June 16, 2015
Asian eyes can be a complicated matter. First off, they’re smaller than Western eyes in general, which means there’s less space for makeup. Then there’s the issue of monolids, which could mean anything from having a crease on one eye but not the other, or creases being hidden under the eyelids, or having no creases at all and only flat skin in their place – which all makes for harder eyeshadow/eyeliner application. And then there are the eyelashes, which tend to be short and stick-straight on a good number of Asian girls, made worse if they’re half-covered by afore-mentioned monolids.
Thankfully, the beauty industry has heard the cries of small-eyed Asian girls everywhere, and there are now a good number of products in the market that cater to all the needs of Asian eyes, whether to accentuate their natural beauty, or to make them look a bit bigger and longer-lashed. Here are the ones you need to add to your arsenal:
Most of the time, Asian lashes need a boost in the curl department before mascaras can even come into the picture. Naturally, we’re going to recommend shu uemura’s Eyelash Curler ($30, shu uemura stores and counters), which really needs no introduction. Other options you might not know about include the Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($18, Shiseido counters), which has been said to fit almond-shaped eyes better and grip more lashes at one go.
The key is to find mascaras with brushes designed for Asian eye shapes and shorter lashes. The L’Oreal False Lash Miss Manga ($22.90, major drugstores) has a patented arched brush that was made to fit Asian top and bottom lashes, and thick, short fibres to add desired volume, and a smooth formula that doesn’t weigh down thinner Asian lashes. Maybelline’s Lashionista ($22.90, major drugstores) is another mascara made just for Asians, with fibres of up to 4mm to add to the length of your lashes. If your lashes need a serious boost, turn to the K-Palette 1 Day Magic Fiber Mascara ($27.90, Watsons and Sasa stores) as one end has fibres to pump up the volume of your lashes by up to 10 times, while the other has a waterproof formula that locks in the curl.
Single lids can be rather cute, but the truth of the matter is, makeup goes on easier on double lids. Whether you want to balance out your eyes, create a deeper and higher crease or create double lids from stubborn monolids, Automatic Beauty (available at Sasa) will have your weapon of choice. Choose from the Double Eye Tape ($23.90), Mezical Fiber 2 ($28.90), or Double Eye Liquid ($19.90) depending on what method you’re the most comfortable with.
In general, dark Asian eyes can pull off most colours, even brighter ones like blue or purple. But if it’s an eye-widening effect you’re looking for, stick to neutrals like browns to better define the eye contours. Best to turn to Asian brands, as these tend to put together colours better suited for Asian skin tones. The KATE Tokyo Monochrome Shine in BR-1 ($27, selected Watsons and Sasa) uses black and white sparkles to create the illusion or darker irises and whiter eyes, so overall your eyes seem larger. Urban Decay isn’t an Asian brand, but the Naked 3 Palette ($83, Sephora) has all the failsafe neutral shades that you’ll ever need.
Small eyes call for small brushes. We find the Zoeva 231 Petit Crease ($14.50, luxola.com) is a handy pencil-shaped brush that can help with defining small (or non-existent) creases.
Cover photo: Tome Spring/Summer 15, courtesy NARS.