I have monolids and believe it or not, a lot of people don’t know what that means. Monolids do not have a crease (or fold) on their eyelids. When a monolid eye opens, the the skin tends to fold back into the eye socket so wearing eyeliner can be difficult as it completely disappears with an open eye.
When I was in high school and my first year of college, I had a really difficult time with makeup, especially eyeliner. I thought it was impossible to wear any eye makeup with monolids because I thought everything would just disappear when I opened my eyes. After much research and youtube-ing (and years of practice), I finally feel like I mastered a decent winged eyeliner for my monolids! So this is for anyone who has monolids and are confused/curious about how to make your liner show and look good! Of course, every eye shape is different, so this works for me and I only hope that it will help any of ya’ll out there. xx
One | Type of Eyeliner
As someone with no crease on their eyelid, it’s easy for eyeliners to get smudged because when a monolid person opens their eyes, the skin tends to fold into the eye and that can get eyeliner all up on your lids and that ain’t pretty. Soooo, the type of eyeliner is super important for me. On top of that, I have oily eyelids as well so I always have to use a eyeliner that stays put and is smudge proof. The two I suggest: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner or the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. Both brands are easy to apply, very pigmented, and literally sticks to your eyelids all day long.
Two | Prime those Lids!
Once again, I do have oily eyelids and since they go inwards, eyeliner can easily get moved around and disastrous so even if I’m using a high-end eyeliner, I still like to prime my lids before applying. I have always used the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion because it leaves a smooth base for eyeliner application. Makes it a lot easier and looks better!
Three | Go with Liquid Liner
If you are a beginner with monolids, I highly recommend going for liquid liners. They are the easiest to apply and you have more control. The two that I mentioned above are the only ones I use.
Four | Application
If you have a shaky/unsteady hand, try resting the base of your hand gently on the side of your cheek when putting on eyeliner. It will give you a more steady hand and ultimately more control.
I like to start with the wing. Instead of using the tip of the eyeliner brush to make the wing (like a pencil), I actually press the side of the brush to make a wing. It’s easy to use these eyeliners like pencils but they are brush applicators because it gives you flexibility so you can actually use the side of your brush to get a thick line. Then extend from the wing to the inner corner of your eye. Go with the natural shape of your eye. It’s okay if this part is squiggly/messy, we will be going over to make a thicker line. That’s basically the key for monolid eye liner; it has to be thick to be seen haha. Go back and extend the wing so it lines up with the end of your eyebrow diagonally. Of course, everyone has their own preference on how long they want their liner to extend, this is just the way I do it 🙂 Then go over the top with a steady hand to make a second, thicker layer. Fill in any gaps and it’s your decision on how thick you want it. Just keep opening your eyes to see if you can see the eyeliner/if you like the way it looks. Done! As you can see, it is quite a thick line, but it’s the only way my eyeliner can show with open eyes haha. I also make sure to go with the natural curve of my eye, I don’t over accentuate anything so it’s a pretty, basic natural wing. I also like to go over the liner with some soft, matte black eyeshadow. I just use a very small brush and dab it on top of the liner just to make sure it sticks! The shadow from NYX “Love in Rio” is amazing: smooth, pigmented, and quite cheap!
I really hope this helps anyone! Everyone has their method of applying eyeliner, this just happens to be mine and I wanted to share to possibly assist any fellow monolid friends 🙂 See you soon!
xx | paige