Monday, August 26, 2019

Applying Eye Shadow when your eyes aren't perfect!

Applying shadows “on/within your crease” is fine if you have very defined, even, thick lid folds. But if you have hooded eyes, mono-lids, or smaller lids where the crease is either not visible or not high enough, many eye-shadow looks can be very unflattering or they simply disappear when you open your eyes.
What to do? Simply replace the word “crease” with “socket line”  in your routine. If you have mono-lids and hooded lids, it’s important to blend your shadows up to your socket line at least. That not only defines your natural contours but also widens the eye.

  • Your socket line is where your eyeball dips into your orbital bone. Close your eyes and feel for it.
  • Flattering eye shadow looks are all about creating shadow and light in the right places. Even if your eye contours aren’t very defined naturally, placing a bit of deeper color along your socket line and a pale shade in the center of your lid will create the illusion of more pronounced contours without making you look too dramatic.
  • Don't create a fake socket line higher or lower than your natural one. Unless you are a pro, it's never going to look right.
  • Use a brush appropriate to your eye size/lid size.  If you have small lids or eyes, a smaller, round-ferrule pencil brush can make life a lot easier. Go for the flatter, wider brushes if you have a bigger lid space to work with. 
  • Line your eye with a brighter color than just a black or brown as close to the last line as possible.  Try Mystikol.  This will bring focus to the color, rather than to the "hood".
  • Try using an eye gloss, like Eye Gloss by Jane Iredale, instead of flat, matte shades to add a bit more brightness in the areas you need it.


  1. Thanks for the tips for hooded eyes. Would love to see more.

  2. That is my problem, with a aging, hooded eye.

  3. I am loving the colors looking good


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