Eye Makeup Tips For 14 Different Types of Asian Eyes


As you must have read in my last post about crease and contour eyeshadow differences between Asians and Caucasians, typical eye type charts and tutorials that conveniently lump all types of Asian eyes into one simply do not work. There are specific makeup techniques for Asians.

I will share in this post how to apply makeup on the different types of Asian eyes. Of course the Asian eye is not limited to just these 14 types, but these are the most commonly seen ones.

As per my disclaimer in my previous post, by ‘Asian’ I refer more specifically to East and Southeast Asians as Western Asians (Middle East) and Southern Asians (Pakistan, India, etc) have anatomical traits more similar to those of Westerners.

Super General Guidelines for creating an Asian eye makeup look:

Step 1:

Apply light eyeshadow across the eyelid

Step 2:

Use a medium to dark eyeshadow shade on the contour area instead of the crease and blend in towards the inner corner of the eye, stopping at no more than 1/3 from the outer lid.

(Caucasians will tell you to place it on the crease, but I already mentioned in my post on crease and contour difference between Asian eyes and Caucasians eyes that, for Asians, the crease and contour area are not the same. You can read my post on ‘Where to apply contour shade on the Asian eye’!)

Step 3:

Sweep a lighter shadow on the brow bone and on the inner corner of the eye

Step 4:

Apply eyeliner on the lashline and waterline

Step 5:

Apply mascara on top and bottom lashes

However every eye type requires some tweaking to the Super General Guidelines – a little more contour or a little less, a thicker eyeliner or a thinner one, black eyeliner on the lower waterline or a white one.

So read on to find out eye makeup tips for your eye type!


Chinese words translation: Ideal or Perfect Eyes

Definition: Evenly spaced almond-shaped eyes. Evenly spaced eyes means that the average space between two eyes is the width of an eye

Makeup Tips: While I don’t agree with calling them ‘perfect’ since everybody’s idea of the perfect eye is different, almond-shaped eyes are the most common type of eye. They are proportionately sized to the rest of the facial features and have a slight upward lift at the outer corner of the eyes to suggest a more youthful looking appearance. Almond-shaped eyes are very versatile to many kinds of makeup looks. So if you have them, dare to experiment with funky colors, deeper colors, different eyeshadow placements, and thicker eyeliner progressing outwards to intensify the eyes!


Chinese words translation: Close-set Eyes

Definition: Close-set eyes usually have less than an eye width space in between

Makeup Tips: To create the illusion of a wider gap between the eyes, keep more intense eyeshadow colors at the far corners of the eyes. Do not place dark eyeshadows more than 1/3 into the lids as that would make the eyes appear even nearer to one another. Apply more mascara on the outer corner of the eye to build volume outwards. You can also draw your eyebrows further apart to ‘pull’ the eyes away from each other.

Chinese words translation: Wide-set Eyes

Definition: Wide-set eyes usually have more than an eye width space in between

Makeup Tips: To visually bring the space between the eyes closer to one another, bring a darker eyeshadow color from the outer corner of the eye closer to the middle of the eyelid. You may use more intense eye shadow colors near the inner corner of the eyes. You can also draw your eyebrows closer to one another to make wide-set eyes appear closer together. Contouring your nose can also help in reducing the distance between the eyes.

There isn’t a comic representation of ‘Big Eyes’ so I used Vicki Zhao’s photo instead. She has large, expressive eyes that do not diminish in size even with all that thick black eyeliner.

Big Eyes

Definition: Due to a larger opening of the eye, there is a lot of white space and almost or the entire pupil can be seen. Gosh, I make my eyes sound alien. LOL!

Makeup Tips: Enhance the shape of big eyes by adding depth with darker colors on the contour area. For big eyes, it is safe to apply darker colors on the lower lashline as it will add color and more dimension to your eyes without closing up your eyes too much (since you have a lot more space to spare). If you want to make your eyes appear smaller (like if they look kinda disproportionate to the rest of your face), frame them with black eyeliner on the lashline and waterline and dark eyeshadows.


Chinese words translation: Thin and Narrow Eyes

Definition: Much less of the white of the eye and pupil can be seen. Such thin-slit eyes are not uncommon in Asia.

Makeup Tips: For eyes that appear to be smaller than every other feature on the face, make the eyes appear bigger and rounder by applying light shadow on the lids and dark black eyeliner at the base of the eyelashes. Widen the thickness of the eyeliner while you transfer out towards the outer corners of the eyes. A little upward tick at the outside corner will add lift to the eyes. Apply white eyeliner on the bottom waterline to open the eyes. For small eyes, try to keep using dark eyeshadow colors to a minimum as they will just close up your eyes. Instead, work on creating lush lashes with double coats on both upper and lower eyelashes.


Chinese words translation: Round Eyes

Definition: Round eyes do not look perfectly round like marbles (LOL!), they just look rounder than almond-shaped eyes.  A lot of the pupil and white of the eye can be seen.

Makeup Tips: In Asia, manga-like round eyes are highly desired as they imply innocence and youth. Round and large eyes are highly sought after in Asia. Google: Ayumi Hamasaki. If you have round eyes and prefer to elongate them like into almond-shaped eyes, draw darker eyeliner beyond the outer corner of the eyes. Use a darker eyeshadow color to contour according to the shape desired.


Chinese words translation: Small Round Eyes

Definition: The difference between Round Eyes and Small Round Eyes is that, the Round Eye is longer in length than the Small Round Eye. You can see more space on the sides of the pupil in Round Eye than in Small Round Eye.

Makeup Tips: See Round Eyes


Chinese words translation: Down-turned Eyes

Definition: The outer corner of the eye is lower than the inner corner of the eye

Makeup Tips: Avoid applying eyeshadow that follows the shape of the eye. Instead, apply the contour eyeshadow shade up and out. To lift droopy eyes, apply eyeliner in the inner edge and a thicker smudged one at the outer edge towards an upward angle. Like a cat winged line. Curl your lashes and apply more mascara on the outer lashes for an overall lifted look.


Chinese words translation: Prominent Eyes

Definition: Eyes that protrude forward, almost bulging out

Chinese words translation: Puffy Eyes

Definition: Puffy eyes are a result of a thicker layer of fat underneath the lids that causes more protrusion than the average Asian eye.

Prominent Eyes do not imply puffiness; likewise, Puffy Eyes do not imply prominence.

Makeup Tips: I put these 2 types of eye together as they share a common goal with makeup. That is, to reduce the appearance of bulge and make the eyes not dominate the rest of the facial features. Instead of following the Super General Guidelines above which suggest using a lighter color on the lids, apply a medium shade on the upper lid to immediately tone down the pronounced eyelid. You want to use dark colors to recede the prominence or puffiness. Then use eyeliner and line the lash bases from corner to corner to remove the spotlight on the pronounced eyelid.

Chinese words translation: Deep-set Eyes, more common in Caucasian eyes

Definition: Dark shadows above the eyes, below the brow bone

Makeup Tips: Although some depth in the eyes can speak more emotions, we don’t want eyes that recede too back into the sockets. Deep-set Eyes can be said to be the opposite of Prominent Eyes. To bring out deep-set eyes, use paler shades around the eyes to enhance them. Use a slightly darker eyeshadow color at the contour area (try not to use black) and blend towards the brow bone. Apply thin eyeliner along the lashline. A thick eyeliner line will make the eyes disappear underneath the browbone.


Chinese words translation: Three-pointed Eyes, Triangular Eyes

Definition: This happens when the skin on the outer area of the eye starts to sag, thus covering more of the eye and resulting in a triangular shape.

Makeup Tips: For triangle-shaped eyes, you want to create the illusion of lifted eyes and a higher well-defined contour. Besides following the Super General Guidelines, draw the eyeliner thicker as you go towards the outer corner of the eye. Add a wing to lift the eyes visually.

A similar type of eye is Hooded Eyes, which may or may not be the result of sagging skin. Hooded eyes are very common among Asians due to the fatty underlying tissue of the eyelids. Some have such heavily hooded lids that cover their double eyelids; these are referred to as ‘inner double eyelids’. To give more prominence and liveliness to hooded eyes, the Super General Guidelines are a safe bet, but avoid using harsh black eyeshadow to cover the entire eyelid. Also avoid bringing dark eyeshadow colors too much into the eyelid from the outer 1/3 of the eye as doing so will make the eyes appear smaller. Eyeliner plays an important part in opening hooded eyes. Try to wing it out at the far end of the eye to visually lift them.


Chinese words translation: Phoenix Eyes

Definition: I believe the Phoenix eye is very much an Asian thing. Precisely because it is only seen on Asians that the Asian eye is often stereotyped as the Phoenix Eye. Remember Mulan? The Phoenix Eye is so named because it resembles the eye of the mythical phoenix bird.

But the Phoenix Eye is actually a rather rare type of eye. It is considered exotic and beautiful and the perfect Oriental Phoenix eye is described as so:

– The eye is not big in size, but looks lively and can appear seductive
– The slight upward lift at the outer corner of the eye gives a come-hither look
– A slight paraberal slant is present, where the outer corner or the eye is just slightly higher than the inner corner of the eye
– Can be seen on either monolids or double eyelids

I had such a hard time finding the description for the Phoenix eye and could only find information on Chinese websites. Because it is so elusive even in definition, here are pictures of people with Phoenix eyes.

Liu Yi Fei from China

Phoenix eyes with double eyelids

Lee Jun-Ki from Korea

Phoenix eyes with monolids

Makeup Tips: Since the Phoenix eye is very much unique in itself I have to resist the urge to simply say that a simple thin eye line would suffice. But no, as with all eyes that need definition, use a darker color eyeshadow color (like brown) to contour the eyes, along with eyeliner and mascara. If you want to downplay the little upward curve at the outer corner of the eye, draw a thicker line at the outer corner without extending beyond the eye. Do not wing it out. Lastly, draw on the lower lashline to balance the look.



Chinese words translation: Slanted Eyes

Definition: Do not confuse this with Phoenix eyes although the two look really similar (especially the drawings). The main difference between Slanted eyes and Phoenix eyes is the degree of slant in the eye. The Slanted Eye obviously has a greater slant but does not possess the little curve at the outer corner of the eye as in the Phoenix Eye. On the other hand, the Phoenix Eye does not slant until the corner of the eye.

Makeup Tips: The shape of Slanted Eyes is quite the opposite of Down-turned Eyes. Take full advantage of the natural slant in the eye by winging out your eyeliner. Or if you want downplay the slant, follow the tips for Phoenix eyes.

Nevertheless, with all that said, there are no hard and fast rules to applying makeup. If you feel you look better and more confident with certain makeup looks, by all means stick to it. Afterall, our face is our canvas for our expression of art and form. And beauty is very much in the eyes of the beholder.


So, tell us, which type of eye combination are you?


Related articles:

Tutorial: Where to apply contour eyeshadow color on an Asian eye

Crease and Contour Eyeshadow: Asian Eyes VS Caucasian Eyes


Eyeshadow Tutorial Series:

Part 1: Where to Apply Eyeshadow

Part 2: Vertical Gradient Method

Part 3: Defining the Outer V

Part 4: Defining the Contour Area

Part 5: Horizontal Gradient Method


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Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

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  • a!kO

    This was quite the read, honestly I am overwhelmed, can I have that many combination of eyes? 😛 I’d love to say I have pheonix eyes 😛 cause I want to be exotic but no, sadly but maybe. I don’t even know what the little difference there is :P. I am pretty sure I have almond shape eyes, or the ideal eyes and it is kinda puffy. My friends use to say I have cat eyes, I guess it reminds them of a cat, if that make sense :P. Great post once again 😀 OMG I think I am in love with your blog!

    • Bun Bun

      Haha I guess we all can! Like I have evenly-spaced eyes + big eyes + round eyes. Hey cat eyes are sexy and seductive! They look like they can look INTO your soul.

      And thank you for your encouragement! =D

  • Dinky

    Great post! Most makeup sites cover only the very generic eye shapes/types but you’ve described Asian eyes in such detail. I have small eyes which I don’t like so your tips have really helped. Thanks =)

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Dinky! Glad to be of help. Oh, I have a friend who has small eyes too and Imma do an eye tutorial on her soon, along with 4 other girlfriends of different eye types. Stay tuned! =)

  • Angela

    Great post! I found your blog from the makeupandbeautyblog!

    • Bun Bun

      Thank you Angela! =D

  • a!kO

    See our Asian eyes are unique! 😛 hehe, we can have a gazillion different combination and go crazy 😀 Am loving your blog seriously ^^, Yes lets hope the soul speaks for itself XD

  • Lisa

    Wow this has been really useful! It’s so great to have such a comprehensive record of all the variations of Asian eye shapes.

    This is perfect as I’d always been told by various people that I had a Phoenix eye, so now I know what that actually means! Not sure whether or not I really do as, like you said, the slant and size isn’t very pronounced. But then again that just goes to prove your point, haha. Strangely enough I have been told that I look somewhat like Liu Yi Fei so perhaps I do! Sadly enough there is no real likeness, but at least your extremely informative blog goes a long way to making us all feel beautiful and appreciated in our own way. :)

    • Bun Bun

      Thank you Lisa, I’m glad my blog helped! And yes, the Phoenix eye is hardly describable. LOL. I had such a hard time myself writing about and finding examples of it. XD

  • Annie

    Before I read the descriptions of the eyes, and looking strictly at the eye pictures that you posted, I pretty much had it pegged that I had a Phoenix eye shape. I didn’t know it was so sought after, though. To be honest, it doesn’t mean much to me; I think it’s how your eye fits in with your nose, lips, and other facial features that determines your physical beauty. In fact, I think the ideal or perfect eyes looks much better.

    I am impressed by your hard-work, and how you went out to find various common Asian eye shapes. I know there are probably already pages out like this for western eye shapes, but you are probably the first to do this for Asian eye shapes. Most other people think all Asian eyes look the same–small and slanted. Since I grew up in a place where the unique Asian eye shapes were not identified and celebrated, this page is very interesting to me. I love it. Thanks for your research!

    • Bun Bun

      Hello Annie,
      I also did this post because when I started doing makeup, I didn’t find much help for Asian eye makeup. There really is a lack of research on Asian eye types and specific makeup techniques for each! I hope more Asians realize that the Western ways of eye makeup application is not entirely suitable for us.
      Thanks for your comments, it is because of readers like you that make me feel really encouraged and motivated to write even better posts. =)

  • Sharlynn

    I really liked your post..I’d of course always known that there were so many types of ‘asian’ eyes that are natural…although today plenty of people have gotten double eyelid jobs. I think I have the round eyes but I’m not sure…they become double lids when I put certain types of mascara on so I can change my look easily.

    Thanks for writing specifically for eyes like ours, it helps a lot since a lot of tutorials are not tailor made for our smaller lids!

    • Bun Bun

      Hello Sharlynn,
      Wow, you have convertible eyes! It must be a great deal of fun to be able to alternative between single and double eyelids for different eye makeup looks. People usually get double eyelids with eyelid sticker but yours works with mascara. It’s the first time I’m hearing this. Interesting!

      Thanks for reading my blog post! I really hope it’ll help people understand their eye shapes better! =)

  • Zigzag

    Thank you sooo soooooo much! When you search eye makeup tips from Asian websites they always tell you how to make your eyes “bigger” and “create bigger folds”. When you look for it on Western websites you always find the one-size-fits-all(not really!) stereotypical squinty eyes! i think my eyes are of the phoenix type! Good to know! i’ve always gotten compliments about my eyes but it’s hard to apply makeup to them cause they are big and the folds are very pronounced. If i used eyeliner i’d look like a vampire, and i had no idea about what eyeshadow i should use. But the tips you are offering here are awesome! Keep up with the great work!

    • Bun Bun

      Hey Zigzag,

      I KNOW! I got frustrated with all that stereotypical Asian slit-thin eyes too! HAHA! Sometimes it’s really funny to see how the other side of the world think we all look like.

      Phoenix eyes are really special and you actually have a lot of looks to experiment with! I wonder, why do you think that big eyes with folds are hard to apply makeup on? They’re actually slightly easier, ya know~ Maybe you can tell me more!

      Thanks for reading! See you around! =)

  • Bun Bun

    Hi Katie!

    Wow what a geeky-cool name for the Phoenix Eye! Indeed, there is no one-size-fits-all approach and it is interesting to see that there are so many methods offered to people who would like to alter their eye shape.

    Thanks for reading and linking to my post. I look forward to your upcoming article. Let me know once it’s up! =)

  • Becki

    I actually do have phoenix eyes, but my eyebrows are quite close to my eyes hence i can’t really put lots of eyeshadow on cause it’s quite hard to find a fine balance

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  • Emily

    Ah, can we make our eyes smaller T.T

  • jennifer

    Interesting article! I still have a hard time figuring out my eye shape after reading this, though, so could you help me? Here’s two pictures of me: (taken in spring) and (taken a few months ago)

  • Zainab

    As a south-asian make up artist whose recently moved to an area with a LOT of east-asians I found this hugely helpful! I shall be experimenting on my unfortunate friends for the next few months to perfect my technique and have this all nicely printed out too 😀 thank you so much!

    • Bun Bun

      Glad I’ve helped! And good luck to your friends! I’m sure you’ll do a good job, though. =)

  • Katelyn Tuyet Vy

    I think I have combination eyes, because it look like i have pheonix + prominence+ round eyes. My eyeballs are bulging out with prominence double eyelid, but right at the orbital rim it’s indented. So how can I do eyeshadow to make my eyes look pretty?

  • Tesia

    Bun Bun, I have Thin and Narrow Eyes and it’s so hard to do makeup on them. I’m very frustrated b/c nothing seems to be working. Can you do a makeup tutorial on someone who has eyes like mine?

    • Bun Bun

      Hi Tesia,

      Yup. Working on it. 😀

  • Danielle

    Hi, I came across your blog and this post tonight and just want to say thanks for posting it! The photo of the eyes for #2 (“wide set eyes”) look exactly like mine! I thought it was taken off my facebook or something, but I have darker eyebrows. My problem is not that my eyes are far apart from each other. I actually like them like that, but the actual shape of the eye I have no idea what to do with. They are slightly downturned at the outer corner with the dark shadowing (just like the picture) and I sometimes look crosseyed due to my small irises (again exactly like the pic). Is there any way to “lift” up my eyes and make them look more lively?


    • Bun Bun

      Thanks for appreciating my work, Danielle! Regarding your question, I have a few suggestions. To conceal the shadow at the corner of the eye, don’t forget to cover that area with foundation. Most people forget to bring foundation to that area. Remember to blend well to prevent caking. Next, use a salmon colored concealer to further hide the dark shadows.

      You can also use eyeliner to change the shape of the eye. A cat eye always works in lifting the eye due to the outward flick. Avoid using harsh black eyeshadow as you see in many tutorials online, as that will only make your eyes look smaller.

      Lastly, you can go for circle contact lenses. They will enlarge the appearance of your small irises. :)

  • Confessions Of A City Girl

    I tried to comment on another post but idk if it went through. I’ll say it again, I’m a black girl but i was born with ptosis of the left eyelid. I had three surgeries to try to “correct” and create a lid but i ended up with a monolid (slightly hooded). Getting eye shadow to look the same on both eye has been the bane of my existence because I have two different lid shapes.
    From reading this i think I have either the Phoenix eye or slanted eyes. Either way, thanks for the tips! I jst have to move differently on one eye than the other. Thanks for breaking this down! I’m so glad I found this

  • Confessions Of A City Girl

    Can you possibly do a post on my eye shape (phoenix/slanted) and how to fake a crease? I’d really appreciate it!

    • Bun Bun

      Hello! I am glad you found this post useful. But why do you want to fake a crease? Unless you intentionally want to create a ‘cut-crease’ look, I don’t really recommend creating a fake crease as it can look artificial on monolids or eyes with low lid folds. I created a post on How to Define the Contour Area, which I think will be more relevant for your needs. It is more about defining the eyes than faking a non-existent crease. Let me know if you need more help. 😀

      • Confessions Of A City Girl

        Thanks for responding! I wanted to create the illusion of a crease because i have one eye that is western and the eye (that was operated on) is the pheonix lid. So i thought that by creating a lid i would make both look even when I apply eye shadow. Am I wrong about this?

  • Duduuu

    i think i have phoenix eyes, could you give me more tips on how to apply eyeliner and eyeshadow. THanks!

  • askaram27

    I frequently suffer from uneven eyelids and I know how it can just ruin makeup! The solution (for me) is eyelid tape. Wearing the eyelid tape for one or two hours not only makes the eyelid crease where I need it, but after taking the tape off, the adhesive that’s left behind also reinforces the crease by sticking to the non-blink parts of the eyelid. I also had a cousin who desperately wanted creases in her monolids, so every day she put vaseline on and patiently drew the crease she wanted–lightly–with a toothpick or an ear spoon, spending at least 15 minutes a day on this ritual. She got a very natural crease after doing this for about a year, and since she was too young to get the eyelid surgery, it was also inexpensive.

  • omgeegee

    thank you so much! your site is just what I’ve been looking for and is so helpful! I have phoenix eyes, I guess I am very lucky. My crease doesn’t start at my tear duct though. It starts I’d say, where the edge of my pupil is (the edge closest to my nose… the inner edge?). If I want to put on eyeshadow is it possible for me to put eyeshadow near my tear duct area? or no since I have no crease there…?

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @omgeegee Phoenix eyes are really pretty! =) Yes, it is possible to put eyeshadow near your tear duct. Keep in mind, though, if you have oily skin, that you should try to use smudge-resistant products as this area is prone to smudging for Asian eyes. From personal observation. =)

  • rozenmaiden99

    I think i have the slanted eyes, and yes the winged eyeliner always flatters them! Such a fun post.

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @rozenmaiden99 Thank you for appreciating! I’m glad I made you smile. =) Hope you’ll enjoy more of my makeup tips and tutorials! See you around!

  • http://samgn samGN

    Haha, really helpful! I have big round eyes, so, would I just do a combination of each tip? I’m not really good with make up haha

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @samGN Thank you for reading and leaving me a message! =) Hmmm, regarding your question, ‘big round eyes’ is a really vague way to describe them. Lol. Have you seen my pictures in the other posts? Esp my tutorials and makeup looks. I have big round eyes, and if yours look similar, you’ll definitely can relate! ^_^*

  • SuriAnmeriBai

    Thanks for taking the time to write this! It was very helpful to me (Asian girl living in America) because for the longest time I struggled to find ways to do my eyes, and always ended up leaving them undone because I didn’t know how. 
    Apparently I have phoenix eyes, so the eyes I’ve always hated and thought was ugly now has special meaning after reading your post! Though I don’t think they are very rare because a lot of people say they have it. Personally I think the round eye is adorable, but we take what we get. Thanks again for writing the post =)

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @SuriAnmeriBai YAY! I appreciate you telling me that I’ve helped you realize your eyes are actually really special! I think phoenix eyes look really… seductive. LOL.
      I hope you find the other eye makeup tutorials useful too! Do stay around for more! =)

  • stalyspencer

    I’ve always been told I have almond shaped eyes, but after reading through this, I think mine may be a combination of almond and phoenix. I’m not for sure though.

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @stalyspencer That must be really pretty, I can imagine. =)

      • stalyspencer

        @BunBunMakeupTips  @stalyspencer

      • stalyspencer

        @BunBunMakeupTips Thanks! Here’s also a picture if you wanted to figure it out too! I’m not very good at examining what eye shape I am, but I’ve been told almond shaped for sure.

      • stalyspencer

        @BunBunMakeupTips Thanks! Here’s a picture! Maybe you can tell better that way!

    • Anonymous

      Your eyes look like mine! 😀

  • walleeeeee

    Thank you sooo much for writing this.. I have phoenix eyes with double lids, and I never knew how special they were.. You just gave me such a confidence boost! :) But I have a question, I am in LOVE with the cat-eye, winged eyeliner look (kind of like Lauren Conrad), and I’ve always done a cat eye with my makeup, but I always noticed that it just doesn’t have the desired effect. After reading this, i realized perhaps a cat eye is not the best way to flatter my eye shape, however, i just really want to have that cool, retro cat eye look too! Any tips to make it work for my eyes? Thank youu! <3

  • smiles

    Thank you for this post — it’s really awesome! Your entire site is very interesting. :)
    I’m terrible at figuring out what eye shape I have (or combination) so I wonder if you can tell me. Also, I don’t usually wear make up so could you give me simple makeup tips? I uploaded a photo of my eyes on tinypic:
    Sorry about the bad quality (webcam). XD

    • emeari

      @smiles you look like you have Round eyes :) But im not an expert 😛

      • BunBunMakeupTips

        Thanks for replying @smiles on my behalf, @emeari !
        Yes, I agree that you have round eyes. Big, round eyes, with nice double eyelids. =)

  • emeari

    Can you tell me what kind of eye my friend has?? The quality and lighting isn’t too hot but that’s all i had :/….it would mean the world to me if you told me because I’m bollocks at figuring it out myself and she wants me to do her makeup properly *sigh* P
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    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @emeari Hey babe, the link doesn’t work.

      • emeari

        @BunBunMakeupTips  @emeari oops, sorry about that :( This is her instagram :) so much for replying btw!! I adore you <3

      • emeari

        @BunBunMakeupTips oops, sorry about that! And thanks for replying :)This is a pic of her from her instagram: really appreciate you helping me out BunBun and I adore you <3 Your makeup is just awesome 😀

  • kiradyn

    I’m not sure which kind of eyes I have, as they seem to be a combination of several. ?__?

  • Panda

    Hi! Would just like to confirm what kind of eyes you think these are. Phoenix-y? <a href=”″ target=”_blank”><img src=”” border=”0″ alt=”Image and video hosting by TinyPic”></a>

  • otoyomegatari07

    First I want to know my friend has asian eyes.I think so but she does not.If she has asian eyes.What kind of eye my friend has? I wondered this because In Turkey I never seen Turkish person have asian eyes was 10 years old)
    I wondered this because I know among all the people who I know I think she has asian eye.Sorry for low quality I only found this photo.

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  • Paintyourface

    Thanks a MILLION, Bun Bun! What a comprehensive article about eye shapes, going beyond the highly limiting steretype of “Asian eyes”. I truly appreciate all your research and expertise in this series of tutorials. After many years of wearing make-up, I finally know what to do with my Asian eyes, something none of the many make-up artists I’ve met could satisfactorily teach, including Asian make-up artists! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!1

  • June River

    Hi~…Which type I suit the most? Could you tell me how I should do my eye make up to look kind of…exotic? XD

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  • itsmee

    hi! i loved reading this, it was really interesting. i was hoping you could help me with my eye shape? i think they’re puffy eyes but i’m not entirely sure how to do my makeup because whenever i try lining them, they disappear under all the ‘fat’ and my eyelashes dont look as obvious unless you’re close up. :(  [IMG][/IMG]
    also, my crease changes depending on the day 😐 some days they’re higher, which makes my eyes look rounder and other days theyre lower which makes them look quite flat! do you know any reason for this? thank you! xx

  • kmao728

    Hi! I have been looking for help with eye makeup for my whole life!! I actually have two different shaped eyes, one double lid and one mono… Do you have any tips for that?? I don’t know how to attach a picture but if you could tell me how, that’d be amazing!!

  • minhvn29

    So according to this chart I have finally identified my eyes as “Phoenix Eyes”…thank you!
    But now how to Google makeup tutorials for this very purpose…lol

  • jimenezrosemarie84

    I finally found this blog..I didn’t know that there are different types of asian eyes..however, i could not figure out my own eye shape,,,here’s my pic..can any one tell me what kind of asian eye shape do I have? I don’t know how to categorize this shape i have trouble in finding it by myself…most of my colleagues told me that i have a droopy eyes, but i want to make it sure …(I’m sorry, my english is bad) please help me.

  • mshoneydropp

    I have eyes similar to Moon Goodblood’s… I don’t know what shape that will be ? They’re narrow and have a slight fold

  • miyukiremorosa30

    Hi! Great post! :)
    Can you give some tips on how to apply make up on uneven eyes? My left eye is monolid and the right eye has a crease. I don’t use eyelid tape/glue. This is the pic of my eye :) i wish you could help me! :) thanks!

  • ShiHoayNg

    Hi, I love your blogs and always consult them before doing anything. Thanks for posting this, it’s really informative as compared to the Eurasian ones and you can see you really know your stuff. However, I thought it would be nice if you could maybe post some pop star/ actress/ people with makeup on examples. Like I really loved the picture of the celebrity exampler of your type of eyes (totally envious in fact) but I can’t for the life of me figure out the other celebrity exampler, I think I most likely have the common almond eye with double eyelids while my relatives have monos. Thanks once again and good job.

  • ShiHoayNg

    smiles I agree you most likely have big round eyes. That must be super fun..

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  • ViviHo

    miyukiremorosa30 My eyes are like that, too! I mean, left monolid and right with a crease (Mine looks kind of similar to the Phoenix eye). What I like to do is apply a medium or light shadow all over, place a dark color on the outer corner, but more and taller on the creased eye. Then, when I do my eyeliner, I make a rounded shape that tapers off at the ends on my monolid eye, and a more even line on the creased eye.
    I’d love to see if Bun thinks this is the right way to go.

  • NoSeriously

    Oh, how lovely this post is! Now I know what do with my Phoenix-eyes! I´m from Finland, and all the Caucasian makeup-tutorials( Nothing else in the magazines here in Europe)  always look like crap on me. I have no idea, what is the origin of my eye-shape, but I suspect it has something to do with my distant Saami ancestors.

  • mareeya

    Hi! I super love your blog, i’ve spent two days looking at all your posts and this particular post is my fave! Of course followed by the make up tips<3 I’m so glad I found your blog and now I’m so hooked. I’ve always had a hard time copying make up tutorials because they just don’t seem to work for my eye shape… TT.TT

  • AliceCao

    i have one phoenix eye and one slanted eye, honestly you have no idea how hard it is to make the two eyes look symmetrical when i’m using eyeliner, it’s virtually impossible so i usually just style my hair in a way that covers the slanted one.

  • AliceCao

    itsmee  I know that i’m not the person you hoped to be replied back by but personally i think you have slanted eyes or at least in that picture. you don’t have a very noticeable upward slant but comparing your picture to the ones that she had posed in this blog post the slanted eyes seem the most similar to yours.might be it or not either way i really don’t think your eyes are puffy eyes, those tend to not show very much eyelashes (since the layer of thick skin covers it) also if your eyes were puffy it most likely would not be possible for you to have any sort of creasing i the eye lid because the skin there would be too thick.

  • AliceCao

    smiles  your eyes are sooo pretty! damn girl i’m jealous!

  • AliceCao

    SuriAnmeriBai  i know exactly how you feel, god doing my eye makeup is horror

  • jimnyo

    omigosh, i have been waiting my ENTIRE life for this series! even as a 40-something year old, i still can’t for the life of me figure out how to do my eye makeup to my satisfaction. i can’t wait to read the whole series–thank you!!

  • PriscaIbarra

    What kind of eyes would I have?

  • davinia wang

    AliceCao Hi alice! All my life I’ve had the eyes like you and God, it was super difficult to makeup my eyes. But two years ago I started to put eyelash glue on my monolid to create a double lid. My eye felt strage first but days later it was fine. Well, after some days, I don’t know why, my “bad” eye started creating a lid without glue. And this has stayed until nowadays. Only when I sleep too much or badly, my “Bad eye” cannot create a double lid. But at the next day I have the both eyes in double lids. I hope this helps you because I know that having the eyes asimetrical it could be a hell when you want to put makeup on them. I really want that my tip works on you. Luck!! :)

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  • kayleighstardoll

    the drawings are ugly

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  • LexiAriel

    Hi! I was always wondering what my own eye shape is. My parents said I have a”phoenix” or “almond” eye shape. However I’m not exactly sure what the shape of my eyes is, whether it’s one of the 14 shapes above or if it’s a specific Caucasian eye shape (I’m Caucasian), or a hybrid of multiple shapes. I’m just curious. Thank you!

  • YukiAyakawa

    I can’t tell my eye shape, I think it is either round or pheonix? Anyways, what do you guys think? (sorry for the goofy photo, its the only one I could find without makeup on)

  • Oya

    I have hooded eyes (I guess )  and very prominent  heavy eye lids almost look like monolid sometimes because it folds on itself and eyelid fold disappear .For that reason whenever I use eye liner , mascara , eye pencil , paint gets sick between folds , become moist and makes  an annoying bow shape on my eye lid.After  half an hour my make up looks like i slept with eye make up ..very messy

    I can’t use any make up on my eyes :(

  • ChristabelRose

    Oya Those are hooded eyes, I have those too. Don’t use eyeliner on the whole eye ^^ I’m not sure about mascara, I’ve never used it before.

  • onitamina1

    I tried to comment on another post but idk if it went through. I’ll say
    it again, I’m a black girl but i was born with ptosis of the left
    eyelid. I had three surgeries to try to “correct” and create a lid but i
    ended up with a monolid (slightly hooded). Getting eye shadow to look
    the same on both eye has been the bane of my existence because I have
    two different lid shapes.
    From reading this i think I have either the Phoenix eye or slanted eyes.
    Either way, thanks for the tips! I jst have to move differently on one
    eye than the other. Thanks for breaking this down! I’m so glad I found

  • BunBunMakeupTips

    @Duduuu Hello! Sorry for the late reply. Yes, I’m working on a series of tutorials for eyeliner application, much like the series for eyeshadow. Keep a lookout for that! =)