Fox Eye Makeup has become a trend on social media for a long time now. If you are a user of Tiktok, Instagram or youtube, then you might have seen this trend or have tried too. Hurting the Classic Cat eye fans, the Fox eye trend has become very well-liked amongst the non-Asians.
Fox Eye Makeup was first popularized by Gigi Hadid’s makeup artist Erin Parsons and American model, socialite, and media personality Kendall Jenner. And the fox eye trend has spread all over Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube.
It was also a TikTok challenge for a short time with the hashtags generating over 75 million views. On April 26, 2020, Erin Parsons shared a 5 minute tutorial about the fox eye look on Instagram’s IGTV.
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To perform fox eye makeup, you need Eyeshadow, Eyeliner and fake Eyelashes. But the question is, is it really worth the effort to follow the trend?
Easy guide to achieving Fox Eye Look
The purpose of this eye makeup is to lengthen the eyes using eyeshadow and eyeliner along the upper lash line to stretch upward to the temples to make the eyes more elegant and tilt upward, Similar to the natural eyes seen in East Asian characteristics. Here is a Step by Step Guide to achieving this look for an attractive gaze:
First of all, it is necessary to completely align the surface of the eyelids with a light shade of eyeshadow. Next, apply neutral beige or orange-terracotta tones to the crease of the eyelid, pulling them up towards the outer corner of the eyes.
Use a Pencil
Draw the arrow using a hard pencil or felt-tip eyeliner. First, you need to paint over the lash line with a pencil, bringing the tip of the arrow to the temple, then the inner corners of the eyes to give them an almond shape. From the middle to the outer corner of the eye, the arrow can be shaded using shadows.
Finish off with mascara. While applying it, pull the lashes towards the outer corner of the eye to visually reveal them.
You can apply these tips to get fox eye makeup done and be gorgeous than before.
Although It is quite a stylish look, but….
According to a recent study conducted by Sesame Workshop, 86% of children believe that people of different races are not properly treated. Close to half of these children (42%) have individually experienced bullying of some kind.
[Sesame Workshop is a non-profit media and educational institute that has been broadcasting Sesame Street, the premier television show that has reached and educated children since 1969.]
So, that brings us to Asian-Americans, who are naturally gifted by fox eyes. According to our research, many Japanese, Koreans or Chinese faced this kind of bullying. The elementary school kids used to call Sophie wang “The Ching Chong eyes”.
Kim Hee-Jae, a student at the University of California, Davis, in the United States said, she was insulted in the streets by strangers for her eye shape and called a “Chink”. A rude word for a Chinese person. She states that she finds it “amazing how the opinion of Asians has changed so swiftly”.
Asian Influencer Chun Zi with a follower of 3,295 tweeted that, The “fox eye” makeup trend is so stupid. How you gonna bully us Asians for years about us having chink and small eyes & then create a trend where non-Asians are literally lifting their eyes to look like us.
Another British Asian Traveller Urika tweeted that, The #foxeye trend is racist and oblivious. Don’t make it into a fashion trend when it’s been used to mock East Asians for years!
And the list goes on. This is one of the most common mockeries and the victims are, of course, East Asians.
The invention of Fox Eye Makeup
Of course, there is an urge to change the shape of the eyes of many Asians, especially to make it larger. Blepharoplasty is a common surgery in East Asian countries alongside Asian-Americans. In simple words, It is a cosmetic procedure done to achieve the large shape of eyes. It was first popularized in the early 1950s. It is used as a tool for Korean women to integrate into the United States.
The American military plastic surgeon, Dr. David Ralph Millard, performed this operation for the first time during the Korean War. His first patients were Korean war brides married to American soldiers. The newspaper wrote that because brides are considered a “cultural and racial threat to the United States,” many of them have undergone surgery in an effort to assimilate and appear to be “less threatening.”
Obviously, this trend brings back remembrance of the racial trauma Asians faced in the past. So, the criticism is understandable. But there are many Asians who accept the trend on a good note, because of the popularity Asians are getting and also seen in a cheerful light.