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This eye is most common among Caucasians, Indians, and Europeans. It is probably the easiest eye type to work with, and most of the makeup tutorials on YouTube are for this eye. Of course, not all eyes with creases look like the eye pictured above, but the makeup techniques for them do not vary.
The basic rules for the eye with a crease are:
- Light colour on the lid
- Medium shade in crease, blended
- Dark shade in outer V, blended
- Lightest/shimmery colour on inner corner and browbone
- Mascara alone opens the eyes for a wide-eyed effect. If you have a crease, a good mascara is sufficient. No falsies needed.
The Hooded Lid
Makeup for the hooded lid:
- Apply your makeup with your eye closed, on the lid only, not going beyond the socket line
- Highlight your inner corner and browbone
- If you have completely hooded lids, skip down to the monolid section of the post.
- Smoky eyes look amazing on hooded lids and monolids. There are a lot of videos on YouTube that are specifically for hooded lids, and many teach you to do a smoky eye.
There are many types of monolids and different ways to apply makeup for each combination, but here are a few of the most popular methods and tips:
- Apply a light eyeshadow on the inner third of your eye, a medium shade on the middle of your eye, and a dark colour on the outer third of your eye. Blend. Make sure the shadow reaches the socket line but not beyond.
- Contour your monolid eye sans the fake crease by blending a taupe or brown into your socket line. Using a crease brush with shadow on it, start on your outer corner and sweep with a windshield wiper motion towards the inner corner. Keep doing this until you're satisfied with your blended contour. It may take several tries until you get the hang of how to control the pigmentation, blending, etc.
- Always highlight your inner corner and browbone with a light, shimmery shade of eyeshadow or with a white pencil eyeliner. However, avoid highlighting the center of your eyelid if you have puffier lids.
- False lashes open up monolid eyes beautifully. Falsies are a great way to add drama and impact to monolids without having to fake a crease or use eyelid glue or tape (all three methods are highly unrecommended).
- To open your eye further, apply a white or apricot pencil liner to your lower waterline. Avoid blacks and browns and other dark colours for this, because they will make your eyes look smaller. Keep your dark liners on the upper lashline.
- Make sure to blend well and check your makeup with your eye open every once a while, because it's easy for makeup to look overdone on a monolid eye.
- As I've said before, smoky eyes look gorgeous on a monolid eye. A gradiation of dark to light colours starting from the lash line really enhances the shape of the eye.
The Double Lid
Here are a few ways to apply makeup to double lids:
- Apply a wash of shimmery, sheer red or bronze to your lids. Highlight the center of your lid with a shimmery champagne or gold, and highlight your inner corners and browbones with the same shade.
- Because your lashes aren't weighed down with skin like lashes on a monolid are, just a thin line of eyeliner and a couple coats of mascara will do, as with eyes with creases or partially hooded eyes.
- You can experiment with eye makeup looks created for eyes with creases because of your thinner lids. Just remember that the "crease" that people mention is actually your contour area (the socket line).
What type of eye do you have, and how do you like to apply your eye makeup?