One of my biggest insecurities growing up was the way that my eyes looked. I had a monolid, while all of my friends had round, lashy eyes with a crease. Kids at school would repeatedly ask me why my eyes looked “like that.” I never knew how to respond. They knew that I was Filipino, but wanted to know why I didn’t have typical Filipino features.

As I got older and started playing with makeup, I tried different techniques to make my eyes look bigger and more round. I wore false lashes because they created folds in my lids, but they were extremely uncomfortable so I had to stop. Next I discovered eyelid tape, which many Asians use to create a faux crease, but that proved problematic too – getting the tape to adhere to my lids was much too labor intensive. As for color and liner, my go-to look around that time was the black cat eye, because I believed it made my eyes look more open and awake. Still, I was limited to just one look. It became restrictive and, honestly, kind of  boring. And after all that fruitless experimentation, I grew tired of trying to be someone I’m not.

Today, I no longer feel like I have to wear liner every day. I’ve gotten comfortable playing with shadows and color and have learned what works for me and what doesn’t. I’ve quit trying to make my eyes look bigger because, TBH, I no longer care what other people think.

I enjoy experimenting with fun shades and glitter. LOTS OF GLITTER. ☺ And I’ve discovered that it doesn’t matter what I look like, what matters is how I feel.

Game changer.

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