I am not a makeup pro by any means, but I know a couple of tricks which might maybe help one or two girls. So here are my little tips if -- like me -- you have small, hooded eyes.
Tip 1: Stay on Your "Eyeball" With The Shadow
It looks best (in my opinion) if you do not smoke your eyeshadow up until your eyebrow but stay instead "on your eyeball" with your eye shadow. I find it makes my eyes look even smaller if I go up until the eyebrow, so I keep my eye shadow always close to my eye.
Oh and by the way: You can do a smoky eye with lots of different colors! Here are some examples:
Tip 2: Don´t Use Dark Eye Pencils on Your Waterline.
I find also that it opens my eyes up if I do not pay too much attention to my lower lash line, so I barely put eyeshadow or eye pencil on my waterline. I only go dark there when I want a really dramatic look or a cat eye.
Tip 3: Try Not Using Mascara on Your Lower Lashes.
I also don´t put mascara on my lower lashes. I want the attention going up to my eye, and not pulling it down. This is very individual -- for some girls, it might even help to make the eyes appear larger if they put mascara on their lower lashes, so try it out and see what works best for you.
Open Up Your Eyes With Nude Eye Pencil.
A great trick is to use a nude eye pencil on your waterline. I love my new Rimmel Scandaleyes. Like their white color, this really opens up your eyes -- but their "nude" color works so much better for me, because it looks absolutely natural. When you are tired, your waterline tends to look red -- so an eye pencil close to its natural color will diminish that look, and make your eyes look wider and awake. For under $4, I am impressed: This one here is a keeper, because it is waterproof, does not smudge, and stays put on me all day! I have also heard girls using over-the-counter eyedrops to make their eyes look more white. I have never tried it -- but maybe this will help you too.
Don´t Paint Your Eyebrows Too Dark.
I barely ever paint my eyebrows, because I find it looks too harsh and fake (on me!). I find that if I make my eyebrows too dark, it closes also the line from my eyes to my forehead and makes my eyes appear smaller. (But I think if you are a brunette, it should be OK to fill them in.)
You're welcome to check my YouTube tutorial out. This was my first try, and I still need to improve my camera work here- so bear with me! LOL.
Hope you find this helpful!