(Closed) Mono-lid eyes woes

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
2529 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Are you worried about your wedding makeup?

If you know how to do it properly and the pros don’t, why not get some nice products and do your own makeup?

I am doing my own makeup for my wedding, and it’s not even a problem! Did it for my engagement photos and people were surprised that I did it myself (in a good way haha)

All you mainly need is photo-ready primer/foundation (no SPF or titanium dioxide). Added bonus: any good makeup you buy for it, you get to keep!

Post # 4
3176 posts
Sugar bee

Check out Jen from frmheadtotoe on YouTube. She has great monolid looks and examples.


Post # 6
2598 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have small monolid eyes like you and frankly, i’ve never found myself to look better with make-up. Sometimes, I’ll look okay, but never better and oftentimes worse. 

I think most make-up today is generally for Caucasian complexions and bone structure. Most of it is geared towards heightening constrast in the face for example, but if you’re Asian (like me) then you probably already have contrast in spades. I’ve got high, prominent cheekbones. Eyeshadow makes my eyes small; mascara makes me look weird; lipstick only makes me look moonfaced. 

So I either skip it, or use an extremely light touch when it comes to photographs that I learned from a friend of mine who’s a make-up artist (believe me, she can pile it on if she has to). A bit of color that’s close to your skin but a bit darker at the outside corner can help–but that’s it. You dont’ need the whole lid. A little blush to bring up your cheekbones and lipstick that isn’t too severe. It’s boring, but it works. 

Sorry if that’s not exactly helpful, though 🙂

Post # 7
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Some professionals offer eye tape (a teeny tiny bit of tape just above the eyelid to make it look like you have a natural crease there. If you have a little eyelid, it gives you one, if you already have a crease, it makes it more pronounced). 

A make up artist that specialises in make up for asian ladies may offer this service. Alternatively, I am sure you can google how to do your own eye tape and see what difference it makes.

Post # 8
2529 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@busyinboston:  I don’t wear makeup either – that’s why everyone was so surprised at how good it turned out.

I used this tutorial to do my makeup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuQ9kmIjjNg
And this is how it turned out: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/our-engagement-photos-are-in-pics#axzz2pwCiw4xl

I wore no foundation, just NYX photo primer with blush and NYX photo setting powder on top. I had some fake eyelashes on (OMG those are so HARD to put on! I definatly practiced like 20 times over and over) but really, it only took me like 45 minutes to do this makeup (because I was being super careful!)

I didn’t want a professional caking on foundation when I never wear it, or using SPF products that would reflect light and make me look like a ghost, or just styling me into a person that I’m NOT with makeup. So I want to do it myself.

Honestly, I just played around with it a lot to get the hang of the brushes and colors (took photos with a DSLR to check it in natural lighting) and then did my makeup with the tutorial 5 or 6 times over a few weeks. 

Post # 9
12244 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

My sister has monolid eyes. They run in my family!

She says fake lashes are the best thing ever for her.

Post # 10
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014


I have mono-lid, though one ild tends to get a crease every now and then.  I’m the only one with mono-lid in my family, and it was a huge complex when I was younger (especially because my younger sister has HUGE eyes with defined eye crease, and I was irritated by the fact that I didn’t get the gene even when both parents had ’em.  lol), but I love my eyes now.

But yes, makeup can get tricky with mono-lid.

Here is how my makeup trial run turned out, with a non-Asian makeup artist.  I think she did a great job.

Without makeup:

With makeup:

She didn’t draw much eyeliner (very thin one), but did use few fake eyelashes towards the end corners of my eyes.  (And as you can see, one of my eyelids developed a crease…it comes and goes.)

Hope this helps!

Post # 11
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

I’m a very pale person with monolids and light eyes. I’ve tried really hard to do a smoky look, and the results were really small, mean looking eyes. here are a few things I learned: 

1. I personally don’t put any eyeliner or mascara on my lower lid, which results in that mean-looking eye. but this might have more to do with my pale eye color than anything else. it just looks bad on me. I contour with medium-light brown eyeshadow under the eye only.

2. I personally think long fake lashes look super weird on hooded eyes. I had my MUA apply the shortest individual lashes to give me lots of volume, not length. (at home, I have a pair of lashes I’ve trimmed to be shorter.)

I know this picture doesn’t look super dramatic, but I’m not wearing false lashes here. trust me, adding volume to those lashes goes a long way.

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