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How to Do Makeup for Asian Women

Learn the best products and techniques for enhancing the beauty of Asian features.


  • Step 1: Define lips with a neutral lip liner at the natural lip line. Apply a beige or peach lip gloss, then top with a clear lip gloss to for a fresh, natural look.
  • Step 2: Create a smoky eye for nighttime drama. Use a shimmery taupe eye shadow to line all the way around the eye. Apply black eyeliner close to the upper and lower lash lines and smudge. Line the inside of the upper and lower rims with black eye liner. Use shimmery white liner on the inner corners of the eyes and finish with black mascara.
  • FACT: Vietnamese-American makeup artist Michelle Phan became the first female YouTube personality to reach 1 million subscribers on her YouTube channel.
  • TIP: Avoid using dark shadow to create the look of a crease in the eyelid. It won't make the eyes look any more open -- just obviously made-up.
  • Step 3: Make eyes pop, creating depth by layering three colors of eye shadow. Brush on the darkest shade at the lower and upper lash line, a medium tone all over the lid, and the lightest, highlighting shade at the brow bone. Add a thin line of black eye liner along the top lash line, curl the lashes, and finish with black mascara on the top and bottom lashes.
  • TIP: Most foundation has pink undertones, which looks less natural on most Asian women's skin.
  • Step 4: Create contour and depth in the face by applying a highlight cream foundation to the center of the face and blending in a darker, contour cream foundation on the outer portions. Use a light bronzer along the cheekbones and a cream highlighter above the apples of the cheeks and at the temples.
  • Step 5: Apply the brow cream or pomade to the brows and brush them up, especially where they thin out at the ends.
  • Step 6: Find a highlight and a contour cream foundation that has an olive undertone.

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