I am an Asian girl with monolid/ hooded eyes, and it's been an absolute pain figuring out how to work with my eyes.
If you have monolids and/or hooded eyes and you cannot find any tutorials that match your eye shape, you might have eyes that look like mine.
I know there are a lot of Asians with my eye shape. I've looked high and low for some sort of tutorial for eyes that are like mine, and the best I've found is this video by Jinah Chae. She talks about a few eye shapes that are common among Asians. She only briefly mentions mine (the 3rd type). Other tutorials I've found don't have any pictures and I'm left guessing what's what.
So! Since this information (complete with pictures) doesn't seem to be out there, I'm putting it out there.
Some Asians are blessed with a double eyelid or some sort of eye lid that is visible. I was not born so lucky. I have hooded eyelids. While my eye lid area is about the same size as many other asian women, it's just completely obscured by a fold of tissue. Sometimes folks with hooded eyes have some sort of visible indentation where the crease should be, such as a crease peaking out of the corner of their eye, but I do not. This is what my eyes look like with no makeup.
Can you see where the crease is? Me neither.
The next part is picture heavy, so I've stuck a break here for those of you who have slow internet.
The colors I'm using here are Strawberry Mousse (light pink), Berry Custard (light raspberry), and Berry Flambe (deep violet) from the Sweet Obsessions kit.
It took me years to figure out how to use my crease, but learning how to use my crease has made a huge difference in how my eyes look. Going to makeup counters did not help at all. They apply shadow to my eyes as if I has western eyes, so I look like this:
A lot of people around the internet suggest extending the crease so that your eye looks bigger (kind of like what I did in the picture above). I actually think this is what makeup counter staffers try to do when I have gone to them. Again, I think it's far, far too much makeup.
I also think what really tricks the folks at makeup counters is how fatty the tissue around my eye lid is. It's not unnaturally puffy, it's just a lot of tissue. So if you're not familiar with my eye, you could literally poke anywhere you think the crease is supposed to be and make a crease there.
This is where my crease is NOT.
One really great tip that I've found online that holds very true for myself is to stay away from super dark colors. In the pictures in this post, I lightened up Berry Flambe by putting a few layers of Strawberry Mousse over it. (I should have blended more in the picture below!)
The end result is something much less dramatic and much more appropriate for every day.
I know you can't really see the makeup in this picture, but it's there. It looked much nicer in person.
I really hope this post helps anyone who stumbles across my blog looking for tips on makeup for monolids or Asian eyes. Don't give up on eye make up! Eye makeup makes every day special! It's definitely a situation where practice makes perfect. Don't be afraid to ask questions too.
Good luck, and come back to see more looks!