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Dr. Alpana Mohta Ranka, MD, DNB, IFAAD, is a triple-board-certified dermatologist with over 100 research publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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What Are Hooded Eyes: Board-Certified Dermatologist Explains

Updated: Feb 24

Hooded eyes are a distinct and common facial feature, often characterized by an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease of the eyelid, making it appear smaller or partially hidden.


This article offers a comprehensive look at hooded eyes, covering everything from their causes and health implications to beauty tips and notable individuals with this eye shape.


Honestly, most people are not concerned about hooded eyes, and for good reason. It doesn't in any way impact the quality of life. In fact, hooded eyes to an extent protect your eyelids. And if you have dark eyelids (i.e., darker than the rest of your face due to some or the other reason), then your hooded eyes might even help hide them ;-)


But this doesn't mean that you should avoid sun protection for your eyes. You absolutely must apply sunscreen on eyelids.


A collage of images of different people with hooded eyes

Understanding Hooded Eyes


Definition and Characteristics

Hooded eyes are marked by a skin fold extending from the brow bone to the lash line, partially or fully covering the eyelid. This can be a genetic trait, present from birth, or develop with age as skin elasticity decreases.


Genetic and Age-Related Factors

Predominantly a hereditary feature, hooded eyes are also common in aging individuals due to skin sagging around the eyelids. Factors like trauma, medical treatments, and lifestyle habits (such as sun exposure and eye rubbing) can influence their development.


Health and Vision Considerations


Impact on Vision

While hooded eyes usually don't impact vision, severe cases, like dermatochalasis, can obstruct vision. This condition involves sagging of the eyelid skin, becoming more pronounced with age. Regular eye check-ups can help monitor any potential vision impairments.


Dermatological Aspects

As a dermatologist, I stress the importance of gentle skin care around the eyes. The skin in this area is thin and sensitive, necessitating hydration and protection from UV rays.


Cosmetic Approaches


Makeup Techniques

Makeup can effectively enhance the appearance of hooded eyes. Using lighter eyeshadow on the lid and darker shades to create a faux crease can visually enlarge the eyelid area. The key is to adapt techniques to your unique eye shape.


Surgical and Non-Surgical Options

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, offers a permanent solution by removing excess skin and fat. Alternatively, non-surgical methods like Botox and dermal fillers can temporarily address minor drooping. Always consult with a medical professional before considering these options.


Lifestyle and Home Remedies


Daily Eye Care

Protecting the delicate eye area involves using gentle, hypoallergenic products and wearing sunglasses for UV protection. While no exercises can change the shape of hooded eyes, maintaining facial muscle tone can contribute to overall eye health.


Social and Cultural Perspectives

Hooded eyes are celebrated for their uniqueness and beauty, evidenced by many celebrities and public figures who share this trait.


Here are some celebrities who have hooded eyes:

  1. Jennifer Lawrence: Recognized for her roles in blockbuster movies, Lawrence is known for her almond-shaped, hooded eyes, often accentuated with makeup that lifts and widens her eye appearance.

  2. Blake Lively: Famous for her role in "Gossip Girl," Lively is known for her stunning fashion sense and mesmerizing hooded eyes.

  3. Emma Stone: An Oscar-winning actress, Stone often uses makeup techniques to balance and accentuate her hooded eyes, creating a smoky eye effect.

  4. Selena Gomez: Known for her music and acting, Gomez skillfully uses makeup to highlight the outer corners of her hooded eyes, enhancing their beauty.

  5. Taylor Swift: A music icon, Swift is known for using deep black eye makeup and false eyelashes to emphasize her hooded eyes.

  6. Jennifer Aniston: One of the most beautiful actresses, Rachel, I mean Jennifer uses specific makeup techniques to accentuate her hooded eyes.

  7. Matt Bomer: Bomer has a prominent brow that "hoods" his eyes, adding to his distinctive look.

  8. Brad Pitt: Renowned for being one of the sexiest men alive, Pitt's hooded blue eyes have been a part of his appeal.

  9. Jared Leto: An acclaimed actor and musician, Leto's deep-set eyes with a subtle hood add a hint of mystery and intensity to his gaze.

  10. Benedict Cumberbatch: Known for his deep-set, intense hooded eyes, Cumberbatch's look adds depth and intrigue to his overall appearance.

  11. Harry Styles: Styles breaks boundaries with his androgynous beauty, his hooded eyes enhancing his charming and enigmatic persona.

  12. Leonardo DiCaprio: DiCaprio, a renowned actor, is also known for his attractive hooded eyes.

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