7th May, 2012 - Posted by Lia - 1 Comment
Your wedding day is your day to shine-to be a real live princess. And you deserve it. That’s why it is so important to make sure you look and feel your best. And for brides of Asian heritage, that doesn’t mean trying to get that sweet but sexy and look of Reese Witherspoon or Kate Hudson. To do so would be disappointing and quite honestly…unattractive.
Instead, remember that accentuating your features-working with them rather than against them-is key to a look that compliments the radiance that shows on the face of brides around the world.
Asian women who wish to use makeup to enhance rather than draw away from their looks need to:
- Use yellow-toned foundation which will compliment your skin rather than making you look artificial
- Peach or peach-pink blush is best. If your skin is paler, the peach-pink will likely be your best choice.
- Speaking of blush…Oriental women tend to not have distinct cheekbones like many other women. Don’t worry about it and DON’T try to ‘paint’ them on or create them with your blush. Blending a bit of color (not too much) onto the apples of your cheeks is all that is necessary. Finish with a light dusting of loose powder.
- Brows-not too thin, not too thick, not artificial looking. Natural is best. If necessary, fill in with a brow pencil of the same color. Whatever you do, don’t draw brows on.
Eye makeup can be tricky for oriental women. Because oriental women either a) don’t have a crease in their eye lid or b) the crease is more like a fold and close to the lash line, getting eye makeup ‘just right’ takes a bit of practice.
Highlight the entire lid with a light, neutral base. Figuratively speaking, divide your eye lid into three sections; inner, middle and outer (each section running top to bottom of the lid). Using a pale shade of pink, tan or palest gray, stroke the color from top to bottom across 1/3 of your lid. Next, do the same thing with another color in the palette of your choice a shade or two darker. The next step is to use a dark shade on the outer section. You’ll want to blend each section slightly with the one next to it to eliminate distinct lines. Finally, to finish, blend the neutral base shade from the brow to just below the brow bone with all three shades to give it a well-blended smudgy look. Beautiful!
Eyeliner is one of your best friends. Using a WATERPROOF gel or liquid, apply black or dark brown liner to the upper lash line. For a more dramatic effect, you can do ‘cat eyes’ by making the line thicker as you get to the outer edge and then make a diagonal sweep to a fine point as far up and out as you’d like. Some say Asian women present a challenge in the area of eye makeup, but being able to wear ‘cat eyes’ and making it look sophisticated, exotic and gorgeous is definitely something Asian women have over many other ethnic groups.
Bottom lashes should be lined as well. Use either a pale liner that you smudge ever so gently and lightly or dark liner. It all comes down to what look you are wanting to achieve.
Lashes should be curled before applying two layers of WATERPROOF mascara in dark brown or black.
Play around with it beginning a few weeks before your wedding. Do your makeup, take a few pictures and then decide which lookyou like best.
Photo & Makeup: Sharon Rai