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Open up your single eyelids
by Gladys Chung

If you have single eyelids, you might find it painstaking work to create dramatic make-up looks.

One common problem: You spend much time perfecting the application of eyeliner and eyeshadow close to your lashline, only to realise that you cannot see most of the make-up when you open your eyes. The thick folds of your single lids have hidden most of your eye make-up.

This is also a problem if your double eyelids are close to your lashline.

Freelance make-up artist Dollei Seah and MrBenjamin Ruiz, a global make-up artist with Laura Mercier, share some tips on how to open up single-lidded peepers. Product recommendations from Urban, Ms Seah and Mr Ruiz.

Mark the spot

Look straight into the mirror and use the desired eyeshadow to lightly mark the areas where you want your eye make-up to be seen when you open your eyes.

The faint outline will then be a guide for you to fill in the rest of the make-up, says Mr Ruiz.

A smoky cat-eye is one of the easiest eye make-up looks to pull off on single eyelids Here is how Ms Seah would do it. First, use a waterproof gel eyeliner - these are easier to use than liquid eyeliners and last longer than kohl, or pencil eyeliners - to line your entire upper lash line.

Extend the stroke upwards and towards the temple to create a flick at the outer corners of your eyes. You should still see it clearly when you open your eyes. This can help single-lidded eyes look longer and wider.

Apply a matte, dark eyeshadow, such as slate grey, navy or brown, near the lashline and blend it towards the faint outline you created earlier.

Stay away from frosty shades as they can make single-lidded eyes look swollen.

However, if you apply neutral frosty shades such as pearl or beige on the inner corners of the eyes, it can make them look brighter.

For gel eyeliners, try: YSL Beaute Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils, $45, from B2-34 Ion Orchard; or Tom Ford Noir Absolute For Eyes, $45, from Tangs Beauty.

For dark eyeshadow, try: Lancome Ombre Hypnose Mono in M203, a navy shade, $36, from Lancome counters; or Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Slate, a greyish-brown, $34, from Bobbi Brown counters.

For frosty, neutral shades, try: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eye Shadow in No.8, a metallic pink, $41, from DFS Galleria Singapore; or Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sugar Frost, a frosty beige, $39, from Sephora stores such as 01-05 Ion Orchard.

Use falsies to further open up your peepers

Many celebrities with single eyelids, including actress Lucy Liu, use fake lashes to lift the lids and create the illusion of bigger eyes.

If you do not want to wear an entire fake lash, cut away the inner ends and attach the remaining outer half to the outer corners of the eyes.

This will help to accentuate the wing-tipped eyeliner.

For fake lashes, try: Shu Uemura lashes, from $34 a pair, from Shu Uemura counters; or Dolly Wink lashes in Dolly Sweet No.1, $24.90, from select Watsons stores.

Accentuate your other features instead

If putting on eye make-up proves to be too much of a hassle, go for bolder brows, sculpt your cheekbones and play up your lips with bright colours.


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