I hope you're not stressing over having hooded eyes and not being able to wear a straight cat eye flick, because each person in this world will SOONER or LATER have them.
Even though Instagram is flooded with girls wearing flicks on point and colourful eyeliners, makeup is way more than just that.
It's about expressing your unique self and being who you are rather than looking like a clone.
Did you know that only 10% of women can actually wear an eyeliner on point and look good?
When I tell this to my students their main question is how come then social media is full of girls wearing sharp eyeliners.
And the answer lies in the angles these girls work with their cameras.
Now let's see how to buy an eyeliner and then we'll talk about the makeup illusion.
Next time you're checking makeup photos on Instagram, pay attention to the girls taking their photo from a lower angle with lifted chin or half closed eyes.
This is how they make a flat surface so that the eyeliner looks stunning, but if they were to look straight into the camera, the eyeliner would in most cases break because of the crease.
You can try this yourself. Apply an eyeliner looking down into the mirror and it will look wonderful, but as soon as you look at yourself straight on, it will turn into a completely different shape.
There are a couple of ways you can do your eyeliner, but just two that resemble a cat eye flick. First I'll show you the easy one.
When you get to grips with this one, you'll be able to do it with a liquid eyeliner at the start of the eye and a pencil or gel eyeliner at the outer corner.
But to kick off let's start with the first technique and a kohl pencil as it will be easier to work with.
Start the application at the inner corner of the eye as close to the lash line possible, pulling it towards the outer corner as you would with a liquid liner.
Stop the application when you arrive close to the end of the eye.
Then take a flat brush and with small strokes, fade the end of the line slightly up and into a flick.
Don't exaggerate with the flick, because the longer the flick, the more fake the look.
Because the flick is faded, it doesn't look weird when the hood breaks it.
This is an awesome optical illusion for when you want to lift your eyes and make them appear sexier.
Moving on to the second cat eye makeup technique for hooded eyes, note that this is quite a complicated technique that takes a lot of practise and is more suitable for a night out than drinking a morning tea with your friends.
The whole idea of this trick is to cover the hooded part of the eye with BLACK, so that the skin doesn't bounce light and looks flat, or with other words, not hooded.
Start off with a thin stripe of liquid eyeliner from the start towards the outer corner of the eye.
Stop and switch it for a black matte kohl pencil which you apply over the hood and into the crease.
Then make a sharp pointed flick with your eye opened. If you want to perfect the look, after blending the edges, sharpen the flick with liquid eyeliner.
To understand better what I am talking about, have a look at this makeup technique.
Even though my model Tina barely has any hood, it is this technique that you would use in order to achieve a feline flick on hooded eyes.
But don't forget that this technique takes a lot of time to get right, so DON'T GIVE UP after a couple of tries.
For the upper tutorial with illustrations, click here.
Optical illusions are great and one can have a lot of fun experimenting with different makeup looks, but for everyday I believe that women should be who they are.
Well, the best version of themselves.
That's why I prepared one more makeup techniques for you, that won't teach you how to apply an eyeliner, but rather what you can do instead.
You might think that this is too subtle, but trust me.
Give it a try and I bet you will get lots of compliments on your looks.
Here's how you do it.
Take a black kohl pencil, sharpen it, but then whirl the tip on the back of your hand so that it gets nicely curved and soft.
Then lean the hand against your face so that it doesn't shake and start pushing the pencil between the lashes.
By applying a dark colour totally to the roots of the eye lashes, you will give them volume, but most of all, your eyes will get a magical glow.
Have a look at the makeup tutorial that will show you the above technique more in depth.
And here is one more tutorial that should help you because my model's left eye is hooded and the right one isn't.
Pay attention to where I pulled the line up to in order for the flick not to break.
Understanding this will make a HUGE DIFFERENCE in how you approach your makeup.