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!


Step-By-Step Eye Makeup Tutorial (Because I Can’t Show My Face. Yet.)


The last time I did an eye makeup tutorial to this degree of detail was… many, many, many, many posts ago. Hahaha! You cannot imagine the insane number of hours I spent creating this post – taking photos, doing the makeup, selecting photos, editing, watermarking, uploading, writing, editing. >.<”  Whoever said being a blogger is easy-peasy should come and try it. COME!!!!!! Lol.

Despite all of that, I LOVE WHAT I DO! 😀

Ever since my skin erupted into pus-filled barnacles, I haven’t touched makeup at all. The horrific facial that led to a vile upheaval in my life occurred on 27 May 2013, a date I will not forget for a long time, and at the time of writing this post, my face has been makeup-free for the past TWENTY SEVEN DAYS. May not be a lot to you, but a big deal to a beauty blogger.

I get questions like “How do you pair your eyeshadow colors?”, “How do you know what colors go well with what?”, “Are there color rules that we can follow?” all the time.

My answer is always “I don’t really think about it. I just… pick whatever, and work it”.

That statement comes with a lot of practice though, and maybe, a little bit of innate color coordination? I mean, there ARE those color wheels that teach you about primary, tertiary, complimentary colors, but it’s really through experimentation that you know what works best for you.

Some people stick to neutrals because of a serious corporate environment, but most tell me they just don’t know what to do when faced with colors other than browns.

I never like browns, as in brown+brown+brown. You will never see me with that kind of eye color combination. Because. I. Just. Cannot. I love reds! greens! blues! pinks! purples!

But because I was away for so long (27 days probably feels like 270 makeup days), I felt slightly jittery when I took out my Z Palettes filled with all these depotted eyeshadows. Suddenly I looked at them and went “Ummm…. OK…. Maybe I should just go safe and use this champagne, and brown, and this bronze…”



Fortunately I snapped out of my apprehensiveness and used… anything but brown. NO BROWNS, please, Juli. Hahaha! Don’t get me wrong, I do use browns, but they always play only the supporting role.

Come join me on this journey, as we explore how to create the above eye makeup! 😀

(I’ll mention where you can get the products used to create this look at the bottom of this post so as not to interrupt the flow of the tutorial.)

Step 1 – Primer

No matter how much in a rush I am, I always use an eye makeup primer. It helps neutralize my very yellow undertones, creates a smooth canvas, mattify my oily eyelids, helps makeup stay on longer, and enhances color. Takes only 10 seconds, and for all these benefits, why not?

I used Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden.


Step 2 – Eyeshadow

Okie! Here comes the fun part! The part I enjoy the most, always! 😀

You should read my Tutorial on Horizontal Eyeshadow Application first, if you haven’t!

Apply The Body Shop Color Crush Eyeshadow in Be My Valentine, a beautiful orange with golden undertones, on the inner 1/3 of the eyelid. I used the MAC 239 brush.


I hesitated when choosing the next color. Should I use something safe? Or something bold?