5 Things Monolid Girls Should Have in their Makeup Kit

By Rebecca Lee 20 July, 2017
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It took me years to figure out how to put makeup on my monolid eyes. Through the years, I've had my own fair share of makeup disasters: cat eyes that made my already small eyes look like slits, misplaced sparkly eyeshadow that made my eyes look droopy, and smudged eyeliner that made me look like a panda.

After years of trial and error, I now feel more comfortable putting on makeup on my eyes. I owe this to the countless YouTube tutorials and some makeup workshops I attended. I also learned that some products really make or break your look.

Below are the five products that have helped me achieve my desired look for my monolid eyes.

 

1.) Eye Primer 
 
No matter how perfect your eyeshadow and eyeliner application is, it all becomes futile when everything smudges into an oily, abstract art by midday. Applying eye primer eliminates that problem.
 
The NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base is my personal favorite.  It's very lightweight and blendable. It doesn't affect the color of the eyeshadow, but it gets the job done. Recently, I went on a trip out of town and forgot to pack this. Within a few hours, it was as if I never even put eyeshadow in the first place!
 
2.) False Lashes + Glue
 
 
Makeup tutorials talk about how to "open up" the eyes. For me, nothing makes a more profound effect than falsies. 
 
I'm not particular with the brand of falsies, because even falsies without fancy brand names do the trick. What I'm more particular about is the glue. I love the DUO eyelash glue, and the makeup artists I've worked with all recommend it, too. DUO is a best-selling, waterproof false-lash adhesive. It does everything an eyelash glue should do!
 
A little goes a long way, it's not gooey, and it's easy to take off in the evening. It doesn't pull off your real lashes.
 
3.) Eyelash Curler

 

I skip the mascara because the falsies already do the trick. But if I skip curling my lashes, my lashes and the falsies would look like a disheveled maze of hair. The solution is to skip the mascara but to curl my lashes and add the falsies. It takes only a few seconds, and I don't have to worry about clumpy mascara that expires so quickly!

4.) Matte Eyeshadow

 
  
 

My favorite thing to do with my eyeshadow is a matte horizontal gradient. I use a darker shade (Nooner) on the bottom lid and a lighter shade (Limit) at the upper part of the lid. I blend them to avoid harsh lines, and I also make sure that the colors I use are from the same color family. This helps add dimension to my eyes, and it’s also very easy to do. 

5.) Eyeliner

Nothing comes close to Bobbi Brown's Long-Lasting Gel Liner. It really doesn't smudge—especially when I use a primer. So far, it’s the only eyeliner that worked on me.

 

Which of these products do you use? Do you have any recommendations not included in this list? Let me know in the comments--I'd love to learn more about monolid makeup products I should try next!

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