When we think of monolids, we automatically think about Asian eyes - but the truth is that just about anyone can have this eye shape. There’s also an unreasonable amount of fear involved in monolid makeup, but fear not! We’re here to up your makeup game yet again.
What even is a monolid?
A monolid happens when your upper lid folds over the lower lid so that it touches your lashes - or, in other words, it’s a very hooded eye. There is always a way to make a certain eye shape look good, and monolids are no exception.
Some kind of (monolid) magic
When it comes to very hooded eyes and/or monolids, the best place to start is your eyebrows. Plucking and shaping the brows can make a huge difference - and you’re not even using any products! By clearing up the brows, you are essentially adding more space between the brow and the lashes, which creates the optical illusion of a more lifted eye.
Once you clear up your brows, you can lightly fill them in, or leave them be. Be careful not to use too much product - give your eyebrows a shape, but don’t, for the love of brows, make them look boxy or too dark.
Slight shimmer or muted matte?
Monolid eyes can either be protruding or deep-set. For protruding eyes, go in with more natural, matte shades, so that you don’t bring the eye even more forward than it already is. For deep-set eyes, however, do the opposite. Use a shimmery kohl liner and apply it on the outer third of your eyes, as close to the lash line as possible. The shimmer will optically bring the eye forward and make your eyes pop. Simply blend the liner and try to keep it concentrated in the areas where you originally applied it.
Prime & set
Before applying any eyeshadow, use an eyeshadow primer. Monolids and hooded lids are notoriously known for their product transfer, so if you want to avoid that, primer is the way to go.
Pro-tip: Concealers or cream-based eyeshadows can also sometimes work as eyeshadow primers. The idea is that you use a creamy product, which you then set with a powdery product.
We think of colourful makeup as unprofessional, but you shouldn’t be afraid to wear colours so much. You can go for any colour you like, but keep in mind that complementary colours will look best together. If you have brown eyes, with just a tinge of orange, try using a green eyeshadow. Green and orange are opposite each other on the colour wheel, and so they complement each other. This will make your look more cohesive and put-together, even when using bright shades.
Blend your eyeshadow over your entire lower lid, but don’t apply product on your visible upper lid, as that can make the eye look more droopy. Quite the opposite of what you want.
Pro-tip: Just like eyeshadow tends to melt on hooded, monolid eyes, so does mascara. Use a waterproof formula to avoid the not-so-cute panda look.
Another great tip is to start with your lower lashes, and then move on to upper lashes. That way, when you look up to apply mascara on your lower lashes, there will be no product transfer on the lid.
You don’t usually hear the words “contour” and “natural” in the same context, but we’re here to change that. For a daily contour look, it’s best to go with cream-based products, because they won’t look as cakey in the daylight as powders do.
When you’re applying your base, the order of the products is super important - especially if you want to still look like a human being when you’re done with it.
Start by contouring your cheeks and temples; for more definition also contour your forehead and under chin area. Then go in with a cream blush right above your cheek contour. Blend everything well and move on to foundation.
Less is more
Foundation can be tricky - it’s just not the right shade, it oxidizes, it’s too oily, or too drying. But what is probably the most common mistake is applying too much. Apply a thin layer all over your face first and blend it really well into your skin. This first layer of foundation will help transform the contour and blush placed underneath and make your skin look more even.
If, and only if, there’s still some redness peeking through, apply more product. But careful - only apply it in the areas where you actually need more coverage and always work in thin layers. This is the absolute best way to avoid the dreaded “cakey look”.
Pro-tip: Cream-based products are ah-mazing to use in winter. They give your skin that extra moisture that the cold air tries to steal from you. Your skin will thank you.
The same idea - less is more - applies to concealer. Try to keep it natural - if you use too much, your sensitive skin under the eyes might turn out looking dry, tired and overstressed. Use only as much as you need and don’t “over-set” it with powder.
- ZOEVA Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette
- Kryolan Variety V2 bright eyeshadow palette
- Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat in no. 2,5
- NYX Butter gloss Eclair BLG 02
- Catrice All Round mascara in black
- Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss & Blush in no. 7
- Catrice HD Liquid Coverage foundation
- Lancome Le Crayon Kohl in 023 Chestnut
- Kryolan eyebrow powder palette
- Ben Nye Media Pro SK-3 Shadow Wheel
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