Hopefully this post answers / addresses most of the questions I’ve gotten regarding this topic!
- When I was a baby and through my little kid years, I basically had typical Asian baby eyes. They were cute!
- Everybody starts out pretty awesome but then all of a sudden things just get awkward. I had one single eyelid and one double eyelid for a good few years. I didn’t really care though because I was just enjoying my life and not being vain. Plus, my great grandma had those kind of eyes and I thought that that was pretty neat!
- All of a sudden my other eye (which always had a tiny tiny suggestion of a fold) started to fall in. They were then both double but still a little uneven. I don’t know why this started happening, exactly. Although I’m pretty sure the sleep deprivation started at this point!
- Now (I think through careless abuse… xD I am definitely not a shining makeup guru example) they have gotten increasingly creased and are actually looking more or less even!
So as you can see, my eyes (not to mention my nose and the rest of my face) have changed plenty without any plastic surgery, just natural aging. All throughout the way I was more or less happy with how I looked. Not to say that plastic surgery is a horrible thing. It’s just not realistic for most people, which doesn’t matter since there’s really no need for most people to get it in the first place.
Getting to the point. I DON’T REALLY THINK IT MATTERS WHETHER YOU HAVE A DOUBLE OR SINGLE LID, in makeup application or otherwise. If I had both single eyelids, I would probably apply my eyeshadow in almost exactly the same way that I do now. It really doesn’t make sense to me how there are tutorials for “single eyelids” and “double eyelids.” Sure double eyelids have a fold, but they’re still Asian looking! Neither has the highly defined Caucasian socket where the eyelid molds to the eyeball. All my fold does is push my eye fat out more so my crease is even harder to find.
Have you ever wondered why I always take my eyeshadow pictures at a funky low angle where you can see up my nostrils in the uncropped picture? It’s so that I can get rid of my fold in the pictures! I always like these pictures better and I sometimes wish that they were how my eyes showed up in real life! In some ways double eyelids can be really annoying when applying makeup. For example, It ALWAYS HIDES MY F$%#ing BLENDING! How maddening!
As you can see, the dollar bill folded over looks like a mushroom, not like George. When my eyes fold, it looks like a hard edged color separation, not a beautifully blended eye shadow lid. Good example, right?!
So now I figured out that I have to take my eyeshadow even higher just for it to show up blended (picture example above). I essentially apply my makeup to defy my crease since otherwise all of the eyeshadow is engulfed in it! A lot of people have to do this extra compensation in order to defeat their hooded eyes and that’s fine! Another problem I have is that I always have to worry about drawing my eyeliner as to make sure that it doesn’t overlap into my fold. I also can’t make super steep eyeliner wings because they always run into my fold at the ends. Now I’m not just trying to use this post to complain about my earth-shattering problems. What I’m trying to say is that all eye shapes have their ups and downs, and it’s not a big deal.
My message to everybody is to not feel limited by your eye shape. It’s intimidating to span out into that vast and flat plane that is the Asian eye lid, but you should really try it. It makes no sense for Asians to be complaining about their lack of lid space when it’s there, out in the open. Of course you have to do some adjusting so you don’t look like you work the streets at night …but who doesn’t? (have to adjust their makeup, I mean… ) Actually, since I’ve gotten used it it, I really enjoy having a big flat space to work with.
Lastly, the most basic tips for makeup application on all Asian eyes:
1. Always blend your eye shadow beyond the fold. Basically, make it visible. Keep it soft.
2. Always work a gradient from dark to light vertically and horizontally, as shown in the diagram below.
Both are just really good rules of thumb to start out with if you’ve never worked with eyeshadow before. I wish I had known these tips earlier and didn’t just have to learn from experimentation but that’s just how it goes.
So hopefully this instructional rant thing helped someone. Questions down below!