She’s Asian and beau­ti­ful

If you have a darker skin tone, em­brace it, as you are blessed with the abil­ity to get away with bolder shades.

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“Choos­ing colours that are too light, for in­stance, will re­sult in an un­nat­u­ral, ashen and un­healthy look. Also, choose those that con­tain a nat­u­ral sheen that will re­flect light and give off a healthy glow.

“Asians should also look to min­eral makeup. As they tend to have sen­si­tive skin, a min­eral (rather than pig­ment) base works bet­ter for them. Their skins are of­ten smoother too, and as such, a light cov­er­age is suf­fi­cient,” Zin adds.

Many Asians of­ten have sin­gle or heavy eye­lids that make the eyes look tired or smaller. Also, they tend to have less prom­i­nent cheek­bones. This makes their faces ap­pear wider and rounder.

The trick here is to play up your nat­u­ral fea­tures and avoid try­ing to trans­form yourself into some­thing you’re not. It’s quite easy to subtly en­hance other ar­eas with the right shad­ing and tools to make them ap­pear dis­tinc­tive. For in­stance, Haritha Shan, se­nior make-up artist for M.A.C, is of the opin­ion that Asian women tend to have sparse eye­brows. This can be a prob­lem as brows work to help frame and de­fine the face.

“Al­most ev­ery woman, no mat­ter her eth­nic­ity, has sparse brows that need to be filled in, but Asians in par­tic­u­lar, may need a lit­tle more help. Do­ing so will bal­ance out your fea­tures beau­ti­fully.”

Haritha adds that one should try cus­tom-blend­ing foun- da­tions. She says that if you are un­able to find the per­fect shade that suits your skin tone, try mix­ing two dif­fer­ent shades to get one that will match per­fectly.

Wear­ing foun­da­tion that is too light for your skin tone will have you look­ing like a ghost. This will look un­nat­u­ral and clearly shows that you’re wear­ing foun­da­tion, and one that’s not flat­ter­ing to your look.

Too dark and you’ll end up look­ing like you’re wear­ing a mask. But if you want to play it safe, choos­ing a foun­da­tion that’s just a shade darker will look like you’ve just got a tan, and this can be evened out with a lighter­coloured loose pow­der.

Other rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude play­ing up the lips with ei­ther rich or ex­tremely soft colours. Blushes should be ap­plied high on the cheeks to make your face look more sculpted.

In Malaysia, women tend to leave out lin­ers, but these along with the right eye­shadow, can make a dif­fer­ence in high­light­ing the eyes and make them look larger.

US make-up artist and TV per­son­al­ity Jean­nie Mai (born to a Chi­nese mother and Viet­namese fa­ther), is a reg­u­lar ad­vo­cate of Asian beauty. She fre­quently talks about how it shouldn’t be dis­missed for Western ideals.

In a video posted on YouTube, she speaks about Asian eyes and how gor­geous they are. Her video demon­strates how one can ac­cen­tu­ate them to look sexy and gor­geous with the right make-up.

“Em­brace your face. Em­brace ex­actly the way you look. Use make-up to en­hance your nat­u­ral fea­tures. Avoid try­ing to trans­form yourself into some­thing you’re not,” she said in an in­ter­view.

In an ar­ti­cle on multi-cul­tural beauty by Ger­rie Sum­mers, celebrity make-up artist Monae Everett Geark said that dark skin tones can gen­er­ally wear al­most any colour. Warmer tones such as gold or bronze com­ple­ment darker skin tones the best. Dark colours look more nat­u­ral and beau­ti­ful on dark skin such as deep pur­ples, dark blue, and black eye shad­ows, she added. The pow­der is for­mu­lated us­ing 100% min­er­als with­out any oils, ad­di­tives, preser­va­tives, fra­grances or an­i­mal prod­ucts. All the colours are well-suited to Asians, but the Nat­u­ral Buff is re­port­edly a best­seller here. As a Malaysian brand, Rona­su­tra prod­ucts are ha­lal and safe for use by Mus­lim women. There is no need to use a cleanser be­fore per­form­ing ablu­tions, as the make-up is eas­ily re­moved with wa­ter.

Nars Or­gasm Blush

It of­fers a nat­u­ral, healthy­look­ing colour that im­me­di­ately en­livens the com­plex­ion. The shade is of a peachy hue, mak­ing it suit­able for slightly darker or tan skin tones. A light ap­pli­ca­tion of its high-in­ten­sity colour can deliver a warm flush for great ef­fect. Nars blushes also use a mi­cro­nised pow­der for­mula that is soft on skin.

M.A.C Min­er­al­ize Eye Shadow

Baked min­er­als re­fined into a pow­der for­mula pro­vide an ex­cep­tion­ally sheer and light­weight ap­pli­ca­tion. Colour builds lightly, layer af­ter layer, with­out heavy cov­er­age. Rec­om­mended shades for Asians to try out are the Sea Sky and Fresh Green Mix.

L’Oréal Paris Le Rouge

The lip­stick de­liv­ers a bold, lus­cious colour that lasts all day long. It also hy­drates your lips to keep it moist and com­fort­able. Medium skin tones have a ver­sa­tile lip pal­ette, so they can take ad­van­tage of the wide range of colours. People with darker skins can go for bold reds like the In­fal­li­ble Rav­ish­ing shade.

Foun­da­tions with a yel­low base gen­er­ally work bet­ter for asian skin.

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