-at-2-05-36-pm

  • Purples! Purples, purples purples. I swear, this really works. Try my favorite from Nars, Charade (a matte smoky plum and muted mauve) for a wearable purple look or a purple liner for a subtle pop.
  • Neutral taupes such as Mac Sable or Satin Taupe. Taupes are great for us brown eyed girls because they blend wearable, neutral shades with purpley undertones that flatter us so well.
  • Warm toned neutrals. I find that rich, red-toned browns or matte shadows with an almost orange undertone help my eyes look brighter and more golden. This is the look we’re going with today!

2. People with hooded eyes. For most of my life I didn’t know I had “hooded” eyes. I just knew that I have my mom’s eyes. They’re small and I always had a tough time applying eyeshadow so that it really showed up.  Little did I know I had hooded eyes. This basically means I have a layer of skin that droops over the crease. What the hell does that even mean? It’s a very unappealing description. Well, think of Jennifer Lawrence or Blake Lively. They both have them and they’re both gorgeous. This means that our natural crease is hidden and we have less lid space to work with. When applying eyeshadow on hooded eyes you might want to:


  • Be sure to apply a good primer and/or water-proof mascara. Because of the crease and extra “flap of skin” (terrible way to phrase it), we can sometimes be extra-prone to smudging.
  • Apply shadow just above the crease you want to create. If you follow the natural fold in your lid, the crease shadow will be completely lost when you open your eyes.
  • You may also prefer putting the darker shadow all over your lid and blending it out (like we’re doing today) rather than using a light, shimmery color on your lid and a contour shade in your crease. Once again, this is because the darker crease shade can be lost on our eyes. Side note: yay for one shadow looks that also happen to flatter our eyes.

Today, as you can see, I did one of my beloved, one-shadow looks. I used a warm, matte neutral shadow that makes my brown eyes pop. I placed it all over the lid and blended it out until just above my natural crease. Once again, placing the darker shade on my lid and blending it out past my crease are tricks for hooded eyes.


Aside from the flattering shadow color, the product that really makes or breaks this look for brown eyes is the eyeliner that I used- Costa Riche Eye Kohl from Mac. Now, I’ve heard this also makes blue and green eyes pop, but this rich, warm, red-toned brown certainly makes my brown eyes look more golden and bright. You have to try it. I used this in my top, tight line, blended it out on my lower lash line (very important for a smokey, flattering look!) and smudged some on my lid as a base to darken the look of the eyeshadow closer to my lashes (also very important for this look!).

This is mostly about the eye look, but I’ll touch on the rest. Basically, I went with my most flattering, go to products to keep with the theme. I used my holy grail products on the face, my favorite blush to create a natural, flushed look, natural highlighter for some glow with a natural finish and a little rosey lip balm to finish it off without going overboard.


Products Used:

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer

Mac Well Dressed Blush

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in 10 (on face, brown bone and inner corner)

Mac Paint Pot in Soft Ochre

Mac Costa Riche Eye Kohl

Mac Soft Brown Eyeshadow

CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara

Loreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Pink Honey

What is your go to look to flatter your eye color? Have you struggled with applying eyeshadow on your eye shape too? What makeup look has been your go-to lately?

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