Celebrity Makeup Artists Say These Are the Best Eyeliners for Hooded Eyes

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Doing eye makeup with my hooded eyes has been a bigger struggle than I'd like to admit. For years, I thought the problem lay in the products I used rather than my application and placement. After learning more about my eye shape, I played around with the angles of my eyeliner and payed extra attention to what worked best for the look I wanted to create. But when it came to determining the best eyeliner pens and pencils for the job, I was at a loss.

So with the help of celebrity makeup artists Mali Thomas and Ash K Holm (Ipsy's newest chief makeup artist), I've put together an edit of the best eyeliners for hooded eyes to make your hunt for the perfect pen or pencil that much easier. With the right products and a little bit of patience, it's easier to apply eyeliner for hooded eyes than you may think. Keep reading to learn their go-to tips, tricks, and favorite eyeliners for hooded eyes.

Sasha Mei Best Eyeliners For Hooded Eyes

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What Are Hooded Eyes?

Determining the shape of your eye can give you a better idea of how to go about doing your makeup in an effective way. Hooded eyes are the extra layer of skin that droops slightly over the crease, making the eyes appear smaller than they actually are. "This can create many challenges when using eyeliner due to limited lid space and smudging or transferring due to the folding of the upper lid," Holm explains.

Before we dive into the dos and don'ts of creating your eyeliner look with a pen or pencil, let's talk shopping. "When shopping for eyeliner for hooded eyes, look for products that offer long-lasting results and a fine tip for precision. The formula should dry quickly to minimize transfer to the upper lid," Thomas explains. The last thing you want is for your eyeliner to smudge, shift, or transfer during the day, resulting in an eye look that's the farthest from your original goal. No matter the formula, one quick way to test your eyeliner is by giving it a quick swipe on the back of the hand, allowing the product to dry, and then running a finger over it.

How and Where Should Eyeliner Be Applied?

Now, for the tricky part. According to Thomas, there's a trick to pulling it off. "For the best results on hooded eyes, apply eyeliner as close to the lash line as possible for fuller-looking lashes," Thomas says. "Concentrate on the outer part of the upper lash line to elongate the eyes, avoiding thick lines that can reduce lid space. Winged eyeliner is also a great option to help lift and define the eyes." If you struggle to control the placement of your hand while holding the eyeliner pen or pencil, try placing your elbow on a flat surface as an anchor. That way, you can sharpen or smudge your eyeliner look to your heart's content.

While applying your eyeliner, be sure to move in quick, smooth motions and check its placement. If there's any tugging or pulling on the skin, your line may be interrupted and give a choppy appearance. "When applying winged liner, it's important to sculpt the wing with the eyes open and looking straight into the mirror," says Holm. "This ensures that the wing follows the natural shape of the eye and appears symmetrical when the eyes are open."

Below, take a look at the best beauty editor– and makeup artist–approved eyeliners for hooded eyes, accompanied by glowing customer reviews.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeliner Stick

Chantecaille Le Stylo Ultra Slim Eyeliner

Chantecaille Luster Glide Silk Infused Eyeliner

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Eyeliner Pencil

E.L.F. Cosmetics No Budge Retractable Eyeliner

Mexican But Japanese Best Eyeliners For Hooded Eyes

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Huda Beauty Creamy Kohl Eye Pencil

KVD Beauty Tattoo Pencil Liner Waterproof Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Lorac Front of the Line Pro Eye Pencil

Morphe 2 Ways Always Online Gel Eyeliner

Nyx Professional Makeup Epic Ink Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Imani Randolph Best Eyeliners For Hooded Eyes

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Physicians Formula Eye Booster Waterproof Ultra-Fine Liquid Eyeliner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Micro Tip

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen Liquid Eyeliner Duo

Maya Thomas
Assistant Beauty Editor
Maya Thomas is Who What Wear's assistant beauty editor based just outside of Seattle, Washington. Her strong love for all things beauty and fashion stems from a strong childhood interest in the fine arts. During a gap year spent in Paris studying the history of French fashion, she shifted her focus to English literature and journalism as a student at Loyola Marymount University with the goal of one day pursuing a career in fashion. After graduating in May 2021, Maya began freelancing for Parade.com as a contributing commerce writer while also building a following on her lifestyle blog, Itsmayalala.com. When she's not writing, Maya spends her free time catching up on reading, perusing art galleries, and enjoying a night out at the ballet every now and then.