For Asian Hooded Lids: Vertical Gradient Method Of Eyeshadow Application


You know that’s not my eye. LOL.

A warm welcome to Min, guest eye for today! Wheeeeee wheet!!!

Every time Min and I meet up, she will scream at me “WHERE’S MY EYE! WHERE’S MY EYE!”. HAHA. These pictures were taken a good 9 months ago but I’ve always been busy with other projects or just something else.

Finally I can say, NAH! HERE’S YOUR EYE!!! 😀

Min was so nice to allow me to use her eye for this tutorial. We did this on a Sunday morning at her house, rather hurriedly, so don’t slam me for the unplucked eyebrows!

Blame Min. HAHA! Kidding! We’re always making fun of one another. Whenever we’re together, we’re like two little childish people. ‘Little’ because we are of almost the same height (I’m probably taller by like 1.5cm haha). EH! You also cannot be air stewardess! HAHAHA! 😆

Min’s my really good friend and she played a big part in the initial stages of designing the Bun Bun Makeup Tips website. She helped design my name card too!

I mentioned in the Vertical Gradient Method of Eyeshadow Application tutorial, as part of the Asian Eyeshadow Tutorials series, that this method works extremely well on hooded lids and monolids.

Let’s analyze Min’s eyes before we start.

According to my compilation of 14 different Asian eye types, Min’s eyes are:

  • Wide-set
  • Thin and narrow (slightly)
  • Down-turned (very slightly, mostly because the skin above is pressing her eyes down)
  • Puffy

Min has double eyelids, or a fold on the lid, but they are hidden entirely by the fat underneath the lids that causes more protrusion compared to let’s say, my eyes. Most Asians have more fatty lids than Caucasians, thus the occurrence of hooded lids or monolids (lids without a fold). Min also has obvious epicanthal folds.

I used on Min the exact makeup materials that I used in the 8th tutorial of 8 Days of Christmas Eye Makeup Tutorials series.

Let’s start!

Step 1: Prime the lids. This is especially for oily lids like Min’s and mine. I used UDPP Eden and NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk.

Step 2: Apply The Face Shop Eyeshadow PK-103 on entire eyelid

Step 3: Apply NYX Irises below PK-103. Blend Irises and PK-103 so that there is no demarkation

Step 4: Apply Speed Blue from Kat Von D Beethoven Palette nearest to the lash line. Blend Speed Blue and Irises. Highlight brow bone with NYX White Pearl.

Step 5: Apply Hustle from Urban Decay Palette on lower lash line.

I filled her brows here with NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown. I didn’t bring any brow grooming tools and this girl doesn’t have any in her house. She doesn’t care about her brows, I tell you. Tsk tsk.

Also notice that when Min looks straight ahead, the entire double eyelid is covered so I winged the darkest layer (Speed Blue) to show a little bit of it. So pretty! This is great for people who don’t have time to apply eyeliner; this last layer can act as your eyeliner! Quick and easy too!

Step 6: Apply eyelash primer – Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base, and mascara – Lancome Oscillation Vibrating Infinite Powermascra

This look was done so quickly, including all the taking of photos and she was like “HUH? So fast?”. Haha, yes, that’s what I LOVE about the Vertical Gradient method. It can be completed so quickly and looks really pretty.

I’m so glad I finally got around to creating this post. Long overdue, I know! I hope you’ve enjoyed and learnt something from it! 😀




I’m so grateful to have Min in my life. We share a really precious and happy friendship. I mean, just look at her! So cute! See already also will feel happy. =D

We make each other laugh all the time, share the same dislike for certain people (LOL), find humor in the same things and love Bun Bun very much. She always looks on the bright side of things and understands my obsession over alignment, and makes fun of it, of course. Hahaha. Love this girl to bits!

Oh yes! You must have seen her in my Halloween Geisha Adventures post too.  (Geisha makeup tutorial here.)

Min is actually just very slightly darker than me. But my ivory-porcelain Geisha skin made her look quite tanned in comparison. LOL.

Random picture below of our department group photo for DND 2 years ago. Our group chose the Goth theme. We stunned everyone with our detailed theme, makeup (*ahem* by yours truly) and attitude. Fun times!

Yes, that’s a belt I’m holding. Pretty kinky huh? 😛

We won Best Performance for our act. We entered the completely dark hotel room in hooded cloaks, holding candles, to the tunes of Evanescence – Bring Me To Life, and I did some kinky stuff with the belt. Go ahead and let your imagination run wild. HAHAHA. The spread of tidbits in the bottom right picture of the collage shows our prize.

– Abrupt End – lol


Asian Eyeshadow Makeup Tutorial full 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


Have you tried the Vertical Gradient Method yet? You should if you haven’t. Super easy!

Tell me about a special friend of yours too, if you care to share. =)


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About Bun Bun

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.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • BellaChique

    I love the gradient eye look, it’s so pretty on hooded eyes :). It’s fun to do make-up on others, yay :). Just read your post on the asian eye types, I learned a lot from it! It’s hard to tell what my eye type is tho, hmm. 

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @BellaChique I love it too! It’s prettier on hooded eyes than all the other kinds of eyes, IMO. Haha I don’t do makeup on people too often. Been asked to do makeup for functions and occasions but I’ve always lived by my stand that I won’t do it as a career. For friends, for fun, yes, but to do it professionally, nah~ Thanks for reading and glad you learnt some! =)

  • SiminLow

    hahaha…. I am the 1.5cm shorter Min. 1.5 cm only only! hahahaha finally my eye is famous!!!

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @SiminLow HAHAHA! Finally got this post up! Your face too! See you this thursday. Need to wear pastel.

  • BAMBIx

    WOW! This look is amazing, on both your eyes and your friend’s eyes. I have unequal doublelid and used to try vertical gradient once. So quickly and easy to do! :)

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @BAMBIx Thanks! @SiminLow  will be pleased to hear that! This method is fool-proof and a great time-saver!

      • BAMBIx

         @BunBunMakeupTips Hi Bun! I want to ask for your another advice. Now I do tightlining like what you suggest me ^^
        I have no irritation of Holika Holika auto eyeliner throughout the day of my tightlining (Well, it’s kind of smudging but managable. haha).
        But NOW, after I washed it off, with Maybelline eye&lip remover by using cotton buds, my eyes feel irritated so muchhhh T^T. So much mean seriously so much you know? haha.
        So, any idea of eye remover? For information, I normally allergic to oil cleanser on my face and so I only use Physiogel to wash my face since all of my make-up are MMU, which are washed off easily.And I’m quite on the budget lol.
        Ahh, I’m asking for your help again. Sorry about that. I ask you because your waterline are sensitive right?, lol.
        Thankss again bun!
        PS. Don’t know whether some product I mentioned are selling at Singapore or not though ><

  • Lulle

    Vertical gradient also looks great for big round eyeballs (like mine..), because the classic horizontal one tends to emphasize the curve of the lid so much that they look “bubbly” (think bubble-eyed goldfish…). It’s my favorite way to apply eyeshadow!

  • annedreshfield

    Looks so good! Nice to meet you Min! 

  • ofloveandshadows

    I love your blog! I am not Asian, but I have hooded eyes and I have been looking for a blogger that understands my eye shadow struggles! Thank you :)

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @ofloveandshadows Hello! Thank you for loving my blog! Woohoo! I’m glad you found my tutorials and tips useful. =)

  • karamiller76

    LOVE this site!  I am a 36 yr old asian that’s always been confused by eye make-up.  I would wear mascara and one color of eyeshadow.  This is soooo helpful and I am sooo excited to start buying the proper tools!!!

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @karamiller76 Yay! I’m so happy for your progress. Share with me which tip you found most helpful! And keep me updated on how your makeup has grown from the one color of eyeshadow and mascara phase. ^_^*

  • HillaryTunggal

    kjkfasoias  WOW thank you so much for this tutorial!  I’ve never seen one for hooded eyes before and I’d pretty much lost hope that I’d ever get to wear pretty eyeshadow looks because I figured they weren’t made with my eyes in mind … But that changes today!  I’m so excited to try out these tips :]]]

  • BunBunMakeupTips

     @Lulle I can imagine… having the protruding eye emphasized from the shading of the classic horizontal one. Thanks for sharing this benefit brought about by the Vertical Gradient Method!
    What are your fav colors to create the gradient, since it’s your fav way of applying eyeshadow?