How To: Make Single Eyelids/Eyes Without A Crease Look Bigger

A lot of you wanted to know if there are ways to make eyes with monolids, i.e. no crease, bigger. So here are a few ways that I know of. Feel free to leave a comment if you can offer more tips =)

1. Makeup
I strongly believe in using the right makeup to enhance what you are born with. A really good example to show this is Taiwanese singer Elva Xiao (蕭亞軒). Below is a picture of Elva when she first started out and a recent picture of her. As you can see, makeup can make a *huge* difference in altering the size of your eyes.

So how exactly can you make your eyes look bigger by using makeup? Follow the tips below and you should see a difference.

* Keep your eyebrows in check to maximize the eye area. Dark, bushy eyebrows are too empowering and will only make your eyes even smaller. You can also try using bleaching your eyebrows a little or using a lighter brow gel.

* Use eyeshadow on both your eyelid and under the eye. Blend shadow on the upper lid from the center outwards, curving it upwards towards the brow in the shape of a wing.

* When you line your bottom lash line with a dark color, try to line the part where your lashes start and not the inner rim. Lining the inner rim can make your eyes smaller.

* Increasing the white area in your eyes will also make your eyes appear bigger. You can do this by lining the inner rim of your bottom lashes with a white eye pencil.

* Find a pair of fake eyelashes that is right for your eye shape and make it your bff. False lashes can instantly make your eyes look 100 times bigger. It has been reported that Elva spends an hour putting on four layers of falsies every day! But one hour + 4 layers of lashes is a little too much for ordinary people like us. Hit up your nearest drugstore or Sally’s Beauty Supply and pick up a pair of Ardell false lashes (~$4-5) instead. Some good picks for Asian eyes are #109 and #110.

If you want something more natural, you can also try Ardell Duralash ($3-5). They are mini individual lashes used to increase lash density or to fill in gaps along your natural lashes. These can also be applied just to the outer corners without appearing fake or unnatural.

2. Eyelid Glue and Tape
Besides makeup, you can also create a crease with the use of one of the most popular Asian beauty gadgets, eyelid glue or eyelid tape. The eyelid glue is normally applied on the eyelid before a v-shaped applicator/fork is used to push the skin in to create a fold. Here is a clip on how it is done by Koji, a Japanese brand that specializes in eye and nail products.

The tape works in similar way but takes more practice to use. In most cases, you have to trim the tape to make sure it fits the shape of your eye and it can feel a little uncomfortable. The tape is also not as natural and if you are not wearing any eye makeup with it, it can look a little weird. The good thing however, is you can wear it even when you are sleeping. A friend of mine used the tape religiously day and night (even while she was sleeping) for a couple of years and one morning, she woke up with a crease and she has had a crease ever since. I don’t know if this method really works but I guess it is worth a try since it is not as risky as surgery.

Below is Elva and other celebrities spotted with eyelid tape:

Read more about the eyelid tape here and buy my favorite eyelid tapes at the my Beauty Store!

3. Double Eyelid Surgery
Finally, we have the double eyelid surgery, aka Asian blepharoplasty. It has always been a HUGE thing in Asia, especially in Japan and Korea. The procedure can cost up to $3,500 in the US but only about $800 to $1,200 in Korea. The surgery will open up your eye and make applying eye makeup easier. However, results vary and you may not always end up looking better. Asymmetry, exaggerated folds, eyelashes pointing at different angles, eyelids that lose the fold after a couple years, unwanted extra “accessory” lines and eyes that appear unnaturally large are all some of the potential aftermath. Plus surgery is surgery, there is always the risk of infection, scarring and blindness.

Looking for more Asian beauty tips? Check out How To Create Depth With Eyeshadow and How To Apply Dark Eye Makeup on Asians!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Hi! (I was the one who asked about the 3 in mascara, and yea sadly there is none). The using two at a time works, I’ve done it before :] it did make a big difference but for asian girls we tend to use more strokes and then it makes my lashes look fake. My brother looked at me and said they looked fake – _ -;
    Anyways, just to comment on making your eyes bigger.. It really depends on the person’s eyes. I have been using the tape and glue for around three years and I still do not, to this day, have the big crease/double eyelid. It’s really frustrating! Sometimes I use the tape alone (and it gives me better results), and the next few days (say a week) i’ll have the double line but the next week it reverts back to normal. The Koji products in my opinion don’t work very well. I own the one from the website (koji eye putti, the pink one) and it only keeps the double line for about an hour and it disappears after. So I’ve tried putting on the tape AND the glue over it, which works, but doesn’t keep the line after it’s taken off. The tape works better.
    And fake eyelashes, wouldn’t you have to buy new ones every so often since you can only use them once?
    wow i talked alot, sorry! Thanks for this lovely blog :] my name is Mabel by the way, nice to meet you ^_^

  2. if u want to actually create a lasting crease, make sure ur always sticking or taping over the same line, or else it will never be permanent cos u have a new line every so often :D i cut strips off bandaid instead of tape LOl i think it has more staying and forming power

  3. Where can I purchase the tape and glue?
    Can I find it in any asian beauty shop or special order online?
    If so…gimme all the details!
    This is my first hearing about these eye gadgets and excited to try them!

  4. the glue/tape really works
    my friend, like yours also wore it religiously and after like a year she didnt need the glue.

  5. Don’t use glue.
    By using glue, your lids would be stretched each time you blink, having been glued to the other parts of the lid. Say we blink 2000 times a day…that’s equivalent to stretching the skin on your eyelid 2000 times a day. What’s the result of this? Permanent droopy eyes.
    Therefore, do not use glue.

  6. phyllis, how do you put on fake eye lashes on the bottom part of your eye…i’ve been trying to figure out a way to put lashes on my bottom line for years now but always unsuccessful…any suggestions…? thanks …linna

  7. first off, i love your website. it seems to be the only website that actually gives useful makeup slash everything else for an asian girl. I am korean and I don’t have a double eyelids. I still go to school, i also look young for my age and i want to make my eyes look bigger then they really are. I don’t want so much dramatic makeup on and i also wear contacts. i have braces and i have full lips. any ideas on what would make my eyes more noticable and make me look older?


  8. actually, having thinner eyebrows makes the space between your eyes and eyebrows bigger, thus, making the eyes look even smaller.

  9. Hi,

    I stumbled across this website when I was searching for more info regarding double eye lid tape.
    How to make it up so that people won’t know I am wearing the tape?
    I tried concealer but it’s not working, it’s making my tape more visible.

  10. hey,

    just letting people know that normal glue works just as well (:

    just put on some glue using one of those cheap mini gluesticks and use something pointed to push it into your eye (like in the eye talk video) this works for me, and it stays the whole day ^^

    it might sound strange, but we’re asian, and some of us are desperate AND cheap, so instead of buying the products, you can use normal glue or normal double sided tape instead =D

  11. hello guyz..
    well i havent got creases as well n im do desperate to have eye crease so, askin for favour guyzz…. hope u would help..ahhhhh can we get this product in london as well?thanks..(lux)

  12. Hi! I am trying the glue now after mastering the tape. I actually developed the double eyelid (tapered, not parallel) on my left eye but my double eyelid starts at the midpoint of my right eye so if I cannot line them evenly. The tape is OK but I found the drawback to it is that I can only use liquid liner on it and it looks too harsh for daytime wear.

    I also have to use two separate pieces of pre-cut eyelid tape to get the right amount of double eyelid so I’ve been advised from my former aesthetician (from HK no less) to use the rolls of eyelid tape, not the pre cut kind you peel off like stickers.

  13. Hello!! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your beauty blog! :) I am wondering if you know how to make the crease/double eye lid more prominent?? I have double eye lids, but whenever I am tired the skin just droops over, making the crease area very small, and sometimes it won’t even show in pictures!! I tried putting dark coloured eye shadow in the crease and it did make somewhat of a difference but I am just wondering if there are other methods! Thanks in advance!!!

  14. to Winnie , i have doublee eyelids like you, but i have allergies and my eyes get puffy, again leaving the eyelid line less noticeable. For me, i used the Olay Eye Definer, and its a cream that tightens the lid while cooling it, thus helping in both my allergies and tired eyelid problems. You can try it out first at any beauty store, and it does leave your eyes looking AND feeling better. hope this helps. =)

  15. heyo~~ i lurrv ur site!!theres so many gud tips for asians that are soo hard to find~!
    i got a questions though >< ''
    my eyes..are mm…kinda retarded lol my right eye has a half eye lid in the corner, and the other one…sometimes has an eyelid ( but most of the time..theres nofing T^T ) so i tried to glue and tape, but because of my right eyes half eyelid, its sooooo hard to make it even, plus….theres lyk 2 creases -_-” what can i do!?! xD

  16. Hi, I love your blog! i came across it just a few weeks ago and im always coming back to look around! :D i was wondering if putting eyemakeup over tape will cover it up enough to fool others. or will it show even more?

  17. hey! i love your site! thanks for all the cool stuff you put up! i was wondering the same thing as what “anonymous” said in the comment before mine

  18. Hi, I just found your website and I love it!!! I’d like to know about the crease glue, where can I buy some? I live in Los Angeles, CA and I would love to try it. Thanks

  19. You can try those asian beauty stores in Monterey Park. I’ve definitely seen the glue there when I lived in LA.

  20. hello ^^
    I’m half Korean, but i look slightly more like my father, who’s white. I was wondering if anyone knew any advice on how to emphasized my eyes to look *more* Asian. I have a small double eyelid, but I don’t like it. I live in a big Asian community and want to, well, not blend in, just not stand out too much. Please help <3

  21. Eye lid glue is awesome. I’ve been using it for almost 3 years. No droopy effect.

    As for the half Korean and Half white. Use a liquid eye makeup and make a line on the outside corner to make a slanty look. More darker makeup makes your eyes smaller.

  22. if you use the tape for couple of years like your friend did, does the crease stay permanent for most people?

  23. I was born with a crease so I’m not 100% sure on that one. It seems to work for some and not for others but hey it never hurts to try right?

  24. I’ve seen the eyelid glue on ebay, and was tempted to buy it to try it out, but after reading your post now I’m definatly going to try it out. I love reading about make up tips.

  25. Hi there,

    I use eyelid tape to balance my “imbalanced eyes” – double eyelid on the left and single on the right :( The tape that I got in Asia is almost used up and eyelid tape is nowhere to be seen in New York. Does anybody have any idea where I can get them or even on the Internet?


  26. I used regular old scotch tape for 1 year and the crease stays now without the tape. Just cut out a small square piece of tape and strategically place it on your eye. After a matter of time, the crease stays there permanently.

    Sometimes the crease disappears but I just have to retrain the crease with a flat edge and it stays.

  27. I think parents should start taping their baby’s eyes so they dont have to deal with this crap. By the time they’re in their teens, they will be so grateful!

    But really, its nice to know y’all are out there, especially when all your friends are white.

  28. I know this sounds unbelievable, but is true. I was born no creases, in other words, very mono-lided. This, however changed when I was 13 years old. One night, I was pulling an all nighter, doing homework that was due the next day, and slept for 3 hours that night (i know it sounds like nothin but when u’re 13, parents dont you stay up like that). The next morning, I had double eyelids, that were not that prominent, but still more obvious than the ones you get from sticking tape over your eye(the crease isn’t very deep, in most cases).I tried to make the crease stay and more prominent by “carving” it with a ruler. Ive had a deep crease over both eyes ever since, which I emphasize by lining it with brown liquid eye-liner (looks natural if you do it properly). I always get comments that I look half caucasian, that’s how dramatic the change has been with my eyes. I’d say that my eyes looked like elva’s BEFORE eyes, when I was a kid. People have even suspected that Ive undergone eyelid surgery. So, the point that I wanted to make is that, people with monolids CAN naturally create creases over the eyes, its possible and can be done without surgery.

  29. Hello! happen to pass by your blog and saw this post.
    i actually have an single lid in one eye and another double lid in another eye.
    so it is hard for me to get both eye to double lid as i was born to be like this.
    so,i would like to ask if this double eyelid tape or glue can be found in singapore and do you mind specific the places to get it?(:

  30. Hi, your blog is really informative, and i really love all your tips and pictures on eye makeup.

    I have single eyelids as well, and I started using the tape and the glue. So far the tape works for me, but liek you mentioned it can be quite fake looking, if not weird. I do wear them to sleep sometimes, and now I have sort of a permanent crease on my left eye, but my right remains single.

    I tried the glue, but I find it too sticky, especially when you use eye shadow, it will appear pasty- the eye shadow sticking to the glue.

    I find taht when I wear fake lashes, those thicker ones will create creases on your lids whihc is great. I am thinking of doing the eye lid surgery, but not quite convinced how good it will look.

  31. hey ~ i was wondering which eyelid glue brand is the best? and if anyone has had any allergic reactions to them?

  32. i have double eyelids, but i stay up late doing homework and such and my eyes will get all puffy and my eyes will droop

    i’ve tried my friends eyelid glue and it worked perfectly
    only problem is she got it in korea
    and i live in Irvine California
    any suggestions on where to get it?

  33. Poor disillusioned women. DO NOT buy into the Madison Avenue mentality that to look better you need to drastically alter your appearance…eye glue…indeed. And don’t give me that ‘improved vision’ line either. Orientals have been getting along without this crap for eons. Do yourself a favor and just deal with the eyes that you have, naturally.

    A Never Suprised by Anything Anymore Average White Guy.

  34. I’m glad you’re opposed to the surgery, but why is everyone so obsessed with the double lid? It’s not better. It’s just different! Respect what you were born with.

    Eyelid skin is fragile–leave it alone, put on the makeup that you like, and be happy with yourself.

  35. This is all such a waste of money and time. Be proud of your heritage and your eyes as they are. Don’t be fooled by western notions of “beauty”.

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