FOTD: Vivi Japanese Magazine Look - Asian Smoky Eye

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Vivi magazine is a Japanese fashion and beauty magazine, and it's pretty well known in the Asian community. Even non-Japanese read it (figuratively speaking) for its bang-on fashion advice and detailed step-by-step makeup instructions.

One thing I've always noticed when I come across scans of Vivi magazine (or any other Japanese/Korean magazine, for that matter) is the model's makeup.

Japanese/Korean smoky eyes aren't smoky eyes in the conventional sense, and I was very interested in trying to replicate this strange-looking smoky eye. I think the main difference between the Asian and Western smoky eye is the fact that the eyeshadow is taken far beyond the crease and lashline, on both the top and bottom lids. The eyeshadow is always black-brown instead of black-grey-silver, and a little bit of the brown is extended toward the inner end of the eyebrow as a sort of contour.

I also think that this is a great interpretation of the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen bronze smoky eye. I'm not sure which one of the sisters loves this eyeshadow style, but she's always seen wearing this bronze eye that's smoky but not too strong.

Anyway, I had quite a bit of fun doing this FOTD, because I Photoshopped my hair! I think I did a pretty good job replicating that ash-blond-green hue that most Asian dye-jobs end up taking, because bleaching black hair almost never goes well (lol).

Mind you, my Photoshop skills are nonexistent, so don't expect really natural, amazing looking hair.

Hair colour not perfected yet. I swear I wasn't trying to look sexy in this photo! Just trying to angle my head so I could get a clear picture of the eyeshadow.

Got the colour right this time!

Another thing about the Asian smoky eye is that most, if not all models tend to have blonde/light brown hair, so their eyebrows are usually done with a very light brown colour. If you don't have light-coloured hair, don't try doing light eyebrows, because you just end up looking really washed out and sleepy, the way I would have if I hadn't photoshopped the pictures.

Here are the products I used:

Bare Minerals Foundation in Light
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown
Revlon Colorstay 12 Hour Eyeshadow in Coffee Bean (dark and medium brown shades)
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Diorshow Iconic (for bottom lashes)
Bare Minerals All Over Face Color in Bare Radiance
Stila Contouring Trio (for shading underneath cheekbones)
NYX Round Lipstick in Circe

In other news, it's finally the weekend! I'm eyeing this crossbody bag at Rubi Shoes and I just might head out today to get it! I'm also planning to colour my hair, but that's only going to happen in Malaysia, so I still have to wait 2 weeks before anything happens.

What are everybody else's plans for this awesome weekend? :)

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