The way we apply our makeup, and the techniques we trust in and rely on to flatter and accentuate our facial features, really has a lot to do with facial structure. For a long time, and you could say still to this day, I have battled my eyeshape, specifically my eyelids. I have hooded eyes, and those with hooded eyes are represented the least in terms of what is shown in the media, in makeup advertisements, and in magazine editorial looks. A hooded eye is essentially an eye that is set in such a way that the natural crease in the eyelid is not readily seen. Skin also usually folds over the eyelid. Because of this, I tend to get annoyed when doing my eye makeup, because the results I COULD get are minimized by my unusual, and I would say, unlucky eyeshape. A lot of lid is lost, and a lot of the work I have done can only be seen when I look down. However, I have come to realize I am selling hooded eyes short! After all, many many Asians have hooded eyes, and they can look quite alluring, mysterious, and beautiful. I have found a number of gorgeous celebrities with that very shape, as can be seen down below:
(Blake Lively, Selena Gomez, Malin Akerman, Leelee Sobieski, Taylor Swift)
These women are all beautiful and no one would dispute that their eyeshapes completely add to and complement their features. Their gorgeous slinky eyes completes their look.
However, there is one celebrity who has recently shed some pounds and has been the face of Covergirl for about a year now. The celebrity I am referring to is none other then Drew Barrymore.
Recently (and I'm sure everyone is a part of this) I have noticed just how phenomenal Drew Barrymore has been looking. It didn't just seem like the weight or a hair color/cut difference either. She looked like a different person to me. She looked more elegant... refined... sophisticated. I knew styling and makeup could only have taken her so far. Call me crazy, but I pondered and pondered and pondered what the change was in her look, until I finally realized it.
Her eyes. Looks like I'm not the only one who depreciated the hooded eye aesthetic. Drew got surgery and I have to ask WHY Drew? WHY?! She always seemed so au naturale. She still is, considering I'm pretty much the only one who has realized this change. (Searching Drew Barrymore eyelid surgery yielded few results) I admit, I do think she looks better this way. It adds a certain element of sexiness and maturity, and it definitely makes doing a smoldering smokey eye very easy. This type of eye you could never achieve on someone with hooded eyes, pointblank. On the other hand, before her surgery, she had an element of innocence and girlish beauty. The girl with the hooded eyes is the actress we grew up watching, and at least for me, came to love (especially in Never Been Kissed).
I digress. Drew Barrymore is beautiful no matter which way you look at her. My point is, it is vital to appreciate the features we have, and essential in loving ourselves and the way we look. Every type of feature can be bold and beautiful. In the case of hooded eyes, these celebrities prove that the unconventional can sometimes be even more noticeable then the obvious.
Helpful chart in determing what kind of eyeshape you have!