Middle Eastern and Indian eyes: Tips for Enhancing One of your most prominent Facial Features
Eyes are second to none when it comes to conveying expressions, although the mouth is close behind in terms of revealing our emotions.
Remember the universal eye-rolling action that you engaged in on an hourly basis, when you were back in your teens?
Apart from reflecting liveliness, energy and – at times – tiredness, your eyes serve as great hint droppers when it comes to identifying ethnicity and origin of an individual.
Give it a shot yourself, by looking at pictures of veiled faces and trying to see if you can accurately guess their heritage.
But, eyes are not just about sight and expressions. For many of us, they’re the best attention grabbing feature on our face!
There is a reason why YouTube is teeming with tutorials teaching eye make-up to perfection.
And this is what we’re going to shed light on!
If you’re of Indian or Middle Eastern Heritage, you’re about to read some pretty good tips on making this important facial feature even more beautiful and prominent.
Dos and Don’ts of Enhancing Indian or Middle Eastern Eyes with Makeup
While we explore how various techniques can accentuate different types of eyes, we would list some basic dos and don’ts of eye make-up as well. Whether you have down-turned, almond, hooded, deep-set or close-set eyes, you have got to know these ground rules.
Lashes: To Curl – or NOT to Curl?
This is a decision you need to make based on the shape of your eyes as well as the condition and length of your lashes.
Often it’s a DO for curling lashes for a better eye area appearance. No less than a magic wand for some faces, an eyelash curler can help makes the eyes look larger – and even awake and more refreshed.
DOs of Eyelid Curling
For best results, make sure you place the eyelash curler, gently and carefully, at the base of your lashes (don’t get the curler too close to the skin though or you could pinch and damage your delicate eyelid area skin).
The DON’T list for curling your eyelashes:
- DON’T Curl lashes after applying mascara
- DON’T start curling in the middle of your eyelashes unless you’re getting ready for a costume/fancy dress party.
Bottom line: Remember the trick is to enhance your natural look, not opt for overly noticeable enhancements. Aim for a gentle curl, not a very notable bend.
What if your eyelids are just too saggy and cover your lashes?
Are your lashes hidden by your upper eyelids or eye bags? If you have sagging eyelids or puffy under eye areas, you may want to check with Oculoplastic Surgeon Dr Benjamin Burt, to determine if an Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty) or a Canthoplasty Surgery will help restore your eyelids to a more youthful appearance.
Eye Shadows: Makeup isn’t Intended to Give your Eyes a Competition
Every time you shop for eyeliner or an eye shade, please remember it’s meant to be applied to enhance your natural eye color and to complement your eyes, not compete with your eyes for attention. Your eyes are the feature, and the eye makeup is just an accessory – you don’t want to overdo your eye makeup where it looks like it’s the other way around.
Having brown eyes makes you one of the luckiest people on the planet when it comes to eye makeup.
The DOs of applying eye shadow and experimenting with different colours
- Indian and Middle Eastern women tend to have brown eyes or hazel (brown to green) eyes although there is great diversity in the depth of colour and the patterns of the iris area.
- Brown-eyed beauties need not go for the same colors that their blue-eyed or hazel-eyed friends experiment with, although they often have more options and can wear more colours easily.
- You can easily experiment with many different colors because many shades won’t compete with your natural eye color (where wearing green eye shadow with green eyes or blue shadow with blue eyes is often a no-no).
- You should consult a Dermal Clinician or Makeup Artist to ask about what tones or shades will flatter your skin tone.
- Make sure you always apply a quality eye shadow primer product before applying your eye-shadow; and buy quality brand eye shadows for best longevity and appearance (as cheap cosmetic options often result in skin allergies or major flaking problems).
- A primer on your eyelids before applying eye shadow will often help the eye area make-up stay intact for a longer period of time.
Don’ts of Eye Shadow or Eyeliner Application
- DON’T choose cheap products that can cause skin allergies or flake off quickly
- DON’T forget your skin tone while choosing an eyeshadow shade;some overly light or white shades may leave you with an overly dramatic look (but DO stay ahead of trends and experiment with the lastest application methods if you think they’ll suit you).
- DON’T stick to eyes hadow colors to exactly match your outfit. It often looks very overdone,
- DON’T leave a gap between the eyeliner and eyelashs.
Bottom line: Remember the trick is to choose a color that flatters, or isn’t an exact match to the colour of your eyes. You need to make your eye color stand out!
Perfect your eye brows: Strong Brows are Currently IN
Eyebrows can get your eyes a lot of attention because they tend to change the entire look of the face.
While everyone else is getting the latest tattoo’d brow look or heavily applying the latest brow-defining makeup, you’re unlikely to need to resort to such measures (although everyone is different). The key thing you’ll probably want to do with your brows is to get them shaped properly for the most eye-enhancing effect. This is often best done professionally every few months, with at-home maintenance in between.
DOs for Best Brows
- DO seek professional brow shaping advice or treatments at least ONCE. Brows are so important we strongly suggest you get a professional to give you advice or help you learn to shape your brows, so you know what will suit you best.
- DO Try to give your brows a look that is well-groomed whilst still looking natural (not overdone). You can sometimes brush them with clear brow mascara or a soft enhancing colour (visit a quality brand makeup counter or a brow technicians for the latest product lines and brow-enhancing tips).
- DO try to learn the best proportions and shapes for your facial features and your eyes (where the brow should start, end and the overall shape and thickness of the brow that will best suit your face).
DON’Ts for Eye Brows
- DON’T go for an overly finished look.
- DON’T let the hair between your brows join together – invest in a good set of Tweezers such as TWEEZERMAN or a great brow shaping professional service.
While some want it to stand out, others prefer pulling it off without looking overly made up.
Bottom line: follow the natural shape and arch of your brow to keep the look as simple and natural as possible.
Now that you know where to start from, let us zero in on the ultimate magic bullet for eye makeup for most women with Indian or Middle Eastern heritage.
- Topping the list of must-haves is Kajal.
- It is so commonly and frequently used that it wouldn’t be surprising if many women counted it as a grocery item.
Kajal-rimmed eyes have been favoured for centuries.
Subtle enhancements often result in huge differences when it comes to eye make-up. You can change the way you look entirely just by the way you stroke your liner outwards or curl your lashes. Explore your eye shapes and arches and experiment with different styles till you’re confident about that one look that you feel you really suits your eyes. Let it be your ‘go to’ favourite!