Plus Hooded Eyelid Do’s and Don’ts

tarte tartiest eyeshadow

You’ve probably heard it before, women with mature skin should never, ever, wear shimmer eyeshadows.  Well, yes, and no.

For those of us with less than perky eyelids, swiping on a layer of sparkly, shimmery color, shines a neon light on every crepey, wrinkly line. Nobody wants that ladies, NOBODY!

But it is possible to play nice with this popular makeup trend, and we’re about to spill the secrets, step by step.

woman wearing makeup

Today, we’ll be using one of my all time favorite eyeshadow collections, the Tarte Amazonian Clay Palette. It comes with sixteen gorgeous matte soft and pigmented shadows, which is the mature skin’s BFF, as well as four rich, iridescent shimmer shades.

Keep in mind that you can recreate and experiment with your own shadows, using any color palette that strikes your fancy.

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tarte eyeshadow bold

woman applying eyeshadow

We’ll start by applying the neutral shade “Bold” as our base coat. Apply over the entire lid.

tarte mod eyeshadow

Let’s create the illusion of a younger crease by applying the color “Mod”. I know, it’s a bold choice, but stay with me ladies.

woman applying eyeshadow

Using a brush that allows me to apply shadow exactly where I want it to go, swish shadow right below your brow bone and ABOVE where your hooded lid now resides. Sigh.

Brush the shadow from the inner eye all the way out to the edge of your brow.

Then bring it down to your lash line at the outer corner.

woman blending eyeshadow

Using a fluffy brush, blend, baby blend.

tarte eyeshadow drama

STEP 4 (optional)
I enjoy experimenting with eyeshadows, layering them to create new looks and colors. To reinvent the red shadow we just applied, I’ve invited the aptly named “Drama” to the party.

Repeat step 2, applying shadow to your pretend crease, then blend, blend, blend!

woman applying eye liner

Using a flat brush, line the bottom lashes with “Drama”.

woman applying eyeshadow

Now it’s time to glam and shimmer up our look. I’ll be using the bronzy gold color “Ethereal” ~ totally obsessed.

Apply shimmer shadow, listen up, ONLY TO THE LOWER PART OF THE LID. Do not pass go…. wait, do NOT go above into the crepey, crinkly hooded area. Danger Will Robinson.

Now blend again.

tarte eyeshadow vintage

Now we will add a highlighting shade just below the eyebrows, to draw attention upward and away from our hooded lids. The color “Vintage” works beautifully here.

Using a clean fluffy brush, blend your look one final time. If you’ve “colored outside the lines” like I did and notice your shadow extends past your outer eyebrow, take a Q-tip and get that shadow in line, girl.

Now just add a black eyeliner to the top lash line and your favorite mascara. Boom! Shimmer, shimmer cocoa pop!

woman wearing shimmer eyeshadow

Tadahhhh! Proof women with mature skin can make shimmery shadows work for their hooded, crepey eyelids instead of against.

If you don’t have the Tarte Amazonian Clay Palette, you can order it HERE.

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Sending big hugs and much love, my friends.

XO, Jone’t 

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10 Comments on Shimmer Shadow Tutorial for Hooded Crepey Eyelids

  1. Amber
    April 17, 2018 at 2:39 pm (7 months ago)

    I would just get some upper eyelid filler . I had a procedure that left me with really crepey eyelids 🙁 found a plastic surgeon that could proform the procedure and I have very youthful eyes again .

    • Jonet
      April 18, 2018 at 9:21 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Amber, thanks sooo much for this information. Can you give us more details? Did you get the fillers in the lids or above? Can’t wait to hear more. Xo Jonet

    • Jonet
      July 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm (1 year ago)

      You are most welcome, Christine! It’s a gorgeous color. Thanks for your comment, I’ll see you Friday! Xo Jonet

  2. laurie
    June 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Crepey droopy eyelids. That’s me! My worst feature! Although I do admit to wearing shimmery shadow, but only if it’s light. I find that is just about get away able. I have heard a lot about the Tarte makeup range. the palette looks lovely Jonet

    • Jonet
      June 28, 2017 at 5:55 pm (1 year ago)

      My hooded, crepey eyelids are a constant struggle, but it’s heredity for me and so I use makeup to do my best to camouflage those wrinkles. I do love a good shimmer eyeshadow, but agree with you, the color needs to be light. Thanks for stopping by and your comment. Xo Jonet

  3. Gail
    June 24, 2017 at 12:25 am (1 year ago)

    Great post Jonet! It’s good to see makeup tutorials for older women. Gail x

    • Jonet
      June 24, 2017 at 8:54 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Gail. Crepey, droopy eyelids are one of my problems areas and I’m not alone. Xo Jonet

  4. Neti
    June 23, 2017 at 2:46 pm (1 year ago)

    I am just starting (in my 60’s) to wear makeup and this is a great tutorial for me. I have the hooded creepies and will have to try this. Thanks a Bunch!

    • Jonet
      June 23, 2017 at 4:11 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you dear Neti, for you encouragement. We will be doing many more makeup tutorials in the future, both in blog post form and YouTube Videos. Thanks so much for your comment. Xo Jonet


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