Through trial and error, I’ve learned what works best for my face. Since Asian girls’ features are softer and less structural, there are some tips and tricks that can make a noticeable difference in your daily makeup routine.
A chiseled face preps my confidence to tackle any day!
#1 Contour and highlight your nose.
I’ve always known this step existed but for many years, I simply skipped over it and thought contouring and highlighting was an optional step that I’ll only do for photo makeup purposes. Since most Asians don’t have a strong nose bridge, this step makes a huge difference.
Besides adding more color to my pale skin tone, the contouring effect gives my face more dimension and structure. A little product goes a long way (too much can make you look doll-like), especially if you have light skin like me. I love ELF’s Studio Contouring and Blush Powder (only $3!) and Benefit’s Watt’s Up Highlighter for this step. For the bronzer, I use Real Techniques Angled Concealer Brush.
#2 Coat your lower lashline with mascara and/or eyeshadow.
I’ve always worn mascara on my upper lashline even though it didn’t make much of a difference with eyeliner on. Since eyeliner requires more precision and time, lately I’ve been skipping the eyeliner step and went for coating both the upper and lower lashlines. I admit that for an Asian girl with sparse lashes, just coating the upper lashline isn’t enough. Despite my lower lashline hair being super light and short, a little mascara really makes the eyes stand out.
I know what you’re thinking, different mascaras for an everyday morning routine? Why so high maintenance? Different mascara brushes serve different purposes: the Lancome mascara brush is larger and works for the upper lashline, but my lower lash line hairs are even sparser (you understand the pain if you’re an Asian girl) so going in with the large brush will leave large chunks of mascara (not to mention it won’t work anyway) on the lashline and that is unacceptable for someone who is writing this article for you.
#3 Frame your face to display presence by filling in your brows.
Like my eyelashes, my eyebrow hair situation similar. At it’s worse, it seems like I have gray hairs. When they grow out, I start trimming them myself and my eyebrow grooming stylist always call me out on my lack of trimming skills. (insert *monkey covers face emoji)
I personally dislike filling in my brows, but it’s a mandatory step if you have gray or light hairs (I swear I’m not that old yet!) like me.
Sharp and well-drawn out eyebrows give the whole face presence and visibility.
#4 Choose a deeper or nude pink blush for a contouring effect.
When I was younger, I thought blushes were always some shade of pink. Now I know how limiting my thinking was, but my occasionally round face (depending on how much I eat) makes any rosy and warmer toned blushes look either like a little kid or a clown on me.
It wasn’t until I was exposed to Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed (no pun intended) that I realized that blushes are highly flexible in their shades of pink. Tarte’s blush in Exposed is more of a cooler nude pink that gives off a contouring, slimming effect that I very much need.
I heard Tarte’s blush in Seduce is a similar color so one or the other will do the trick.
#5 Swap out your eyeshadow routine for single or no shadows.
I have hooded eyes and my eyelids are different in size, thus making the eyeshadow application process quite annoying. One eye always looks better or worse than the other eye. While I love how eyeshadows look on models and advertisements, I just skip this step these days unless I’m going out at night. Whether I wear one color or amp it up to three colors, it doesn’t make a huge difference on my hooded eyes when they’re open.
If you insist on eyeshadows, I really recommended wearing just one natural color (champagne or earthy browns are beautiful on anyone) eyeshadow. This is both time-saving and really no one can see it anyway.
What do you think?
What are the things and steps you do in your makeup routine that makes a huge difference in your overall, final complexion?