Posts Tagged ‘monolid’



If you have a true monolid, revisit our Asian Eye Makeup Tutorial on Jamie Chung here. But for those of you who have a little lid space and your crease has started to droop as you’ve gotten older, causing a “fold” where your cat eye would be, this tutorial is for you! You probably think you can’t pull off a cat eye because of that fold, but you can and here’s how:


  • Thin Gel Liner — I used Hourglass Mechanical Gel Liner on Emily above because it’s an ultra-thin point that I don’t have to sharpen and really gets in between the lashes in a way that liquid liner can’t.
  • Angled Liner Brush — The Space NK Angled Liner Brush has been in my kit since it came onto the scene because it too is ultra thin and the perfect amount of stiffness.
  • Liquid Liner — Alexa Chung created this Eyeko Eye-do Liquid Liner and it’s incredibly user friendly for those of you who aren’t comfortable drawing cat eyes. Yet!


  1. Trace your lashline with the gel liner pencil  by starting at your inner corner and finishing at the outer corner.
  2. Now look directly into the mirror if you’re working with a medicine cabinet mirror or if you’re holding a compact mirror, hold it slightly below at chest level and look down into it. Determine the angle from the outer corner to the end of the brow then use the brush to “pull” the liner out and up to where the “fold” is and stop.
  3. With your opposite hand, place your finger in between the outer corner and your temple and gently pull it  out and up so the “fold” smooths out. Yes I know we shouldn’t pull at our eye area so please don’t feel the need to comment on that below! It’s necessary for this type of lid and it’s only a gentle pull for a few seconds.
  4. While still gently holding the skin slightly up and out with one hand, continue the flick past the “fold” so it’s about the length of a typical lash.
  5. Go back over the gel liner with liquid liner.




post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

For something so simple, a pop of color along the underlid makes quite an impact. For demonstration purposes I’m showing the how to on my fellow blogger Taye Hansberry’s normal-sized eyes (check out her fashion blog here!), but this is especially great for those of us with monolids or smaller eyes. Either instance, opting for a colored liner or shadow on your bottom lash line will make your eyes appear even larger and more interesting. Here’s how: (more…)


photos + post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

Because so many of our readers have asked for more options for hooded eyelids, we thought you’d love this one fun one for summer! The trick to this slight illusion is to create a “crease line” that is a few millimeters higher than your actual crease, therefore making the lid area appear bigger than it really is. And the best way to do this is with two colors; here I used my favorite blue cream shadow for the lid with my favorite smoky taupe kohl pencil to create the new “raised” crease line. Super easy and so pretty… here’s how: (more…)


photo: justin coit, post by amy nadine

I believe that Asian women are among the most stunning in the world. We get so many emails from you and from those whose eyelids aren’t visible when they’re open (my client Rachel Bilson for example), asking how to make their eyes look bigger and I always first express my deep envy! Growing up, I was obsessed with supermodel Tatjana Patitz specifically because her monolids made her look so mysteriously alluring, enough so that she graced the cover of Vogue 39 times! There are a few tricks to accentuate this gorgeous eye shape and we’re lucky enough to have our lovely Jamie Chung back to demonstrate the techniques.


Concealer/highlighter + sponge/foundation Brush

Brow liner or brow shadow + hard-edged slanted brow brush

Light shadow (wheat or taupe), medium shadow (graphite or dark grey), warm shadow (espresso or dark brown) + lid, crease and blending brushes

Long-wearing gel liner pot (black or dark brown) + liner brush

Thickening mascara (black)


**Before you begin, don’t forget your brows! Defining the brow adds strength and expands the entire eye area. With a hard-edged slanted brow brush, fill in the brows in the hairs’ natural direction with a dark brown shadow, while cheating more of a pronounced arch. Refer back to Lauren’s Brow 101 for the perfect brow. A brow pencil works just as well too.

1. Apply a concealer/highlighter that’s a half-shade lighter than your foundation with a sponge or foundation brush under your eyes and above your brows.  For a quick refresher, revisit our Lighten Up post.

2. With a lid brush, sweep the light shadow over your entire eye area, starting back and forth along your lashline, continuing upward across your lid and crease then along your brow bone (just under your brows).

3. With the same lay-down lid brush, “pat” the medium shadow from your lash line to 3/4’s up the lid, patting the shadow in rows as you sweep it across your entire lid and crease.

4. With a crease brush, sweep the warm shadow along the crease, starting in the outer corners so that’s where the most saturation goes. To be precise, the outer corner is actually beyond not where the lash line ends but beyond that where the brow ends (creating an even bigger eye area). Dip back in the shadow a couple times to build this warm shade in layers, always starting at the outer corner and sweeping inward. Then blend everything with a bare blending brush in back and forth windshield-wiper motions along the lid, crease and brow bone.

5. With a slanted/pointed/angled eyeliner brush (that’s a preference thing), trace the lashline thickly with your black gel liner, thick enough to be visible when your eyes are open. Extend the line a little past your lash line, then blend and smudge the line with the same brush to smoke it out so it’s not a hard “line”.

6. Line your bottom lash line with the same brush and liner, making sure to also extend it out enough to connect with your top liner. ** Note: this line doesn’t need to be as thick or as dark. Most of the time there is still enough of the product left on the brush from doing the top line to trace along the bottom lash line. Make sure to also blend this line by going back and forth with the brush as your travel across so it isn’t a hard line either.

7. If your lashes are abundant enough to wear mascara, apply two coats. Curl them if they are long enough. If your lashes are too sparse or short, you still have options! You can apply individual lashes (video tutorial with Lauren coming very soon!) or apply a lash strip from your local drug store. Or skip lashes all together because you’ve achieved a “lashes effect” by smoking the dark liner along the top and bottom lash lines.

Also, Jamie and I chose matte & neutral shades for this demonstration, but once you’ve mastered the concept and techniques, you can switch any of the finishes from matte to shimmer or swap any of the colors as long as #2 is lighter than #3, and #4 is warmer. Brown eyes are the ultimate canvas for color and aren’t as limited as blue and green eyes, so have fun! I especially love jewel tones like amethyst purple, emerald green or sapphire blue for your #3 shade, framed with a copper as your #4 shade for a sunset effect.

XO Amy Nadine