As promised, I will be doing a series of Bridal Makeup Looks from different cultures and first, I am going to start off with my hometown – Hong Kong.

Hong Kong brides like to keep the look natural and light, especially during the day.

The look is very soft and feminine and you will rarely see any dark smoky colors or harsh lines on the eyes. Instead, a lot of soft, shimmery pastels are used. Some colors to really bring out brown eyes are pink, lavender, minty green, light blue and silver. A long-lasting eyeliner, an eyelash curler and a waterproof mascara are a must. You can also use false lashes for the day but remember to pick a pair that lengthens without being too over the top. Lining your lower lashes with an off-white/beige pencil will also make your eyes pop.

To create a healthy flush as spotted on Janice Man on the left, try colors like baby pink and soft peaches. Smile big and apply directly onto the apples to create a cute doll look.

When choosing a lip color, you can never go wrong with a medium pink or peach.

Celebrity hairstylist and founder of Kronos Hair products, Dusty Simington, has a rather interesting beauty philosophy that reminds me of a saying by Helena Rubinstein – “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” Dusty believes that “With all that information and technology out there, no one can look bad. People who do are simply stupid.” While some people might find that harsh, I think there is some truth to it.

I met Dusty at the Total Beauty Blog Summit 2008 where he gave us a brief introduction on his upcoming line of hair products and a few pointers for fall hair trends. I also pulled him aside for a quick interview just for you guys!

Unlike clear contact lens, colored lenses can change your look completely in seconds (which explains its HUGE popularity all over the world!) I personally *love* them and my favorite ones are Freshlook Colorblends, Geo Angel and Tri-Color Lenses.

Types of Color Contacts
* Enhancement Lenses: This type of lenses are made of semi-transparent material that will blend with your natural eye color to enhance your eyes. Some of them, like Freshlook’s Colorblends and Geo’s Tri-Color Lenses, have different colors blended together to give the most natural look. You can choose a color similar to your natural eye color or you can go with something totally different.

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* Opaque Lenses: This type of lenses are made with opaque material to change your eye color dramatically and Paris Hilton used to wear this too (she uses Natural touch in Baby Blue to change her naturally brown eyes blue). Opaque lenses normally come in solid colors like green, gray, blue and brown etc. If you have dark eyes and want to change your eye color completely, this will probably be your best bet.

* Circle Lens:Unlike the other two, these have a black rim on the outside of your iris (hence the name circle) to make your eyes appear bigger and brighter. They are currently the “it” thing in Asia and they come in a variety of colors like black, brown, gray, violet, blue and green. They will give the most dramatic effect and get you all the attention you deserve.

Eyelid tape is definitely one of the most popular Asian beauty gadgets and have long been a holy grail for many girls. They are basically clear medical tapes used to create a “double eyelid” and to make your eyes appear rounder and larger.

Just check out the before and after pictures of Hong Kong singer Elanne Kwong below. Her “big eyes” are achieved through the use of eyelid tape and circle lens.