Monolid Eye Makeup: If you look around over the internet, there isn’t enough quick and easy monolid eye makeup tips and ideas available. It is rather sad, that such beauty continues to be underrepresented. Surprisingly, very few people are even aware of what ‘monolid’ eyes actually mean! Keeping this realization in mind, I thought why not write a blog post specially dedicated for those with monolid eyelids. I will try to cover as much information as possible starting from the basic – the simple definition of monolid eyes. On the other hand, if you are one of those who feels ecstatic and relieved on seeing a post dedicated to you – hello and welcome!
What are Monolid Eyes?
Monolid, sometimes called ‘hooded eyes,’ refers to a shape of the eyelids wherein the creases are not visible on the eyelids. Generally, East Asian women are gifted by this stunning beauty trait. Since the eyes and eyelids by themselves are so gorgeous, they barely need any makeup. Additionally, due to the absence of the crease, whatever products, whether eye shadow or eyeliner, applied will simply hide. However, that does not, in any way, mean that you cannot apply makeup to highlight or accentuate them. In fact, compared to other eye shapes, monolid eyelids offer a flatter surface to apply makeup on. Thus, the eyes are an adventurous canvas to try out different styles and techniques of eye makeup.
Useful Monolid Eye Makeup Technique
Here are a few prepping and makeup techniques for monolid eyes that you need to keep in mind before trying out the monolid eye makeup ideas discussed later. Some useful techniques include:
1. Prime your Eyelids before the Application of Makeup:
When it comes to East Asian makeup, priming is always the first and most basic step before applying any kind of makeup. Using a good quality primer offers a foundational base where makeup stays stuck longer. It will prevent the smudging and slipping of makeup. If you start with a primer, your makeup can last for as long as 24 hours!
2. Pick the Perfect Eyeliner Formula:
For monolid eyes, waterproof eyeliner formula can come to your rescue. It prevents the makeup from moving or slipping in addition to not being prone to smudging since it is waterproof.
3. Try out Eyeliner of Varying Thicknesses:
In hooded eyes, a thin line of eyeliner can easily disappear, the best way to make it prominent is by applying thicker liners. However, different thicknesses give different appearances, so choose something that has just the right thickness for you. To know this, start by applying a moderately thick line. Then step back at a distance from the mirror and open your eyes. Notice if the eyeliner is visible. If not, make it thicker. Continue it until the eyeliner stands out and is clearly visible.
4. Experiment with Different Colored Liners:
Trying out different colors can have varying effects on the overall appearance of your monolid eyes. For example, if you wish to make your eyes look bigger, then you can try out eyeliners along the shades of beige or white. Applying the eyeliner at the lower section of the waterline will create an illusion of larger eyes. On the other hand, if you want to complement your dark pupils, a splash of eclectic colors such as glittery chocolate or brown will do wonders.
5. Put your fingers to use!:
Not just for monolid eyes, in fact, this technique is apt for everyone with different styles of eyes and eyelids! When applying eyeshadow, your fingers can do a better job than any other makeup application tool. Through your fingers, you can feel around and follow the shape of your eye or eyelid to blend the makeup.
6. Don’t be shy to use false lashes:
A combination of long eyelashes and waterproof mascara can definitely make the eye look larger. Due to the absence of a crease, the line of the false lashes melds seamlessly with the natural eyelid. In fact, owing to the better and flatter surface of the monolid eyes, false lashes can gain more stability. Thus, you can even try out dramatic lengths of eyelashes and they would still stay put.
Best Monolid Eye Makeup Ideas
Due to the uniqueness of monolid eyes, conventional makeup technique needs to be revamped to suit the needs. The typical eye makeup ideas will take a setback when it comes to monolid eye makeup ideas. Here are some of the best picks that will amplify the beauty of your monolid eyes.
1. The Thick Winged Eye Liner Look
If you ask me, a winged eyeliner look never goes out of style! Plus, it is extremely versatile. You could wear it on a date, to a meeting, at a party, or even to your wedding! It is classy yet effortless. If you love doing your eyes, then the first thing that you should learn is to master the art of applying the perfect winged eyeliner.
In the case of monolid eyes, you may have to use many lines to have a bolder, thicker wing. Due to the absence of a crease, the regular application of eyeliner may just appear invisible. So try out multiple strokes to get the luscious thick eyeliner.
2. The Line Liner Look
The line liner look is suitable for formal affairs where you do not want to try out too much with your eyes. If you are a working professional, then you can even pull off this look on a daily basis! It is minimalistic without making your eyes look bare. All you need to do is dip your brush in some eyeliner, place the tip right at the end of your eye. Then in a single stroke, pull outwards along the line of your eyelid. You can pair it with some nude eyeshadow and you are ready to take on the world!
3. The Bronze and Copper Eyelids
The beautiful women of South Asia who have monolid eyes are also blessed with flawless skin. In addition to the clear skin, their skin is also rather pale, which makes it the perfect canvas for dark makeup. Hence, this bronze and copper eye makeup will look simply stunning on them. So don’t be afraid of using metallic colors. Start with a deeper shade towards the eyelid and lighten it as you move outwards. You can also use some gold glitter. Finally, apply a coat of eyeliner for the perfect finishing touch. The glittery, glamorous eyes will make you the star attraction everywhere you go!
4. The Natural Liner Look
In places like Japan, women often prefer to try out makeup that looks more natural. So if you are looking for something similar, here is something that you should definitely try. This look is pleasing to the eyes and does not look over the top. Just smudge some nude eye shadow on your eyelids using your fingers. Spread it using a brush. Use some powder eyeliner or black eyeshadow and spread it lightly along the edge of your eyelid. You can experiment with the thickness and choose one according to your liking. Just brush your eyelid lightly and you will have a very natural look.
5. The Green and Grey Smokey Eyes
This eye makeup is perfect if you are looking for dramatic flair to add to your overall outfit. The shades of green and black will come together perfectly for the stunning end result. You can choose a black pencil that has metallic tints and tones of sea green instead of having to blend various shades. However, if you are confident about your blending skills, feel free to put together different colors for a more layered look.
If you notice, the eye makeup in this look is not restricted just to the eyelid. Even the lower lid has been done to give it a more visually pleasing look. You can try it for any party hosted in the evening and you will definitely be showered by compliments.
6. The Chocolate Factory
Once again, chocolate brown is a shade that will look splendid against the South East Asian skin tone. Just pick out some matte shades of brown from your eyeshadow palette. Start with the darkest shade and apply it at the edge of your eyelid. Now choose the lighter shade, and apply it in continuation to the border of the darker shade. Use this color to cover the area until the crease or over the eyeballs. Finally, pick out the lightest shade and spread it outwards. Use a large round brush and run it around in circular motions to blend the different shades. Give it a finishing touch by applying mascara to your lashes.
7. The Colorful Full Eye Winged Liner Look
The greatest advantage of monolid eyes is that you get a flat surface devoid of any crease even below the eye! That is the perfect foundation of trying out the full eye winged liner look. Plus, with pale skin, you can try out almost every possible color available in your eyeshadow palette.
In fact, you can mix and match with various shades to add a splash of color to your eye makeup. Think of a shocking pink on the eyelid paired with a vibrant gold on the lower end. Or maybe a shimmering sky blue with a royal deep purple! Try out various combinations and you will never run out of monolid eye makeup ideas!
8. The Naturally Nude Look
A natural nude look is every girl’s dream. Even though you may spend a large amount of time in putting on the look, you can always giggle and say ‘I woke up like this.’ You can pair a nude makeup with some shiny and shimmery gold eye shades and perfectly applied eyeliner. With a deadly gold and black combination, you can never go wrong! This eye makeup idea is perfect for the everyday look when you want to look chic without looking gaudy. Give it a finishing touch by applying mascara to your eyelids and you will be all ready to slay!
9. Retro Winged Liner Look
Remember that time when bold winged eyeliners and beehives were in fashion? I do!
The best thing about fashion is that it keeps repeating itself. Retro culture runs its circle and soon becomes new age-y. Plus, with this retro winged eyeliner, you can hardly go wrong. Just draw the outline with your eyeliner. Then use your brush to fill into the spaces. This will help your eye makeup will look bold and beautiful. This look is suited for work, parties, outings, and get-togethers. If you are looking for a monolid eye makeup idea for a retro party, then this would be simply perfect.
10. Contrasting Red with Blue Style
Amongst the colors, red is considered to be a warm color, while blue is considered to be a cool color. Normally, in makeup, cool colors are paired with other cool colors. For example, blue with grey, teal with aqua, navy and black, and sky blue and purple. Similarly, warm colors go well with other warm colors. Think of the shades of red with yellows, oranges, and pinks. However, sometimes, when you are looking for a contrasting look, you can try mixing them both up for a hot and cold output. To get this, start by applying red eyeshadow on the front half of your eyelid. Now, use the blue shade to paint the other half. Finish it off with a thin eyeliner.
11. Soft Smokey Eyes
Everyone loves smokey eyes. They are easy to do and they look exceptionally gorgeous. Plus, you do not need a lot of makeup or material to get the perfect smokey eyes to look. Since those gifted with monolid eyes can carry off large lashes, I would recommend that you apply smokey eyes along with large eyelashes. Just remember to spread the makeup over the eyeball region for a soft, feathery look. Once you paste on the false lashes, you will turn on the gorgeous factor by many levels.
12. The No Makeup Eye Makeup
The no makeup eye makeup look is extremely popular amongst the women of South East Asia. They like to keep their makeup as simple and non-fussy. If you want to go for the no makeup eye makeup, you need to pick an eyeshadow that is closest to your skin tone. However, if you want the makeup to stand out just a tiny bit, you can choose something in the shade of orange. Start by applying some basic eyeshadow on your eyelid and in the area below the eyes. Use a kohl pen (kajal) to line your eyelid and extend the tip just a bit. Do the same for the lower half, but start only from the middle section. Your no makeup eye makeup is ready!
13. Dramatic Intergalactic Smokey Eyes
I call this the intergalactic smokey eyes because it is a beautiful cross between both the types of eye makeup. Even though the base is black eyeshadow, you can build up using other colors in the shades of blue and pink. This will create an appearance very similar to the galaxy-like eye makeup. The process is much similar to recreating the smokey eyes makeup. If you do not have black eyeshadow, you can make use of wet kohl and smear a thick layer that you can gradually spread out. Go beyond the hollow of your eye to have a bolder look.
14. The Minimalistic Look
This eye makeup is simple and minimalistic yet it can add the oomph factor to your face. All you need to do is apply some thick winged eyeliner and dab on some silver glitter over your eyelid. It may appear unassuming but it is potent enough to change the complete outlook towards your entire appearance. You should try this if you want to highlight or accentuate any natural feature rather than covering it up in makeup.
15. Glamorous Red Carpet Hollywood Look
What do retro Hollywood actresses, pinup models, and gorgeous women have in common? Let me answer that for you – this eye makeup!
The Red Carpet Hollywood look is glamorous, elegant, and a timeless classic. It is much like a dependable friend that you can always count on. No matter what occasion, which event; if you have no idea at the top of your head, you can always fall back to choosing this design. Plus, with a little contouring, you can make your monolid eyes appear even Caucasian! Use a shade of brown for the eyeshadow and finish off the look with some eyeliner.
So that’s it! That concludes my list of best monolid eye makeup tips and ideas. I hope that all the women with monolid eyes feel represented. Also, remember that your eyes are beautiful and unique. Do try out these gorgeous monolid eye makeup designs and share it with your friends. I am sure that they would be as happy to know about it and appreciate your gesture.
Which one of the 15 monolid eye makeup idea is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!