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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

Well, since I'm Asian, I've found that a lot of products don't really look right on me, and I can't really do normal smokey eyes because of the shape of my eyes (Asian eyes are different from Western eyes in general).

 

I'm just wondering what kinds of colors, and maybe products do you recommend for someone with fairly dark golden-brown skin.

 

I know for sure that colors like red just look sort of wrong, and anything that's supposed to be a "nude" color makes me look washed out.

post #2 of 26
Hey! I'm only half and my Japanese family has very wide eyes naturally, so this may not help at all, but I use all of the colors other people use and just compliment my eye shape by widening the, further. Darker colors on the outer corners, highlighting inner corners, always make liner heavier on outer corners than inner or dont line inner corner at all, nice long falsies (I have horrible short lashes Haha), etc. I avoid doing anything that weighs down my eyes, makes them beady, or accentuates how narrow they are.

If you want to see some examples of looks I've done you can look at the eye looks I've posted on here and on my blog. Hope that helps!
post #3 of 26

Oops! Random typo. the, = them

 

 

post #4 of 26

Purples look amazing on dark brown eyes.  Lash growth product such as revitalash or rapidlash, even Loreal Lash boosting Serum work to grow lashes to a visable length.  I only line the top of my eye and not the bottom.  I also don't wear mascara on the bottom.  

post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by Paradoxismminnt View Post

Well, since I'm Asian, I've found that a lot of products don't really look right on me, and I can't really do normal smokey eyes because of the shape of my eyes (Asian eyes are different from Western eyes in general).

 

I'm just wondering what kinds of colors, and maybe products do you recommend for someone with fairly dark golden-brown skin.

 

I know for sure that colors like red just look sort of wrong, and anything that's supposed to be a "nude" color makes me look washed out.


Take a look at Shiseido's products since it's a Japanese makeup company that was made primarily for Asian skin. From there you can match colors from other cosmetic lines to your own skintone but you might have to buy foundation from their line OR get a color correcting kit to fix other brands.

 

post #6 of 26

Do you have a monolid or a double ?  I personally love wearing colors of all kinds.  I find that purple and blue/teal look best one me.

post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by DJMM View Post

Hey! I'm only half and my Japanese family has very wide eyes naturally, so this may not help at all, but I use all of the colors other people use and just compliment my eye shape by widening the, further. Darker colors on the outer corners, highlighting inner corners, always make liner heavier on outer corners than inner or dont line inner corner at all, nice long falsies (I have horrible short lashes Haha), etc. I avoid doing anything that weighs down my eyes, makes them beady, or accentuates how narrow they are.

If you want to see some examples of looks I've done you can look at the eye looks I've posted on here and on my blog. Hope that helps!


Hm..my eyes aren't actually particularly "narrow" in proportion.  They're just really small D:.  Here's a somewhat bad picture of them: http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj248/Par-a-doxismminant/spd-19.jpg .  I know I look cross-eyed, but that basically gives a good idea of my eyeshape.   Looks like I need to go out and buy some eyeliner D:



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Originally Posted by divadoll View Post

Purples look amazing on dark brown eyes.  Lash growth product such as revitalash or rapidlash, even Loreal Lash boosting Serum work to grow lashes to a visable length.  I only line the top of my eye and not the bottom.  I also don't wear mascara on the bottom.  



Hmm, but how do they look against dark, golden brown skin?



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Take a look at Shiseido's products since it's a Japanese makeup company that was made primarily for Asian skin. From there you can match colors from other cosmetic lines to your own skintone but you might have to buy foundation from their line OR get a color correcting kit to fix other brands.

 



Interesting...I'm just wondering, is there a way to sort of be able to tell which shade to choose over the internet?  And how's their return/exchange policy?

post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by Bonnie Krupa View Post

Do you have a monolid or a double ?  I personally love wearing colors of all kinds.  I find that purple and blue/teal look best one me.



I've got a double one c:  I think there's a picture of it in the above post? c:

post #9 of 26

you have eyes similar to mine :) 

post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by Paradoxismminnt View Post
Interesting...I'm just wondering, is there a way to sort of be able to tell which shade to choose over the internet?  And how's their return/exchange policy?


If you live in the States then head to the mall, most stores like Macy's sell their products. Easier to see in person than online.

post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by Bonnie Krupa View Post

you have eyes similar to mine :) 



Ohh, cool >w<

 

And do you have any special tricks or anything like that?  The main thing I've noticed for me is that although everyone says to put a light shade on the browbone, it tends to look very strange.  Do you do that?



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If you live in the States then head to the mall, most stores like Macy's sell their products. Easier to see in person than online.


That's true.  I'll see if the local mall carries them.  I was just wondering because I live on a small island and many stores don't have products around here.

 

post #12 of 26
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Ohh, cool >w<

 

And do you have any special tricks or anything like that?  The main thing I've noticed for me is that although everyone says to put a light shade on the browbone, it tends to look very strange.  Do you do that?

I do that sometimes.  mostly I take a nude shimmer colored pencil and smudges it under my eyebrows.   I sometimes keep the colors to where my crease is and sometimes i'll take the colors to where the crease would be on non asians ...if that makes sense...  If i take color above my crease I fade it out with a fluffy blending brush

post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Bonnie Krupa View Post



I do that sometimes.  mostly I take a nude shimmer colored pencil and smudges it under my eyebrows.   I sometimes keep the colors to where my crease is and sometimes i'll take the colors to where the crease would be on non asians ...if that makes sense...  If i take color above my crease I fade it out with a fluffy blending brush


I know what you mean c:.  By the crease on non-Asians, you mean where the curve of your eyeball meets the socket, right? c:

 

I'll keep that in mind, thanks!

 

post #14 of 26

yup exactly

post #15 of 26

EnKore has a really amazing video on makeup for asian lids/hooded lids: 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY9qjMbFAx4&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

 

I used his tips on my latest bridal client!

 

*Also Note there is a part 1 AND 2 to his vids...both are totally worth it!

post #16 of 26

that look unfortunately does not work on me :(


Edited by Bonnie Krupa - 8/21/11 at 10:29pm
post #17 of 26

nope... I don't have a hooded lid.  

post #18 of 26
Hehe your picture is cute! I have an olive complexion with yellow undertones. I find that everything but pastel yellow and some reds look really great with my skin tone. When I worked in retail cosmetics we were taught that anyone can where just about any color, but placement and shape is most important. I can't pull shadow way up beyond my crease without blending it out really well because my eyes aren't big enough to support the drama. Everything I do while applying my shadow is really focused on defining and widening my eyes. I think if you play around with basic looks you'll learn how best to work with your eyes in particular smile.gif Be confident! smile.gif
post #19 of 26

I'm Chinese and have very small lid space. I'm still trying to figure out how to do the eye makeup that's suitable for us Asian girls.

What I found helpful for me is to get your hands on some Asian beauty magazines, they have tons of makeup tutorials with all Asian models.

Also, check out YouTube 'gurus' that are Asian, for example, some of my favorites are:

 

xteeener

http://www.youtube.com/user/xteeener

 

iamgrape1119

http://www.youtube.com/user/iamgrape1119

 

frmheadtotoe

http://www.youtube.com/user/frmheadtotoe

 

hollyannaeree

http://www.youtube.com/user/hollyannaeree

post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by DJMM View Post

Hehe your picture is cute! I have an olive complexion with yellow undertones. I find that everything but pastel yellow and some reds look really great with my skin tone. When I worked in retail cosmetics we were taught that anyone can where just about any color, but placement and shape is most important. I can't pull shadow way up beyond my crease without blending it out really well because my eyes aren't big enough to support the drama. Everything I do while applying my shadow is really focused on defining and widening my eyes. I think if you play around with basic looks you'll learn how best to work with your eyes in particular smile.gif Be confident! smile.gif


>w<

 

My eyes are small as well...nicely shaped, but very small.  From experience, does wearing eyeliner on top and on the outer half of the bottom make your eyes looks smaller?

post #21 of 26

I'm asian with dark brown skin tone, and I love wearing purples, blues, greens, blacks and browns, golds... I never wear reds, I look weird in that color as well as a few other brighter colors out there... Sometimes i'll do it for fun but for the most part I try to stick to the darker colors... I don't have the normal asian eyes though... My eyes are rather large LOL...

post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by Paradoxismminnt View Post





>w<

 

My eyes are small as well...nicely shaped, but very small.  From experience, does wearing eyeliner on top and on the outer half of the bottom make your eyes looks smaller?


My eyes are actually pretty big for asian eyes but I still tend to only line the top.  I don't use mascara on my bottom lashes either.  When I do smokey eyes I do line my waterline but that's the only time.  Sometimes I'll line my waterline with a light nude color to widen them

 

post #23 of 26

 

This year we have seen red lips and smoky eyes, on red carpet, its mean that this type of combination is only for very special occasions. Bold eye is the most dramatic and classic eye makeup idea for fall 2011. In winter you can use Metallic colors for bold eye makeup. This year we have seen red lips and smoky eyes, on red carpet, its mean that this type of combination is only for very special occasions. If you know how to apply eye shadow correctly. Here, I answer this question and many more. So you have to be sure that the colors you use are blended carefully and properly. Smoky eyes makeup holds a prime importance to give you a glamorous look. Even the simplest eyes makeup can look smashingly wonderful if the eyes makeup application is proper and correct. Here are easy to follow simple 5 steps for eyes makeup application:


1. Apply concealer that matches your skin tone. Concealer hide your under eye circles. This will give you the smoothest, longest-lasting coverage.

2. For smokey eye makeup select dark colors like black, dark brown, gray and dark purple. Apply brownish or dark eye shadow on the ball of your eye and blend it well. While doing your eyes makeup, it is very important to choose the right colors for eyes makeup application according to your dress and party type.

3. If you want that your eyes look bigger or more wider then apply light golden color on the inner corners of eyes. To give a natural look to your eyes makeup, blend the colors well into each other.

4. Kohl is one of the best eyeliner that enhance the shape of your eyes. Apply eyeliner just above your upper lash line, making the line slightly thicker in the center.

5. The final eyes makeup application step is mascara. Apply lengthening mascara and black volume mascara at the bottom and upper lashes.

post #24 of 26

This is a very informative thread for Asians, thanks for starting one!

post #25 of 26

I do line my top and lower depending on my look, but if I really want to widen my eyes and not make them look kind of sultry I tend to tight-line instead of line the lash line. Or I line the lash line and completely blend it into the shadow. Kevyn Aucoin's looks are definitely somethingI would suggest you check out! He was a master at contouring and shading no matter the shape, size, color, or quirkiness! He has one technique where he tight-lines upper and lower, then lines upper lash line and smudges it out, then applies neutrals over it that fade out from the lash line. So pretty and effective for drawing the eyes in without making them look "heavy". If you ever want to pick up a great book get Making Faces!
 

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Originally Posted by Paradoxismminnt View Post





>w<

 

My eyes are small as well...nicely shaped, but very small.  From experience, does wearing eyeliner on top and on the outer half of the bottom make your eyes looks smaller?



 

post #26 of 26

I'm not sure about you, but my mum told me i look like i've been beaten up when I wear brown eye shadow.

 

I tend to stick to purple, vintage bronze, and sometimes a hint of blue.

 

line your eyes top and bottom lashline, apply your eyeshadow a little over the crease (so when you open your eyes you can still see a bit of it... it's tricky on asian eyes... so make sure you blend blend blend)

 

then work it on your lashes!

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