From the Vault: Makeup for Asian Girls

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Some Asian girls who have a “monolid” (no defined crease) go to great lengths to have a more Westernized eyelid, while others embrace what they were born with. Either way, there’s tons of ways for the Asian girl to get her beauty on!


1. Embrace eyeliner. Don’t look at having a monolid as being a bad thing—look at all the space you have to play with! Asian girls with (or without) monolids can do so many cool things with eyeliner: winged cat eyes, brightly colored eyeliner, smoky eyes, etc.


Products to try:


Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes; Stila Smudge Pots; MAC Fluidline; MAC 219 Pencil Brush; MAC 266 Small Angle Brush; MAC 275 Brush.


2. Embrace color. Many Asian girls have drama in their coloring (high contrast—the difference between hair and skin color—many Asian girls have light skin with dark hair. A fair skinned blonde would be low contrast since the skin and hair are close in color). Drama in your coloring calls for drama in the colors you wear in your clothing and makeup. Don’t be afraid of brilliant colors like red, purple, green, and blue. A classic red lip looks great on Asian girls with high contrast.


3. Fake a crease. Embracing what you were born with is ideal, but every girl wants a different look every now and then, right? Fake a crease with the following steps:

* Apply an eyeshadow base (I can’t say enough about Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC Paints) all over the eye.

* Apply a shimmery eyeshadow in a pale gold or silver under your brow bone.

* Apply a matte eyeshadow as close to your skin color as you can get on the bottom of the eyelid.

* Using a crease brush like MAC #222, apply a matte brown (or burgundy or black for funkier looks) in the crease with a back and forth motion (like windshield wipers on a car)

* Lightly blend with a blending brush like MAC #224 where the colors meet.

* Line the eyes and apply two coats of mascara.

4. Know your undertone. Not every Asian girl has yellow undertones and buying foundation and concealer with false pretenses will leave you looking all kinds of wrong. To determine your undertone, you need to look for an underlying hint of color in your skin. Look at your neck in natural daylight. What color do you use? Pink? Red? Yellow? Olive? Knowing your undertone helps you to pick out the right foundation which in turn can help your skin look brighter and healthier. For more information on foundation, check out Foundation 101 and Concealer 101.

Some brands that carry a wide range of foundations and concealers to check out: Bobbi Brown, Prescriptives, Shu Uemura, MAC, and Becca.

5. Don’t forget the blush! Blush is the #1 avoided yet very essential makeup product for women of all backgrounds! To find out the best blush for you, check out Blush 101.

See also:
MAC Eyeshadow Guide
Makeup for Olive Toned Skin.

Pic source: Asian Models Blog

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

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  3. Lilly says:

    Hi! I am looking for a gold shimmery eyecolour which I can use both as a base and shadow and in my eye corners. I am a fair skin coloured Asian with cool undertones. Can you give me some recommendations?

    • Danielle says:

      Hey Lilly!

      Try Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place ShadowCreme in either Golden Sands or Ivory Lace. Both are shimmery golds that you can use as an eyeshadow base and in the inner corners for highlighting. Other products that do the same: Stila Smudge Pot in Kitten, Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #11, and MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study. Hope this helps!

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