Useful Makeup Tips for Asian Eyes

Makeup tips for Asian eyes
There are countless makeup tricks to make your eyes appear bigger, bolder, and worthy of attention. With Buzzle, you will learn crucial Asian eyes makeup tips that will define your eyes without looking overly done.
Don't neglect your brows.
While putting on makeup, many of us forget to define the eyebrows. Use a slanted brow brush and fill a dark-colored shadow (brown or charcoal gray) over your brows.
When it comes to eye makeup, one size doesn't necessarily fit all. Every woman's features and complexion is unique, making it next to impossible to replicate a specific makeup style on all. So, when we talk about (east and southeast) Asian women, the most distinct and stunning feature about them are the eyes.

However, applying makeup on those mysteriously alluring eyes is not as easy as it may appear. Although there are different types of Asian eyes―puffy, sunken, and flat monolids, hooded, and creased―there are some basic techniques you can apply regardless of the eyelids shape.

Monolid Vs. Hooded Eyes

Before we begin, we'd like to clear up a confusion many women have about monolids and hooded lids. If you've never thought there is a difference, perhaps the following images will shed some light on it.

Monolid Eyes

With a less-defined brow bone, women with monolid eyes have little to no crease.
Hooded Eyelids

Women with hooded eyes have a less visible lid and a natural crease which appears hidden.

Of course, these aren't the only eyelid types Asian women have. Creased or double lids is also quite common, and easier to identify. With a defined crease, applying makeup on your eyes is a lot simpler than the previous two.

1. Eyeshadow

With a variety of eyeshadow application techniques, the placement of the shades will also vary and have a direct impact on the way you look. For starters, let's just focus on getting some color on your eyes without having to include any complicated steps. As you go through the following information, you will find not 1, but 3 different ways to apply eyeshadow.

Gradient Eyeshadow
  1. Wash your face properly and wipe it with a clean towel.
  2. Take a small amount of eye primer on an eye shader brush or your fingertip. Swipe a layer across from the inner corner of your eyes moving outward.
  3. Depending on the shadow colors you'd like to apply, take one that has 3 different shades in it.
  4. Close one eye and apply a layer of the lightest eyeshadow color over the entire eyelid area with a base shadow brush; make sure you don't go beyond the crease or stay beneath it.
  5. Take a second darker shade onto a clean shadow brush and apply it from your top lash line, going upwards.
  6. Make sure that you don't cover the base shadow while applying the second shade.
  7. Now, take the darkest of the three colors onto a clean shadow brush and apply it as close to the lash line as possible; like an eyeliner.
  8. Complete the look with eyeliner and mascara.

And ... this is what you get!

Blending Eyeshadow
  1. This is one of the best makeup tips for monolid eyes. Wash your face and apply eye primer as explained above.
  2. With your eyes open, check how far up you want the eyeshadow to be visible.
  3. Now close your eye and fill your entire eyelid area with a dark eyeshadow color; this will intensify the powder shadow you apply over it.
  4. Use a blending brush to blend and cover your eyelid area.
  5. Load an eyeshadow brush with a brighter eyeshadow (same color family as the base) and blend it over the eyelid.
  6. Again load the brush with the same eyeshadow and apply it closer to the lash line; this needs to be brighter than the color on your eyelid.
  7. Use an eyeliner pencil and liquid liner along with mascara to finish the look.

And ... this is what you get!

Eye-catching Eyeshadow

If you're short on time, but still wish to look fabulous, apply mint green, cobalt blue, vibrant orange, or hot pink eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eyes. Don't forget to apply eyeliner and mascara to finish the look.

And ... this is what you get!

2. Eyeliner

Always go with a good quality, waterproof eyeliner so that you can apply a thick line over the lash line. As there is a scarcity of skin, most of the liner will probably get eaten up. Whether you have a monolid, hooded eyes, or creased eyelids, one of the best makeup tips to make Asian eyes appear bigger is to apply a white eyeliner or a highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes.

Upper Lash Line Eyeliner
  1. Once you've applied the eyeshadow, it's time for the eyeliner application ―the winged or cat eyeliner style.
  2. Beginning from the outer corner of the eye, use a pencil eyeliner to make a line that comes toward the center of your lash line.
  3. Go toward the inner corner of the eye, and make a line that meets the liner in the center.
  4. With an angled brush, gently extend the liner from the outer corner; this makes the flick for the winged eyeliner.
  5. Now, with a gel or liquid eyeliner, trace the liner you applied over your lash line, also extending it outward to make a bolder cat eye flick.

And ... this is what you get!

Bottom Lash Line Eyeliner
  1. You can choose to apply eyeliner either on your lash line of waterline. Or, you can apply white eyeliner on your waterline and a black eyeliner on the lash line. Try both methods to figure out which suits you best.
  2. Using a pencil eyeliner, draw a line from the outer corner of the eye till the center of the lash line; don't go all the way through.
  3. Use a Q-tip to correct the liner.

And ... this is what you get!

Monolid Vs. Hooded Lid Eyeliner Styles

Monolid Eyes
Hooded Eyelids
Of course, these aren't the only options for applying an eyeliner. As there are a few different eyeliner styles to choose from, you're going to have to try it out as and when you get ready. But for now, here are a few more techniques you can try.

2. Mascara

Do consider using a mascara and an eyelash curler―2 to 3 coats should be good. Just remember not to tug or pull on the lashes while using the curler.

If applying mascara isn't enough for you, consider getting false eyelashes on. For an amateur, it's best to leave the task to a professional.

Asian Women with Eye Makeup

Always use the right foundation for your skin tone. For Asian women, a yellow-based foundation is your best friend―it appears the most natural on your skin. Other than that, follow the recommendations on makeup tips for Asian hooded eyes and monolids to get the best results.

Monolid Eyes
Hooded Eyes
Asian Woman with Hooded Eyelids

Initially, you can use matte and neutral eyeshadow shades to learn the ins and outs of applying eye makeup for your eyes; that goes for the eyeliner as well. Start subtle, and once you've got the hang of this and have mastered the concepts, you can easily switch to using bolder shades and eyeliner styles.
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