All the single liddies put ya hands up!
You’re also probably tired of searching “monolid makeup tutorial” on Pinterest and seeing gorgeous looks for “Asian eyes” and then seeing double eyelidded models. And while monolid eyes are just as beautiful as all other types of eyes, they are often underrepresented in the makeup world.
So, in an attempt to help us all, here is a comprehensive list of pretty much all the makeup tips on the internet that actually apply to us, the solo-lidded.
1. If you’re not on the eyelash primer game, you NEED to get on the eyelash primer game.
Lengthen your natural lashes and keep your mascara from running with eyelash primer. It will also hold the curl much better, giving your face more dimension. If you haven’t tried it already, eyelash primer will quickly become your new holy grail product.
This one is a super-popular option.
3. If you have straight, downward-facing lashes, try some waterproof, curling mascara.
Waterproof mascara will typically hold the curl much better than regular mascaras, and having your eyelashes up and curled can really help to open up your eyes.
Here’s a mascara 101 video for more information.
4. Or maybe a pair of falsies.
Longer lashes definitely help accentuate your eyes, so if mascara doesn’t work, a natural pair of fake eyelashes can instantly add more volume and length to your lashes. You could also try eyelash extensions, which are semi-permanent — you do you.
8. Highlight that wonderful face of yours.
Since the surface of monolids are flat, using highlighter is especially helpful in creating more dimension in the face. Lightly dust some on your cheekbones, under the eyebrow arch and brow bone, the bridge of your nose, and a little on your chin.
9. Instead of putting your darker eyeshadow in the outer V of your eye, try this vertical gradient eyeshadow technique.
This technique embraces the lack of a crease or fold of monolids, and takes advantage of the flat surface of the eyes.
Check out this great step-by-step tutorial here.
10. Choose a bright eyeshadow color and run with it.
If you want to make a statement, choose one colorful eyeshadow and put it all over your upper lid, sweeping a little on your lower lid as well.
11. Or focus on your lips instead with a bold lipstick.
A lot of people with monolids tend to make their eye makeup the focus, but this bold lip + neutral eye combo actually allows your natural eyes to shine and emphasizes the unique features of your face. Also, is the checking-my-pulse pose a thing? Because I like it and I want in.
13. Add a little magic to your eyes with this ~floating eyeliner~ trick.
Instead of wasting all that time, effort, and product on coloring your whole lid black just to get the tiniest bit of eyeliner to show up (YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!!), try this trick to get the most out of your eyeliner.
14. Waterproof makeup means no more annoying little black smudgies in the outer corners of your eyes.
Waterproof eye makeup will keep your makeup from sliding off those oily eyelids, and will keep your look clean all day.
To remove waterproof makeup easily, use either a cleansing oil or cleansing balmbefore using your regular face wash. Or grab a cotton pad, slap some eye makeup remover on it, and press onto your closed lid. Do not rub, just let your eye soak with the makeup remover for a few seconds and then swipe it off gently.
15. Tightline to add volume to your lashes.
Tightlining your eyes (with a smudge-proof, waterproof eyeliner) will help define them and will add even more volume to your lashes.
Here’s a great explanation of how to properly tightline your eyes.
And this particular long-lasting eyeliner is incredibly popular for tightlining.
17. Sweep a light brown or shimmery color under your eyes to make them really stand out.
Doing this will help make your eyes seem more awake and bright, and will also serve as a barrier between the makeup on your upper and lower lids (meaning less smudgies, yay!).
18. Change things up and try a colorful eyeliner instead.
You could line some color above your normal black eyeliner, just ditch black eyeliner completely, or add a little colorful flick to the end of your liner. Have fun with it!
19. Or sweep some colored eyeliner under your eyes.
A more dramatic look but still definitely wearable.
20. Shine bright like a diamond and highlight your inner corners!
Using a shimmery highlighting eyeshadow, add a little bit to the inner corners of your eyes as well as the inner third of your lower lids to help brighten up your whole face.
21. Don’t forget to blend, blend, blend.
Blending your eyeshadows with give you a more smooth, natural look that can accentuate your eye shape without being too obvious.
22. Or maybe just fake a crease.
Using a darker eyeshadow, you can just create your own crease using this step-by-step tutorial.
23. Here’s a colorful version of the cut crease technique that you can try as well:
24. Line your eyes with some darker eyeshadow instead of eyeliner.
Because eyeliner tends to disappear when we open our eyes, all that eyeliner can look very harsh when our eyes are closed. Eyeshadow will result in a much softer look and you can add as much as you like.
25. Try brown eyeliner instead of black for a more natural look.
Very subtle but still just as effective.
26. Or rock the dramatic winged liner look.
27. You can also set the eyeliner with some eyeshadow, to prevent unnecessary smudging.
28. Make little marks for where your eyeliner would show with your eyes open.
Because we all know what it feels like when you add a thick-ass line of eyeliner but it disappears when you open your eyes. So save yourself some trouble and start your eyeliner with your eyes open so you know where it will actually show up.
29. Add some nude or white eyeliner to your bottom waterline.
This will make your eyes appear more open and alert.
30. And then try some soft eyeliner UNDER that.
Lining the lower lash line under the nude waterline will give the illusion of larger, more doll-like eyes. Make sure to stop halfway!
31. Connect your upper and lower lids by putting a darker color in the outer corners of your eye for wider eyes.
This tip will very naturally extend the width of your eyes so they appear slightly larger.
32. Sneakily draw in dots/lines to your lower lashes.
Fake fuller, darker lashes by drawing in subtle dots in between lashes that will make your eyes look bigger without being too harsh.
33. Pop some shimmer on the center of your lids.
To complete your eyeshadow look, put some light shimmer on the center of your lids to add more dimension to your eyes.
34. Lastly, get a little funky with some conceptual eyeliner.
Which looks awesome with both open and closed eyes.