How-To: Asian Smoky

After our popular 12 Steps to Sultry post on how to create a smoky eye, we got countless requests from readers wanting a demo on Asian eyes.

So, we recruited two of our lovely staffers to demonstrate how universally flattering the smoky eye can be.

We couldn’t resist adding a fun shot from our Makeup Manual

Katie – Package Development

Read Katie’s tips on how she creates show-stopping eyes:

“I’m originally from South Korea. When I want to showcase my eyes, my go-to is Bobbi’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink. It dries quickly, doesn’t smudge, and only comes off when you use eye makeup remover. Also – I LOVE the Bobbi Brown Eye Lash Curler – it really opens up my eyes and makes putting on mascara that much easier. Since my eye lashes are short, I always use a mascara that lengthens them as much as possible. My recent obsession is filling in my brows using the Dark Brow Kit. It adds definition and shape to my brows, and completes the smoky eye look.”

  1. Apply Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Black Violet on the lid, up to the crease
  2. Using the Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, apply Black Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner across the upper lashline
  3. Use more Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Shadow to blend and diffuse the liner into the shadow
  4. Line the lower lashline with Black Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. Smudge with more Black Violet Cream Shadow
  5. Blend Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Brown Metal into the crease
  6. Curl lashes with an Eye Lash Curler and apply 2-3 coats of Extreme Party Mascara

Mai – Online Design

Read Mai’s take on the smoky eye look:

“My heritage is Japanese – and I’m always trying to make my eyes look bigger. I usually just go crazy with my eyeliner, but I learned at the photo session that we CAN do smoky eyes on Asians (I didn’t believe it was possible, without making a mess!). What a fun photo session! Too bad it’s not a Friday night so I can show off my awesome makeup!”

  1. Brush Ivory Eye Shadow across the lid with the Eye Sweep Brush
  2. Use the Eye Shadow Brush to blend Saddle Eye Shadow from the lashline to the crease
  3. Add additional layers of Saddle Eye Shadow to deepen the color
  4. Use a damp Eye Liner Brush to apply Charcoal Eye Shadow as liner on the upper and lower lashlines
  5. Use a Touch-Up Brush to smudge the liner on the lower lashline
  6. Curl lashes with an Eye Lash Curler and apply 2-3 coats of Extreme Party Mascara

Black Violet Long-Wear Cream Eye Shadow will be available this spring.

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11 thoughts on “How-To: Asian Smoky

  1. Love the colors on Katie! What were the cheek and lip colors?


    Bobbi Brown Reply:

    Reply on March 21st, 2012

    Hi Deidree, Katie wasn’t wearing blush but she was wearing Lilac Pearl Brightening Lip Gloss on her lips.


    Deidree Reply:

    Reply on March 23rd, 2012

    Thanks Bobbi! That’s a lovely contrast between the dark eyes and bright lips.


  2. As an Asian woman, I always appreciate when Bobbi shows ‘how-to’s especially for asian women. I often find make-up shopping / or make-overs hit-and-miss. I was always afraid of doing smokey eye look, but this is very useful!! Thanks Bobbi :-)


  3. Please, what lip color is wearing the model on the first photo? excuse my english!!


    Bobbi Brown Reply:

    Reply on June 4th, 2012

    Hi Monica, she is wearing Beige Lip Color.


  4. that! Enough of this brown eye liner and mascara nnsseone! haha I did brown eye liner on Heather for one of her maternity shoots and I despised it, there was not enough of a contrast, it didn’t pop or define her eye enough. Nothing can replace black eyeliner!


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