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13 Asians On Identity And The Struggle Of Loving Their Eyes

When we talk about Asian eyes, we talk about slantedness, roundness, smooth monolids and deep eyelid folds. But what we’re also talking about is Westernization, beauty standards and self-acceptance.

To talk about Asian eyes is to have a unique lexicon. There are clinical terms ― like the epicanthal folds. There are secret tools and routines ― like eyelid tape. And there are hushed ways to talk about permanent changes — like “getting your eyelid surgery.”

For Asians and Asian-Americans, eyes are the literal portal through which we perceive beauty standards ― and they’re often the physical feature we use to measure ourselves against these benchmarks.

In America, there’s a history of Asian eyes, racism and disenfranchisement. Propaganda signs at the time of Japanese-American imprisonment during World War II or when the Chinese Exclusion Act was in force during the 19th and 20th centuries depicted characters with hyperbolized slanted eyes to dehumanize Asians. And these stereotypes persist today.

Asian-Americans who spoke to HuffPost expressed everything from dissatisfaction to ultimate acceptance of their eyes and appearance. Their feelings about Asian eyes were fraught with centuries-old, cross-continental beliefs about attractiveness. They described a confluence of factors informing how they see their eyes ― including a history of war, Westernization, an unforgiving media and unattainable beauty standards.

Below, hear from 13 Asian-American men and women about slants, folds, taunts and self-acceptance.

These interviews have been edited and condensed for clarity.

Cindy, 38, Korean-American, from Illinois

“Basically, all I wanted to do when I was younger was get old enough to get eyelid surgery, marry a white guy and change my last name immediately.”

“Because we’re Korean, my mother said when I was young, ‘You’ll get your eyelid surgery and your eyes will look bigger. ’ So I really got these comments from the person who would normally champion your beauty. It goes to show Westernized beauty is something Asians are very mindful of.

I don’t think this idea of Western beauty is necessarily in the forefront of people’s minds. It’s very institutionalized. Lighter skin and big eyes are coveted because that’s gone through generations of being the default — even if we don’t know the roots of why we want to look like that.

Basically, all I wanted to do when I was younger was get old enough to get eyelid surgery, marry a white guy and change my last name immediately. I would sleep with eye tape on every night, hopeful it would make my eyes get bigger. I’d wake up and be disappointed.

The way I look is now part of who I am. I wouldn’t change it. But I know I’m still affected by this, because when I look at my daughter, I do love that she’s half white and has fair skin and has creases in her eyelids. And I think, ‘Why do I feel this way?’ If she didn’t have them, it’s not something I would have ever talked to her about. I want to be a mother who celebrates their child. It’s more that my own insecurities are relieved in that she has fair skin and Western features.”

Sita, 34, Korean-American, from Indiana

“I just felt like people’s standard of beauty would be far from what I am … But part of this is history. We had this outlook that we had to Westernize or we’d face war.”

“I grew up in Korea but moved from Seoul to Indiana my sophomore year ― and you can imagine, I was the only Asian. White friends would say things like ‘Wow, you don’t have any eyelashes. Wow, they curl down.’ Once, a guy said to me in college that my best feature was my face, and I had a hard time believing it. I just felt like people’s standard of beauty would be far from what I am.

Some of what we feel about our looks has to do with how we were invaded by Japan, which was attached to Western ideals and culture. Korea had to let go of culture and traditions because they were held to it by a gun. Part of this is history. We had this outlook that we had to Westernize or we’d face war. So when we get made fun of, maybe it’s because we have been quiet — because we have had to be.

We’re also self-deprecating and can seem like we lack confidence. Asian people have inner strength, but it doesn’t always flourish as confidence. Our strength is very introverted. So basically, partially because of what had happened in the history of Korea, and partially because in Korea, confidence is a gained merit and not a given merit, it took me a long time to appreciate my own beauty. I was focusing on what I didn’t have rather than knowing what I have.”

Gloria, 23, Chinese-American, from California

“I used to use Scotch tape to make my eyes bigger. Then I said, ‘Hey, this is your face. This is how you look.’”

“Chinese people and a lot of Asians don’t love single eyelids. I have double eyelids. My eyes are really round and people would say, ‘I wish I had eyes like you. ’ But there are two sides to a coin, and my mom would say, ‘Your eyes aren’t big enough.’ People just see things differently. I totally validate any kind of feeling around it.

Asians tend to internalize a lot of things and not talk about the real issue. There’s no denying among the Asian community that we uphold white features. I used to use Scotch tape to make my eyes bigger. Then I said, ‘Hey, this is your face. This is how you look.’ I wouldn’t deny it could be related to this idea of white worship, which ultimately has to do with white supremacy.”

Joon, Korean-American, 21, from New Jersey

“I never thought much about my eyes until I started exploring my gender identity. When I started experimenting with makeup and watching YouTube tutorials, I rarely found any makeup gurus with monolids like mine.”

“I’m from Fort Lee, New Jersey, a town recognized for its robust Korean population. So growing up, I was never the only Asian person in my classroom. That being said, I was made aware of my Asian eyes every time I left the confines of my town. I specifically recall an incident where I was visiting family in Pittsburgh. A group of boys around my age pointed at my sister and me and stretched their eyes with their fingers to mimic ours. We shrugged it off though ― we had cuter style!

I never thought much about my eyes until I started exploring my gender identity. When I started experimenting with makeup and watching YouTube tutorials, I rarely found any makeup gurus with monolids like mine. Too often, we see European beauty models who have the perfect canvases for eyeshadow. Yet, the Eurocentrism of beauty standards has both undermined and exoticized Asian beauty for far too long.

Thus, as someone who used to feel so ugly in their Asian body, creating bold smoky eyes on my Asian monolids has empowered me in a way I’ve never thought imaginable. Plus, I think smoky eyes look dopest on Asian eyes.”

Tien, 23, Vietnamese-American, from Texas

“It all goes back to intersectional feminism and messaging to women that there are so many types of beauty and ways to be you.

“I used to wish I would wake up and have circular blue eyes and long eyelashes. I was the one Asian kid in my class and I felt a sense of self-hatred because I was different than what guys thought girls should be like. In middle school, a guy said ‘I think you’re cute, but your eyes are small.’ I think he was trying to say, ‘I think you’re cute, but you’re Asian and that’s different.’ He was white.

In college, I became more open to other viewpoints, and it helped how I saw myself. Being able to read more Asian people’s stories about how they saw themselves woke me up to feeling like I was beautiful.

It’s definitely been a growing process. People want large eyes, and that’s a result of imperialism and colonialism ― Western trends have touched us in many ways, but have also taken away from our own culture. When it comes to looks and acceptance, it all goes back to intersectional feminism and messaging to women that there are so many types of beauty and ways to be you.

Stephen, 49, Korean-American, from Pennsylvania

“It’s also amazing to me how one can tell Asians apart by their eyes.”

“I was pretty ambivalent about my eyes, except for as a teenager, when my mom or other relatives would call out that I was missing the eyelid fold that most Koreans have, or try to have. Those comments would always be when other adults and kids were also around, and thus a point of total awkwardness ― on top of the usual teen angst.

As a kid, it was pretty common for people, including total strangers, to use their hands to pull their eyes into tiny slits and shout insults like ‘Chink,’ ‘Hey, Bruce Lee,’ or anything in an absurd stereotypical Chinese accent.

I don’t think that much about my own eyes, though. I love staring into my wife and daughters’ eyes or even photos of their eyes. It’s also amazing to me how one can tell Asians apart by their eyes.”

Ji Sub, 24, Korean-Canadian, from Korea/Canada

“Guys can skim by without looking great. Women get more criticism for not being as light or having smaller eyes.”

“Yeah, I’ve been called a ‘Chink’ or told that my people eat dogs. When I got to the U.S., someone called me a yellow monkey. Having gone to school in Vancouver, they’re a little more conscientious because everyone’s culture is a bit more equal. Everyone has an immigration history that’s intertwined.

Growing up in an Asian household and being male, there’s a big difference in how males are perceived. Guys can skim by without looking great. Women get more criticism for not being as light or having smaller eyes. They have the weird pressure of getting your eyelids done.

I don’t think wanting to have bigger eyes is just a Western effect. Korean people like pretty-looking guys versus American macho guys. So it’s unfair to say Asians are copying Western culture. Maybe it’s about curiosity and fascination. There’s a sense of wanting to get away from what everyone is doing and what society thinks is normal. So maybe we want to try this different look, but it doesn’t mean we want to be like white people.”

Han, 33, Chinese-American, from New York

“People called us ‘Chinky eyes,’ and it was then that I really realized there are visual differences that define us.”

“Growing up, I went to school with all Asian people, but in junior high school and middle school, that’s when I felt like a minority. That’s when people pretty much identified me based on certain traits. People called us ‘Chinky eyes,’ and it was then that I really realized there are visual differences that define us. It made me feel a bit more self conscious about my appearance.

I also have two different eyelids. My optometrist asked if I wanted to fix it. If she had asked me way back then, in high school, maybe I would have considered it. But now I think, ‘That’s just me.’”

Julie, 47, Korean-American, from Pennsylvania

“My eyes are large by Korean standards, although now they are much smaller as my eyelids droop with age.

“I always liked my eyes, to be honest, because I grew up receiving lots of compliments from other Korean people about them. My eyes are large by Korean standards, although now they are much smaller as my eyelids droop with age.

When I started getting racist invective hurled at me in elementary school about being ‘Chinese,’ ‘Japanese’ or a ‘Chink,’ I was hurt but also confused. The kids making fun of me didn’t seem to be able to see that my eyes were not narrow and did not slant up at the corners ― as their mean faces on which they pulled back the outer corners of their eyes suggested.

And oddly, I actually envied my friends who had the narrower eyes with the hidden upper lid because their eyes seemed more beautiful and classically ‘Asian.’

To be honest, a lot of Korean people are obsessed with large eyes. I don’t think it’s necessarily a sign of internalized Western standards of beauty. They just really think big eyes are attractive, as people in many countries do, I suppose. When our second daughter was born, I was struck daily by the beauty of her eyes. They were hooded and narrow, but black and unbelievably bright and shiny. They were shaped like apple seeds or tiny fish. She’s a teenager now, and these days, the shape of her eyes reminds me of a drawing of a dove.”

Leo, 25, Chinese-American, from California

“It doesn’t help that fashion and beauty advertising outside of Asia still primarily features white models.”

“I grew up in East Los Angeles and honestly didn’t think much of my eyes, other than being my way to see. However, I do remember other Asian kids getting teased because of their narrow eyes. Other kids would pull their eyes back to the narrowest possible position and stick their tongues out at the Asian kids. I regrettably did not stand up for them, but in retrospect, I wish I did, because they were getting discriminated against for something they had absolutely no control over.

It doesn’t help that fashion and beauty advertising outside of Asia still primarily features white models. For instance, rarely do you ever see an ad that highlights an Asian person’s eyes, unless it’s for a product that will enhance how they look ― like longer lashes.”

Joyce, 36, Chinese-American, from Australia

“One thing I like about my eyes is that the dark pigments intensify the depth of my gaze.”

“I knew my eyes were different from quite a young age ― appearance, as well as where eyes will lead you. I remember being dragged to an optometrist at age 12. I had not complained about vision issues, but my parents just knew I would need glasses. Genetically, this is true.

One thing I like about my eyes is that the dark pigments intensify the depth of my gaze. Culturally, it is quite common to not look into the eyes of the person you’re having conversations with, so when you are gazing into an Asian person’s eyes, it really mean something.”

Phil, 24, Chinese-American, from Illinois

“Those who are considered more ‘conventionally attractive,’ meaning ‘conventionally Western,’ get further ahead.

“Thankfully, I don’t think I was bullied enough to really hate my eyes, or my Asian-ness in general, but I definitely felt a sense of [otherness]. That I was an outlier and my eyes were the first ‘giveaway’ that I couldn’t mask myself in whiteness.

I certainly embrace my eyes more so than I did when I was younger. I think some of that self-acceptance comes with age, and some of it comes from understanding that my appearance is tied to a larger sense of identity and a heritage I’ve grown to understand much more.

But still, many Asians strive for assimilation, and those who are considered more ‘conventionally attractive,’ meaning ‘conventionally Western,’ get further ahead, so can you really blame Julie Chen for getting double eyelid surgery or Chloe Bennet for removing Wang from her last name?

Embracing your eyes is tough and doesn’t happen overnight. Specifically as a Chinese-American male who also identifies as gay, being Asian has a lot of connotations when it comes to sex and dating that I continue to work through.

Paulina, 23, Taiwanese-American, from Oregon

“I used to draw myself with blonde hair and blue eyes! I wished I looked that way. It’s now easier to accept my differences, as people are becoming more celebratory of what makes us different.”

“When I was younger, I wanted to have blonde hair and blue eyes for a good deal of time. I used to draw myself with blonde hair and blue eyes! I wished I looked that way. It’s now easier to accept my differences, as people are becoming more celebratory of what makes us different.

I accept my eyes for how they are now, rather than spending time wishing they looked like someone else’s anymore ― and that feeling, at least, makes me feel like they are beautiful.”

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The Evolution of Looks and Expectations of Asian Eyelid and Eye Appearance


Since Mikamo developed the double blepharoplasty technique at the end of the 19th century, there has been significant developments in the idealized periorbital appearance of the Asian patient. Currently there are four potential vectors of change possible (upper, lower, medial, and lateral). South Korea is the only country that most often utilizes the change in all four vectors. There is additionally a stark contrast between Asia-based and Western-based approach to the Asian eyes. In Asia, outside of South Korea, many surgeries employ a combined vertical upward vector and a medial directional change, particularly for the young eyes. In Western-based approaches, Asian blepharoplasty remains at this time primarily an open incision, upward vector change.

Keywords: Asian blepharoplasty, lateral canthoplasty, double eyelid surgery, medial epicanthoplasty, epicanthus, Mongolian fold, aegyo-sal love band

The perception of beauty and attractiveness is one of varying likes and pleasures. Undoubtedly, the eyes represent a key defining factor of facial attractiveness. The quest for everlasting beauty hinges on the appearance of the eyes. Consider the renowned Joseon dynasty master painter Shin Yun-Bok’s Portrait of a Beauty in the early 19th century (). 1 The painting depicts the standard of traditional beauty in the Joseon era, a round face with a slightly ptotic eyelid without a double eyelid. Most Asians lack a double eyelid fold. Similarly, the ancient Chinese favored single-folded eyelids and almond-shaped eyes.2 However, today, large rounded eyes with double eyelids are the benchmark of beauty and attractiveness.

Shin Yun-bok’s 18th-century painting “Portrait of a Beauty.”1

The influence of Western culture on Asian countries has certainly altered the standard of beauty. Ironically, it is hard to believe that when Mikamo, Japan’s father of cosmetic surgery of the late 19th century, performed the first double eyelid procedure, it was on a patient who had never been to the West.3 Japan had remained in a 250-year period of isolation under Tokugawa sovereign rule that prohibited any exchange of people or ideas between Japan and the outside world. It was only when U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry breached Japanese borders in 1853 that Japan became exposed to Western culture.4

Mikamo, then trained in Western medicine, noted that the patient had only one natural eyelid. He went on to create the first known supratarsal crease in the upper eyelid in 1986.3 Although he is attributed as the father of “Westernizing” surgery, Mikamo argued that his intentions were to emulate the common unique Japanese aesthetic characterized by the double eyelid or futae mubuta.5 The use of the term “double eyelid” surgery is misleading because creation of a supratarsal crease does not actually yield another eyelid; it is simply a translation of the Korean term “ssang-cupul” (), from the Chinese character “ssang ,” which means “double” and the Korean character “cupul ,” which means “cover.”6

In his first publication on Asian blepharoplasty, Mikamo thoroughly detailed how three sutures were passed through the full thickness of the eyelid to include the tarsus. Each suture was placed approximately 3 mm apart, 6 to 8 mm superior to the lid margin, and removed after 4 to 6 days.7 Since Mikamo’s pioneering procedure, double eyelid surgery, or Asian blepharoplasty, has undergone significant evolution. It is now considered one of the most popular procedures of ethnic facial plastic surgery in Asia.8 At this time, the suture, nonicisional technique is used to keep the crease fold low, around the level of the tarsus.

It was not until Khoo Boo-Chai, a cosmetic surgeon from Singapore, that the modern type of Asian blepharoplasty was refined into its incisional technique.9 Ironically, it was the incisional approach that also allowed for a much higher placement of the crease. When the patient and/or surgeon elected to place the crease height at 10 to 12 mm, it often became problematic for Asian patients who then had incongruous Caucasian eyes. Today, eyelid blepharoplasty procedures are broadly categorized into two main procedures: external incisional techniques and nonincisional (suture ligation) techniques. 7 Approximately, one-half of the Asian population is born without an upper eyelid crease; therefore, double eyelid surgery is now popular among the Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Singapore population, as well as Asian Americans in the United States.10

Before discussing the various techniques employed in eyelid surgery, it is imperative to establish the basic anatomy of the Asian eyelid. A detailed description is provided in the chapter “Asian Eyelid: Relevant Anatomy” by Kiranantawat et al in this issue. The Asian eyelid often has excess fatty tissue, a narrow palpebral fissure, downward pointing eyelashes without a cutaneous insertion to the levator muscle, and the superior palpebral fold is absent ( and ). Epicanthal folds are present in about half the Asian population.11 These distinctive features sometimes project an impression of tiredness, maliciousness, or anger, which is another reason many patients seek enhancement.12

(A) Korean actress, Shinhye Hwang―1987 photograph. (B) Idealized Asian eye shape and features.

(A) Current concept of a bigger, brighter, more beautiful Asian eye. (B) Contemporary idealized Asian eye with medially tapered crease.

The Asian eye is defined by its eyelid. The eyes may be of any shape including round, narrow, almond, triangular, slant, prominent, or deep-set. The eyes can be a single eyelid, low/incomplete eyelid crease, and double eyelid.12 On average, the Asian adult palpebral fissure is 27.2 ± 1.2 mm wide and 8.5 ± 0.9 mm in height. The lateral canthus is positioned around 10 degrees higher than the medial canthus. In frontal view, Asians tend to have a taller, more-circular shaped orbit, whereas Caucasians tend to have a square-shaped orbit. In lateral view, Caucasians possess a more prominent superior rim and deeper lateral rim.101314

In the 1980s, an oval face featuring big eyes with distinct parallel double eyelids () became the paradigm of beauty. A Korean actress, Shinhye Hwang () is a typical example of that period. With the growth in the standard of living and culture, Asian people have since changed their concept of the beautiful eye to include not just Westernized double eyelids, but big and bright eyes with 1 to 2 mm of natural-looking tapered types of double fold ().15

Unfortunately, at times, certain features have left patients with an unpleasant or sleepy look (). This in turn paved the way for double eyelid surgery, where a fold on an upper eyelid was more aesthetically appeasing with a bright eyeball. Over the past 50 years, there have been drastic improvements in Mikamo’s index procedure. The external incision technique was first described by Maruo, who made an incision across the eyelid, 7 mm from the ciliary margin, and closed the incision from the conjunctiva to the superior tarsal border of the anterior skin edge to the tarsal plate.16 It is a technique with a longer-lasting outcome and is suitable for many single-eyelid patients; however, the longer recovery time, a possible unnatural appearance lasting for months, and visible scar formation are serious concerns.

Undesirable look, with a dull, sleepy, small appearance.

Despite the vast technical advancements, the principles and goals of enhancement surgery remain the same: a functional, natural-appearing eyelid fold that brings out the beauty of the Asian eye. Recent advances in the treatment of the medial canthus and subclinical ptosis have also improved functional and aesthetic outcomes of Asian blepharoplasty ().8

Medial epicanthoplasty and subclinical ptosis correction through an Asian blepharoplasty.

In an effort to obtain and maintain modern beauty, various techniques have emerged that include, but are not limited to vertical upper vector lengthening, vertical lower vector lengthening, medial lengthening, and lateral lengthening.

Asian Eyelid Surgical Techniques

Vertical Upper Vector Lengthening

Upper eyelid ptosis is a drooping of the upper eyelid margin in relation to the superior limbus. This problem can have significant functional and aesthetic implications. Ptosis is defined as an abnormal low-lying upper eyelid margin with the eye in primary gaze.17 The normal adult upper lid lies 1.5 mm below the superior corneal limbus and is highest just nasal to the pupil. A variety of procedures have been developed to correct ptosis. Raising the upper eyelid margin is not without its functional and cosmetic implications. Functionally, elevating the eyelid margin above the pupillary axis improves the superior visual field. From a cosmetic standpoint, it achieves a smooth curvature of the eyelid margin, offers symmetry in eyelid margin height, and symmetry in the soft tissues of the eyelid and eyebrow—particularly the amount of tarsal platform showing.18

Stretching or dehiscence of the levator aponeurosis is the principle etiology behind acquired ptosis. When levator function is adequate, ptosis surgery is designed to shorten the elongated levator aponeurosis, restoring normal length relative to the levator muscle and the tarsus. 19 Anterior approaches to the levator using a blepharoplasty-type incision allow resection of a portion of the levator aponeurosis and tightening. Novel improvements have yielded adjustable suture plication techniques used solely or in conjunction with aesthetic blepharoplasty.20 A standard upper blepharoplasty incision with conservative skin excision is used to obtain exposure; however, a limited incision (<1 cm) technique can also be employed with exceptional results.

Vertical Lower Vector Lengthening

Despite double-eyelid plasty, levator aponeurotic surgery, eyebrow lifting, epicanthoplasty, and lateral canthoplasty, some East Asian patients are often dissatisfied with their outcomes and request further surgery; they desire less of a small, slanted look and a more refreshed, open, larger vertical palpebral aperture, particularly in the lateral half.21 Often, this dissatisfaction is caused by lower eyelid descent with aging or as an unwanted complication after blepharoplasty—an increased scleral show and widened palpebral fissure revealing more of the roundedness of the eye. In an effort to mimic this effect, vertical lower vector lengthening is now an accepted modality of treatment of the Asian eye, allowing a vertical increase of the palpebral aperture. This is usually accompanied with the favorable migration of the lateral canthus medially, making the palpebral fissure rounder.13

The up-slanting appearance of the palpebral aperture in Asians is frequently derived not from the anatomically positive canthal tilt, but from combined effects of the epicanthus and the up-slanting lateral half of the lower eyelid margin. Lower eyelid surgery aims to correct palpebral asymmetry and can easily be accomplished with the described procedures.13

It is imperative to assess lower eyelid tone and for protrusion of the eyeballs ahead of lowering the eyelid to avoid postoperative complications such as inferior scleral show or ectropion. The procedure is indicated mainly for a vertically narrow palpebral aperture or an up-slanting appearance. 13

The lower-eyelid lowering procedure is routinely performed concurrently through both the transcutaneous and transconjunctival approaches under local anesthesia (1% lidocaine with 1:100,000 epinephrine). A step-by-step sagittal-section schema and anterior view photographs of the lowering the lower eyelid procedure are shown in
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Sagittal-section schema of the lowering the lower eyelid procedure. (A) Subciliary skin (anterior lamella) is removed. (B) Posterior lamella shortening is performed by suturing the lower eyelid retractors to the inferior edge of the tarsal plate. (C) The lower eyelid margin is inferiorly repositioned by shortening the anterior and posterior lamella.13

Step-by-step anterior views of the lowering the lower eyelid procedure. (A) Preoperative design for skin removal. (B) The anterior lamella (eyelid skin) was removed. (C) The palpebral conjunctiva was incised and dissected inferiorly. (D) A 5–0 polydioxanone suture was passed through the lower eyelid retractor. (E) The polydioxanone suture was then passed through the inferior edge of the tarsus as well. (F) The posterior lamella was shortened by tying the suture. (G) Three tucking stitches were placed. (H) The subciliary skin defect was finally closed with 7–0 black nylon.13

Before and after of lower eyelid lowering procedure. The white arrows indicate area of lowering. Note the larger vertical dimension of the postoperative palpebral fissure.

Preoperative designing of the skin excision is performed while the patient is recumbent with eyes open and the lower eyelid skin under downward tension. A subciliary incision is made 2 mm inferior to the ciliary margin, and the skin excision is planned according to each patient’s condition and preference; the excised skin is usually 4 to 6 mm in vertical maximum width at approximately half the distance between the lateral limbus of the cornea and lateral canthus.

The incision is made according to each patient’s condition (e.g., medially from a point at approximately half the distance between the medial canthus and medial limbus of the cornea, and laterally to the lateral canthus. The skin incision is made with preservation of the orbicularis oculi muscle intact. Hemostasis is then sought.

A protective contact lens is then applied to protect the cornea and eyeball, and the lower eyelid is everted by pulling a traction suture placed at the eyelid margin. After a conjunctival incision is made just below the inferior border of the tarsal plate, dissection is extended inferiorly by approximately 8 mm. The posterior lamella is shortened; the degree of shortening is usually decided as the excised margins of the anterior lamella are just overlapped. The lower eyelid retractor is sutured to the inferior edge of the tarsal plate with three stitches using a 5–0 polydioxanone suture.13

Then, the skin is closed with a 7–0 black nylon suture and the patient is sat recumbent once again for checking the positional appearance. If asymmetry, overcorrection, undercorrection, or entropion is noted, it is corrected immediately by adjusting the posterior lamella shortening through the transconjunctival approach. Too much ectropion or entropion induced by too tight or too loose a fixation must be properly controlled during the surgery. The lower edge of the cornea should contact the ciliary margin. In addition, a love bulge can be acquired due to the shortening effect of the posterior lamella ( and ).13

Medial Lengthening

Anatomically, the medial epicanthal fold is a semilunar fold of skin that runs downward from the upper eyelid at the side of the nose with its concavity directed to the inner canthus. These epicanthal folds result in a round-looking inner eye and make the palpebral fissure narrower.22 This unique medial epicanthal fold leads many Asians to seek cosmetic improvement by epicanthoplasty, which can be performed in conjunction with the blepharoplasty or separately. Multiple variations exist on the tension-relieving techniques using Z- or W-plasty techniques. Recently, minimal scar techniques have come to the forefront, including the skin redraping technique.23 A detailed description and discussion of medial epicanthoplasty is provided in this issue by Dr. Kwon in the article “Reconstruction of the Epicanthus: Evolution of the Eyelid and the Developmental Concept of Asian Blepharoplasty.”

During dissection, there are two important points to be considered. First, for the dissection plane of the skin flap, intramuscular dissection is safer than raising a subdermal flap, which can cause postoperative contracture and pigmentation. Second, procedures manipulating the preseptal muscles should be just myotomy of medial raphe, not removal. The excessive area of skin flap is trimmed and the subciliary incision is closed. The dog-ear on the supratarsal fold line is also removed and sutured. There are three points to be mindful of during this process. First, the key suture should be placed at the exact point of the new medial epicanthus with #6–0 nylon sutures. Second, excessive skin removal should be minimized. Third, skin closure has to be undergone without tension, and additional sutures for repairing the inner layer are not needed.24

When an epicanthoplasty is excessively performed, there can be multiple unwanted results: eyes can look closer together, the inner mucosa and lacrimal lake can be exposed, facial expression can be aggressive, eyes can look sunken, or there can be added scars on the medial epicanthal area. In such patients, surgery to restore the exposed part is required, but no clear restoration surgery has yet been reported. The reverse skin redraping technique is now being used to aid in correction.25

Lateral Lengthening

Asian lateral canthoplasty is one of the plastic surgeries performed in young Asian women who desire their eyes to appear larger and more revealing. In a select few patients, a medial epicanthoplasty falls short of obtaining a bigger, wider look. The lateral canthoplasty is quickly becoming a popularized option to obtain a wider interpalpebral fissure (). The procedure is often used in elderly patients to reconstruct weakened lateral canthal tendon now lacking support due to gravitational or other mechanical factors. It is also used in cases of horizontal eyelid laxity, entropion, ectropion, lateral canthal dystopia, and aesthetic rejuvenation. The procedure can be combined with double-fold blepharoplasty and epicanthoplasty to widen the fissure.2627

Schema of lateral canthoplasty procedure.26

The procedure is ideally suited for patients with narrow interpalpebral fissures, patients who do not achieve improvement after epicanthoplasty. It is also ideal for patients with a narrow intercanthal distance who are poor candidates for epicanthoplasty. In addition, it is being advertised for patients with fierce, feline-like eyes or those who appear to be cross-eyed due to less scleral show (). 26

(A, B) Patients with lateral canthoplasty. (Left) Preoperative. (Right) Postoperative.

A lateral canthoplasty of the Asian eyelid involves a 5-mm-sized horizontal incision at the lateral canthus and upper eyelid crus flap formation. The proximal part of the flap contains the upper eyelid margin and the palpebral conjunctiva without the upper eyelashes, whereas the tip of the flap contains the upper eyelid skin only. The upper crus flap is 2 to 3 mm in length, and the posterior deepening of the palpebral conjunctiva is performed by transverse back-cutting (). The upper crus flap is transposed with sliding laterally, and the tip of the flap is transposed to the new lateral canthus, which is located 5 mm away from the original lateral canthus.27

In the majority of Asian patients, a medial epicanthoplasty suffices in making the eyes look softer without giving away the operated look, thereby avoiding a strong sharp impression and widening the interpalpebral fissure (). In these patients, an Asian lateral canthoplasty is considered less effective and may result in inadvertent effects. Certain patients who undergo a lateral canthoplasty may suffer from misalignment of the mucocutaneous junction at the lateral canthus, asymmetry, displeasing contours, and conjunctival exposure. In addition, recent reports of lacrimal gland fistulas have emerged.262728

It should be noted that the lateral canthal lengthening procedure and the lower vertical vector enlargement are procedures that at this point are often applied almost exclusively in South Korea. In other parts of Asia and with other Asian patients on other continents, these are rather rare procedures, often with complications of canthal dehiscence and ectropion. They should be approached with caution, and an awareness of the relevant anatomy and function, as well the potential proportional change resulting from the procedures with the rest of the facial proportions.

Aegyo-sal: Lower Eyelid Love Band

In South Korea, and to follow in Taiwan, there has been a rising trend lately of surgically enhancing the lower eyelid just below the lash line mimicking the conventional occidental orbicularis roll and yielding a fuller eyelid when smiling. In Korea, this term is known as “aegyo-sal” beautiful/cute/winsome skin or flesh in keeping with a newborn’s lower eyelid fullness. It is imperative to differentiate aegyo-sal from conventional eye bags that denote weariness and fatigue.29

These “love bands” lie directly under the eyelashes, whereas eye bags are limited to the tear troughs and lie beneath the eyelids. It is thought that aegyo-sal adds a more angelic appeal to the eyes by adding to their apparent innocence ().

Lower eyelid love band (aegyo-sal), in this case accentuated with acellular dermal matrix.

There are various ways to create potential aegyo-sal: temporary versus permanent. In the former, a dermal filler or autologous fat transfer can be employed. These can be done alone or in combination with blepharoplasty. The filler can be injected medially, centrally, and laterally; then fine touches are made using a cotton-tip applicator to even the injection and enhance projection.

The most popular hyaluronic acid dermal fillers used include Restylane (Galderma, Lausanne, Switzerland) or Juvéderm (Allergan, Parsippany, NJ). A longer lasting alternative to dermal fillers includes autologous fat transfer. Both procedures warrant potential revisits for added enhancement. With fat transfer, some patients complain of uneven lumpiness if not done expertly or often a lack of enough desired projection.

When considering a love band procedure, many Asian patients favor a more permanent and consistent technique. Banked acellular dermal matrix (ADM) was originally approved and marketed in 1994 for burn victims, periodontal surgery, and reconstructive surgery. Since that time, ADM has been employed in a wide array of uses from nasal reconstruction, gingival grafts, hernia repairs, and more recently lip augmentation. When seeking a more permanent love band procedure, a 0.5-cm flat strip of ADM is inserted and secured into place via a small incision of 2 to 3 mm in the area below the eyes. The ADM acts as a scaffold or matrix for native cell growth promoting a youthful fullness ().29

(A, B) Patients who underwent a lower eyelid accentuation procedure, aegyo-sal. (Left) Preoperative. (Right) Postoperative.


Currently in Western nations, particularly in the United States, there is still a perception of Asian blepharoplasty as primarily an upward vertical vector procedure only, with the creation of a double crease, as if this double crease formation would automatically enlarge the eye appearance in reality. There is still some discussion of how high to fix the crease: Is it a magical 6 mm, 7 mm, 8 mm, or an even higher millimeter that would create that nice, perfect “Asian” eyelid look? This is the wrong variable on which to focus, as this approach would turn the double crease formation into a “platform” for makeup application. The appearance without makeup is often unnatural, or at least, older. This approach forces some patients into a daily life of makeup application, particularly darker color makeup, to (1) give the illusion and not the reality of larger eyes, and (2) trap the surgeon into thinking that the higher the crease the better. Additionally, there are at times too aggressive a debulking of the underlying upper eyelid tissues in the older age group who have had an Asian blepharoplasty, with the mistaken intention of creating a high double crease that is actually the excavated upper orbital rim, and not a real crease by definition. This rather high crease in effect alters and deteriorates the palpebral aperture–eyelid–brow relationship, and even further, the horizontal mid-third and lower-third relationships that have some impact on gender appearance. A last component in the double crease formation in Western countries is the overwhelming selection of the open incision to create the crease, regardless of the patient age range. It is only through this approach that a high, and sometimes excessively high crease can be created.

In Western countries, there is some concern about performing a medial epicanthoplasty, as this is claimed to “de-ethnicize” the Asian look. This is understandable in light of the concern for political correctness, and the past social/political history of some other ethnicities (e. g., African American) with the mainstream majority Anglo-Saxon population. Additionally, there is concern about the scar appearance of the epicanthoplasty. These are the two reasons touted as why an epicanthoplasty should not be done most of the time, if at all for Asians. One problem with this line of reasoning is that the techniques have been borrowed more from the legacy concept of pediatric Caucasian epicanthoplasty, and the epicanthal fold correction has been too aggressive in continuing or creating the medial parallel crease. In these cases, there tends to be a worse scar appearance. Interestingly enough, there has been little if no emphasis or focus on changing one or more of the four vectors of Asian blepharoplasty as a way to better harmonize the proportions of the eyes in both the vertical and horizontal directions with the rest of the facial proportions.

For plastic surgeons in most Asian countries, contemporary Asian blepharoplasty consists of (1) an upward vertical vector change (i. e., a modest double crease with an intentional increase in the vertical palpebral aperture performed through the incision or nonincision method), and (2) a medial vector modification (i.e., medial epicanthoplasty) to soften the appearance of the epicanthal fold. These two procedures are often performed concurrently. This powerful combination in the past 8 to 10 years has advanced Asian double eyelid surgery to result in a much more refined and natural look. The lower height of upper eyelid crease appearance has been preferred by patients in the more modernized Asian countries, particularly among the younger generation. The focus is more on enlarging the actual palpebral aperture, and less on making the crease much higher. The younger generation prefers the nonincisional approach to the double eyelid crease. This approach cannot force the crease to a point much higher than the native tarsal level. Less commonly, the lateral canthal lengthening and vertical downward change are used, primarily in South Korea, and much less so, if at all elsewhere. The lower eyelid pretarsal volume accentuation has been a primary focus in Korea with recent signs of adoption and exploration in Taiwan. It is currently thought that the aegyo-sal love bands would add to the overall appearance of youthfulness and innocence and to the illusion of a larger eye aperture. This is a 180-degree change from the 1970 to 1990s when Korean patients sought out procedures to debulk the pretarsal fullness of the lower eyelid. Time will tell if the trend of lateral canthal lengthening, vertical downward change, and aegyo-sal love bands will be more widely adopted or if this is a more transient trend.

The changes resulting from these maneuvers are significant for the following reasons:

  1. Asian eyelid surgery is now focused on natural Asian appearance enhancement, not Caucasian imitation. In the past, it can be argued that the Caucasian look, and even technical approach, has been adopted with some rather disastrous incongruous facial results and with variable de-ethnicization of the Asian appearance.

  2. Asian eyelid surgery now, along with Asian rhinoplasty, often take into account the potential changes to improve the harmony of the facial proportions.

Your Eyes Are Beautiful, Fox Eye Trend or Not

Earlier this year, almost every MUA was sporting the “fox eye” — a makeup look meant to mimic the look of “fox-like,” almond-shaped eyes. Although popularized by supermodels and celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Megan Fox, the trend has received some serious side-eye from the Asian American community. Almond-shaped eyes are the natural eye shape of many people of Asian descent — the type of eyes that are constantly the subject of ridicule, bullying and racial slurs. Rapper Cardi B made headlines when she described her daughter with the racial slur that almost every Asian child fears being called — “ch*nky.” Fox eye posts have over 63.7 million views on TikTok and 61,500 on Instagram. It’s garnered a mixed response online with either loving it or hating it. Which leaves us with the age-old question: is this racist?

Although the fox eye trend may not be a deliberate appropriation or attack on Asians, it would be irresponsible to deny how it overlooks the discrimination that Asians experience for having those eyes naturally. It is ignorant of the trauma, internalized racism and self-esteem issues that Asian Americans face from having their ethnic features ridiculed while traditional media glorifies Eurocentric beauty ideals. When seen on a White influencer, the fox eye is seen as “beautiful” and “trendy,” but for Asian women who have that shape naturally, it is a cause of “othering” and a sign of “foreignness.” The women online pulling on their temples to show off their foxy makeup may not be doing so in a bid to insult Asians, but they are disregarding the thousands of racial abusers who did.

Our Trauma Shouldn’t Be Your Trend

Bullies, attackers and racists alike always seem to have itchy trigger fingers for  “the slant-eye gesture” and then claim it was innocuous when being called out for their behavior.

Top left: Korean Twitch streamer being harassed by a stranger on livestream, Bottom left: A Brooklyn man is being told, “You yellow b*tches shouldn’t be here, this is my country”, Top right: An Instagram model mocks BLACKPINK, Bottom right: Soccer player Edwin Cardona taunts South Korean opponents

Asian eyes have been historically branded to seem “undesirable” by Western society. Blepharoplasty or double eyelid surgery is the number one plastic surgery procedure in Asia. Aside from “beauty” purposes, Asian women have felt pressured to alter the natural shape of their eyes in order to assimilate. According to the Korea Herald, American medical text referred to eyes without the palpebral fold as “slanted” and the “mark of inscrutability and deviance.” Those who decided to get eyelid surgery were seen to be “good” and “trustworthy.” In the 1950s, American soldiers brought back Asian brides from overseas with the War Brides Act. The wives felt compelled to surgically alter their eyes to appear less racially threatening and to provide a “traditional American” life for their family.

Many young people have come to express how the fox eye makeup look as an insult to injury.

“‘I have been called names like ch*nky and been told to ‘open my eyes’, and the eye stretching pose has been used too often to mock my eyes,” TikToker Eelyse Ship told the Tab.

“I think the makeup look can be gorgeous but it is literally the same girls who pulled their eyes back in a mocking manner and bullied me at school who are now doing this trend. It’s not right and it’s not theirs to have.”

MUAs showing off their eye makeup. Top left: makeupby_ainyy, Top right: duyguyazicim, Bottom left: melodynafarii, Bottom right: martincantos

In the sea of 71.1 million views on TikTok, many young Asian TikTokers and allies have come to make videos against the trend. They have expressed that the look “brings back a lot of bullying” and “I hope people can see why I feel uncomfortable.

@edwardzoPpl getting❤️4 the exact thing minorities r made fun of 4 is y it *IS* that DeEP ##asian ##foxeye ##foxeyechallenge ##racism ##culturalappropriation ##fyp♬ original sound – lleiiz

@pay4mytuitionI really do not like the ##foxeye ##foxeyechallenge ##fyp ##foryou ##korea I hope people see why I feel so uncomfortable with ppl doing this look♬ b turn to my fans – zoeforza

@serotonin.21##fight the ##foxeye ##fox ##foxeyechallenge ##foxeyetrend PLEASE. It’s ##racist and brings back a lot of bullying and is DOWNRIGHT IGNORANT. ##pocunity ##aa♬ original sound – serotonin.21

It Also Looks Like Yellowface

Something quite unsettling about the fox eye look is how similar it looks like White actors doing yellowface in classic Hollywood films.

whites making their eyes look like this is literally yellowface! this is katharine hepburn (a White Woman) in the movie dragon seed where she plays an east asian. this isn’t some new trend, this is something that has been used to mocked east asians for decades. pic.twitter.com/CZKKkf5k2N

— elaine (@satellitevinyl) July 25, 2020

Instead of hiring Asian people to play Asian roles, some Hollywood films cast White actors with controversial makeup to create caricatures of Asian people. They exaggerated the sharpness of the eyes and eyebrows and even used makeup to mimic an upturned shape or monolids. Similarly, the fox eye look heavily relies on elongating the eyes, creating a narrower shape. The resemblance between yellowface and the fox eye is a bit haunting.

Your Eyes Have Always Been Beautiful, Trend or Not

Image via Getty

When people are celebrating something that they’ve stolen from you, it can be hard to turn the other cheek and accept the oh-so hypocritical “it’s flattery” compliment. And let’s face it. It’s not. You have every right to be upset.

These fox eye enthusiasts on the internet didn’t come to your rescue when you were an insecure high schooler and another girl pulled their eyes back and called you a ch*nk in front of your classmates.

These makeup artists can wipe off their eyes at the end of the day, but you can’t. They are a part of you.

It can be hard to believe this, to unlearn the discrimination that you’ve faced, but your eyes are beautiful. They have always been beautiful. Your features aren’t a temporary trend. Your features have been weaponized against you, to make you feel small so that your oppressors can stay in power. The same people who laughed at your eyes, clothing, and food, can be found the next day with a full face of fox eye, slurping boba milk tea, and sporting a mandarin collar top from a fast-fashion site that sold it as “the Shanghai.” There is no validity in the words of your attackers. They hide behind a veil of power that’s been handed to them.

Let’s pull off that veil. Let’s deconstruct the beauty standards that demonize ethnic features while glorifying Western ones.

Am I asking for the fox eye trend to be “canceled”? Not exactly.

I’m asking my non-Asian allies to learn why the trend is harmful to your Asian sisters and brothers. Celebrate the almond shape eye always, not just when a popular TikToker has recreated it. And whatever you do, do not pull your eyes back to show off your makeup.

To my Asian girls, women, men, folx: You have been, are, and will always be beautiful.

Feature Image via pay4mytuition (right), edwardzo (left)

The Fox Eye Trend Is Just Cultural Appropriation of Asian Features

“Growing up, I was a bit insecure about my eyes. I had wished they were rounder, less almond because people would make fun of Asian eyes. It’s upsetting, but sadly not surprising that the same look used by non-Asians to insult Asians for their eye shape is now being used for aesthetic purposes,” says Jordan.

Jordan is not the first — or last — to decry the fox eye trend. It is not accidental that mainstream beauty standards would, yet again, steal select features from another culture, when that very same feature has been weaponized against its origin community in the past. In this past decade, celebrities and influencers have specifically lifted Black features, appropriating them into the new beauty standard while continuing to disregard the actual lives of Black folks.

The most popular example of cultural appropriation in beauty is perhaps the Kardashians family, who are infamously known for being “culture vultures” with their extreme tans that borderline Blackfishing more often than not to surgically enhance their bodies to be more voluminous to cornrows, the list goes on and on. The idea that Asianness could be co-opted for an aesthetic is an outrageous one, but not a new one.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American community has been targeted at large. Terms like the ‘Chinese Virus’ (perpetuated by the President himself) have added to the false narrative that people of Chinese descent (or those of any Asian heritage) are responsible for the illness that’s taken so many lives. In that regard, racism is open and clear. But in other instances, such as the fox eye, it’s a little bit more insidious.

Issa Okamoto, who is of mixed Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese descent, was one of the many people to call out the fox eye trend. On an Instagram post, she wrote, “‘Can you even see the sun?” “Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees, look at these!”’ My eyes are not your beauty trend.” Her post calls out specific influencers who did the signature fox eye trend pose: fingers pulling back at the temple to exaggerate the slanted look. The post included people like Emma Chamberlain, Dixie D’Amelio, and Daisy Keech.

To Teen Vogue, Okamoto said, “My hope is that calling out this trend keeps to spread awareness, encourage learning, and acknowledge pain. Especially in this time of national racial reckoning, people are more open to acknowledging racial aggressions across races and geographic boundaries don’t have to let subtle racism like this slide anymore.”

The poor timing — and concept — of the fox eye trend comes at a time when national discourse around racism is at an all-time high. As individuals and brands alike are confronted with their own biases and privileges, it’s best to retire any and all beauty trends that stem from any sort of cultural appropriation.

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Westernized Beauty Standards and Asian Identity 

When I set forth to write something on Westernized beauty standards and Asian identity, my ideas kept circling back to the one topic I was the most hesitant to write about. For myriads of reasons, that topic is a complex issue. It has defined my life in deep-rooted ways. It has a multifaceted history in the world, as well as in my own life. It has always been my greatest source of self-consciousness, self-loathing, and self-awareness.

The monolid. Scientifically, they are called epicanthic folds. It means that a skin fold of the upper eyelid covers the medial canthus, or inner corner, of the eye. Colloquially, they are called “Asian eyes,” because they are predominantly associated with Asian features, despite the fact that they are found on people from all different types of ethnic backgrounds and that only about half of all (East) Asian people have them.

I am one of these people. This is not a story that ends in complete self-acceptance — at least, not yet. This story does not go, “Once upon a time, I hated this part of my body, but now I have come to realize that it is part of what makes me beautiful.” No.

I want to be completely real with you here. Most of the time, I think I’m pretty damned beautiful, although my physical appearance is not usually my main concern. (Let me tell you about my intellectual insecurities and emotional shortcomings another time, ha!) However, this one aspect of my exterior — my eyes — still continues to fuel my denigration of myself. They are phenotypic characteristics that are easily racialized.

These eyes are the most evident marker of my ethnic background. I would say “genetic,” but both of my parents, and three of my four grandparents, have double eyelids. Luck of the draw, I suppose? My eyes are the main reason I am othered, exoticized, and marginalized.

They are the reason I’ve had slurs thrown at me since the first grade.

They are the reason people, no matter where I am, always ask me where I am from.

They are the reason that everything about me demands an explanation — my American accent, my white-passing partner, my college degree in English Literature and Creative Writing.

They are the most likely reason why I am shouted at on the street.

They are the most likely reason why sleazy men in bars expect meekness from me, as well as why colleagues and superiors in professional settings expect meekness from me.

It still strikes an aching chord in my heart every time some ignorant person pulls their eyes back into slants in front of me. Sometimes it comes from malicious folk who intend to offend. Most often these folk are people from my own culture — Americans. Sometimes, it comes from people who simply don’t know better. After all, I am an East Asian person who is living and working in a country where the only East Asian people are once-in-a-blue-moon tourists and actors in Kung Fu movies. Even so, the intention is only part of the equation.

Listen, well-meaning people. Your commentary on my eyes is not necessary. (Really, ask yourself if your commentary on anyone else’s body is necessary and compassionate. If not, then shush.) And pro-tip to all: prefacing your commentary with “I don’t mean to be offensive” is not actually a functional disclaimer.

“Well-meaning” people have asked me if I can see as well as “normal” people. They have tried to argue with me that the act of pulling one’s eyes back to talk about Asian people is not actually offensive because it’s “true.”

In these circumstances, I have always stood my ground and answered as empathetically as I could. I have used linear logic, steeped in academic terminology and a socio-political lexicon. I have drawn on the language of social justice that I know so well. I have explained the history behind specific acts of racism — cited sources, quoted thinkers, and referenced texts. Yet, I have never, until now, admitted this: these things simply make me feel either ugly or exoticized.

I don’t want to have an objective discussion on this subject. There are many great sources that you can easily access via the Internet. I don’t want to write an article coming down on either side of double eyelid surgery: do Asian women get it because they want to look like white women or do they get it because they want to look like more beautiful Asian women?

Human actions and motivations are more complex than binary categories can ever allow. I don’t even want to write about the everyday implications that my eyes are not beautiful — from “makeup tips” to media representation.

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I want to talk about the idea that self-love is complicated and challenging. I want to talk about how, despite the fact that I champion self-love in my work and writing, the reality of it is arduous. Self-love is not some glorious space of unending enlightenment. It is not a place you reach upon pure reflection and will. It is tiring and hard. It is valuing yourself even when others do not.

Let me tell you — it is thriving even when you feel the world pushing you down. It is greeting a student with a smile and a kind explanation, even after they’ve addressed you with a rude gesture. It is summoning the arenas in life in which you are strong and mighty even when men in the café whisper crude references to Vietnam War movies. It is confronting the fact that no matter how much I understand objectively about the oppression of beauty standards, there will be times when I will inevitably feel hideous and foreign.

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Remember when I said that this story would not end in happily-ever-after self-acceptance? Well, it still won’t, but it will end with a revelation. Self-love is a lifelong journey. It takes constant work. I might not ever feel secure in myself the way I want to, but as long as I remember this, I can keep fighting the fight.

Listen: any self-consciousness, self-loathing, or self-awareness that seems to come from a body part does not actually come from that body part. It comes from society’s Eurocentric beauty standards that, in turn, come from a long and deep history of white supremacy, misogyny, colonialism, and imperialism.

My eyelids are not the source of my shame and fear; all of these systemic issues are. I am not a couple of creases away from self-love. However much I lament the way the world sees how I see, I know that the solution is not so simple. The story has not ended yet. I will spend the rest of my life struggling with and learning about beauty and identity.

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Eye Makeup Tips For 14 Different Types of Asian Eyes

As you must have read in my last post about crease and contour eyeshadow differences between Asians and Caucasians, typical eye type charts and tutorials that conveniently lump all types of Asian eyes into one simply do not work. There are specific makeup techniques for Asians.

I will share in this post how to apply makeup on the different types of Asian eyes. Of course the Asian eye is not limited to just these 14 types, but these are the most commonly seen ones.

As per my disclaimer in my previous post, by ‘Asian’ I refer more specifically to East and Southeast Asians as Western Asians (Middle East) and Southern Asians (Pakistan, India, etc) have anatomical traits more similar to those of Westerners.

Super General Eye Makeup Guidelines

  • Apply light eyeshadow across the eyelid

Step 2:

  • Use a medium to dark eyeshadow shade on the contour area instead of the crease and blend in towards the inner corner of the eye, stopping at no more than 1/3 from the outer lid.
  • Some people will tell you to place it on the crease, but I already mentioned in my post on crease and contour difference between Asian eyes and Caucasians eyes that, for Asians, the crease and contour area are not the same. You can read my post on where to apply contour shade on the Asian eye.

Step 3:

  • Sweep a lighter shadow on the brow bone and on the inner corner of the eye

Step 4:

Step 5:

  • Apply mascara on top and bottom lashes

However every eye type requires some tweaking to the Super General Guidelines – a little more contour or a little less, a thicker eyeliner or a thinner one, black eyeliner on the lower waterline or a white one.

So read on for more eye makeup tips for your eye type!

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Ideal’ or ‘Perfect’ Eyes

Definition: Evenly spaced almond-shaped eyes. Evenly spaced eyes means that the average space between two eyes is the width of an eye

Makeup Tips: While I don’t agree with calling them ‘perfect’ since everybody’s idea of the perfect eye is different, almond-shaped eyes are the most common type of eye. They are proportionately sized to the rest of the facial features and have a slight upward lift at the outer corner of the eyes to suggest a more youthful looking appearance. Almond-shaped eyes are very versatile to many kinds of makeup looks. So if you have them, dare to experiment with funky colors, deeper colors, different eyeshadow placements, and thicker eyeliner progressing outwards to intensify the eyes!

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Close-set Eyes

Definition: Close-set eyes usually have less than an eye width space in between

Makeup Tips: To create the illusion of a wider gap between the eyes, keep more intense eyeshadow colors at the far corners of the eyes. Do not place dark eyeshadows more than 1/3 into the lids as that would make the eyes appear even nearer to one another. Apply more mascara on the outer corner of the eye to build volume outwards. You can also draw your eyebrows further apart to ‘pull’ the eyes away from each other.

Wide-set Eyes

Definition: Wide-set eyes usually have more than an eye width space in between

Makeup Tips: To visually bring the space between the eyes closer to one another, bring a darker eyeshadow color from the outer corner of the eye closer to the middle of the eyelid. You may use more intense eye shadow colors near the inner corner of the eyes. You can also draw your eyebrows closer to one another to make wide-set eyes appear closer together. Contouring your nose can also help in reducing the distance between the eyes.

I did a makeup tutorial on a friend who has hooded eyelids that look like those in this image. I named it the ‘vertical gradient method of eyeshadow application’.

Big Eyes

There isn’t a comic representation of ‘Big Eyes’ so I used Vicki Zhao’s photo instead. She has large, expressive eyes that do not diminish in size even with all that thick black eyeliner.

Definition: Due to a larger opening of the eye, there is a lot of white space and almost or the entire pupil can be seen. Gosh, I make my eyes sound alien. LOL!

Makeup Tips: Enhance the shape of big eyes by adding depth with darker colors on the contour area. For big eyes, it is safe to apply darker colors on the lower lashline as it will add color and more dimension to your eyes without closing up your eyes too much (since you have a lot more space to spare). If you want to make your eyes appear smaller (like if they look kinda disproportionate to the rest of your face), frame them with black eyeliner on the lashline and waterline and dark eyeshadows.

Thin and Narrow Eyes

Definition: Much less of the sclera and iris can be seen. Such thin-slit eyes are not uncommon in Asia.

Makeup Tips: For eyes that appear to be smaller than every other feature on the face, make the eyes appear bigger and rounder by applying light shadow on the lids and dark black eyeliner at the base of the eyelashes. Widen the thickness of the eyeliner while you transfer out towards the outer corners of the eyes. A little upward tick at the outside corner will add lift to the eyes. Apply white eyeliner on the bottom waterline to open the eyes. For small eyes, try to keep using dark eyeshadow colors to a minimum as they will just close up your eyes. Instead, work on creating lush lashes with double coats on both upper and lower eyelashes.

Round Eyes

Definition: Round eyes do not look perfectly round like marbles (LOL!), they just look rounder than almond-shaped eyes.  A lot of the pupil and white of the eye can be seen.

Makeup Tips: In Asia, manga-like round eyes are highly desired as they imply innocence and youth. Round and large eyes are highly sought after in Asia. Google: Ayumi Hamasaki. If you have round eyes and prefer to elongate them like into almond-shaped eyes, draw darker eyeliner beyond the outer corner of the eyes. Use a darker eyeshadow color to contour according to the shape desired.

Small Round Eyes

Definition: The difference between Round Eyes and Small Round Eyes is that, the Round Eye is longer in length than the Small Round Eye. You can see more space on the sides of the iris in Round Eye than in Small Round Eye.

Makeup Tips: See Round Eyes

Down-turned Eyes

Definition: The outer corner of the eye is lower than the inner corner of the eye

Makeup Tips: Avoid applying eyeshadow that follows the shape of the eye. Instead, apply the contour eyeshadow shade up and out. To lift droopy eyes, apply eyeliner in the inner edge and a thicker smudged one at the outer edge towards an upward angle. Like a cat winged line. Curl your lashes and apply more mascara on the outer lashes for an overall lifted look.

Protruding Eyes

Definition: Eyes that protrude forward, almost bulging out

Puffy Eyes

Definition: Puffy eyes are a result of a thicker layer of fat underneath the lids that causes more protrusion than the average Asian eye.

Protruding Eyes do not imply puffiness; likewise, Puffy Eyes do not imply protrusion.

Makeup Tips: I put these 2 types of eye together as they share a common goal with makeup. That is, to reduce the appearance of bulge and make the eyes not overshadow the rest of the facial features. Instead of following the Super General Guidelines above which suggest using a lighter color on the lids, apply a medium shade on the upper lid to immediately tone down the pronounced eyelid. You want to use dark colors to recede the prominence or puffiness. Then use eyeliner and line the lash bases from corner to corner to remove the spotlight on the pronounced eyelid.

Deep-set Eyes

Definition: Dark shadows above the eyes, below the brow bone

Makeup Tips: Although some depth in the eyes can speak more emotions, we don’t want eyes that recede too back into the sockets. Deep-set Eyes can be said to be the opposite of Protruding Eyes. To bring out deep-set eyes, use paler shades around the eyes to enhance them. Use a slightly darker eyeshadow color at the contour area (try not to use black) and blend towards the brow bone. Apply thin eyeliner along the lashline. A thick eyeliner line will make the eyes disappear underneath the browbone.

Triangular Eyes

Definition: This happens when the skin on the outer area of the eye starts to sag, thus covering more of the eye and resulting in a triangular shape.

Makeup Tips: For triangle-shaped eyes, you want to create the illusion of lifted eyes and a higher well-defined contour. Besides following the Super General Guidelines, draw the eyeliner thicker as you go towards the outer corner of the eye. Add a wing to lift the eyes visually.

A similar type of eye is Hooded Eyes, which may or may not be the result of sagging skin. Hooded eyes are very common among Asians due to the fatty underlying tissue of the eyelids. Some have such heavily hooded lids that cover their double eyelids; these are referred to as ‘inner double eyelids’. To give more prominence and liveliness to hooded eyes, the Super General Guidelines are a safe bet, but avoid using harsh black eyeshadow to cover the entire eyelid. Also avoid bringing dark eyeshadow colors too much into the eyelid from the outer 1/3 of the eye as doing so will make the eyes appear smaller. Eyeliner plays an important part in opening hooded eyes. Try to wing it out at the far end of the eye to visually lift them.

Phoenix Eyes

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Definition: I believe the Phoenix eye is very much an Asian thing. Precisely because it is only seen on Asians that the Asian eye is often stereotyped as the Phoenix Eye. Remember Mulan? The Phoenix Eye is so named because it resembles the eye of the mythical phoenix bird.

But the Phoenix Eye is actually a rather rare type of eye. It is considered exotic and beautiful and the perfect Oriental Phoenix eye is described as so:

– The eye is not big in size, but looks lively and can appear seductive
– The slight upward lift at the outer corner of the eye gives a come-hither look
– A slight paraberal slant is present, where the outer corner or the eye is just slightly higher than the inner corner of the eye
– Can be seen on either monolids or double eyelids

I had such a hard time finding the description for the Phoenix eye and could only find information on Chinese websites. Because it is so elusive even in definition, here are pictures of people with Phoenix eyes.

Liu Yi Fei from China

(Update: I wrote this post in 2011. WOWWW! I predicted the future! Liu Yi Fei plays Mulan in The Walt Disney Company’s 2020 live-action film Mulan.)

Phoenix eyes with double eyelids

Lee Jun-Ki from Korea

Phoenix eyes with monolids

Makeup Tips: Since the Phoenix eye is very much unique in itself I have to resist the urge to simply say that a simple thin eye line would suffice. But no, as with all eyes that need definition, use a darker color eyeshadow color (like brown) to contour the eyes, along with eyeliner and mascara. If you want to downplay the little upward curve at the outer corner of the eye, draw a thicker line at the outer corner without extending beyond the eye. Do not wing it out. Lastly, draw on the lower lashline to balance the look.

Slanted Eyes

Definition: Do not confuse this with Phoenix eyes although the two look really similar (especially the drawings). The main difference between Slanted eyes and Phoenix eyes is the degree of slant in the eye. The Slanted Eye obviously has a greater slant but does not possess the little curve at the outer corner of the eye as in the Phoenix Eye. On the other hand, the Phoenix Eye does not slant until the corner of the eye.

Makeup Tips: The shape of Slanted Eyes is quite the opposite of Down-turned Eyes. Take full advantage of the natural slant in the eye by winging out your eyeliner. Or if you want downplay the slant, follow the tips for Phoenix eyes. Here’s a tutorial: For Asian Hooded Lids: Vertical Gradient Method Of Eyeshadow Application

More eyeshadow techniques:

Vertical Gradient VS Horizontal Gradient – I Made A Mistake!

A Much Requested Eyeshadow Tutorial – Vertical Gradient Method Of Eyeshadow Application

Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asian Eyes Part 2: Vertical Gradient Method 

Nevertheless, with all that said, there are no hard and fast rules to applying makeup. If you feel you look better and more confident with certain makeup looks, by all means stick to it. Afterall, our face is our canvas for our expression of art and form. And beauty is very much in the eyes of the beholder.

Now your turn, which type of eye combination do you have?

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Part 1: Where to Apply Eyeshadow

Part 2: Vertical Gradient Method

Part 3: Defining the Outer V

Part 4: Defining the Contour Area

Part 5: Horizontal Gradient Method

Chinese Eye Exercises and Myopia Development in School Age Children: A Nested Case-control Study

Sources of Data and Ethics Statement

The Anyang Childhood Eye Study (ACES)2,23 was a school-based cohort study conducted in Anyang city in central China. The ACES was designed to longitudinally observe the onset and development of myopia in school age children. The ocular examinations included visual acuity, testing for amblyopia and strabismus, ocular biometry, optical coherence tomography, retinal photography, cycloplegic autorefraction, etc.24,25. All investigations were performed in accordance with ACES guidelines and regulations. The ACES was approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University Beijing. The nature of the study was explained to parents and children and informed written consent was obtained from at least one parent.

Study Design

The present study was a nested case-control study by selecting grade 7 children from the ACES and following them for 2 years (September 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013). From one randomly selected school in the ACES, 260 school age children were followed up during the study period. Inclusion criteria were: Participants who did not use any form of myopia control such as contact lenses, orthokeratology, acupuncture, massage, eye drops or ear needles; Best-corrected visual acuity ≥6/6 ; cycloplegic spherical equivalent refraction (SER) ranging from +0.50D to −6.00D ; astigmatism less than −1.50D ; anisometropia less than 1.0D; no history of ocular or systemic abnormalities which might affect visual function or refractive development. Children’s practice of Chinese eye exercises were assessed by questionnaire and the quality of performance was scored.

Definition of Case and Control

Myopia was defined as cycloplegic SER ≤ −0.5D. Of the children who were myopic at baseline, those having myopic progression ≥1.0D during the 2 year follow-up period were defined as cases of myopia progression, whereas those who did not progress were defined as controls. Of the children who were not myopic at baseline, those having myopia onset (cycloplegic SER ≤ −0.5D) during the follow-up period were defined as cases, whereas those whose myopia did not appear during the study period were defined as controls.

Eye Examinations and Questionnaires

Axial length and cycloplegic refraction were examined annually for 3 years. LenStar LS900 (Haag-Streit Koeniz, Switzerland) was used to measure axial length, anterior chamber depth, corneal curvature and lens thickness. Five repeated measurements were taken and averaged. An autorefractor (HUVITZ, HRK-7000A, South Korea) was used to measure cycloplegic refraction. Each child was first administered one drop of topical anesthetic agent (Alcaine, Alcon) to alleviate discomfort, followed by 2 drops of 1% cyclopentolate (Alcon) and 1 drop of Mydrin P (Santen, Japan) at 5-minute intervals. 30 minutes after the last drop, a third drop of cyclopentolate was administrated if the pupillary light reflex was still present or the pupil size was less than 6.0 mm. Five repeated measurements of spherocylindrical autorefraction were taken and averaged.

Both cases and controls were asked to complete a questionnaire to collect possible myopia related factors including number of parents with myopia, frequency of doing eye exercises, time spent in near work, outdoor activities, etc. The design of the questionnaires used in the ACES has been described elsewhere2.

Exposure to Chinese Eye Exercises

To assess the quality of eye exercises, two independent investigators used the standard Chinese Eye Exercises assessment form (Supplemental File 1) to assess and score the quality of performance of each participant. The assessment of eye exercises was collected by 2013 (the second year of follow-up) and represented the past 2 years’ conditions. The assessment consisted of 40 items including massage location, force, scope, and frequency of massage, with one score for each item. On the basis of a total score of 40, scores greater than 30/40 and differences between two judges less than 5 were defined as qualified. The frequency of doing exercises per week was assessed by questionnaire. According to school rules, students should do eye exercises at least once a day (which means 5 times per week).

Based on the score of the performance and the frequency of doing exercises, we evaluated a child’s practice of eye exercises qualitatively and quantitatively. The use of Chinese eye exercises was stratified into three groups: 1.High quality group: children who had high score eye exercises (score ≥30) AND had eye exercises at least once a day. 2. Low quality group: children who had low score eye exercises (score <30) OR did not have exercises once a day. 3. No exercises: children never perform eye exercises.

Independent investigators scored eye exercises and tested SER and axial length. Outcome investigators and participants were all blinded to the design of this study.

Statistical Analyses

Descriptive statistics were used to examine the covariate distribution between case and control. T-test and chi-square test were used to compare the covariate distribution of case and control groups. Unconditional logistic regression was used to estimate the odds ratios (ORs) and the corresponding 95% confidence intervals for the association between Chinese eye exercises and myopia progression/myopia onset. The following four statistical models were constructed: Crude model assessed the association between the quality of Chinese eye exercises and myopia progression without adjustment for confounding variables. Model 1 was adjusted for age and gender. Model 2 was further adjusted for number of myopic parents (Neither, one, both), time spent in near work and outdoor activities. Model 3 was further adjusted for baseline SER and axial length because there was a significant difference between myopia-onset in cases and controls. The age of myopia-onset was adjusted in the analysis of myopia progression in cases, because it had a significant relationships to myopia progression26. For Chinese eye exercises, stratified analysis was performed by groups (High quality, low quality and no exercise group) as described above. SPSS 20.0 software for Windows was used for all statistical analyses. All P-values were 2-sided and considered statistically significant when less than 0.05.

90,000 Is it possible to create the upper eyelid on the Asian eye section?


An ophthalmologist can visually determine the nature of the structure of the eye. Prescriptions for the modification would be the absence of supra-orbital skin, the presence of a Mongoloid feature, a slight gap, vision problems, personal preference. Further, a consultation with a surgeon is required. He selects the correction technique on an individual basis. Before the operation, it is better to conduct the following studies:

Correction methods

Since the features of the Asian gaze form a lack of supraorbital skin and the presence of epicanthus, the surgical intervention consists in the formation of additional epithelium on the upper part and elimination of integuments in the corners.The disadvantage of the double supradilous phenomenon is associated with the characteristics of the anatomical constitution of this type, in the upper parts of which there are no connective fibers. The task of correction will be to form the desired cover in the form of a scar between the aponeurosis and the skin or an insert between the skin and muscle. Serviceability includes a separate type of blepharoplasty, during which an overhanging of the upper component is formed, the formation covering the lacrimal tubercle is eliminated, and other signs of the defect are corrected.

The aim of the intervention is to give the eyes a classic look, increase the field of view, change the direction of growth of the eyelashes to the top, which visually makes the organs younger and more expressive. There are two main plastic techniques used: without incisions and with them. The first method is applicable for thin epidermis. In all other cases, the incision method is practiced by experienced plastic surgeons using local anesthesia. A small dermal layer, as well as an excessive mass of adipose and muscle tissue, are isolated and eliminated by punctate incisions at the site of the elements.The sections are sutured with intradermal sutures.

After the performed manipulation, an aseptic bandage is applied for several hours. Analgesics are prescribed to prevent pain. The stitches are removed after a few days. Swelling and bruising disappear within a week. After this, observation by a specialist is required for several months. A persistent cosmetic effect lasts for life after one successful correction.

Literature and sources

  • Khomutov A.E. Anthropology. – 3rd ed. – Rostov-n / D: Phoenix, 2004.
  • G.E. Kreidlin. Eye gestures and visual communicative behavior // Proceedings on cultural anthropology M .: 2002.
  • Video on the topic:

    How to make Asian eyes with the help of makeup

    Makeup for Asian eyes has its own nuances, knowing which you can create an alluring and sexy look. Asian women know how to radically change their image with the help of decorative cosmetics, but this is not the main task of our time.In Asian countries, a special tool is sold for this, which cannot be found here, and for the sake of experiment I used ordinary office tape, but there was practically no effect.

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    Some girls think about corrective eyelid surgery, but this is not an option, because the eyes can forever lose their oriental mystery and charm.The peculiarity of high overhanging eyelids is explained by the fact that they contain a greater amount of fatty deposits. For the makeup of Asian women, it is worth choosing special cosmetics that are designed for an oriental look. The fashion for oriental femininity has not passed, and women from Europe are still wondering how to make an Asian cut of the eyes. Also, a person of Asian appearance has a special structure of the movable eyelid, which almost completely hangs over the eye, which is expressed in the absence of a fold.

    Beautiful makeup for Asian eyes for every day

    You can learn how to do daytime makeup for Asian eyes with overhanging eyelids step by step, if you look at photo examples. Secrets of makeup artists Recommendations from professionals: when choosing eyeshadows, you should use shades that will help to maximize the eyelids. Unlike the European eyelid, such an eyelid is much flatter, it has almost no fold and, despite the fact that the Asian eyelid is much wider, its area is much smaller than that of the European eyelid.

    It was they, my close people, satisfied with their own reflection in the mirror, who convinced me of the need to develop in this direction. In the spring-summer’15 season, perfect radiant skin devoid of imperfections, wide eyebrows, nude make-up is beyond competition. If you are having trouble creating eye makeup for Asian eyes with drooping eyelids using verbal instructions and photographs, then try following the video tutorials. By removing the lower hairs and painting the upper ones, you will notice that the Asian makeup looks fresher, and the overhanging eyelids become less noticeable.It is in this case that the girl will be able to create a spectacular image without turning her makeup into war paint.

    How to do makeup for Asian eyes video tutorial

    It is used for the same purposes as in all types of makeup, to mask possible imperfections in the skin of the face. In this article, we will talk about one of the most common facial features – the overhanging eyelid of narrow or Asian eyes. Makeup for Asian eyes with a drooping eyelid, such an eyelid is one of the distinctive features of the eyes of oriental girls.In order for the make-up to remain intact at all stages of the celebration, it is necessary to fix it with a special matting spray or a light mineral veil.

    Because of their special shape, some girls find it quite difficult to create a beautiful make-up before these eyes. She always drew inspiration from literature, painting, fashion magazines, cinema, travel and communication with people. These can be small inflammatory processes on the skin, age spots, circles under the eyes from fatigue and lack of sleep.When performing such makeup, you should adhere to clear graphics, because even the slightest deviation will make the arrows ugly. Also, using a similar method, you can determine the degree of application of the agent so that it does not turn out to be too much.

    90,000 features of the cut, how to apply arrows and how to make eyes like those of Asian women to European girls

    Asian-looking girls always attract attention in the crowd because they look quite exotic.Especially in their appearance stand out almond-shaped eyes of brown color, which is considered mysterious and passionate. In order to emphasize the beauty of their eyes, girls resort to make-up tricks, which are significantly different from the European type of eye makeup.


    The main feature of the Asian eyes is their elongated shape with a narrow slit. Also, a person of Asian appearance has a special structure of the movable eyelid, which almost completely hangs over the eye, which is expressed in the absence of a fold.The cilia also has its own peculiarities: the cilia of Asians are often short and straight.

    Based on the aforementioned anthropometric characteristics, it becomes clear that girls with this shape of eyes need to correct their shape – visually “open up” their gaze, and it is also necessary to work on its severity.

    Girls rarely focus on their eyes in makeup, because they have very expressive lips: full and beautifully shaped.That is why Asians tend to emphasize their beauty, using soft lipsticks in daytime makeup.

    Very often, oriental girls have outstanding cheekbones, which cannot be stressed enough. It is this feature of the structure that creates an additional emphasis on the face, which they also demonstrate with pleasure. However, a significant disadvantage is a yellowish skin tone, which also needs to be corrected and given a lighter, pinkish undertone.

    Despite the specific features, girls manage to make perfect makeup, which emphasizes their strengths and hides flaws.In particular, it is necessary to monitor the skin and at each make-up session it is necessary to bring it to perfect condition, otherwise it can significantly spoil the overall appearance. No matter how beautiful a girl’s eyes are, you must, first of all, be able to give a light and natural skin tone.

    Only after that it is necessary to move on to eye makeup, aimed at increasing their volume and widening the incision. Thanks to this, you can “open up” the look and make it more alluring and expressive.

    However, when doing makeup, it is important to maintain a balance so as not to lose individuality.

    How to determine the shape?

    Determining the shape of the eyes and their section is not very difficult, since most people are visually able to assess the size and shape of the eye.

    However, if a number of difficulties arise with this, then you can turn to the following signs, which are characteristic especially for the Asian form:

    • It is necessary to bring the mirror to your eyes as far as possible and approach the window, since natural light provides the best vision.
    • Visual assessment should immediately look at the upper eyelid and note if a crease is present. If it is absent, this is the most important sign of the so-called Mongoloid eyes.
    • It is also important to analyze the position of the outer corners of the eye. Visualizing a straight horizontal line through the center of the eye socket will help with this. You need to see where the outer and inner corners are directed. This will determine whether the eyes are lowered or raised.
    • If it is impossible to see the white of the eyes under or above the iris, then this is a characteristic feature of the almond eyes.

    What means to use?

    The first step to a beautiful and harmonious make-up is the right choice of cosmetics. Most of them, in particular, decorative cosmetics, which include shadows, eyeliner, pencils, can be found in any specialty store.

    However, it is worth taking into account the fact that products should be selected only in accordance with the type of skin, which is still slightly different for Asians. Moreover, since the main purpose of makeup for oriental girls is correction, specialized products are often used, for example, artificial eyelashes or even special glue for lifting the upper eyelid!

    Since it is quite difficult to find such products without prior ordering, we note the basic items that should be in a cosmetic bag:

    • A base under the eyeshadow that helps make-up last as long as possible without getting a sloppy or stale look.
    • Eyeliner preferably black and brown. By alternating these shades and using them in different techniques, you can achieve amazing results.
    • Gel black eyeliner is needed in order to make rich, dramatic eyeliners, which will add an oriental flavor to the look due to the modern persistent and dense structure of the composition.
    • Several eye shadow palettes should also be included in the standard cosmetic set. The eyeshadow should ideally be of different shades, both warm and cold, in order to create an individual make-up for each look.Mandatory components of the palette are beige and brown, the so-called natural colors.
    • No girl doing make-up can do without mascara, as it gives more dynamism to the look, adds volume to the eyelashes and makes the eyes wider.

    How to do it?

    Each of the girls, regardless of nationality, wants to be able to do perfect makeup.Creating a correct and beautiful make-up for Asian eyes is not as difficult as it might seem at first glance. If you follow the step-by-step instructions and try to follow the rules of application, you can easily create a beautiful make up in a short time using the most basic cosmetics.

    After the tone has been created on the face, the skin has become smoother and more radiant, you can proceed directly to the eye makeup.

    To do this, apply the base under the eyeshadow on the eyelids.She will be able to create a special coating that will help prevent the shadows from rolling or losing their color. Often, the bases also carry caring functions, which will take care of the delicate skin of the eyelids and around the eyes.

    Now you need to emphasize the shape of the eyebrows and, if necessary, correct it. To do this, you need to use a special lipstick or pencil. A small amount of highlighter can be applied under the curve to enhance the beauty of the shape.

    Further steps differ depending on the type of makeup and the occasion for which it is being created. Shadows can be applied to create a light gait around the eyes and thus highlight the color of the eyes. On top of them, many people prefer to draw arrows to make the look more expressive. You can draw arrows either with a pencil or with an eyeliner. The first option is soft enough, and the pencil arrow can be easily shaded, while the eyeliner creates clear graphic lines that will become the basis of the makeup.

    In order to complete the look, you need to dye your eyelashes, but this must be done very carefully so as not to turn the hairs into “spider legs”.

    Unlike Europeans, who are used to showing bright eye makeup, Asian girls prefer to focus the attention of others on natural beauty.

    However, there are eye make-up options that are suitable for absolutely all girls – this is the “amber” technique.It allows for a smooth transition from one color to another, from lighter to darker and more dramatic due to enhanced shading. This application technique allows Europeans to add more mystery to their eyes, and Asians – to correct the shape of the eyes and give them visual depth.

    In addition, due to such makeup, girls from Europe are trying to avoid the same type of make-up: shifting the focus of attention towards Asian makeup, they are trying to find a new way of self-expression and show their individuality.


    Any make-up has many facets and is intended for a particular occasion, however, regardless of the chosen event, make-up should always look perfect and look harmonious. Recall that there are several types of makeup: everyday, evening, pop and national.

    Day make-up is one of the simplest, it is designed to emphasize the natural beauty of a girl with a minimum amount of cosmetics.

    Light shades of eyeshadow should be applied to the upper eyelid, which will visually enlarge the eyes – at least, it will create such a visual effect.From the side of the outer corner, you need to start toning the eyelid with dark shadows – dark brown, graphite, dark gray, but not black. It is necessary to walk along the line of growth of the eyelashes with a thin line of liquid eyeliner, while not drawing the line beyond the edges of the eyes.

    To increase the volume of the eyes, you can apply a little highlighter with your fingertips under them to visually make them larger.

    In a couple of coats, apply mascara to the upper lashes. Sometimes this is done on the lower ones, but this is far from necessary in order not to create an overly bright image.When applying mascara, you must carefully comb your eyelashes so that they do not stick together and spoil the appearance.


    Evening makeup differs from daytime only in shades and saturation of colors. The same method of applying cosmetics is used, however, a brighter palette is used in the evening make-up.

    To add drama and effect, use eyelashes that need to be fixed with special glue. There are different shapes and types of artificial eyelashes, as well as different volumes. It is not worth advising any specific one, since the choice depends entirely on the girl’s desire, because any type of artificial eyelashes is suitable for Asian women.


    Wedding makeup is significantly different from other types of make-up, because it must demonstrate all the tenderness, purity and natural beauty of the bride.That is why make-up artists use a very soft palette, giving up clean lines and rich colors. For brown eyes, cream shades, beige and coffee colors are perfect.

    Light shades are applied to the inner corner of the eye and smoothly faded towards the center, there is applied a “medium” shade in its saturation and depth, which will create a smooth transition from the inner part of the eyelid to the outer one. It is on the outer corner that a dark color is applied, which will add depth to the look.

    Artificial eyelashes (not the most voluminous) are often used for wedding makeup. They can be tinted with ink and curled with special tongs. This technique will curl the hairs, enlarge the eyelashes and visually open the eyes.

    Smoky eyes

    Smoky eyes, or “smoky” makeup, suits absolutely everyone, regardless of the shape and shape of the eyes.This make-up option is perfect for an evening out in a restaurant or a trip to a club, if it is made with deep saturated colors. At the same time, if you do this makeup in lighter shades, it is suitable for everyday wear. It is for this wide variety that many makeup artists love this type of makeup.

    First you need to prepare the eyelids for applying cosmetics: in particular, you need to put a special base under the shadow on the eyelid. After that, a brown or black pencil is taken, with which the eyelash edge is circled, and the eyelid itself is also densely and thickly painted.The applied product must be carefully shaded to create a smooth transition from the “smoky” part of the eyelid to the natural brow and temporal zones.

    Exactly the same manipulations are done with the lower eyelid, making the eye look framed and expressive. Both the upper and lower eyelids should be slightly “sealed” with shadows of the same shade, applying the product not with shadows, but with fingertips. This will fix the makeup and make it more long-lasting.

    The last step is to paint the eyelashes with ink.

    At this stage, it is important not to resort to artificial beams, so as not to make the image vulgar and vulgar.

    Tips from makeup artists

    Make-up professionals advise Asian girls to stick to light, natural shades, as they will help increase the shape of the eyes and correct their shape.

    Natural colors should, according to makeup artists, be used as base colors. This natural palette can be expanded by adding contrasting hues to light. That is, you can add any color – from purple to orange, adhering to the main rule: these shades should be very delicate and soft. It is in this case that the girl will be able to create a spectacular image without turning her makeup into war paint. In addition, this make-up with smooth transitions will suit any event and will be combined with any style and image without creating dissonance.

    Learn more about how to do makeup for Asian eyes in the following video.

    Beautiful examples

    In the images below, you can see interesting makeup variations that are very simple to perform and are suitable for Asian women.The pictures show non-trivial, but spectacular types of make-up, including arrows, amber, smokey ice. After looking at these images, every oriental girl will be able to repeat various makeup techniques on her own.

    90,000 Asian Eyes Blepharoplasty – Beauty Doctor

    07 January 2020

    The Asian eye shape can make the look inviting, mysterious, mysterious and deep.But European values ​​and European culture have become global, and it is they that define some standards of beauty in the world. In particular, the system of European beauty standards also includes the generally accepted statement that open eyes, a wide cut are more attractive and prettier.

    That is why blepharoplasty of Asian eyes is so popular in the world – this is what they call a special plastic surgery to correct the shape of the upper and lower eyelids. Moreover, a person can be of any race, not only Mongoloid.Such Asian swollen eyelids are found among many residents of Russia as an ancient reminder of the “Tatar-Mongol yoke”. Therefore, the operation is in demand among patients of different nations who would like to get a wide open look, to remove the fold at the inner corner of the eye – the so-called epicanthus – covering the lacrimal tubercle.

    The peculiarity of the Asian upper eyelid is its density, thickening of the fatty layer under the skin and overhanging the eye, as well as the absence of a skin fold, in which the surgical suture is usually hidden during plastic surgery of the European eyelid.

    The lower eyelid also has a denser skin and subcutaneous fat layer, often “bags under the eyes” are pronounced.

    Blepharoplasty of Asian eyes is more difficult for the physiological reason that first you need to create a fold on the upper eyelid, then remove excess skin and form a suture exactly in this fold so that it is not noticeable. At the same time, the surgeon must have professional skills in microsurgery so that he can impose an almost invisible suture. When removing the fold over the lacrimal tubercle, it is important to excise the skin so that the eye cut is not only wide, but also beautiful.

    A sense of aesthetic balance and a clear understanding of the task are the main things in the art of a surgeon. He opens his eyes just enough so that the eyelids are natural, do not fit over the eyeball, but are a comfortable and beautiful frame for him.

    The lower eyelid is opened by incision and excision of the skin in the subiliac margin. This is a very delicate, more thorough, in some ways even jewelry work. After all, the surgeon has to use special optics so as not to damage the roots of the eyelashes (otherwise they will stop growing in this area).

    At the Beauty Doctor clinic, Asian eyelid blepharoplasty operations are performed by plastic surgeons who have the skills to work in microsurgery, they create almost invisible cosmetic sutures and do not overdo it in tissue excision – after all, there should be enough skin left for the eyelid to quietly close the eye.

    Photos of blepharoplasty results

    Recently, men who would like to have a European cut of the eyes began to frequent the clinic.These are especially biased patients. They would like no one to guess that they had plastic surgery. And they are satisfied with the result obtained at the Beauty Doctor clinic.

    The cost of blepharoplasty of the Asian eyelids is determined in preliminary consultation with a specialist who will decide whether there is a need to work with the upper and lower eyelids or whether it is enough to open the upper eyelid, whether it is necessary to remove the epicanthus, how to form a fold on the upper eyelid.

    All this is always decided on an individual basis, because the surgeons of the Beauty Doctor clinic do not make the same eye cut for all patients in a row, even if it is European.The shape of the eyelid and the cut are so individual, so they change the general features of the face, that there is always an opportunity to choose those that will adorn the face, make it unique and memorable forever.

    Artist: Dudnik A.P.


    How to paint Asian eyes. Adorable Asian eye makeup – you are flawless as always! Options for creating such a visage

    Contents of the article

    Oriental-looking girls belong to the “winter” color type.They have a distinctive eye shape, distinct lip lines, black hair and yellowish skin, short eyelashes and a more massive upper eyelid. It is such an exotic appearance that is an excellent material for a true makeup artist’s talent.

    Correct makeup for an Asian type of face requires a special technique that can highlight all the advantages of appearance, hide flaws, and make the face more attractive.

    Day Makeup for Asian Eyes

    To do daytime make up for Asian Gas, you first need to apply foundation.The foundation will not only hide skin imperfections, but cosmetics will be more evenly applied to it. It is not recommended to use pink foundation. Choose golden, beige or caramel colors.

    Day makeup for this type of appearance should be restrained in an oriental way. It is advisable not to use pearlescent and shiny shadows, but to apply shadows in more matte pastel colors. To make the eyes more expressive, it is worth using shadows of dark shades in minimal quantities, which are applied to the outer corners of the eyes, shading.

    It is better to draw the line of eyelashes with an eyeliner or pencil, while at the outer corners of the eyes, the lines should be thicker than the non-inner ones. It is recommended to dye the eyelashes with mascara with a lengthening effect. Women with Asian eyes often want to give their appearance a European look, so special glue is applied to the eyelid or adhesive strips are applied. In this case, the view seems to be broader.

    Evening makeup for Asian eyes

    For evening makeup with Asian eyes, a wide variety of shades are used.First, you need to apply a caramel, beige and golden foundation on your face.

    The color of the foundation should be chosen on a tone lighter than the natural skin color. To achieve the effect of wide eyes, it is worth using special glue with which the upper eyelid is fixed.

    For girls with an Asian appearance, hair of dark shades is characteristic, therefore it is recommended to choose shades of plum, dark blue and dark brown shades, while avoiding red shades, which will make the look sore and tired.

    To get it right for Asian eyes, you need to follow a few rules. Firstly, first, you should apply shadows of a base color, for example, lavender, to the eyelid. Secondly, for a more expressive look at the inner and outer corners of the eyes, dark shadows are applied.

    Third, a thin line is drawn along the lash line with a pencil or eyeliner, mostly black. Fourth, if you wish, you can use false eyelashes, or apply several layers of mascara to the eyelashes.Remember that the popular “” is perfect for Asian girls.

    Wedding makeup for Asian eyes

    Like any wedding makeup, makeup for Asian eyes is made with the same requirements – to withstand all wedding ceremonies and stay fresh until the end of the day.

    The first thing to do is to apply a beige or golden tint to your face. Of the shadows, it is best to use green, brown, beige, dark gray and pearl shades, but light or dark colors should only be matte.

    Eyeliner or eyeliner in different colors – black, blue, brown or purple. We recommend using black lengthening mascara.

    To visually make the gas wider and remove swelling, makeup artists recommend using a few secrets.
    First. An imaginary fold is drawn on the upper eyelid, thanks to which the eyes become more expressive.
    Second. Light shadows should be applied to the hidden movable eyelid, and dark shadows to the upper fixed eyelid.

    Make-up for Asian eyes. Step-by-step instructions

    If you follow certain rules, creating makeup for Asian eyes will not be difficult. In this case, the images will be bright and at the same time simple. So, “Fashionable” will tell you how to perform makeup for Asian eyes step by step.

    The first and most important thing is to even out the skin tone of the face using the tonal base of caramel, beige, golden or brownish-yellow shades. Remember that the base should be one tone lighter than your own skin color.Further, on the upper eyelid above the fold, you need to apply a base shadow (for example, peach color), and on the area under the eyebrows with a large brush using circular movements of a peach-colored shadow with a copper overflow. Plum-colored shadows are applied to the upper corners of the eyes, which are shaded to the fold line.

    The lower eyelid should be brought slightly behind the eyelashes with an eggplant-colored pencil, and on the moving eyelid, apply a silvery or light beige shadow with a very thin brush. Typically, Asian women have short eyelashes to lengthen them using fake brushes.

    If by nature a girl has a beautiful oriental eye shape, then she definitely needs to learn how to do makeup for Asian eyes. How to make up narrowed eyes? What shadows should I use? What is the difference between everyday make-up and evening make-up, if the eyes are narrow? Many girls of oriental appearance ask such questions.

    Features of the appearance of Asian women

    Any girl or woman is a unique creation of nature. Each appearance is individual and striking.A woman carries a variety of features in her appearance.

    Asia has always attracted and interested not only with its antiquity, great life practice and wisdom. Asian women are also the subject of attention for their unique beauty with distinctive features. Swarthy skin color, prominent cheekbones, thick straight hair and, of course, a kind of eye shape – all this gives the appearance of an Asian woman flavor and originality.

    The Asian type of appearance is exotic and unusual.The slanting eye shape is a unique feature unique to women in the region. Asian eyes should be viewed not as small and narrow, but as absorbing in their bottomlessness due to the dark color of the cornea.

    Hanging eyelids over the eyes are a peculiar highlight in comparison with the European female type. Many Asian girls are convinced that this is a big flaw in their appearance. But this is an erroneous opinion, especially since the modern makeup technique perfectly uses overhanging eyelids when making up.

    To do this, you just need to know and be able to apply cosmetics using certain methods. Makeup performed in a stylish way will visually eliminate swelling of the eyelids, make the look open.

    How to paint narrow eyes correctly

    Make-up for the Asian type of face takes into account the peculiarities of the eye shape and requires a lot of attention and time to be devoted to its implementation. Make-up for narrow eyes is done in two ways:

    1. The natural shape of the eye remains unchanged.
    2. The upper eyelid is visually increased in height.

    Often Asian girls, women want to enlarge the cut of the eyes at the expense of the upper eyelid. For this, self-adhesive strips of paper or special glue are now commercially available. The strips are glued on, and the glue is applied with a narrow cosmetic spatula to the border between the edge of the eyelashes and the upper eyelid. The glue can be applied evenly or in such a way that the bead of glue expands at the outer or inner edge of the eyes. You can also visually enlarge the incision of the upper eyelid by drawing an imaginary fold on the upper eyelid.

    The eyelashes on Asian eyes are inherently rather short, straight and sparse. To correct their direction, there are special tweezers – eyelash clips. With their help, the eyelashes become, as it were, curled upwards, they seem to be longer.

    As you know, an Asian woman has mostly dark hair and brown eyes. For such eyes, you need to use shades of gray, green, cream, beige, pearl shades.

    Both cool and warm tones are suitable. The main thing is that they are combined with each other.In no case should you apply red shadows – they create the impression of tear-stained and puffy eyes.

    Make-up for narrow brown eyes for every day

    Casual or Daytime may not include shadows at all. Or you need to apply a foundation of light shadows over the entire surface of the eyelid. Then, bronze-colored shadows are applied to the moving part of the eyelid. To emphasize the expressiveness of the look, you can shade the outer corners of the eyes with shadows of dark shades.

    Arrows for narrow eyes are drawn with a pencil along the lash line.At the outer side of the eye, the line can be extended, drawn upward. Shade the arrow a little, highlighting the outer corner of the eye. Draw the arrows on the lower eyelid with a thin brush with dark shadows.

    Eyelashes can be curled with tweezers and then tinted with mascara. It is advisable to apply mascara 2 times in order to better fix the shape of the eyelashes.

    Evening makeup for Asian eyes

    It must contain pearlescent shadows. They need to be applied to the inner corners of the eyes.This will make your eyes look straight and open. Shadows for evening makeup should have purple, smoky, dark brown, dark blue shades.

    Arrows draw with a pencil or liquid eyeliner. The line of arrows goes along the border of the eyelash growth. The thin arrow needs to be gradually expanded slightly as it approaches the outer border of the eye. The eyeliner line lengthens slightly towards the temple.

    Eyelashes are curled with tweezers, then painted with lengthening mascara. Now they look longer, thicker, fuller.It is advisable to paint over the eyelashes only on the upper eyelids, although the lower eyelashes are often painted with ink.

    General makeup for narrow eyes of the Asian type

    Perfection in a girl’s appearance is achieved not only by flawlessly made. An integral attribute of the beauty of an Asian girl is also cosmetic treatment of the skin of the face, eyebrows, cheekbones, lips. In short, well-groomed eyes perfectly complement general makeup, and vice versa: general facial makeup complements eye makeup.

    As with all other face decorating techniques, the first step is to tidy up the skin.Her flaws are perfectly hidden by the foundation. It also plays a role in leveling out the entire tone of the face. Because Asian skin is yellow, not all foundation shades will work. For example, makeup artists do not recommend using pink. Perfectly in harmony with the natural skin color will be tonal creams of golden, beige, caramel, yellow-brown shades.

    An Asian girl should remember that the chosen foundation should not be darker than the natural complexion.If there are circles under the eyes, they can be covered with foundation a tone lighter tone for the face.

    The eyebrows of Asian girls are distinguished by their natural straight and beautiful shape. They can be supplemented with a slight correction with a pencil, and then gently blend with a brush. Eyebrows – should not be thick, at the base they should remain wider, and towards the end they should become thin as strings.

    The face shape of Asian girls is known to be round. The cheekbones are accentuated with shimmering blush.An important component of make-up, blush, helps to revitalize and refresh facial expressions. They are applied to the protruding part of the cheekbones from the bottom up. Closer to the temples, the color should be more intense. After applying the blush, you need to shade well. This technique allows you to visually make the face more oblong. For an Asian look, bronze, plum, peach blush colors are suitable.

    As for the lips, for them Asian girls prefer lipstick of such bright colors as raspberry, scarlet, juicy red.It is a great addition to your eye makeup. You can use a matte lipstick, but a colorless gloss will do. Before applying lipstick, cover your lips with a light layer of foundation and draw a pencil around the contour. Asian sponges are characterized by a rather small size. In this regard, the lipstick should be applied to the central part of the lips stronger and brighter than along the edges.

    European beauties with charming and cute oriental make-up confidently walk the catwalks. Whitened skin, clear eyebrow line, special almond-shaped eyes, innocent look.

    We will share our knowledge of how to perform Asian makeup for European eyes step by step.

    In this Article:

    What are the features of Asian makeup?

    Classic make-up schemes don’t work when it comes to Asian makeup. When using decorative cosmetics, it should be borne in mind that oriental beauties have certain characteristics.

    1. Asian skin color never contains a pinkish undertone. This means that the foundation and corrective compositions should be chosen with yellow pigments.Accordingly, we exclude coral, terracotta and pink blush.
      We dwell on the classic colors of beige or caramel.
    2. Only the uncompromising charcoal black is used for dyeing eyelashes and eyebrows.
    3. The shape of the eyelid dictates the use of a special palette of shadows: all shades close to skin color. Gold and silver colors are chosen for accents.
    4. But there are no restrictions on the color of lipstick.
      Lips are decorated with fatal bright scarlet lipstick and cold pale pink and juicy burgundy.

    The main problem that has to be solved is how to make an Asian cut of the eyes, a girl with a Slavic appearance. After all, only with the help of cosmetics is it necessary to achieve the effect of a flat eyelid, which has almost no fold.

    What do you need?

    We perform Asian makeup for a girl with a European appearance. Before proceeding with the solution of the problem of how to draw Asian eyes, we will prepare suitable cosmetics and a set of brushes and.

    From materials useful: foundation, always with a yellow undertone, light powder, concealer with reflective particles, natural shades in beige and brown tones, gray-brown tones, black liner or gel eyeliner, black ink, pale pink or beige pencil, pomade.

    Step-by-step execution flow

    1. Cleansing and moisturizing the skin.
    2. Application. Choose a foundation one tone lighter than the skin color. We carefully shade the borders. In addition, use concealer to lighten the triangle formed by the lower eyelid and the wing of the nose. Apply the product with a translucent layer with a sponge, at the end, shade it with fingertips.
    3. Securing the foundation with loose powder.We go through the concealer one or two shades lighter than our own skin.
    4. For a clear contour, work out the oval of the face. Darken the hairline, areas under the cheekbones, the wings of the nose, the lower border under the chin with a matte bronzer.
    5. We decorate the edge. Even if you are a blonde beauty, take a charcoal black pencil. Set the shape of the eyebrow straight or curved,
      like a bowstring. The main rule: maximum geometry, clear contours, no feathering.
    6. We begin to draw the eyes. With a black liner, we carry out the eyeliner on the upper eyelid. First, draw a thin line along the ciliary edge – from the beginning of active growth of cilia to the outer corner of the eye. Carefully paint over the gaps between the cilia and lower the eyeliner line slightly down.
      So the eye will visually look narrow and elongated. And we end the process with an upward arrow, about two to three mm.
    7. Until the line is dry, walk along it with a cotton swab. The border will become less contrasting, and the ending of the arrow will become smooth and natural.

    8. With a beige pencil, highlight the mucous membrane of the lower eyelid. Correct the shape of the eye, and at the same time refresh the look.
    9. Paint over the eyelashes with one layer of black mascara. It is not customary for Asians to add volume and fancy curl to eyelashes. The lower cilia are not stained at all.
    10. Let’s start applying lipstick. Its shade can be any, and when applied there are tricks. On the moistened skin of the lips, use the fingertips to distribute the foundation or concealer. Apply a bright shade of lipstick to the middle of the lips.With a brush, stretch the color to the contours of the upper and lower lips. Apply a transparent shine on top.

    Makeup ready. We critically examine the result in the mirror, wink at the oriental beauty and go to a party with friends.

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    Make-up for Asian eyes has its own characteristics. No one will argue that the appearance of Asian girls is very exotic, and their makeup allows you to transform it at times, make it almost doll-like and very delicate.Asian eye makeup aims to eliminate imperfections and make the look unique. Although, the Asian appearance is already unique: narrow eyes, mainly with a drooping eyelid, full lips and a round oval face.

    If you have an Asian appearance – step-by-step make-up photos will help you make the most correct makeup for narrow eyes, correct the shape of the face, emphasize and enlarge the cut of the eye, focus on the exotic appearance.

    How to apply?


    Whether your look is Asian, European or Arabic, no makeup is complete without foundation and foundation.This is a very important step that should not be neglected. Since Asian girls very often have a yellowish skin tone, you should choose a foundation with a golden, caramel and beige bias, avoiding pink tones. Although, yellow skin color is not a priori, there are exceptions. So, go to the store, choose a foundation! The main thing is that it is not darker than skin color.

    Concealer will deal with dark circles. Although, you can generally avoid their appearance if you adhere to some rules: do not overwork, get enough sleep and use the right skin care products.


    Take a closer look at the blush shades of bronze, peach and plum. They will help outline the cheekbones, give the face a relief and correct minor imperfections in the shape of the face. If you have very pale skin, choose pink tones.


    You can choose any shades of shadows, making makeup for narrow eyes: both cold and warm spectrum. Nevertheless, it is worth considering the color of the eyes and hair, because Asian women are not always brown-eyed and dark-haired. You can do makeup for narrow eyes using brown, beige, chocolate, blue, purple, pearl, green, gray, cream and coffee shades.It is better to choose matte shadows in structure. It is worth avoiding pearlescent shadows, they will add fatigue and soreness to the eyes, the same goes for pink and red shadows.

    Of course, a beautiful and harmonious makeup will turn out if you use a minimum of shadows. But you can also experiment, because everyone knows about the love of Asian women for experiments and rich images. Of course, for daytime make-up, choose calm and gentle tones, and for evening make-up – bright and rich, this rule does not even need to be mentioned, everyone knows about it.


    Thin and even arrow is the hallmark of the Buryat make-up. It is best to use a pencil or liquid eyeliner, but if you don’t know how to use the latter, it’s best to refrain. The arrow can be of any color – classic black and brown, or blue and purple. A line is drawn along the growth of the cilia, from the inner corner to the outer corner. You can protrude somewhat beyond the edge of the eyelid and raise the line.


    Usually, Asian women eyelashes are sparse and short, which is probably why they often use false doll eyelashes.You don’t have to tune in so radically, but choose an extension mascara. It is applied in two to three layers to give the desired effect. You can lift the eyelashes with a special curling iron.


    Choose lipstick according to the occasion, you can use both bright with sparkles and calm matte. During the day, it is best to stay on shades of pink, peach, apricot, caramel. In the evening, it is allowed to use cherry, coral, scarlet, and fuchsia lipsticks.

    Makeup example


    For daytime make-up, choose light warm shades of eyeshadow, you can apply a slightly dark color to the outer corner of the eye. But, first, take care of your face skin. Even out the tone, hide all the problems. Instead of liquid eyeliner, it is better to use a pencil, it will look much softer on the eyes. To enlarge narrow eyes – draw the lacrimal canal behind the line of the lower eyelashes with a white pencil. Under the growth line to the middle of the pupil, draw a line with a dark pencil.Paint your lips with peach or light pink lipstick, you can also use lip gloss.


    Evening makeup for Asian eyes should be rich and bright. Arrows, false eyelashes and plump lips will help you achieve the desired look. Arrows are best drawn with liquid eyeliner, slightly bending towards the folds of the eyelid on the inside. The lower eyelids do not have to be let down. Paint your lips with bright red lipstick or an almost translucent lip gloss.The first option will add sexuality, and the second – tenderness. To make the makeup for narrow eyes look more impressive – stick on false eyelashes. It takes a minimum of time, and the effect is amazing. You will find examples of make-up in the step-by-step photos above.


    Models of Asian appearance are in great demand today. And all because of their slanting eyes. They are seductive and mysterious. In order to emphasize all the beauty of their eyes, women with Asian appearance use a special make-up technique that “opens” narrow eyes, making them more expressive and mesmerizing.

    Step-by-step instructions for making-up for Asian eyes

    Since Asian women mostly have brown eyes, let’s talk about the make-up technique for narrow brown eyes.

    Step 1: Even out skin tone

    As with any make up, make-up for narrow eyes is required to begin with evening out the skin tone of the face. To do this, moisturize the skin using a regular day cream. Then all imperfections, such as acne and redness, are masked with a corrector that matches the tone of the face.Since Asian women have a yellowish skin tone, Asian makeup excludes pink tones.

    Step 2. Correction of cheekbones

    Asians are also popular for their pronounced cheekbones. Therefore, when creating makeup for an Asian type of face, you should emphasize the contours of the face. This can be done with the help of a highlighter, which visually changes the outlines of the face, thanks to the reflective particles that make up it. When choosing a blush, Asian makeup prefers the use of bronze, peach and plum shades.

    Step 3. Selecting shadows

    After we have evened out the tone of the face, we move on to the eyes. Since Asian women have narrow eyes and have a drooping eyelid, this make-up technique is aimed at “opening” them. For this we use shades of green, beige, pearl, cream and dark gray shades. For a daytime Asian make-up, you should not paint your eyes with pearlescent shadows, for this matte shadows are better suited. But Asian evening makeup allows the use of pearlescent light shadows, emphasizing the inner corners of the eyes.This technique will open your eyes and give it lightness.

    The evening make-up technique allows you to use in it more saturated colors of the shadows, such as dark blue, dark brown and dark purple. Also, evening makeup for narrow brown eyes can be performed in the style of Smoky Eyes.

    Step 4. Selection of the liner

    The Asian cut of the eyes implies the creation of a make-up in which a clear line of the eyelashes is observed. This line can be achieved by using liquid eyeliner.The color of this eyeliner can be any – black, blue, brown, it all depends on the selected color scheme, which will allow you to perform makeup for Asian eyes. It is worth using eyeliner very carefully in order to avoid a crooked line. The eyeliner is applied in a thin line from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye, gradually expanding. You can end the line with a small arrow pointing to the temple.

    Step 5. Paint the eyelashes

    Now we paint the eyelashes.Since women of Asian appearance have short eyelashes, it is worth using lengthening mascara, applying it in several layers. It is also a good idea if you are using curled false eyelashes. This will add expressiveness to the look and greatly increase them.

    Step 6. Make up lips

    And at the last stage of the step-by-step Asian make-up, we paint the lips. Asian women can wear lipstick in a variety of shades, from natural to vibrant and rich.

    Makeup Technique for Asian Eyes

    The Asian eye shape can be distinguished by two different make-up techniques:

    1. make-up for narrow eyes, the shape of which does not change;
    2. makeup for Asian women, with a change in the shape of the eyes.

    In the first case, only light shades of shadows are used, which are painted on the movable eyelid. And by applying dark shadows on the outer corners of the eye, depth is given to the look.

    In the second case, makeup for Asian women includes a special technology. On the upper eyelid, draw an imaginary fold, thanks to which the height of the eyelid visually increases.

    Day makeup for Asian women

    Girls with narrow eyes often ask the question: “How to properly make daytime makeup for narrow eyes?”One way to help you create daytime makeup for Asian eyes is the following step-by-step guide.

    • Step 1. Smooth out the tone of the face.
    • Step 2. Underline the shape of the eyebrows using a special pencil.
    • Step 3. Paint the eyelids. To do this, you need shadows only in natural tones. For example: golden, bronze or yellow shades. Apply light shadows to the eyelid, the movable eyelid is highlighted with bronze shades.
    • Step 4. With a dark brown pencil, a line is clearly drawn along the growth of the upper eyelashes, then slightly shaded.A line is also drawn along the lower eyelid, which must be shaded with dark shadows.
    • Step 5. Paint the eyelashes. We only use lengthening mascara or false eyelashes.
    • Step 6. Paint the lips. For daytime make-up, lipstick in natural shades is suitable.

    Evening make-up option

    Every woman with an Asian appearance can use this technique to make a stunning evening make-up for an Asian cut of eyes. Evening makeup for Asian eyes involves the use of several shades of eyeshadow.In this case, there will be three of them.

    1. Apply light shades to the upper eyelid, then apply medium shade, but not very saturated, to the moving eyelid. And in order to emphasize the depth of the gaze, an accent is made on the outer corner of the eye, with the help of dark, saturated shadows.
    2. From the inner corner of the eye, an eyeliner line is drawn to the outer corner, expanding. The line should be extended to the temple. The eyeliner should be shaded with rich dark shadows.This will give a soft look. With the help of tongs, eyelashes are curled and painted with mascara.

    90,000 Asian eyelids blepharoplasty – price and photo of operations


    Asian eyelid blepharoplasty consists of several procedures:

    Step 1 – Formation of the supraorbital fold

    During the plasty of the upper Asian eyelids using the “incision” method to access the internal anatomical structures of the upper eyelid, the eyelid is dissected in two places: along the ciliary edge and, depending on the height of the future eyelid, by 6-10 mm.above. Further, excess skin and adipose tissue is excised from the upper eyelid. After resection, the surgeon sequentially sutures the edge of the skin of the lower incision with the aponeurosis of the levator muscle and the skin of the upper (second) incision. At the end, another continuous suture is applied over the first thread fixation.

    When performing blepharoplasty of the upper Asian eyelids with the suture method, the surgeon forms a fold of the upper eyelid, suturing all layers between the skin and the aponeurosis of the muscle lifting the upper eyelid. Suturing is performed through small punctures (less than 1 mm) in the skin of the eyelid.The operation to correct the Asian cut of the eyes without incisions ends with a bandage on the eyelids for two to four hours.

    At the next stage, it is recommended to smooth the epicanthus and remove fatty hernias.

    Step 2 – Smoothing the epicanthus

    Follows the same principle as the creation of the “double” century. The skin is excised medially (closer to the nose) – downward, and part of the skin area located below the incision line is removed. Excess overhanging tissues of the upper eyelid are eliminated along with adipose tissue and part of the orbicular muscle of the eye.Then the unused skin flap is displaced medially and sutured to the underlying tissues.

    Step 3 – Removal of “fatty hernias”

    This manipulation can occur on both the upper and lower eyelids. Most often, the incision is formed either on the inner surface of the eyelids or outside under the ciliary contour. Excess adipose tissue is removed through the incisions.

    All incisions made during the operation are sutured with the finest intradermal sutures. Depending on what kind of surgical intervention is required in each specific case, the duration of the operation can range from half an hour to two hours.

    90,000 Asian Eye Makeup Everyday

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    Asian cut eye has a special appeal. The expressiveness of the look and the depth of the lines will help to emphasize correctly applied makeup. For Asian eyes, special tricks are used to help make the look open and clear. Learn how to paint your eyes to enhance your beauty.

    Everyday makeup for Asian eyes

    The shape of the Asian eyes is narrow, slightly slanting. In most cases, the movable eyelid does not have a fold, it overhangs. The brow ridges in girls of Asian appearance are poorly expressed, the movable eyelid often looks hidden.

    For beautiful, expressive eyes, it is necessary to balance the outer and inner corners. For a heavier inner corner of the eyelid, use light gray or white shadows with a slight sheen. The lighter their texture, the more natural the makeup will look.

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    For an expressive look, dark circles under the eyes should be removed. They dull the look and make the appearance look sickly. The deficiency is corrected by using a foundation or concealer, which is one tone lighter than the natural color of the skin.

    Makeup artists give the following tips to create daytime makeup:

    • powder the upper eyelid before applying shadows;
    • begin the contour of the upper eyelid from the outside of the eye;
    • Finish the eyeliner at the point where the eyelashes begin to grow;
    • Draw the arrow from the outside outside the eye, thicken the line to the end;
    • Apply shadows on the eyelid before the beginning of the growth of the eyebrows, use light shadows, veil;
    • for the movable eyelid, use light shades, for the orbital fold – dark;
    • Highlight the outer edge of the eye with velvet shadows in dark tones;
    • at the outer corner of the eye, draw shadows at a low angle up;
    • To balance sunken eyes and prominent cheekbones, use the same shade on the eyelids and cheekbones;
    • clearly draw the eyebrows, underline the contour with concealer;
    • Draw the eyebrows with a pencil or powder a tone darker than the natural color;
    • Line up upper lashes with lengthening mascara.

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    To visually enlarge your eyes, use a white pencil and mascara that lengthens the lashes. At the edge of the lower eyelid, close to the lashes, draw the outline with a white pencil. Keep the arrow lines straight, especially if you are using eyeliner in black or very dark tones.

    Use delicate pastel colors that only emphasize the created image and natural beauty.

    Read also: Step-by-step evening make-up for beginners

    Smoky Ice makeup for Asian eyes

    A special technique for applying makeup on the eyes, during which, with the help of shading, a soft transition from dark tones to lighter ones is called Smoky Ice. When using the “Smoky Ice” technique, a seductive languid look is obtained.

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    Modern smoky makeup is done in a variety of colors.The classic version of “Smoky Ice” includes a black and dark gray palette. But today, makeup using this technique has ceased to be strictly evening. You can paint your eyes using the Smokey Ice technique in softer tones and go to a business meeting or event during the day.

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    Everyday makeup: tips, step by step

    Professional make-up artists use the following tools:

    1. Flat brush with a rounded end. Used to apply shadows.For dry eyeshadow, use a natural bristle brush.
    2. Shading is done with a barrel-shaped brush made of natural elastic bristles. The tip of the brush is rounded.

    Dark circles around the eyes are masked with concealer. When applying makeup using the Smokey Ice technique, appearance flaws are corrected after it is done. When applying shadows, each shade is carefully shaded – there should be no clear boundaries between the colors.

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    How to paint eyes using the Smokey Ice technique?

    Make-up is performed in the following sequence:

    • Apply a primer to the eyelids.It will keep the makeup for a long time.
    • Find harmonious shades.
    • Draw 2/3 of the movable eyelid with black pencil, as close as possible to the lashes. Start a line from the outer corner.
    • Apply dark shadows to the pencil, blend the border.
    • On the shaded border of a dark shade, apply white eyeshadow, blend.
    • Move, starting from the outer corner, the lower eyelid. Make the width of the line thinner closer to the center of the eyelid.
    • Apply dark shadows to the extreme part of the lower eyelid using a thin line.Blend.
    • On the inner corner of the eyelids, apply white eyeshadow, blend.
    • Draw the arrows, start the line from the place where the eyelashes grow, lead to the outer corner. To the outer edge of the eye, thicken the line.
    • Tint the eyelashes.

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    By experimenting, select the color scheme that best suits your eye color and skin tone.

    Asian eyes are extraordinarily beautiful.With properly applied makeup, any girl will create an image full of mystery, emphasize the dignity of her appearance and preserve her unique natural beauty.

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