Ahh, yes, our eyes are the window into our soul. One of the things that makes my morning eye makeup routine a bit difficult is my lack of eyelashes. Unfortunately, Asians naturally have sparse, thin lashes that don’t curl and sometimes the lashes can’t curl. At the same time, many of us lack the Western double-lid crease – which makes eye shadow application difficult as well. I get asked all the time how to make Asian eyes appear to look brighter, bigger, and more attractive; and many Asians forego the mascara and lash drama all together because it’s not going to make a difference anyway. Eyes – no matter what your ethnic background is – are beautiful; and, my non-product-related advice is to accept your beautiful eyes just the way they are. Embrace your lack of eyelashes – but, do what you can to make the most of them.
Your Arsenal should always include an eyelash curler, even if your lashes are the typical-Asian lashes that can’t hold the curl. We’ll get to that part later. Curling your lashes, lifts them up allowing the eye to look more open. Because Asian lashes point downwards, I feel like sometimes it acts as a ‘curtain’ and shields the tops of the eyelid slightly – making them appear smaller.
After curling your lashes, use a waterroof mascara as a base and coat your lashes gently. At this point, it’s better to look into the mirror, with your head tilted up slightly while applying the mascara. When working with short lashes, the wand can hit the tops of your lid making little black dots appear. Waterproof mascara can be drying, but that’s kind of the whole point since it contains more wax than your average non-waterproof mascara. This allows the curl to hold a lot better since it was designed to withstand humidity and moisture. While that first layer is drying, move onto the rest of your routine (whatever that may be) while the mascara dries. I like to use the L’Oreal Voluminous False Lashes mascara.
Next, layer a volumizing mascara on top. Lately I’ve been using Benefit’s They’re Real mascara since it’s a thicker formula and is widely known to also hold a curl. At this stage, you may notice some slight clumping – but for us, Asians – it’s okay because the slight clumping can provide the illusion of visible lashes.
Another important step is highlight and contour the eyes so that they have some definition. Since Asian lids are quite flat, highlighting and contouring is essential to make the lids look less flat. I use MAC‘s shadestick in Butternutty to highlight the inner corner of my eyes (for a brightening effect); and I use Chanel‘s eyeshadow in Safari or MAC‘s mineralize eyeshadow in Twilight Falls to give my eyelids some depth and definition. In my opinion, sticking to a darker-taupe shade is key because it compliments the yellow/olive tones in Asian skin. It’s also less stark than black; and, less intense because many women resort to using a thick black line across the eye.
This may sound time-consuming, but really, after some practice – this “eye routine” takes about 5 minutes (if that). Using a good blending brush can also help fade contour/crease color out a bit, especially if you’re going for a more natural and subtle look. However, if you want to keep it really minimal, I highly suggest getting an eyelash curler and pairing it with a good, trusty waterproof mascara. Even if you skip everything else, your eye will look more open and wider just by getting your lashes up and out – and essentially, out of the way.
Another quickie post. Thanks for reading.
*Pictures taken on my Blackberry Bold.
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