This post has been suggested by the lovely Fleur-de-Lis, who admitted she had problems with applying her eyeshadows because of having a rather small lid space. For a Caucasian, I have rather small lids as well with not that much of a crease; my eye shape somewhat resembles that of an almond, which can be tricky when it comes to eye make-up. I feel that for this particular shape, many tips on Asian/monolid eyes apply better than the standard make-up rules.
To help some of you who might have the same problem, I've prepared a little step-by-step tutorial featuring Urban Decay Naked Palette and EcoTools brushes. If you don't have that, just grab any neutral shadows you might have and your favorite eye brushes; the principle remains the same.
1. Start with a well-primed eye, or just dab a bit of foundation on the lids to even out the skintone. I'm using Benefit F.Y.eye primer.
2. Apply a champagne base color like UD Sin all over the lid up to the crease.
3. In the crease, apply a small amount of a matte light/medium brown, like UD Naked mixed in with a bit of UD Buck. This step is optional; I'm just doing it to warm the skin up a little. Also, apply the same shade at the lower lashline, going about half of the way in.
4. In the outer V (the very outer corner of the eye at the lashline and a little bit into the crease), apply a darker grey/brown shade like UD Darkhorse. Blend inwards.
5. With an angled brush, apply a bit more of the darkest shade (Darkhorse) at the lashline and flick it out at the outer corner slightly.
6. Apply a light cream satin shade like Virgin to the inner corners. I've skipped applying the eyeshadow under my browbone as I feel it often looks a bit too much on me.
7. Curl your lashes, add your favorite mascara and you're done!
The basic rule I follow is not to go too far in with my crease color, or in most cases, just skip the crease altogether and just apply the darker shadow to the outer V/ outer third of the eye. Also, I very rarely use a dark pencil to fill in my waterline; it just looks way too harsh and makes my eyes appear smaller. Instead, I prefer lining my upper lash line with a little flick at the end. It further accentuates and elongates my eye shape. That's it; nothing ground-breaking, but I hope it helps, or at least you know how I use my Naked Palette for an everyday neutral look.
What is your favorite eye make-up tip?