If you’ve only ever worn your eyeliner in a classic cat eye flick, we don’t blame you for being repetitive. It is true that it’s a style that is quite universally flattering, and is a simple enough that it takes only minutes to do, while adding a bit of edge to your look.
There are a million and one tutorials out there dispensing hacks on how to get your flick just right. While those are handy, here’s a challenge: How about changing things up a little in 2016, and not stick to the ol’ cat eye every single day? We realise that the way Asian eyes are shaped makes it seemingly daunting to attempt more unconventional eyeliner styles, since our eyes tend to be smaller and vary from hooded monolids to uneven creases; but there are other flattering options out there.
Trust the experts at shu uemura when they say they’ve got some Asian eyes-appropriate eyeliner styles to recommend – after all, they’re an Asian makeup artistry brand with decades of experience crafting products and looks that bring out Asian women’s natural beauty. Try out these four styles for yourself and see for yourself how easy they are to nail, and then promise us you’ll switch up your eyeliner routine at least once a week.
Look 1: Neo-Feline
Okay, if you’re too comfortable with a cat eye, this look is a small step towards something more unique. Basically, outline the flicks as you would usually do, extending them a bit further from the eyes for more impact. But instead of filling them in, leave them as just outlines to create an updated, more artistic form of the regular cat eye.
calligraph:ink in Black
Look 2: Geometric Chic
Adding subtle triangular shapes under the eyes helps enlarge the eyes in an unexpected way. First, tightline above and below the eyes, and then outline the triangular shapes below the eyes. Then, use a liquid liner to go over all the lines, as well as fill in the shapes.
calligraph:ink in Black or Brown
Look 3: Runway Glam
If you don’t have an eyelid crease, this is one glamorous way to fake it. For a more balanced look, make the extra lines above the eyes thicker at the ends. First tightline above and below the lines with a gel liner, then outline the shape above the eyes. Go over all the lines with a liquid liner after.
lasting soft gel pencil in Black or Brown; calligraph:ink in Brown
Look 4: Playful Eyes
Forgo the flick for undereye liner instead. This helps makes the eyes look larger and rounder – the trick is to keep the bottom liner just halfway across the eyes. Do the tightlining above and below the eyes with a gel liner, then use a liquid liner to draw slightly rounded lines, following the natural shape of the eyes.
lasting soft gel pencil in Brown, calligraph:ink in Black or Brown
If you feel like you still need a helping hand to get these lines right, the good people at shu uemura are here to help. You can book a complimentary 10-minute eyeliner tutorial by calling up any of the shu uemura counters, to pick up some tips from the beauty advisors on how to recreate one of the above four looks in a way that best suits your natural features. Give it a go (it’s free anyway!), and soon you’ll be known as the girl with the strong eyeliner game. See the full list of shu uemura locations here.
shu uemura calligraph:ink, $29 for cartridge and $29 for applicator (sold separately); lasting soft gel pencil, $36. Available at shu uemura stores and counters. See more eyeliners here.