Winged Eyeliner for Hooded Eyes

So for those who may not know, a hooded eye is where the fleshy part of the skin under the brow covers up all or a portion of the eyelid. For instance, when my eyes are completely open and I’m looking at myself straight on, the moving part of my eyelid is covered by the skin from above. My eyelid isn’t totally covered, but often when I wear eyeliner, you can’t really even see my eyelid at all when my eyes are open. Here are a couple pictures to show what I mean before we get started with the actual lining.

You can see that the skin above covers a portion of my eyelid. I think it even covers more when I’m looking straight on but with trying to take pictures, my head probably wasn’t perfectly level.



I’ve watched quite a few tutorials about winged eyeliner (some specifically for hooded eyes) in order to get ideas of what different techniques people like to use. I often find myself dissatisfied because a lot of the times it’s like “just draw the winged part like this *draws perfect line with no reference of where to start* and then fill it in.” REALLY? That’s it? For us hooded eye girls, we know that drawing a simple diagonal line going from the edge of the eye or based on the lower lashline doesn’t cut it because when our eyes are open, the hood cuts into the line so it either looks crooked or you can’t see it at all. No one ever makes any reference to where they are drawing the line based on points and lines on their own eye. So I wanted to attempt to show you with as much detail as possible what has been working for me and my hooded eyes!

Please note that this whole process is also totally dependent on your own eye shape. One hooded eye is not the same as the other. But I do hope that this may be helpful overall and I’ll try and explain as best I can. Each photo is labelled with a step number as well.

For this look I used the Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2 in 1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner and Serum in the color Ultra Black . You could use a liquid, gel, or cream eyeliner and possibly a pencil if it was super sharp and creamy. But I haven’t been brave enough to deal with a pencil for winged liner 🙂


While there are a billion different techniques for drawing winged liner, I like to start with the wing itself which is a little backwards in comparison to how many do it. The most important part of this to me is WHERE to draw the line. I like to reference two points which I’ve marked down below. The first is the lower star which is simply the point at the outer corner of my eyelid. The star above it is what I’ll call the spot where my hood ends. The key for me is keeping the wing UNDER the line created by these two points. Because if I put it above this line, my hood will intersect with the line and make it wonky!


I usually don’t make single dot alone as my first step, but I just wanted to show you where I’m starting. I usually just draw in the wing shape all at once which I show below (that’s why all of these photos are Step 1.)


Aside from making sure the wing is under to two starred points, something else I’ve found that works well for me is to make the wing shaped slightly curved instead of a straight, diagonal line.


I have essentially drawn a slightly curved line under the two points I marked earlier starting from that little dot I marked. Think of it as the shape of a U but much more shallow. Don’t worry if it’s messy at this point! Mine is messy as you will see below! It will all be covered up in the end 🙂


Below are the stars again so you can see I’ve kept the whole wing underneath those points.


Step two is to simply draw a thin line across your upper lash line.



Again, still a little messy but it’ll be ok!


Step 3 involves the wing. I start from the red dot on the right (on the wing) and draw a slightly curved line backwards towards the inner corner stopping at about the middle of the eye. This creates an open shape (which sadly I forgot to photograph) kind of like a triangle which you then just color in with your liner. I keep the line curved because I’m still trying to keep the whole wing somewhat under those two star points I keep referencing. As you can see, the red dot on the wing isn’t exactly at the very end tip of the wing. Keeping it lower is better and it’s less likely you’ll cross the hood line.



It definitely looks a little odd from above! But honestly I feel that with any technique used for hooded eyes, you will end up with a somewhat odd shape when you look down at it. But the point of this is to look good from straight on.


Step 4 is to thicken up the whole line slightly mainly focusing on the eyelid. I’ve just carefully taken the liner and gone over the whole shape making it a little bit thicker everywhere and and also making it more even to cover those messes from earlier. You can certainly make the line on the eyelid thicker too but I didn’t want to cover up my whole eyelid when my eyes are open so I kept it thin.


The photo below doesn’t look too much different from the odd shape a couple pictures above, but I do think you can see how I’ve made some of the line thicker on the eyelid.




You may be able to see below how this type of line and placement of the wing could drag the eye down a bit (the wing is pretty low on the eye.) But I much prefer this technique to fiddling around with trying to get a higher line. And honestly, when your whole eye look is done, no one is going to notice that. If they do, they’ve got too much time on their hands!


So there we have it! I really hope this was helpful and made sense! I’d be happy to answer any questions about this process and as always, thank you so much for reading 🙂

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