Like women of other races, us Asian girls want our eyes to look beautiful and stand out. But the slanted shape of our eyes is quite unique and it poses a challenge when applying eye makeup. Plus, some of us do not have a crease. This is called “mono lids”. And those who do have a crease don’t have deep and prominent ones. It takes the right colors, proper technique and useful tools to achieve eyes that stand out.
Hopefully, the eye makeup tips below will help Asian girls get the look they strive for.
1. Pick the right eye shadow colors
Asian skin has a yellow undertone; so muted or neutral colors look the best. Ideal colors are brown, bronze, gray and gold. If you want to wear color, it is best to attempt plum, pink, raisin and purple.
Considered universally flattering, taupe is a great color for Asians. It is a mix of brown and gray. When in doubt, taupe is your best bet. A good product to try is M.A.C single eye shadow in Satin Taupe.
Shadows that produce a smoky effect are also good choices for Asian eyes. My suggestions are L’Oreal Studio Secrets Color Smokes Eye Shadow in Blackened Smokes and Chanel Les 4 Ombres #93 Smoky Eyes.
By the way, if you have mono lids and want to create a crease, just apply shadow to the bottom 1/3 of your lids in a color that is a few shades darker than your skin tone.
2. Apply eyeliner
There is a myth that eyeliner makes eyes look smaller. When applied correctly, eyeliner actually emphasizes the eyes. Since eyes are not an Asian’s strongest features, we need to use eyeliner to make our eyes more noticeable.
There are several types of eyeliners. The best ones to use are pencil and powder. On the lid, draw a line as close to your lash line as possible. Make the middle part thicker. Think of it as drawing a camel hump. On the bottom, line only 2/3 of the lash line from the outside in.
One of the best eyeliner I have used is NARS pencil eyeliner is Black Moon. It glides on smoothly, does not smudge and lasts all day.
3. Play up the lashes
Nothing makes eyes more attractive than full, flirty eyelashes. Unfortunately for us Asian girls, ours are often thin, short and straight. That’s why it is essential to play them up.
Curling our eyelashes is very important. The best tool in the market has got to be Shu Uemura eyelash curler. Make sure your lashes are bare. Open curler and clamp as close to the roots as you can, and hold for a few seconds. This will take your straight lashes into a feather-like bend.
Try to blow dry the eyelash curler for 5 seconds before use. The heat will make curler work even better.
Another important thing for your eyelashes is mascara. You want to both increase the volume and elongate.
Good mascaras to buy for bigger volume are L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara and Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara.
For length, I really liked Anna Sui Super Mascara DX Long Lash, Imju Fiberwig 3D Lengthening Mascara and L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara.
For maximum effect, use a combination of these mascaras. Also, for Asians, black is the best color.
4. Use falsies
Falsies, or false eyelashes, are a great way to ensure lustrous eyelashes. No mascara or curler needed! With clean hands, just glue them on as close to the lash line as possible. They are instant eye poppers!
I am a big fan of Ardell lashes in 110. They are sold at nearly every drug store for less than $5.
5. Use proper technique
Most people apply eye makeup from the inside out. For Asians, it is actually better to apply eye makeup from the outside in, especially with liners and eye shadow. This trick will make eyes appear larger.
Instead of disliking our small and slanted eyes, us Asian girls should embrace them as unique. With all the fun beauty products available, there are many ways to play up our eyes and get them noticed. Plus, there are always great beauty tricks to pick up. I hope these today have helped.