Powerful Women & Their Eyeliners – By KATE Tokyo

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(Why do I look so bloated here LOL)

I’ve been wanting to create an eyeliner tutorial for a long time and I’m happy to finally DO IT!

In this post, I will talk about three powerful women, with different stories to tell, and how to achieve their eye makeup looks.

Powerful Woman 1: Cheon Song-Yi

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ANNYEONGHASEYO! Any female who watched the supernatural romantic comedy My Love from the Star must have fallen in love with Cheon Song-yi’s bright lip shades. Besides that and looking dressed to kill every moment – even in her pyjamas – do you know why the runway-approved mega star always looks so put together?

It’s all about balance. To let her glowing skin and bright lips shine, her makeup artist keeps her eye makeup subtle. Here’s my Cheon Song-yi inspired eye makeup tutorial.



Begin by prepping the lids with a nude primer. Dust peach/coral/light orange or warm brown eyeshadow over the lid. CSY never sports any obvious eyeshadow, it’s usually a light wash of a warm tone or nothing at all.

CSY doesn’t have extremely well-defined brows, sometimes even with gaps and stray hairs to portray naturalness. My brows are pretty thick on their own so I didn’t do much either. She made brown hair+black brows look perfectly acceptable.

Tightlining is the trick to making lashes look fuller and eyes more awake. Lightly pull up the lid and fill in the gaps between the lashes with KATE Slim Gel Pencil.

Next, line the upper lash line with KATE Super Sharp Liner. If you notice, even the thickest eyeline CSY wears is still pretty thin compared to most. In order to achieve a very thin and clean line, an eyeliner that provides great control, agility, and precision is essential.

Stop just about at the end of the eye. She seldom wears a wing – once in a while it’s pulled out straight a little, like in that episode where Do Min-Joon acts as her lawyer to negotiate with her ex-agency. But with CSY, the eyeliner is never the lead, it exists simply to enhance, while allowing her glowing skin and bright lips to take centre stage. And that I think that in itself is beautiful!

Lastly, add a bit of dark brown eyeshadow on the lower lash line to complete the look. Coat lashes with mascara, but skip the bottom lashes. I skipped mascara entirely.

This look is extremely simple and is what I wear to work on most days.

Powerful Woman 2: Wu Ze Tian

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The 2014 Chinese television drama – Empress of China – based on events in 7th and 8th-century Tang dynasty cost US$49.53 million to produce, making it the most expensive TV series in Chinese history. I mean, look at the sets, jewelry and fabulous gowns and robes worn in the drama! =O

Wu Zetian, played by the beautiful Fan Bing Bing, was the only female in Chinese history to rule as emperor. She rose from concubine to nun to Empress of the Tang dynasty.

Her eye makeup was not simple at all. LOL. I took super long to study and replicate it! Of course, our eye shapes are very different too – hers are more almond-shaped while mine are rounder. And she emotes so well, one stare speaks volumes of anguish, sadness, fear, worries. My stare looks blank. BAHAHA.

Well, afterall, she is Bing Bing and I’m only Bun Bun. 😆

Here we go!


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.


Makeup Tutorial: Golden Green, Lavender, Bronze And Life Of A Bun!

Here’s the makeup tutorial I promised! I wore this for the first NDP 2012 media event I attended with the bloggers, and it received plenty of compliments! It’s not dramatic or OTT, in fact, it’s very wearable and I would categorize it under a daily look. It’s also not too difficult to create. Try it! :)

Have you read my second post for NDP 2012? You can see my 16-year-old face. LOL.


Eyeshadow Primer – UDPP Eden

Eyelid – Makeup Geek Shimmermint (inner 2/3); Makeup Geek Unicorn (outer 1/3)

Inner Corner – Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma

Contour Area – Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear. I really love Cocoa Bear. The warm brown really blends nicely into my skintone.

Outer V – None

Brow Bone Highlight – Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma

Lower Lash Line – Urban Decay Smog

Eyeliner – L’Oreal Color Infallible Emerald Lame; Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Liner Black Ink. I applied Emerald Lame first, then Black Ink over it so that a little Emerald Lame peeks out above Black Ink, for a more dimensional feel. Love this effect.

Eyelash Primer – Dior Diorshow Maximizer

Mascara – L’Oreal Collagene Mascara


A Much Requested Eyeshadow Tutorial – Vertical Gradient Method Of Eyeshadow Application

Hello everyone!

Chinese New Year is approaching faster than I thought. I can hardly find time between all that cleaning, clearing, last minute shopping for clothes and shoes, to blog. But you see, I love you guys very much, so despite all that mad rush, I’m doing a highly requested eye makeup tutorial today. Just for you!

It’s also a good time to launch this makeup tutorial since most girls would spend more effort on applying makeup when they go visiting so what better time than now to share a quick and easy eye makeup tutorial for the new year?

In today’s tutorial, we will use the Vertical Gradient Method Of Eyeshadow Application, a great method for those with monolids or have a fold that is very near to the lashline. These characteristics are typical of Asian eyes.

Previously, in Part 2 of the Eyeshadow Tutorials for Asians series, I used neutrals as those are the easiest to blend and would look good on all skin tones and eye colors. Shades of blue will be used in this tutorial, for those who want to move away from browns and neutrals, for a more fun look!

Products used:

Step 1: Prime the Lids

Apply UDPP in Eden all over the lid first, then Milk.

Step 2: Base Color to Mark Perimeter

I love The Face Shop Eyeshadow PK103 because it is just so versatile – it works on the lid, inner corner, lower lashline, brown bone highlight, cheekbone highlight – and behaves like a chameleon – blends in with any color family!

Apply the shimmering base up to the socket line. Be sure not to leave a line that shows an obvious divide between the naked brow bone area and PK103. It’s quite hard to get a harsh line with PK103 anyway.


Easy Eye Makeup Look: Some Glitter Eyeliner, Color On The Lower Lashline, False Eyelashes And You’re Done!

I haven’t done an eye makeup look so simple in a while.

Ever since I learnt how to use multiple colors, how to blend eyeshadows, how to attack and conquer the Contour Area (Learn to define your Contour Area instead of the Crease), accentuate the Outer V (How to define the Outer V?), and other makeup tips and tricks, I never spot a look without doing at least one of the above.

The other day I was doing a review and swatches of the Bourjois Liner Glitter Fizz Eyeliner before going out for dinner with friends. I was running late, so I simply threw on some false eyelashes, swept some green eyeshadow on the lower lash line, popped some falsies on and I was good to go!