From feath­erlight foun­da­tion to jet-black mas­cara — our guide to the best of both worlds.

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Beauty - By KATY YOUNG


Many East Asian women ob­serve that shop­ping for mas­cara is chal­leng­ing. Euro­pean-centric for­mu­las tend to be loaded with heavy con­di­tion­ing agents, which prove too heavy for fine lashes. In­stead, look for wa­ter­proof or smudge-proof mas­caras, which are of­ten lighter. although rare, jet-black mas­cara will com­ple­ment dark hair tones bet­ter, while of­fer­ing more im­pact on shorter, straighter lashes. Suqqu, Ben­e­fit and Eyeko have ex­cel­lent shades be­yond dark brown.


While cen­turies-old tra­di­tions of rub­bing pearls and bleach­ing agents into the face have moved on, ra­di­ance re­mains the num­ber-one skin con­cern in East Asia, ac­cord­ing to a global beauty re­port by Shi­seido. East Asian skin is said to gen­er­ally age more slowly than Euro­pean skin, but is more likely to suf­fer from sun hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity, trig­ger­ing me­lanin pro­duc­tion and thus dark spots. Serums and lo­tions that reg­u­late pig­ment and that in­clude vi­ta­min C, gly­colic and sal­i­cylic acids, plus trust­wor­thy sun fil­ters, are ex­tremely pop­u­lar. These prod­ucts are also help­ful for any­one with con­cerns about pig­men­ta­tion and sun dam­age.


The light­weight tex­tures found in East Asian skin­care and makeup were born out of a need to pro­vide so­lu­tions for high tem­per­a­tures and hu­mid­ity, ac­cord­ing to L’oréal. En­vi­ron­ment aside, the more feath­er­like a foun­da­tion, the more com­fort­able it is on skin, so it is a con­cept that has adapted to West­ern mar­kets ex­tremely suc­cess­fully.


East Asian women are among the high­est spenders on beauty in the world, ac­cord­ing to Min­tel.the multi-step rit­ual is deep-rooted in the re­gion’s beauty cul­ture, where a porce­lain com­plex­ion once meant wealth and noble sta­tus. To­day, women still layer up to 15 light­weight lo­tions and eas­ily ab­sorbed serums in pur­suit of ‘milk skin’, with as many as 75 per cent of Chi­nese con­sumers sleep­ing in a face mask. Mean­while, ev­ery­one can ben­e­fit from the an­cient art of fa­cial mas­sage with a jade roller, or gua sha tool, which boots cir­cu­la­tion and drains the lymph nodes.

Eyeko Sport Wa­ter­proof Mas­cara, $37. Sis­ley Phyto-eye Twist in Cop­per, $55. Dior Cap­ture Youth Glow Booster, $162. Chanel D-pol­lu­tion Es­sen­tial Daily Pro­tec­tion Mist, $87. La Mer The Re­plen­ish­ing Oil Ex­fo­lia­tor, $135. Dr Se­bagh Pure Vi­ta­min C Pow­der Cream, $120. Shi­seido Full Lash Multi-di­men­sion Mas­cara, $52. Chante­caille Anti-pol­lu­tion Mat­ti­fy­ing Cream, $143. Nars Soft Vel­vet Loose Pow­der, $54. Cau­dalie Mi­cel­lar Cleans­ing Wa­ter, $58. Estée Lauder Ad­vanced Night Re­pair Con­cen­trated Re­cov­ery Pow­er­foil Mask, $35 each. White Lo­tus Jade Gua Sha, $35. Guerlain Météorites Base, $97. M.A.C Min­er­al­ize Blush in Like Me, Love Me, $47. Suqqu Nude Wear Liq­uid foun­da­tion SPF 15, $71. Orveda The Pre­bi­otic Emul­sion, $500. Lancôme Ab­solue Re­vi­tal­iz­ing Rose Lo­tion, $175. Septem­ber 2018

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