Asian Eye Makeup Beauty Trends
Today we will travel to the Far East to peek into the popular Asian beauty trends and makeup techniques used in the region. Asian women with their beautiful monolid eyes have unique makeup techniques to highlight their beauty. From the eyeliner styles to their eyebrow shapes, there are many ways for Asian women to do their makeup. If you have ever wondered which specific makeup tips are most commonly used all across Asia, read on as we will talk about some of the most popular beauty and makeup trends in this region. This article was contributed by guest blogger Amy Mia Goldsmith, an editor at High Style Life, with collaboration from Janine at A Beautiful Whim.
Aegyo Sal (Eye Smiles)
The perception of eye beauty and eye makeup is quite different in Asia and other parts of the world. While we tend to hide eye pooches, Korean women embrace them. Aegyo Sal (“eye smiles” or “cute skin”) is an Asian beauty trend for a good reason. It makes the eyes rounder and fuller. Aegyo Sal is not the same as eye bags. Aegyo Sal is located just below the lower lash line and it does not create a look of tired or old eye bags. Also, this makeup trick is easy to embrace and perform. Draw the outline of Aegyo Sal (see a more detailed tutorial here) with a brownish eye pencil, then use a soft highlighter to fill them in. Finally, blend all together.
Ulzzang (Innocent Look) and Puppy Eyes
The most popular of Asian beauty trends using eyeliner is the Ulzzang eyeliner style and the sweet puppy eyes look. Both looks create rounder and broader eyes. Having Aegyo Sal with these eyeliner makeup styles is a plus. The Ulzzang eyeliner style includes applying an eyeliner on the outer lash line, adding a little upward motion, and finally connecting it with a line on the outer corner of the bottom lash line. The puppy eyeliner is opposite to the Ulzzang eyeliner look. To achieve rounder, doll-like eyes with the puppy eyeliner, draw a thin line on the outer lash line, extend a bit on the outer corner on the eye and draw a downward flick.
Eye Shadow On Monolid Eyes
Asian women have found the perfect technique with eye makeup to enhance their monolid eyes. Applying a darker shade of eye shadow on the entire lid creates a dramatic look. In order to accentuate the eyes even more, a metallic white eye shadow can be applied on the brow bone. This is the bone felt just under the eyebrows and on the inner corners of your eyes. The gradient eye shadow looks pretty on both monolid and hooded eyes since it is a much more prominent look. This Asian beauty trend consists of applying the lightest shade on the entire lid and above the crease. A dark shadow is placed near the upper lash line and a medium shade above the darkest tone. All three shades are blended to achieve a dramatic and flattering look.
Asian Trending Eyelashes and Eyebrows
Straight eyebrows without the arch are trending in Korea. To achieve this, Korean ladies apply glue on the arch, add a touch of concealer, and fill the eyebrows in with a pencil. It really is that simple! When it comes to eyelashes, Asian women prefer applying mascara both on the upper and bottom lashes in order to create eyes that appear more broad. False eyelashes are commonly sold in Asia and also quite popular.
Cosmetic Tattoos and Permanent Eye Makeup
Cosmetic tattoos are a fast-growing trend in Korea. Since feeling in eyebrows is an essential aspect of Korean style makeup, the ease of a 3D eyebrow tattoo gained popularity very quick. Permanent eyeliner is also popular in this region. The result of the eye tattoos is a natural looking brow or line that is effortless to maintain and who isn’t looking to carve time out of their daily makeup routine? Here is a video of the tattoo being performed live on YouTube..
I hope you enjoyed reading about these Asian beauty trends. There are so many distinct makeup techniques Asian women use, we have only touched on a few but these are more popular and trendy. They should give you an idea of some of the differences in makeup application techniques used in the Asian region. As you can see, makeup styles differ significantly between the East and West. However, there are certain similarities, especially with eye makeup when you take a close look. Common eye shadow and eyeliner styles still look flattering both on Asian monolid eyes and the Western hooded eyes.
Perhaps, you are inspired to give them a try? The guest author consulted with a close Korean friend to get the scoop on the latest things women were trying as there is so much in this space to cover. A very special thank you to Amy Mia Goldsmith for contributing this article, her gorgeous photos selections, and unique points of view on a topic I think many of us are quite intrigued about.
About the author
Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Australian literature student who loves to read and has been writing since she was little. Her passion is beauty and makeup and she loves to spend her free time travelling and of course….makeup shopping! Amy is a regular contributor at High Style Life. You can contact Amy on her Facebook page.