Thursday, November 29, 2012

How To Enhance Monolid Eyes!


Hey guys! Today's look is a makeup tutorial that is actually quite similar to my last tutorial on Makeup for Glasses. I've been on a big monolid kick lately and have been getting more and more requests for more basic looks for those with single eyelids (aka eyelids without a crease) so I thought it would be perfect to show my favorite way to enhance monolids.

Those of you with monolids (no crease) or hooded lids (small crease that looks monolid when eyes are open) know how frustrating and tricky it can be to apply shadows, mascara, and liner to monolids since most of the "fun" part of makeup gets tucked underneath while this constant rubbing causes makeup to run.

This look allows a bit of fun with color while elongating the eyes to make them appear larger and more dramatic. It's also a rather smudge-proof look that is comparatively long-lasting. Check out the video below!

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The final look has an elongated almond shape on the lid which shows off the shadow color while eyes are both open and closed. 


Here is a close-up of the eye. The flared half-lashes blend in harmoniously without causing any creasing and when done correctly looks quite natural. Monolidders actually have the benefit of the lashes being under the lid so the lash line isn't as noticeable! Just choose a style that has a strong band so the lashes don't droop down and cover the eyes.



The reflective satin finish of the purple shade creates an illusion of depth in contrast to the dark contour shadow and matte inner-corner highlight.


In the above photo you can see a small crease on the left while the right is a true monolid. This look works for both hooded lids and monolids but if you'd like to see a look specific to uneven eyelids, check out my tutorial for that as well!

Below you may notice the lid with the small crease (left) hides most of the shadow when I smile but it still shows enough to make the eyes look larger and more defined. Although this amount of shadow may be intimidating for some, it actually comes across as being quite flattering and dynamic in real life since much of the shadow is hidden when eyes are open but with every blink you can see the beautiful color.


If you are having trouble finding out exactly how high to bring the shadow, start out with less and add a bit more and more until you can see the color while eyes are open. You really want to keep it juuuust above the line where your crease starts to hide since bringing it up too high can look like a hot mess. ;) 

Remember, practice makes perfect and the key is finding what shape works for you, which takes experimentation! This technique is so easy when you get the hang of it but it does have a learning curve so be patient and add little by little. It's worth it!

I know I say this a lot, but I want to especially thank you guys so much for all of your love and support. I know it's not always easy feeling like makeup wasn't made for you or like nobody understands the struggles monolidders have, but I know exactly how you feel and being "different" doesn't mean you are any less beautiful. <3

Happy Thanksgiving and sending so much love to my friends, readers, and supporters out there!!! Love you!




30 comments:

  1. I love that color (Rapture)! Unfortunately, I couldn't find that color sold separately- must purchase the Vice Palette to get it. Do you think AC/DC or Gravity are similar enough? My eyelids are hooded, so I can never get the same look as yours, but I find a way to make it work. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  2. can you do an OOTD for the fall weather?? it's been a little bit gloomy, and i don't know what to wear! XD

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  3. I think this is my favourite post so far! LOVE your work, Jen!
    Love from all the way from Borneo, Malaysia <3
    Daphne

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  4. I like this tutorial. I don't like "inventing" a crease. I've come to love my hooded eyes.

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    1. I agree! I've never been a fan of faking the crease unless it's a clearly intentional mod look. ;)

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  5. thanks for the tips, can you also make a tips for hooded eyelids? thank you so much ^^

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    1. Yes, I plan on doing a full video on eyelid types and tips for hooded eyes as well!

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  6. Thanks for this tutorial!! It's rough in the makeup world if you don't have sangapuels.. And I ain't thinking about getting surgery either hehe.

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  7. I have hooded eyes so this is going to work 100% for me as well. Thanks Jen, you're amazing! ♥ Love you to pieces, hope life in LA is everything you wished it'd be love. xx

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  8. Hi Jen, How does the look turn out differently if you leave out the Urban Decay Demolition? It looks like it gets totally covered on top.

    Also, where are your sigma brushes?? XD

    I love your videos. Thanks so much!

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    1. Demolition is used as a base for the eyeshadow. One trick that works well for monolidders or those with oily eyelids is to use a very waterproof base like these eyeliner pencils versus a creamy shadow base since it won't budge throughout the day.

      I just got the Sephora brushes recently so I'm testing them out! :)

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  9. Hi Jen, I love your hairstyle on this picture! kisses from Europe
    Dana

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  10. Thanks for this! I love it


    xoxo Wengie
    www.wengie.com

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  11. this look is really pretty :)

    xx
    http://1uckyclover.blogspot.ca/

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  12. gorgeous post! your so pretty!

    lots of love from the c&p girls,
    the casper&pearl blog
    xx

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  13. Thank you so much Jen for making tutorials for monolidders! You have literally been a God-send for someone like me. Quick question though: a lot of your tutorials use false eyelashes. Are there looks for monolidders that don't involve the false eyelashes? Because I'm a newbie, and have never experimented with lashes.

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    1. Yes of course! Keep in mind that any look I do for monolidders can be done without lashes. They are completely optional.

      Here are a few using no lashes I've done:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_btH84JX80
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzgXmHJ27Y0
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQfnelHoCDk
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQDyUfEK5Jw

      Hope that helps!

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  14. I am such a fan! I love this look! I hope you do more ootd and fashion hauls too! You have great style~~~

    www.thepinkhaven.blogspot.com

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  15. So happy you are putting out more monolid tutorials!

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  16. is there a sephora brush collection that has most of the brushes you mentioned?

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    1. All of the brushes I used are part of the Sephora Collection Pro line which are individually sold. They do have some sets but since I haven't used them myself, I can't say for certain that the quality is as good as the individual ones which I know firsthand are excellent quality. Sometimes limited edition brushes aren't as nice as permanent individual ones (MAC lowers quality of LE for example) so I would go in-store and test it myself before purchasing.

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  17. Will this work too for hooded lids? Just apply the shadow higher?

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  18. Hi Jenn! Have a question hoping you could answer. So I have really small and narrow eyes, i try doing the makeup like you do (of course i most likely is doing it in the wrong way) but then it just make my eyes look more narrow and still small looking... I was just wondering if you could tell me a way to do the makeup so my eyes look a little bit rounder and bigger? Thanks a lot!

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  19. Hi Jen,
    I love your blog and all your makeup tips!
    As a mother of 2 teenagers in my early 40's, I find it difficult to wear some of the shimmery eyeshadows that you use in your tutorials, because the glitter accentuates the wrinkles in my eyelids.
    Could you perhaps do a tutorial for older women (and do a makeover on someone's mother or aunt, LOL?) Thanks so much! I'm sure other older women would also be grateful :)

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  20. Loving your tutorial and tips. Every one of them are simply amazing and distinguished in their own way. Your warmth and genuine smiles are really catching. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Jen, why did you choose the Anastasia "Brunette" as opposed to the "Ebony"? The "Brunette" colors look very light (almost too light for asian/black hair)? I used to use a brow powder palette by Sonia Kashik that had black, grey and a dark brown but they discontinued it. I felt the black was too dark so I mixed it with the grey and brown for a perfect shade... but they discontinued it and I feel so lost as to finding a replacement for my brows. Help!

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  22. Jen! I absolutely love your tutorials, but I noticed alot of them are for monolids and for myself, I find it hard to find tutorials similar to your video formatting but for asians with double lids instead. Asians with double lids don't have double eyelids that are quite as deep as other ethnic groups double-lids so I was hoping you would show just one tutorial for asians with double eyelids or maybe do makeup on an asian friend of yours who has shallow double-eyelids, it would greatly appreciated! I love watching your videos even though I'm not a huge beauty fanatic (too lazy, lol!) but you inspire me to become one and ever since I started watching your videos, I've introduced myself to the make-up world. Thank you! oh and I love your couch, maybe you can do a post about your new place like how you semi-showed your last apartment? Looking forward to more jenfrmtotoe videos :D

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  23. Hi Jen,
    I have double eyelids also like jenny above and they are not deep. I hope the same thing wish you will show tutorial for double eyelids for asians :)
    I just bought urban decay vice pallete hope you will show more tutorial as well using vice palette.
    Thank You :)

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  24. Does anyone else ever have a problem where one or both monolids will turn into double eyelids after using eyeshadow or mascara? It happens to me all the time and it doesn't always go away within a few minutes...

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