June 7, 2021
Did you catch my brief foray as a Beauty Influencer in my Reels?
Today, I’ve broken down the TOP TEN basic products that I use to get myself Photoshoot Ready. I’m not someone who has a full arsenal of Makeup because too many products can overwhelm me, so I try to stick to just bare essentials when it comes to Skincare & Makeup, and when I find something that works — I’ll use it again and again.
I seriously hesitated posting this for fear of looking ridiculous because I am by NO MEANS an authority on how to do makeup, but I realized that there is not a lot of information or makeup advice out there for East Asian women with monolids, like me.
What are monolids?
“A monolid is an eyelid shape that doesn’t have a crease. An eye that does have a crease is known as a double eyelid. Monolids are typically a facial feature of East Asian people. However, other races may also have a monolid or an eyelid shape without a crease. In certain regions, especially East Asia, surgery and cosmetic products are commonly used to create the appearance of a crease. In fact, it’s one of the most popular types of plastic surgery in this area of the world.” – Healthline
I started wearing makeup when I was 14 years old. None of the eyes I saw in magazines or movies looked like mine, and I hated looking in the mirror because of it. I basically experimented and taught myself over the years (and believe me, there were some scary electric blue eyeshadow phases …)
As I grew older, whenever I would get my makeup professionally done for weddings or special events, no one ever knew what to do with my monolid eyes: how to accentuate them instead of make them look even smaller and weighed down.
It became an enormous source of embarrassment for me. I watched my mom put tape on her eyelids to “train” them to have a crease, and she even asked if I wanted surgery to get rid of mine. The message I’ve always received was that there was a standard of beauty for my eyes that I couldn’t live up to. I was ashamed and would never step foot outside without my makeup on.
Today, I know that makeup is a form of self expression: to enhance the beauty that is already there, not to hide it or get rid of it. I’ve always used makeup as a means to hide what I believed to be imperfect and ugly about myself, but now I’m slowly accepting that my eyes are beautiful as they are, because now I have a very important reason:
My daughter inherited my eyes, and I want her to know that her monolid eyes are absolutely perfect they way they are.
That’s it! I really hope you’ve enjoyed a peek at my personal comprehensive list of staples in my Makeup bag! It has taken me over 10 years to handpick what I consider essentials for my daily Makeup Routine and also just a couple key things for more special occasions and photoshoots.
Makeup doesn’t have to be overwhelming, intimidating, or complicated!
Remember that at the end of the day, you are simply accentuating the beauty that is already there, mama.
Feel free to leave a Comment or DM if you have any specific questions for me! I’m happy to help 🙂
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