5 Makeup Tips for Monolid Eyes

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Thinking back to my 14-year-old self, I remember struggling when first experimenting with eyeliner. I have monolid eyes, meaning my eyelids have no creases. Back then, most of my friends had double eyelids so applying eyeliner seemed like an effortless thing for them, but that wasn’t the case for me.

I used to find it extremely troublesome to apply eye makeup but practice really does make perfect. It used to take me at least 30 minutes to do an eye look. Now I can finish one in as little as 10 minutes – sometimes even just five!

Have hooded eyes and no clue how to work them? Here are some things you need to know:

Prime those single lids

Just like a face primer, an eye primer is equally important for prolonging the life of makeup on your lids. Monolid eyes don’t have creases, unlike double eyelids, so smudging is inevitable.

Applying a good amount of primer before applying your eye makeup not only helps it last longer, but it also creates a smoother base and makes your eye shadow look more pigmented. Eye primer is also a must for those with oily lids. If you’ve got party plans, apply a bit of primer under your eyes as well to avoid raccoon eyes at the end of the night!

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Go for the right formulas

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After getting an eye primer, the next thing is to hunt down the perfect eyeliner. While most eyeliner formulas work for monolid eyes, you’re better off with waterproof ones. I personally can never be without ISEHAN’s Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner – its ultra-fine tip makes it super easy to use, even for beginners.

I’ve tested out many eyeliners in the past that claim to be smudge-proof but the Kiss Me Heroine Make liner is the only one that works for my eye shape. I’m not exaggerating when I say I swam with this on and it didn’t smear, not even a bit!

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Play around with colors and the thickness of your eyeliner

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Once you’ve mastered the basic winged eyeliner look, take it up a notch by experimenting with different liner thickness. Those with monolid eyes understand the struggle of drawing the perfect line, only to have it disappear into the hood of the eye! So draw thicker lines or perk up the edges of your eyes by drawing elongated flicks.

Eyeliners don’t just come in black or brown anymore; take your pick from many vivid colored liners like the Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liners from CLIO. They’re perfect for adding a pop of color or for creating cool graphic liner looks that bring extra edge.

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Create subtle gradients when it comes to eye shadow

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Applying eye shadow for hooded eyes can be tricky, but with time and a lot of practice, it can become a breeze. Eye shadow adds depth, which is what monolids need the most since they can look rather flat.

The most flattering way to enhance monolids is to create an upright gradient. Start by applying dark eye shadow close to your lash line and work your way up to the lightest shade the closest to your brow bone. Remember to blend for a natural ombre look.

Alternatively, you can go for a bolder look and bring attention to your eyes with a single bright eye shadow color like 3CE’s One Color Shadow. Get some #makeupinspo from our editor who created a spring/summer makeup look with the One Color Shadow in the shade July Lime.

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Up your lash game

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Make your monolids stand out even more with mascara. Keep lengthening and volumizing mascaras in your makeup kit as they help to really open up your eyes. Tightlining, which is when you coat your upper waterline with dark eyeliner, also happens to be a great trick for monolids as they make your lashes appear thicker, adding even more definition to your eyes. I swear by this tip so try it out sometime! Just don’t line your lower waterline as this does the opposite and makes your eyes appear smaller.

If your lashes are too short or downward-facing and applying mascara isn’t enough, you can always opt for falsies to up your lash game!

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