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1. Waterproof Mascara
The first product is of course, a waterproof mascara (because who doesn’t love long lashes?). ‘Waterproof’ is important here though because it will help prevent any of your mascara from transferring over to the brow bone. My favourite one is the Haute & Naughty Waterproof Mascara by Mac because it gives you the option of either using the thinner wand for length or the bulkier wand for lots of volume. I like to layer on 2-3 coats of this mascara onto my lashes because the longer the eyelashes appear, the more focus is taken away from the folding skin.
2. Waterproof Eyeliner
Just like mascara, it’s key to opt for a waterproof eyeliner in order to prevent smudging in unintended areas around the eyes. Hooded eyelids can be a bit tricky when it comes to applying eye makeup, but it can definitely be done as long as the products don’t move around. My favourite waterproof liner is the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner because it’s never budged around my eye or transferred onto the upper fold of my eyelids — It’s also very long-wearing. A good thing to keep in mind is that no matter which waterproof formula you use, it’s important to allow the product to dry a bit before opening each eye after application, otherwise it can make a mess!
3. Matte Brown Eyeshadow
With a matte brown eyeshadow (I used Mac’s Saddle), relax your eyes, look straight into the mirror, and apply it to where your crease would “normally” be if the hood wasn’t there (as opposed to the natural fold of your eyelid). This will create the illusion of your crease line being higher up then it actually is, while simultaneously receding the hooded area at the same time. It’s best to opt for matte eyeshadows for this technique because shimmery shades on hooded lids will reflect light and bring more attention to the area.