The Eye-Makeup Fix For Uneven Lids — Right Here, Right Now

You know those days when you’re running late because you’ve spent five 10 minutes too long trying to get your cat-eye just right? Indeed, trying to perfect the flick is hard enough with even eyelids, but when you have one lid that's creased and one that's not, it can be pretty frustrating. Yes, uneven lids are a thing — and actually, a much more common problem than you might think. After years of playing around with the confounding mono/double combo, I’ve come up with some tips for my sisters in the asymmetrical-eye arena. Click through, and let’s talk.
Photographed by Tracy Wang.
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Light and Shadows
Different uses of color and finish can change the contours of your face — including your eyes, of course. You may already know the basics: a shimmery shadow at the inner corners opens your eyes up, a pearly finish on the browbone can brighten up your look. If you apply your shadows slightly higher on an eye with a lower crease, it’ll appear more symmetrical. This works best with a light flush of color — a champagne gold or pink would look great. Top it off with nude eyeliner on your waterline and voilà.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, $52, available at Sephora.
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Line It Up
Sometimes it’s not about repeating processes to get a look, but adjusting your methods. Your face isn’t symmetrical, why should your makeup application be? It’s about balance. Try tightlining the larger lid (where you fill in the spaces between the roots of your lashes) and then draw a thicker line on the monolid. When your eyes are open, they’ll appear to be even. MAC Fluidline works great for both because you can manipulate how soft or hard the line will be, allowing for the versatility you need when you’re doing detail work. A fantastic option for tightlining is Clarins 3-Dot Liner.

Clarins 3-Dot Liner, $26, available at Clarins.
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Mascara Modifications
Mascara might be your best bet for any eye trickery you ever do and it requires the least amount of effort. Using lengthening mascara on the lashes of the monolid eye will boost that eye and give the appearance of a higher eyelid. If your lashes have trouble holding a curl, try a heated mascara wand. Not worth the dip in funds? That’s fine, you can quickly heat your lash curler with your blowdryer for a few seconds to get the same effect. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara may be super hyped at the moment, but trust — the talk is not misplaced. It really does give dramatic results and a lift in lashes that lasts all day.

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Mascara, $23, available at Sephora.
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