Black eyeliner is a staple in any make-up bag, but it’s not a beauty product I use occasionally. For me, there are too many ways for black to go wrong in eyeshadow as well as eyeliner. It can be great as a compliment to other colors, but I suggest trying these alternatives for black eye makeup that are far more flattering and suitable for Asian eye and skin coloring.
Problem #1: Too Harsh
Solution: Dark purple or navy blue
With fair Asian skin, black eyeliner can be unnaturally dark and can even make your eyes appear smaller. Instead, use a dark purple or navy blue eyeliner instead, since they can still add definition to your upper and lower lash line, but will keep the look more natural. Try Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Rockstar for a purple shade, or Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in Blue for a navy shade. The purple complements pink, peach and champagne eyeshadows better than black, while the navy goes well with grays, purples and silvers.

Problem #2: Dark Smudges
Solution: Brown

Black has a tendency to leave dark circles under the eyes, often with unattractive green or blue undertones. Brown eyeliner, if it does smudge, has a tendency to look less noticeable. Brown smudges blend in with our yellow-based skin more naturally, and can often be passed off for a smokey eyeliner look rather than a sign of a smudgy eyeliner. Try Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon. Brown eyeliners look more natural with brown, gold and sometimes even olive green eyeshadows.

Problem #3: Too Dark of a Smokey Eye
Solution: Go for more natural colors
Natural colors, especially during the summer time, are better at creating the illusion of bigger eyes. Keep an eye out for Urban Decay’s Naked Palette, a collection of 12 eyeshadows and two eyeliners that include several alternatives to a traditional smokey eye. It was released mid-June online, and will appear in Sephora stores this July and August. The palette features Urban Decay’s most popular brown, gold and champagne shades, as well as a few darker colors, to provide a nice alternative to black this fall.

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