Do you have pronounced drooping upper eyelids and are you looking for tips for using eyeliner and eyeshadow? If you want to put make-up eyelids on properly, you should consider a few things so that your eyes don’t look smaller and squat, but bigger. You can find out what these are here.

What do drooping eyelids look like?

A drooping eyelid can be seen with just one look. These are drooping upper eyelids, which partially or completely overlap the movable lid. As a result, the eyes often appear very small and squat, which women often do not find beautiful in themselves.

However, there are a variety of options for makeup to conjure up fresh, awake and beautifully emphasized eyes. So that you don’t despair when applying makeup and accidentally make your eyes smaller instead of bigger, I would like to give you a few tips and tricks on how to make up and hide your droopy eyelids.

Make up drooping eyelids properly

As with everything, it takes a little practice with eye make-up so that everything fits perfectly and achieves the desired effect. While with a normal eyelid shape you actually emphasize the movable lid, we have to rethink something when applying eyelids, because here this part of the eyelid is covered by the upper eyelid. Therefore, we should give the overhanging part a little more depth to open the eye.

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Long eyelashes always ensure that your eye area is visually enlarged. If you have long eyelashes yourself, you are welcome to apply them properly. Those who are not so blessed in this regard may also like to think about the use of fake lashes. With the following tips, these can also provide a more open and alert look.

Drooping Eyeliner


Great caution should be exercised when using eyeliner or kohl. A thick black line along the lash line optically reduces the eye.

For this reason, the following applies to eyeliner when using eyelids:

  • Just pull a thin line of eyelid,
  • Do not emphasize the lower water line in black,
  • Pull the eyeliner a little beyond the width of the eye.

Slightly skin-colored, bright kohl can, in combination with a slight emphasis on the lower lash line, optically enlarge the eye. It is best to put peach-colored kohl on the lower water line and work on the lower lash line with a dark eyeshadow and blend it well. Make sure that it is only drawn to the middle of the eye and is not blinded far beyond.


Even with eyeshadow, a drooping eyelid is more prudent.

Here are a few key points to keep in mind when using:

  • Conceal the drooping upper eyelid with darker colors and give it depth,
  • Use lighter eyeshadow on the movable eyelid,
  • Don’t pull dark colors too far towards the corner of the eye,
  • Only use matte eyeshadow on the upper eyelid.

It is important that we optically enlarge our movable lid. The easiest way to do this is to use bright colors (but no white eyeshadow).

For the right shade, sit down in front of your make-up mirror and look straight ahead. Where the eyelid crease would actually be, we now create an artificial gradation. To do this, draw a line with a dark eyeshadow at the appropriate point and blend well. Make sure that it only goes from the edge to about the middle of the eye, otherwise it visually pushes down. Depending on the drama of the eye make-up, you can create more or less strong contours here.

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Highlights open your eyes

Another important point in eye make-up with drooping eyelids is the setting of the right highlights. Where we want to give the eye more depth, we work with dark colors, where we want to open it with the brightest possible. Accordingly, you can set a few great accents under your eyebrows as well as in the corners of your eyes with a bright eyeshadow or a highlighter, which also open the eye.

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Secret weapon against drooping upper eyelids: tapes

If you don’t just want to put away your hanging lid, eye patches would be the method of choice. In principle, these work very simply. You take off a single strip and stick it on the transition from the movable to the hanging upper eyelid after cleaning the eyelid. As a result, the otherwise hidden movable part of the eyelid appears better and makes the eye appear larger and more alert.

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