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What do Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence, and Lauren Bacall have in common, besides all being unequivocally beautiful? There's a distinct idiosyncrasy that they each share: hooded eyes. This feature is characterized by excess skin that folds down from the brow bone and "hoods" part of the eyelid. The result is an alluring, sexy look that exudes confidence and wisdom (think the opposite of doe-eyed).
However, as alluring as hooded eyes — and the women who possess them — can be, they often prove to be a difficult canvas for makeup. That's because your canvas is partially obstructed. Instead of having a flat, spacious eyelid to paint, powder, or line, those with hooded eyes are working with lids that cut into their natural crease.
Not sure if you possess this unique trait? Here's a surefire way to tell: First, looking into a mirror, determine whether you have a crease above your eye. If not, then you have monolid eyes, not hooded eyes. But if you do identify a crease, ask yourself if your crease is hidden when your eyes are wide open. If the answer is yes, then you have hooded eyes.
If you're of this very common category, then you've likely struggled with making bright shadows pop or keeping makeup from smudging, and you've almost definitely thrown your liquid liner across the room while trying to create the perfect cat eye. But this challenging shape has never stopped beauties like Blake Lively or Emma Stone from rocking whatever look their heart desires, so don't let it intimidate you either. With a little dexterity and the right tools, you can turn your hooded canvas into a makeup masterpiece. Read on for our beauty tips for hooded eyes.