To my dearest monolid-ed friends, embrace the natural beauty that you've been born with. Single lids can be beautiful too if you know how to use the right makeup technique. Thanks to a very helpful and obviously talented MAC Makeup Artist at Pavilion, Ya Hui of Chaborkia.com has stunningly had her God-given monolids enhanced to look superbly glammed! She was kind enough to share her experience from the makeover. Ya know you lookin' fine mamasita!
Read on for eye makeup tips to enhance monolids.
Monolid Makeup Tips:
Faking a crease (as in pic): Sweep a matte light-colored eyeshadow all over the lid. Shimmery eyeshadows will tend to make the lid look swollen so avoid those as a primary shade. Apply a darker (also matte) shade into the crease. I'm quite aware that the crease is not visible! Try feeling your eye with your finger (over the lid of course). You will feel the top of your eye ball and the rim of your eye socket. That's where you wanna blend in your darker shadow. Apply highlight under the brow bones to give the illusion of more lid space.
Eyelining: As mentioned in Ya Hui's post, monolids tend to have thicker lids. Thus, when a thin line is drawn, it will just disappear when the eyes are opened. Be a little braver and go with a really thick line so that it'll be visible. Make sure you use a smudge-proof eyeliner! The winged liner effect looks gorgeous on monolids because it enhances the typical asian eye giving it a very sexy and glamorous look. The science to it would be that the little wing gives the eye a "lift" making it look less droopy.
Lashes: Monolids tend to have stick straight and short lashes that refuses to curl. I highly recommend eyelash perming to keep lashes up without tedious manual curling. You'd have to apply eyelash treatment to prevent lash fallouts though. If you're going for faux lashes, opt for natural-looking lashes that don't look too heavy. Although dramatic lashes may look nice, when not properly applied, the lashes will be weighed down making the lids look heavy and eyes even smaller.
Just because you have monolids doesn't mean that you'll miss out on beautiful eye makeup looks. Just play around and experiment with your makeup so that you'll be able to discover what looks good on you.
I highly recommend the tutorials from Snowkei of Specktra.net. She's definitely a major inspiration to many Asian girls and she shows that even teeny eyes can be transformed into something spectacular.
Photos compiled from Specktra.net