Eye Makeup

How to Do Makeup for Monolid Eyes

We’re firm believers that all eye shapes offer a totally unique beauty look. Of course, it’s no secret that different eye shapes require their own makeup techniques to define them in just the right way. If you have monolids, you probably know by now that perfecting eye makeup for your eye shape can be difficult. With no crease to work with, it’s up to the proper makeup application to create the illusion of one—or to emphasize the lack thereof. If you’ve been searching Google for monolid makeup ideas, we’ve got you covered. Below, we’re sharing a step-by-step tutorial on one way to do makeup for monolid eyes.

STEP #1: PRIME YOUR EYES

As with any eye makeup look, you’ll want to begin by using an eye makeup primer. This will not only increase the lifespan of your shadow, but it’ll also help the pigments of your eye shadow shades to appear brighter and bolder. Don’t have an eye primer on hand? A dab of concealer or foundation will do the trick in a pinch.

STEP #2: GRAB YOUR EYE SHADOW

To make this tutorial super simple (who doesn’t love an easy eye makeup look?) reach for an eyeshadow palette that has all the shades you need, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Quads in Cupa Joe. First, apply the second lightest shade all over your lid using a flat shading brush. Next, it’s time to fake your crease! Grab a tapered crease brush and dip it into the second darkest hue. Apply it just above where your crease would be if you had one, using a windshield wiper motion to blend. Keep in mind that less is more during this process—you can always build up the color as you go.

STEP #3: HIGHLIGHT AND DEFINE

To take your eye shadow up a notch, you’ll want to create even more dimension. Apply the bottom, darkest shade from the palette to the outer corner of your eye, making sure to blend it into your “crease.” This will further create the illusion of a fold. Drag this same shade along the outer half of your lower lash line. Finally, finish your eye shadow by using the lightest hue in the palette to highlight your brow bone and inner corner. Apply the same shade along the inner half of your lower lash line, making sure to blend where the light and dark shades meet for a seamless look.

STEP #4: LINE AWAY

It’s time for some eyeliner! Begin by tightlining your eyes with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Black to create the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes (because who doesn’t want that?). Next, you’ll want to line your upper lash line. Use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Black to do so, starting with a thin line at your inner corner that gradually gets thicker toward the outer corner.

STEP #5: REACH FOR MASCARA

Next, you’ll want to reach for a mascara that will give your fringe plenty of volume and length. Apply a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara in Blackest Black to your upper and lower lashes to do just that.

STEP #6: DEFINE YOUR BROWS

A bold, defined eyebrow shape can really help pull your look together and flatter your eye shape further. Use the L’Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel to perfect your brow shape. First, use the doe-foot applicator to fill in any sparse areas. Then, take the angled brush and sharpen your arch. Finally, use the spoolie to brush and blend the look. Flawless!

STEP #7: SET YOUR LOOK

Last but not least, set your look with the help of a setting spray. After all, you wouldn’t want all that hard work to go to waste, now would you? After you finish your face makeup and apply your lip color of choice, close your eyes and give your face a few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray or L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist.

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