I think what I love about this the most is that with a few alterations and maybe some false lashes you could have a really simple female eye as well that still has that expressive animated quality. I love how understated it is while giving the needed depth.
Anime characters don't look Asian too YOU because in our euro-centric society, white is the standard. When you read a book or see a stick figure, you automatically assume the character is white until told other wise. For stick figures, you assume it's white until you add signs it isn't, like coloring in the face or adding a bowl of rice or something that isn't typically white. In Japan, however, Japanese is the standard, and so anime characters always look Japanese to their intended audience. That is why characters who are actually white are drawn differently from characters who are supposed to be Japanese; they have bigger noses, more realistic eyes, and are generally blonde haired and blue-eyed and with a cheese burger. They draw it as stereotypically as possible so people know they are white, which is what we do as well. If we want you to know a character isn't white, we stereotype to make sure you understand as much. And besides, who see pink hair and grey eyes and thinks, "Yep. Definitely a white person,"
Nontheless, if you look at a character that has light rose complexion and big blue eyes it's impossible to say "oh of course, he/she looks japanese/asian/whatever. And I'm not changing my mind, I'm a bad eurocentric girl~
I think for many male characters Eye make up is very important because Manga/Anime eyes are always very expressive. But of course everyone can decide for themselve hoe they wants to present their cosplay. Gosh x.x Sorry for the bad english..
No problem for the bad english, mine is terrible xD Different ideas of cosplay, it's all about that probably :3 I consider cosplay as "real version" of the character in manga/anime and usually boys don't wear make up in real life As you said, everyone can live cosplay as they prefer