Wardrobe Styling by Ye Young Kim. Art Direction by Nicole Argento. Manicure by Yukie Miyakawa.
In this ongoing seriesJapanese makeup artist Munemi Imai teaches those of us with almond-shaped and hooded eyelids how to best apply makeup. The trick is to identify how far you can take the shadow on your outer lid before the look becomes overly dramatic and too round. The further out you go, the more Panda-ish it might appear.
A big shout-out to all our Asian beauty lovers out there—believe me when I say I understand how hard it is to find the perfect makeup looks. Want smokey eyes, Korean-style makeup, and bigger and brighter eyes? The diversity of Asian eye shapes call for many kinds of Asian eye makeup tutorials!
Narrator: If you're wondering what a monolid is, it's an eyelid that doesn't have a crease. It's different from a double eyelid, which has a crease. Again, this is a monolid without a crease. This small difference makes learning to do makeup a bit harder.
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.
It happens to my mother almost every day -- people are constantly surprised when they find out she's 58 years old. They marvel at her shiny black hair, but mostly her skin. She simply has wonderful and extremely youthful-looking skin.
Asian women are spoken of as beautiful beings all over the world. And the Asian look is something people definitely work hard to get. The beautiful hair, lovely skin and the almost perfect body structure is something everyone craves for.
This look is created with green eyeshadow on the lid, and brown eyeshadow halfway up to the browbone, and then blended to create a softer, more natural eye. Line your eyes with black eyeliner, and then top it with a thin strip of brightly colored eyeliner. If your eyelids tend to hood a bit at the outer corners, this eyeliner shape is more flattering than a linear cat eye. If you've been following ye olde western makeup tutorials all your life, you might be familiar with the traditional "dark shadow in the outer corners" trick, which was always hard to get right without a lot of lid surface area.
I remember buying my first palettethinking it would be easy to achieve a sultry smokey eyeonly to end up with a patchy mess that looked like Jackson Pollock threw up all over my eyelids in monochrome. Fully embrace the fact that you have no deep-set crease. Instead, Asian eyes tend to have a fold, which is the area where your eye folds above your eyelashes, and a contour area, which is the area directly under your browbone, above the fold.
I hope this series can help more Asians better understand their eye shape and those who have Asian clients! In this 1 st installment of the Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asian Eyes series, we take a look at where to place eye makeup on the Asian eye. When I first started out, I had no idea where or how to place eyeshadow. My eye makeup efforts were previously limited to eyeliner and mascara and sometimes, just a light dab of ONE eyeshadow color.