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 monolid eyes, 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. However, if you’re ready to master monolid makeup, we’ve got you covered. Below, we’re sharing 12 tips, so you can score the perfect monolid eye makeup looks.
MONOLID MAKEUP TIP #1: ALWAYS START WITH PRIMER
For any eye makeup look, you’ll want to begin by using an eye makeup primer. This will not only increase the lifespan of your eyeshadow, but it’ll also help the pigments of your eye shadow shades 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.
You should also use an eyelash primer! Lash primer comes in handy to increase the volume and length of your lashes. Before you apply mascara, pick up a tube of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer, and sweep it on to amplify your look.
MONOLID MAKEUP TIP #2: BLEND EYESHADOW VERTICALLY
If you watch a ton of makeup tutorials, you may be used to seeing light eyeshadow shades blended onto the inner corners and darker hues applied on the outer ‘V’ of the eyes to enhance the shape of the crease. However, when it comes to monolid eye makeup, you’ll need to switch things up. Monolids tend to be flatter in shape, so it’s best to apply eyeshadow in a vertical way for a more flattering look. This means stacking your shades on top of one another, instead of applying them across your lids.
MONOLID MAKEUP TIP #3: FAKE A CREASE THE RIGHT WAY
Just because you don’t have a crease to work with doesn’t mean you can’t create the illusion of one if you’d like to. While you can choose to play up your monolid eyes, you can also define a faux crease with the right tools and a gorgeous eyeshadow palette. Start by using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eyeshadow in Boudoir Charme, sweeping the lightest brown shade all over your lid using a flat eyeshadow brush.
Now, it’s time to create your faux crease! Use a crease blending brush and apply the medium brown shade just above where your crease would be if you had one, using a windshield wiper motion to blend. That’s all there is to it.
MONOLID MAKEUP TIP #4: COMPLETE YOUR EYE MAKEUP FIRST
Since it can be a bit tricky to create the perfect monolid eye makeup look, it’s best to start with your eyes first. This tip makes it super easy to clean up any mistakes you may make without ruining the rest of your makeup. Just be sure to use a gentle makeup remover, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleanser Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types to clean things up for a seamless finish.
MONOLID MAKEUP TIP #5: GET CREATIVE WITH COLORED EYELINER
You can never go wrong with giving your eyes a bright and wide-awake gaze, and eyeliner is just the ticket. When it comes to monolid eyeliner, opting for a colored option is never a bad idea. Whether you prefer to rock a neutral white hue or to bring on the intensity with a bold color, the right eyeliner shade will go a long way with pulling together your makeup look.
Grab the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in White or Navy to make a chic statement. Even better, head on over to our article, How to Wear Colored Eyeliner for a Statement Look, to learn more about playing with color.
MONOLID MAKEUP TIP #6: AMP UP YOUR LASHES
When working with monolid eyes, the key is to bring on the definition. Thankfully, elongating your lashes is a surefire way to do so. If you want to flaunt a curled and lifted look, simply shake things up by heating up your lash curler a bit to give your lashes a gorgeous pop. You can run the eyelash curler under hot water (and dry it off) to do so or blast it with your blow-dryer. Just make sure it doesn’t get too hot.
Prefer to bring on the volume? Consider trying your hand at applying false eyelashes for a quick solution. For monolid eyes, we love using individual lashes to focus the fullness at the outer corner. You can also use a mascara that covers all of the bases like the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume in Extra Noir to score curled, lifted, and defined lashes.
MONOLID MAKEUP TIP #7: USE DENSE EYESHADOW BRUSHES
While fluffy eyeshadow brushes are known as an eye makeup essential, dense bristles will suit your needs better. Look for dense brushes that are smaller in shape and size as they will complement your small lids. These tools also give you more control during your makeup application.
MONOLID MAKEUP TIP #8: SLOWLY BUILD YOUR EYELINER
As the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race, and applying monolid eyeliner is no exception. Steer away from applying your eyeliner in one pass and take your time for a clean and crisp finish. Set the stage 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.
Next, use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Black and build your line with small strokes. Start with a thin line at the inner corner and make it thicker gradually toward the outer corner. If you’re feeling dramatic, flick the ends just a bit to create a winged effect.
MONOLID MAKEUP TIP #9: SET YOUR LINER WITH POWDER
If you find that your eyelids tend to get a bit oily and your eye makeup moves, there is a way to keep your liner in place. Aside from using a waterproof offering, you can also set your liner with a tiny bit of eyeshadow in a coordinating shade. Simply use a small angled brush to layer the shadow on top.
MONOLID MAKEUP TIP #10: PLAY WITH SHIMMERY EYESHADOW
If you’re in the mood for a sparkly touch, feel free to add shimmery eyeshadow to your eye makeup look. Shimmery shades help to accentuate your features and draw attention to your gorgeous eye shape. See what all the hype is about by using any shade from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow line.
MONOLID MAKEUP TIP #11: GIVE YOUR LOWER LASH LINE ATTENTION, TOO
When you don’t have a ton of visible lid space, your lower lash line can give you the perfect opportunity to play with color or complete a beauty look. Apply the same shadow you have on your lid to your lower lash line or create a full under-eye makeup look. One of our favorites involves blending a rainbow gradient under your eyes. So pretty and unexpected!
MONOLID MAKEUP TIP #12: LOCK YOUR LOOK IN PLACE
Last but not least, locking in your makeup is a must. After you finish your face makeup and apply your lip color of choice, top things off with a few spritzes of setting spray. After all, you wouldn’t want all that hard work to go to waste, now would you? Close your eyes and give your face a few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray or L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist.
Next up: Now that you have the best monolid makeup tips in your arsenal, why not take your makeup game to the next level with a gorgeous eye makeup look? Click through to our article, The Eye Makeup Tutorial Every Asian Girl Should Try for all the details.