How to Do an Asian Black Smokey Eye


This week we are here with Jessica and she is going to teach us how to do black smokey eye makeup for Asian eyes.

An Asian eye shape is sometimes referred to as “almond”, or “monolid”, due to the lack of a crease on the eyelids. Because of this, there are a few things that you’ll need to consider when you’re applying an eyeshadow.

PRO TIP: Take into account the skin tone that you’re working with when you choose the “highlight color”. Asian skin tone can range from very light to very dark. We’ve seen it dozens of times where artists will choose a highlight that is too light for the client’s skin. You also have to take into account the length of their eye when you’re choosing their lashes. Asian girls tend to have longer eyes and will need a longer lash strip.

Today Jessica is using one of our favorite Tarte color palettes, the Tartlette Amazonian clay matte palette. This palette has a good variety of light, mid and dark shades.

You also want to choose a great pair of lashes to complete the look. It’s important to trim the lashes to fit each eye specifically, as nobody’s eyes are perfectly symmetrical

We love the dollar lashes from dollar eyelash club because they are a bit longer and fuller than most strip lashes, so they are really gonna make this look “pop.” They are also 100% CRUELTY FREE. Today we are using ‘the man eater’ lash to create our look.

Creating the Look

Step 1: Primer

Jessica is going to start with the lid primer.

Today Jessica is using a Jane Iredale ‘Smooth Affair’ lid primer. It’s a little bit lighter than Jessica's skin tone, but that’s ok because for this look she is going to use flesh tone shadow over top. The lighter primer will give just a bit of natural highlight underneath the color.

PRO TIP: It is important to choose a color of primer that is not too white or light for your skin. You should choose a primer that is just 1 to 2 shades lighter than your skin.

You want to apply your primer evenly over the whole upper eyelid.

You also want to bring the highlight down into the inner corner of the eye. this is going to create a subtle highlight, and look fabulous.

Step 2: Eyeshadow

Next Jessica is going to apply some color from her Tarte palette. For this technique, the shade Jessica is using for this step is ‘wanderer’ because it is pretty close to her skin tone. Remember she needs to blend out that lighter primer that she had on underneath.

If there’s nothing you need to blend out, choose a shade that is 1-2 shades lighter than your skin depending on how “highlighted” you want to look.

Jessica’s going to apply this color on top of the primer. She’s going to feather it into the inner corner of the eye, but not all the way down. She wants to keep a bit of highlight to really set this look off.

Next, she is going to apply a bit of black eyeshadow to create the illusion of a crease. The important thing to keep in mind here is that you will want to keep the black underneath where you want your artificial crease line. By doing this you’ll be able to blend the color upwards to create a natural looking transition.

You also want to avoid getting excess black shadow all over your clothes or below your eyes, so you should make sure that your brush isn’t too overloaded with color.

PRO TIP: Apply your color by gently patting with the brush rather than making swiping or sweeping motions to prevent fallout from your brush. Also to keep the black shadow evenly saturated along the eye, pat each section with the same number of times.

Starting from the outside, you are going to apply our black shadow about 1/3 of the way in using our patting method.

PRO TIP: This works the best with a dense, compact brush.

Next, for our darker mid tone, Jessica is going to use a violet shade from her Tarte palette called ‘bombshell’. This is a great shade to blend out black because they have similar underlying pigments.

Using the patting technique, apply the purple eyeshadow between the dark and the lightest shade.

You also want to use this color to blend into the black shadow and eliminate any harsh lines to create a subtle color transition.

PRO TIP: This works the best with a dense, compact brush.

For the lighter blending tone, Jessica is going to use the ‘best friend’ shade from her Tarte pallet.

Starting at the outside corner, apply the lighter blending shade over top of the previous layers of shadow using a bit more of a sweeping pattern. You really want to blend everything out nicely to create the smokey look that you are going for.

PRO TIP: This works the best with a fluffier eyeshadow brush.

finally, you are going to take the ‘wanderer’ shade that you used at the beginning and fade it into the lighter midtone to ensure a seamless transition.

Lastly, you could add a shade that’s a bit brighter just underneath the arch of the brow to give it just a little extra “pop”.

Step 3: Lashes

The final touch for any eye makeup look, ‘the man eater’ lashes from dollar eyelash club. 

The final look? Fabulous. Jessica is ready to slay the day! Try this great look for yourself and let us know how it turns out.

This dollar lash club has you covered with these beautiful dollar lashes.

If you have any questions or comments, leave your thoughts in the section below, and stay tuned to @dollareyelashclub for a new video every week! 

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