The world likes things that comes in twos. Couples. Chromosomes. Animals on the ark. But not necessarily eyelids. Single eyelids, monolids, hooded lids – whatever you call them, you already know they look good naked.
But shadows, liners and lashes aren’t just for those packing a pair of epicanthal folds, single eyelid beauties can have as much fun with them, too. Here’s how:
You ask: ” My eyelids are hooded, so what’s the point of wearing eyeliner?”
We say: A perfectly placed cat-eye highlights the natural structure of your face.
The trick? To strike the right balance between too little liner and too much. Try looking straight ahead into the mirror then use your eyeliner to draw an outline just above your eyelid so a hint of liner will remain visible while your eyes are open.
Use this as a guide so you’ll know just how much eyeliner to apply.
Or maybe you’ve had a long love affair with black eyeliner, so when it comes to colour, you’re like: “What’s that?”
Time to break out of your monochromatic world. All it takes is just one shade to add a playful statement to your look. You needn’t go with brights, either. Brown is having a beauty moment, so pick a neutral shade with a slight shimmer and apply it all over your lids. Define the edges with a matte shade and, ta-dah, you’ve just revamped your whole look.
On the flip side, here’s a look that’s practically made for single eyelid beauties – the reverse smokey eye.
Adding that dash to your lower lids draws attention to the almond shape of your eyes. To get the look, smudge a gel or pencil liner into your waterline, and blend it outwards with a matching eyeshadow to get a smokey effect.
Try it with a different colour – like plum, or navy – for an intriguing effect.
No matter what eye shape you have, the smokey eye is a no-brainer. But remember to tailor it to your face, because no two pairs of eyes are exactly alike.
For smaller, almond-shaped eyes, try not to overwhelm your peepers with a load of matte black shadow. Play with sheer or shimmery tones to add balance to your look, and don’t overlook the mascara.
Hint: For this look, a mini eyelash curler is easily your new BFF.