Unfortunately, eye makeup tutorials aren’t one size fits all. As we’ve talked about before, how you apply eye shadow and eyeliner depends in large part on your eye shape. That means if you have Asian eyes and try to follow a tutorial that wasn’t written with your eye shape in mind, you’re likely to end up feeling a bit frustrated or having to rework all the instructions to better suit you. But don’t give up, instead, seek out eye makeup ideas specifically for Asian eyes. Or, better yet, simply read on for an easy eye makeup tutorial we think every Asian girl should try.
STEP #1: PRIME YOUR EYES
The first step of any good eye makeup look? Some makeup primer, of course! An eye primer will ensure your look stays in place day and night since we doubt you want to be doing any midday touch-ups. Don’t have an eye primer on hand? No worries! Simply apply a dab of concealer or foundation onto each lid.
STEP #2: OMBRÉ IT
When it comes to your eye shadow application, things are going be a little different than you may have been taught previously. For your eye shape, it's all about creating an ombré effect. First, apply a medium brown shade—like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte It Up—to your lid, rounding the color where your crease would be. Then, apply a nude shadow, like the L’Oréal Paros Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Mix and Matte just above it. Blend the two colors together with a blending brush for a seamless look. Hello, faux crease!
STEP #3: LINE YOUR EYES
Grab your eyeliner—but keep your eyes open. Seriously! Instead of applying liner with your eyes closed, you’ll want to keep them open. This will allow you to see exactly where your eyeliner is being placed and ensure it doesn’t end up being hidden once your eyes are open. A slight cat eye will help to open up your small eye shape, so reach for the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Black and line your upper lash line. Gently wing out the liner, then smudge the color for a subtler look. Next, line your waterline with a nude eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Nude, to brighten and enlarge your eyes even more!
For a nighttime look, consider opting for a sharper wing. Use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Black to create a precise wing that will help lift your eyes. As for your lower lash line, feel free to apply some pencil liner, but be sure to still line your waterline with a nude shade to maintain that wide-eyed appearance.
STEP #4: LIFT YOUR LASHES
Asian eyes tend to have short, very straight lashes, so a good mascara is a must. First, use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes. Then, apply a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara for an instant lash-lift effect.
Editor’s note: Want an even more dramatic eye look? You may want to opt to use false lashes, which can really help open the eye when you’re working with a naturally short fringe. Even just a few individual lashes placed at the outer corner can make a major difference!
STEP #5: DEFINE YOUR BROWS
Next, you’ll want to define your eyebrows. This will help draw attention to your eyes and give your overall look more depth. Use the L’Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel to fill, shape, and perfect. First, fill in any sparse areas using the doe foot applicator. Then, sharpen your shape using the angled brush. Finish your brows by brushing through them with the spoolie to blend out the product.
Want to learn more ways to fine-tune your makeup application based on your eye shape? You certainly aren't limited to this one look; here’s The Perfect Smoky Eye for Every Eye Shape, and The Best Eyeliner Look for Your Eye Shape.