FOTD: Pretty Behind Frame — Eye Makeup Tips for Monolidded Glass Wearers

Hello everyone! Yay, it’s FRIDAY! Aren’t you relieved? What are your plans for the weekend?

Dr. D had a craving for sushi, so he invited me to go to a Japanese restaurant tonight. To show how much I valued the dinner date (fine, a large part of this was me wanting to play with makeup), I decided to make an effort. However, my eyes were still kind of red from an allergy episode a couple of days ago (I shouldn’t have rubbed my eyes after playing with my cats. My bad), so I had to wear glasses. I actually wear glasses at least 5 days a week because my eyes are extremely sensitive. Even wearing daily disposable contacts for two days in a row could make them irritated. I always had issues wearing eye makeup with glasses though. Somehow it always looked weird. Nevertheless, BunBun’s Horizontal Gradient Method tutorial (see here and here) gave me some inspiration, and I wanted to combine glasses with that.

1. I primed my eyes with a sample of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. I will do a swatch and review of this, but basically it is too light for my skin tone to be a good eyeshadow primer. However, to combine with glasses it is fine, since glasses cast a shadow in the eye area and make it darker.
2. I used Sin from the Naked Palette all over my lids (not going past my brow bones as usual), Smog a little lower than Sin (as you will be able to see in the closeup pictures, Smog is placed on my “hidden lids”), and Darkhorse where I usually line my eyes. I highlighted my inner corners with Virgin and brow bones with Bobbi Brown Bone. I lined my lower lash line with Urban Decay Bourbon, and then smudged the line out with Darkhorse. I also tightlined my upper lash line.
3. I used one coat of mascara (Maybelline Magnum Volum’), slathered on some Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle, and we’re done!

I’m pretty happy about how it turned out, so I’m going to share my two cents with other monolidded glass wearers.

1. Use a concealer. Again, glasses cast a shadow in your eye area and make it appear darker, so you need some concealer to balance that out.
2. Fill in your brows and highlight the arches. Glasses draw a lot of attention to your brows, and you need them to frame your face more than ever.
3. The horizontal gradient method works better than the vertical one (where you use a lighter color for the first half/third of your lids and go darker towards the outer corners) because a concentration of dark colors on the outer corners could close your eyes up instead. If you are myopic, glasses not only make your eyes appear smaller but also make colors appear darker. Darker colors close to your lash line that people don’t see when your eyes are open will help define your eyes, but darker colors that are very much “on-your-lids” could either be distracting or closing your eyes.
4. Less is more. I’m not always a believer of this rule (look at the 3 coats of mascara and cat eyeliner I usually do), but again, like I said, a strong cat liner or too much mascara can make your eyes look fake behind your frame because they appear to be much more intense.
5. Go easy on the lower lash line. Don’t use a stark black, and don’t go all the way in. Instead of lining all the way in, highlight a part of your lower lash line. This helps open your eyes. If you use black all the way in, you risk closing your eyes.

I know that I can contour to define my cheekbones better and so on, but I was going low-key (read: lazy) today so I skipped all that. I will make sure I find more tips for my fellow monolidded glass wearers later, but for the moment I have the basic eye part covered.

Here are some more pictures. I know this may not look like much, but trust me, it makes a huge difference!

How about you? Do you wear glasses or are you fortunate enough to be blessed with good eyesight? If you wear glasses, are there any tips you would like to share?

Have a good weekend everyone! Stay tuned and stick around!

Sunny xx

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  • Teri

    Great tips you have here, a lot of them I dd know about, but not about the horizontal gradient :). I wear glasses sometimess my self, but I’m lucky that I can wear contactlenses :). You look great with your glasses and smart too :p!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Teri! Horizontal gradient works especially well for monolidders apparently, but you should check BunBun’s links out and give it a try! She has a crease but looks great with it anyways!

      Apparently 75% of the Taiwanese people are near-sighted, pretty shocking no? There are a lot of tutorials for monolidders and glass-wearers but not really anything that combines the two, so I decided to start exploring myself!

  • L e n a

    great post!
    i wear glasses and your tips help a lot. :)
    i think the same makeup rule (less is more but define) applies for me when i wear hats, too. (i don’t know why. hehe)
    btw, your glasses look great on you.

    have a great weekend! 😀

    • Sunny

      Thanks Lena!

      I wish I had 20/20 vision but I don’t, so I have to make the most out of it!

      I virtually can’t wear any hats either haha. I think the shape of my head/face just makes everything look a bit funny.

      I hope you had a great weekend!

  • Bun Bun Makeup Tips

    Yay! Good job with the Horizontal Gradient Method! =D

    You look great in glasses!

    • Sunny

      Thanks BunBun! I’m already thinking my Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone would also provide easy combos for this method!

  • fashionwise

    pretty lipstick as well ! love the naked palette ! I’ve got the same !

    • Sunny

      Thanks Valerie! The lipstick is very versatile, and I love versatile lipsticks :)

      The Naked Palette is great! I just wish we had easier access to Urban Decay in Belgium!

  • Christine

    Hi Sunny,
    I love your website! I too have monolids and really didn’t have any idea how to do make up for Chinese eyes. I was wondering if you get problems with eyeliner or dark eyeshadow places near the upper eye lashes or mascara from your top lashes depositing on the skin belw the lower lashes? I have tried using primer keep the eye make up and eye liner on my lid and also tried putting MAC select powder under to minimize the oil in that region. I use MAC gel eyeliner, MAC and urban decay eye shadow and MAC Studio Fix powder plus foundation.
    Do you have any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance! Christine

    • Sunny

      Thanks Christine! I’m so glad you passed by and left a comment!

      It sounds like you’re doing everything right! Maybe you just haven’t found the products that work well enough for you yet. Is your mascara waterproof? What primers have you tried? Have you tried gel liners from different brands? Maybe you should look into different ones to explore your options.

      I hope this helps. Sorry I can’t be more concrete, but primers are interesting things. I swear by UDPP, but I know it creases on some people. It’s all very personal!

  • Christine

    Hi Sunny

    I just remembered that the two times nothing smudged were when I got a make over by a MAC consultant and ended up buying their gel liner and waterproof mascara… And when I got made up for my wedding. Would setting spray, like the one Urban Decay sells, help?

    I tried UDPP after reading about it on various websites and chose the UD Naked Palette as the small sample came with it. It certainly helped the powder stay on and look more vibrant but I still smudged from mascara. I basically avoid eyeliner and mascara going to work, but have been trying out things at home on weekends, but really would like to use them regularly.

    I have tried waterproof and nonwaterproof mascaras. I tried quite a few. I havent tried any other gel eye liners, but have tried a few pencil eye liners. Which mascara and eye liner productsmjj do you find works best for you?

    Thanks again for your help! Oh and BTW do you think you might do any step by step tutorials with photos of each step or videos in the near future?


    • Sunny

      Hey Christine, setting sprays are more for foundation as far as I know, so I don’t really think that’s why it was smudge-free. Now come to think of it, what eye cream do you use? Do you use it on your eyelids (as opposed to just for the undereye area) prior to makeup application? If the eye cream is too rich for your skin type I can see smudging happening a lot faster too.

      Gel liners hold up better than most pencils on me. I actually only use pencils for my lower lash line (on my upper lash line most of them don’t stand a chance). If I set them with eyeshadow, most can hold up for 8-9 hours before slight smudging starts taking place on the outer corner. I’ve tried gel liners from Maybellin, MAC, and Bobbi Brown. None of them smudges on me. Also, have you tried liquid eyeliner? My favorite so far is Eyeko. Dior just launched a liquid eyeliner like that too, though I haven’t tried.

      I keep thinking I want to update my monolid makeup posts, but haven’t found the time for it! I will definitely try to work them into the schedule. Hopefully they’ll be up not long from now!