It’s been a while since I’ve posted a how-to, and I was surprised myself that tonight, I was so in the mood to write one! Well, I’ve been reading eye makeup tutorials lately, and I keep on reading the word “crease”. The crease is the fold on your eyelids, and some have them really big, and some have them small ( like me, my crease is like 1/8 inch tall, poor me ), and some , have no crease at all! Most Americans and Europeans have big creases, while people of Asian descent have very small, or have no crease. Well, since there is a dearth of information about how to apply eye makeup for Asian eyes, I decided to do some research and help out our oriental beauties here!
Okay, so let’s start with the absolute must-haves – eyelash curler, mascara, and eyeliner. These three are the absolute must haves for the Asian eye, specially those who don’t have crease on their eyes ( It’s not a bad thing, I promise! ) , because the eyelash curler, paired with the mascara, opens up the eyes more. Eyelash perming is also a great alternative, for those who feel hassled by everyday eyelash curling. The eyeliner definitely makes the eyes look bigger.
For additional accessories, we have the eyebrow tweezer, and false eyelashes. Use the eyebrow tweezer to tweeze away bushy brows and maintain a fairly thin brow. I’m not saying that you must make it line-thin, but make it just-right-thin brows. Having well-groomed brows would help your eyes have more area for eye makeup, or just make your eye area bigger. False eyelashes on the other hand can make your eyes look a whole lot bigger.
Okay, for now, the tips!
1. For eyeliners, do not use ultra-dark colors such as black. They would make the look “harsh”. Go for soft colors such as dark brown, brown, or gray.
2. White eyeliners (pencil) applied on your inner rim of the eyes will make your eyes look more alive and bigger. White eyeliners are actually a little bit difficult to pull off, you can instead use iridiscent eyeliners on your inner rim.
3. Apply eyeliner on both upper lashline and lower lashline, and eyeshadow can also be appled on the lower lashline as well. Check out Song Hye Kyo ( a big Korean star, whose picture I used on the start of my entry ), whose eye makeup is really gorgeous. The eyeshadow was applied in such a way that the silvery white was applied below the lashline, on the inner corner-half of the eye, while the blue shadow was applied on the lashline on the other half – outer corner of the eye.
4. For eyelining small eyes, do not connect the lines drawn on the upper and lower lashlines, because they will make eyes look smaller. Stay away from the inner rims of the eyes, and substitute with iridiscent or just substitute with the light colored eyeshadow used in your eye makeup.
5. Do not be afraid to experiment with colors – Asians look really cute with baby colors, and look sexy with deeper shades of plum, and bronze.
My Sweet 16 idol Han Ji Hye looks really beautiful with pastel baby colored eye makeup!
Okay, one last topic : for those who don’t have the “crease”.
If you don’t have a crease, fret not, we have a way for beautiful eye makeup to grace your eyes. It’s called blending different gradations of one color. For example, go get different “grades” of blue, from lightest to darkest, with some complementary colors such as silver, or white. Just above your upper lashline, apply the darkest color, then you can apply one or two shades on the mid-lid, and the lighest blue near the browbone. Then, blend, blend, and blend! It’d look really great. The same technique goes if you want to apply two shades of eye makeup. Dark belongs down there just above the lashline, and the lightest shade belongs to the area near the browbone. An extra technique – blend the middle and darkest shades on the top of your eyeball.
Let me leave you with an absolutely stunning picture of Song Hye Kyo with an Asian smokey eye – dark eye makeup blended on the lower half of the lid, blending on top of the eyeball, keeping a light shade on top of the lashline :