Sorry long time no post!!! Been busy ahhh X___X
So today's post is gonna be super eyeliner basics... specifically for Asians with closed lid space, like me :D
So you can skip this post if you don't need this information.
I'd like to talk about different types of eyelids. Because I found that none of my white/non-Asian friends understand what I'm talking about when was describing how there are outwardly-folded (外雙)/ inwardly-folded (內雙) eyes, monolids, even open-eye (開眼頭) surgery.
Here are some example pictures of non-Asians eyelids just so you guys can see the differences:
I feel like for non-Asians they're more like a crease, rather than an actually fold
Now onto Asian eyes :)
There are roughly four types of Asian eyelids (monolid not included in this picture)
My very crappy drawing XD
Outwardly folded eye with open inner tear duct
I don't see this eye shape a lot for Asians (and may I specify East Asians) but I have met a few ppl who naturally have this kind of eye shape.
There are eyelid surgeries available where the inner corner of the skin of the eyelid/skin right on top of the inner tear duct is removed to open up the eyes, known as open-eye surgery; 開眼頭).
Outwardly-folded eye (外雙)
Representation: Ayumi Hamasaki!
Where the inner corner of the fold doesn't really connect with the inner corner of the eye
Inwardly-folded eye (內雙)
Where the inner corner of the fold actually is connected to the inner corner of the eye
Hahaha yayy BoA represent!!! cuz... I have this eye shape too XD
Lastly would be monolid... which I'm not gonna talk about cuz most ppl know what it is. It's just the way Asian lids fold differently is very perplexing to a lot of ppl :P
To demonstrate my point better:
For eye shape #1 and 2... you can pretty much do whatever you want with your eyeliner, there's not many limitations thanks to the lid space there is. I'm gonna talk about today is how eye shape #3 should do their eyeliner, or my suggestion at least :) there is no rule and it really depends on your personal style/taste as well.
So first off, I always tight-line my upper lash line
Second part, lining your upper liner, is the trickier part.
Because of the nature of this lid, the inner corner of the eye is closed up, leaving no lid space, so I'd advise you to start lining your eyes where your pupil is when you look straight at the mirror
see how I don't start at the very inner corner?
And here's a comparison between you leaving in inner corner free (left) and gradually thickening the eyeliner out , versus if you fill in the inner corner with the eyeliner with same thickness from inner corner to outer corner (right).
See how on the right, the eyeliner basically fills in your lid space and closes your eyes down? This should be avoided.
Wing out your eyes if you want (or you can save this step along with lining bottom lash line)
Now onto the bottom liner
Line only 2/3 way in, and start fading the gel liner as you work inward
Leaving the inner corner free makes your eyes appear bigger and brighter
Whereas lining the whole bottom line kind of closes your eye, because you're defining the boundaries of your eye area.
The above is just my suggestion if you want to achieve bigger/brighter eyes :) But of course you can do whatever you like. It really depends on what kind of look you're trying to achieve. For me this is how I do my eyeliner on a daily basis.
Now, I'm gonna show how to do the same thing using a liquid eyeliner.
For the upper liner, follow the same procedure of lining
Now onto the bottom liner, have a Q-tip ready.
Dip the tip on the Q-tip into black/brown eye shadow, then blow at it gently to remove the excess eye shadow so you won't have fall-outs
Then roughly place your liquid liner
(Sorry for the blurry pic cuz I had to do it fast haha)
And WHILE THE LIQUID EYELINER IS STILL WET, with DABBING motion, gently dab the eye shadow onto the liquid liner. I usually just dab at 3 points
Like so (I took the pics after I finished dabbing lol here's just to show where to dab)
End result... tah-dah!
Pretty natural eh?
SECOND OPTION with liquid liner
You can also use a wet Q-tip and smudge out the liquid liner while it's still wet, it will give you the same effect. However I found this method gives less consistent results because it really depends on the formular of the liquid liner; For examples, this method works on Revlon, Maybelline and Tokidoki liquid liner, but NOT on loreal. I found if I use this method with loreal liquid liner it'd just wipe the liner away.
So that's all... very very basic stuff. But I hope some of you might find it useful :)
Thanks for reading I know it's super long!
Okay I must have sucked at explaining the differences between eye shape #1 and 2 and my drawing must have sucked XD
Anyways a bloggie asked about what the difference is ^^~
So I found some better pictures to explain
Both #1 and #2 are outwardly-folded lids. The only difference is that #1 has also removed the eyelid on the inner corner.
I got this off a eye surgery advertisement page. The circled part indicates the skin that is to be removed.
So here are the two eye shapes I was talking about, #1 being the bottom eye, #2 being the top eye. You can clearly see the tear duct of the bottom eye because the part of the skin that covers it has been removed.
Other example of #1 eye:
you can see the skin of the inner corner of her eye is still intact, unlike the model above.
***** I'm not saying these models have had surgeries done! I have no knowledge about that.
*****I DO NOT OWN ALL OF THE IMAGES
Hope that clears things up :)
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