How To Do Asian Eye Makeup - The Complete Guide

By Janice Wasem / Updated on November 15, 2018
The in-depth guide about Asian eye makeup, covering Asian makeup techniques, listing the products you need, and also including a detailed step-by-step tutorial perfect for Asian eyelids! Find out how to apply eye makeup for hooded eyes and how to get the perfect cut crease, soft smokey socket, dome shape and winged eyeliner.

When it comes to Asian eye makeup all the rules that you know fly out of the window. Mostly because of that, many women decide to go only with the eyeliner or makeup free. Even though Asian women are known for flawless skin, they like to experiment with eyeshadows.

The talk about Asian eyes is not new. On the contrary, it dates back centuries. People use to describe Asian eyes as nuts (particularly almonds). They are quite specific, but also very beautiful.

Two main characteristics of the Asian or almond eyes are eyelids and epicanthic folds.

The epicanthic fold represents the skin on the upper lid, near the inner corner of the eye.

These two things are the main reason why Asian women have trouble when doing their makeup. Trying to make their eyes look bigger is one of the biggest challenges.

Let’s get deeper into a tutorial to see how to achieve the best makeup for Asians.

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Asian Eye Makeup Tutorial

When it comes to Asian makeup techniques and Asian eyeshadows the rule is same for all – choose the style, technique, and the shade that suits you. It will truly make a difference, and you will feel fabulous.

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Products You Need

It is essential to find and to stick to the beauty products that are good for your skin, and that goes well with your skin tone. The first thing is to find your perfect eyeshadow color. It can be earth-toned or vivid – as long as you feel good when you put it on your eyelids, it is ideal for you.

The second product that you must have in every situation is black eyeliner. Asian makeup almost always includes eyeliner, and that is why you should learn how to apply it in the best possible way.

The last, but not least is mascara. Along with the eyeliner, mascara will make your eyes pop! These two products go perfectly in a pair, and they will be your primary weapon for no-makeup makeup days!

Best Eyeshadow Palette For Asian Eyes

When it comes to choosing the best palette for Asian eyes, we have to mention that there are no boundaries here. One rule applies for all women when picking eyeshadows – try to match it with your skin tone and color of your eyes.

If you are a beginner, it is the safest to use neutral, earth tones that will not be too eye-catching. The Asians usually have the warm skin complexion undertone so it will be easier for you to find the right brown or nude shade.

Always keep a red lipstick and brows shadow in your bag – with all these products your makeup will be a head-turner. Here are some eyeshadow palettes you should keep in your beauty bag:

This lovely nude palette is perfect for everyday makeups. It has shimmery and matte shadows, which make it perfect for combining. Pinkish tones will match perfectly with any skin tone.

For perfect smokey eyes, you should have a palette that has darker colors and better pigment. From matte black to shimmery white, this eyeshadow palette will serve you fantastic when you need to look fabulous.

Choose the perfect red lipstick and make it stay on your lips all day long. With these matte creamy formulas, your lips will look fantastic. Don’t worry about the time – this lipstick can last up to 16 hours.

How To Apply Eyeliner

Asian girls use the eyeliner to make their eyes look more significant than usual. It is not an easy work putting on the eyeliner. But you can learn to do it step by step. And, guess what? It is a beginner-friendly!

This young youtuber Jessica Wu made a fantastic guide on how to apply eyeliner if you have flat hooded eyes. It is for beginners, and full of excellent makeup tips.

By the way, there’s a useful guide on wikiHow about how to determine your eye shape.

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First Comes the Primer

The eye primer will help your eyeshadow to stay on your eyelids all day long. If you are planning to go to some event that requires elegant attire and heavier makeup, make sure to use it before applying eyeshadow or eyeliner.

It is on you to put or not to put some neutral eyeshadow. It can look nice if you want to contour your eye, but if you are a beginner, it might be a better choice to concentrate on your eyeliner.

Make a Base

First of all, you need to make a base for your eyeliner. By using a brush tip eyeliner, you will avoid the mistakes. Otherwise, you can mess up your eyeshadow and primer if you decide to start with some other type of eyeliner.

Remember – gel eyeliner is only for pros in this step! Always start with the top of your eyelid and create a good base. Don’t let it overlap with the crease – it can look pretty messy while your eyeliner will seem too thick.

Then, you should create an angle and connect it to the top to get the bottom of your wing.

Fill In Everything

When you finish with the base, you can switch to some more pigmented eyeliner to fill in everything. Don’t forget to fill in the lashline.

In the end, all you need to do is to finish off this look with the great black mascara.

How To Put Eyeshadow On Asian Eyes

Whether it is an eyeshadow palette for every day or more sophisticated and elegant occasions, you need to know how to apply it and blend it perfectly. Let’s see how to blend eyeshadow, even if you are not so good at it.

Jennifer Chiu is an amazing makeup artist that will show you some pro tips and tricks when it comes to blending your eye shadow. She does this tutorial very slow – it is detailed, and perfect for beginners.

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Nude Eyeshadow Goes As A Base

This step is usually the same when you start doing your makeup. Start with a primer and nude eyeshadow as a base. Use the light white or creamy eyeshadow to the eye bone to visually lift up your eye.

Blending and Creating a Crease

After making a base, you need to apply the dark eyeshadow. The trick with the mongoloid and hooded eyes is to start on the outer corners of your eyes and then wing it up. Blend your eyeshadow towards the middle of your lid.

If you want to make your eye pop, take the dark eyeshadow a bit higher and then create a crease. Also, if you want your makeup to look heavier, and your crease to be darker, add more eyeshadow.

Making Beautiful Gradient

Using the patting motion, apply light and shimmery eyeshadow to the inner parts of your eyelid. By doing this, you will create a beautiful gradient.

For the end, apply dark brown or black eyeshadow to the outer corners just a bit more. Drag the shadow to the inner part of the eye to get more depth. Don’t forget lower lashline.

Smokey Eyes For Asian Eyes

One of the most popular techniques when it comes to makeup is definitely the smokey eye. From the classic ones in black and grey shades to the vivid ones, all women have tried it even once in their lifetime.

When it comes to hooded and Asian eyes, the smokey might seem a bit complicated because of the specific eyelids. However, if you see this video, you will see it is not so hard, but you have to follow some rules.

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Apply Transitional Eyeshadow

Apply your primer, nude base and light eyeshadow to your brow bone.

If you are doing a darker smokey eye, use the primer that has brown or grey color. Pick the transition shade and apply it all over your eyelids.

Then you should use bit darker shade for outer corners. This is the beginning of creating depth. The trick is to apply it above the crease line so it will not disappear when you open your eye.

The Youtuber Tina Yong suggests using matte colors when you are in this step.

It’s Time for Darker Colors

When you are done with applying transitional shade (and make sure it is on the right spot), then it is time for darker colors. Place it with the outer corner of your eye and pull it above the crease that you have. Asian women used to put the dark shadow a bit above the crease to create depth. Try to drag this darker color to the inner part of the eye.

Apply Shimmery Shades

Now, you can choose the shimmery shades – they go perfectly in the corners and central eyelid.

While keeping the shade under the hood, apply whatever shimmer and shiny shade you like to the corner of your eye, and then to the central eyelid.

Don’t forget your lower lash line – apply the shadows that you have used in the first step. For the end, apply the black eyeliner and voila! All that you need to do now is to make your eyes pop with mascara.

Asian Bridal Makeup

For the most important in your life, we recommend using long-lasting makeup products. Asian wedding makeup is nothing different than the usual. Asian women like to go classy, with smokey eyes and in darker brown tones.

This makeup for a wedding is not only easy achievable, but also the result is impressive. However, make sure to use waterproof products – crying at your wedding is inevitable, but you need to look nice all day long.

Tina Yong shows us how to achieve glam, but not overdone look for a wedding. If you have almond eyes, you should follow her rules.

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Hide All the Imperfections

You can start this makeup look with the primer, then concealer to hide your imperfections. Makeup artists use concealer as a contour product as well so you can try it too. Rolling motions will help you blend the concealer into your lower lash line.

Contouring is popular among Asian women, so blend your shades nicely. Don’t forget – you will take a lot of photos, so try to make contour shades less obvious!

Creating a Base and Crease

Start your eye makeup with the base color. If you have decided to stay in neutral beige and brown colors, then the base should be white or nude.

Then use warmer tones from your palette to make a crease. Blend it back and forward, using the wiper motion. With dark shade create v-shape or triangle in the inner corner of your eye. This will help you elongate your eye.

Maybelline has a small tutorial about creating a cut crease which is worth checking out.

Eyeliner is Optional

Since this is a makeup for the wedding, you can allow yourself using more shimmer eyeshadows, than for an everyday makeup look. You can apply shiny eyeshadow to your middle lid and inner corners of your eyes. Putting the eyeliner is optional.

If you want to go with full makeup on, then draw a thin line and put on false lashes. However, if you like to go more minimal, apply your favorite mascara (once again – waterproof!), and you are ready.

Natural Asian Makeup

This topic is far too big to fit into a paragraph or two. We have actually covered it in great details in an article called: How to Do The Natural Asian Makeup Look: A Step-By-Step Guide. Check it if you want to master natural makeup look.

For no-makeup makeup kind of days, you should moisturize your skin, put on a good foundation, and do a little contouring. The trick is to blend it all well so you can get that healthy glow.

When it comes to eye makeup, you can work with one shadow only and apply the black eyeliner. Pink or nudes tones for your lips are a perfect everyday choice.

Dasha Kim does her everyday makeup in a few simple steps. She recommends good moisturizing, and she mentions that finding the right foundation for your skin tone is really important.

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Conclusion

The truth is that mongoloid eyes are a bit more complicated to work with.

However, no matter how challenging it is, you should focus on all of these tips and tricks. Try to make your eyeliner line perfect and your smokey eyes glamorous. The results will amaze you, and it will push you to be more and more precise and creative.

Hooded eyes can look beautiful – we hope that all these tutorials will help you to achieve the perfect look.

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The in-depth guide about Asian eye makeup, covering Asian makeup techniques, listing the products you need, and also including a detailed step-by-step tutorial perfect for Asian eyelids! Find out how to apply eye makeup for hooded eyes and how to get the perfect cut crease, soft smokey socket, dome shape and winged eyeliner. #asianmakeup #hoodedeyes #cutcrease #asianweddingmakeup #makeuptipsPhoto: theknot.com

 

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