This post is all about explaining what ‘monolids’ are and the different struggles that go with having them. Obviously, like “normal” eyelid shapes, there are different variations and kinds of monolids. It all depends on eye shape, eye size, and lid space.
To start off, the difference between monolids and “normal” eyelid shapes is the position of the eyelid crease. That crease is your eyelid skin folding up when your eyes are open, because obviously you need more skin to stretch so that your eyes can blink and close. Without this extra skin you wouldn’t be able to close your eyes. Where your eyelids crease and fold all depend on your eye shape and size. Some people have a high crease, a lower crease, very little crease, a subtle crease, and so on. There are also people with hooded lids, where their creases are either so deep that it appears nonexistent or they have a very prominent brow bone or deep set eyes that create a hooded appearance.
Monolids typically are when the eyelid crease is either very shallow, very close to the lash line, or so subtle that it appears nonexistent. People with monolids still have that crease, because, obviously, they can still close their eyes. Another aspect closely related to monolids are a more pinched inner tear duct space. Where people with larger eyes or a “normal” crease have a rounded inner tear duct space, typically someone with a monolid will have more acutely shaped inner tear duct space, or a pinched looking one.
Personally, I have hooded monolids. This means that the ‘crease’ that my eyelid makes to fold is so low that it falls lower than my upper eyelid, creating a hood with the skin. This means that my crease falls over top of my lash line. So, I can’t do a thin eyeliner line, it will disappear once I open my eyes completely. It also means that I can’t just curl my lashes and wear mascara. The constant weight of the hooded monolids fall onto my lashes and push them downward, making them lose their curl. I also can’t wear false lashes that are super natural or have a very light/thin band because then my skin will just push them downward too.
It’s quite the struggle because it’s hard to find false lashes that have a thicker band and still look natural, so that’s why I’m constantly wearing fuller lashes. Wearing false lases with a thicker band pushes my hooded monolid upward into a more common monolid shape, and that’s why my eyes end up looking so much smaller when I’m not wearing false lashes. My hooded monolids fall so far over my lash line that it covers my lash line entirely. And since I’ve been wearing false lashes for quite a long time now, they’ve altered the way my hooded monolids look, so my left eye has more of a normal monolid crease and my right eye still has a very prominent hooded monolid, making eye makeup very difficult to try to get even. It also makes my eyes appear to look slightly cross eyed or a little wonky because their shapes are so different.
I just wanted to share the monolid struggle for anyone who doesn’t quite understand, or for anyone who can relate to my struggle.