Eyeshadow Tips: How To Apply Eyeshadow on Single Eyelids

I have gotten quite a number of requests on how to do eyeshadow on single eyelids. I personally have double so I’ve cooked up a few things that can help. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions!

Tips
* To create the effect of a crease in the lid, use a deep color at the inside corner of the eye and extend it horizontally midway between the lash line and the brow bone. Blend and blend some more to avoid a harsh line.

* Skip dark liner on the bottom lash line because it would only close up your eyes even more. Use eyeshadow instead and line only up to the midpoint from the outer corner. You can also try bright colors for lining. Teal and violet will make brown eyes pop.

* When using eyeshadow, make sure the color shows up even when your eyes are open. In other words, apply it a little higher than you would on someone with double eyelids.

* You can use lighter shades to open up the eye area. Remember also to highlight your brow bone and inner v.

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, Glamour.com, 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 a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for these tips! I have single eyelids and I always end up looking like a clown when I try to do my eyes. T__T

  2. Hi, maybe you can show how to apply eyeshadow on single eyelids step by step with pictures? That would definitely be of great help.

  3. Hello.I love this site soo much!
    Thank you for all the make-up advice!Even though I’m not wearing make-up yet(still youngin)your advice is very useful for the future.Thank you for doing one for single ey-lid people I am one.Very hard to put make-up on(on occasions)especially eyeliner and mascara because they do not show.I’m thinking of buying Sheseido eyelash curler soon.Do u think it’s a good idea?and can u also show us with pictures it would be very helpful

  4. Hello I’m lovin this site very much<3
    Ur tips are very helpful even though I’m not using make-up everyday I just use it on occassions because I’m sitll a youngin’.But thank oyu for all your time and effort,it is much appreciated.I have single eylid and I find it very difficult to apply eyeliner and/or mascara since they barely show and I wear glasses.I’m thinking about buying teh Sheseido eyelash curler,do u think it will be a good idea?and if possible can u provide us with pics for this tutorial?Please and thank you very much

  5. Hello I’m lovin this site very much<3
    Ur tips are very helpful even though I’m not using make-up everyday I just use it on occassions because I’m sitll a youngin’.But thank oyu for all your time and effort,it is much appreciated.I have single eylid and I find it very difficult to apply eyeliner and/or mascara since they barely show and I wear glasses.I’m thinking about buying teh Sheseido eyelash curler,do u think it will be a good idea?and if possible can u provide us with pics for this tutorial?Please and thank you very much

  6. hey…
    nice site.. but I would actually just like to comment about eyeliners on single lids. I am single lided but I still use dark eyeliner because it pops my eye out, but for some of my friends it does make their eyes look smaller. I guess this is because we have different shaped eyes?

  7. hello, I was just wonder what is a double eyelids? cause I think I have a double eyelids I just find it so hard to put eyeliner on the top of my eyes as it seems to dissapear! or I have to put a thick line of eyeliner and that just looks wrong!

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