Kawaii Desu, Super Cute
Want to look like a doll? You might want to book a flight half way around the world to Japan…or you can just read this article! Japanese makeup trends and fashion have been invading our country for a while now. Leaking in through famous starlets like Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, and it even seems like Nicki Minaj draws her fashion sense from the Japanese. A currently popular style called ‘Gyaru’ is all the rage. There are different runoffs of the gyaru (Gal) style like ‘hime gyaru’. (‘princess gal’ in English) It’s all about looking super cute and innocent, high fashion, and doll inspired makeup.
1. Let’s Start! The gyaru style encompasses cuteness and elegance. It begins with something called ‘contouring’. Contouring starts with a powder slightly darker than your own skin tone to create the look of shadows on the sides of your nose and following the eye brow line. Next, highlighting powder is used on the bridge of your nose, cheeks, under eyes, and along the brow arch. Blush (in subtle pink tones) is applied as normal on your cheek bones.
2. Big Eyes. The focus of the gyaru style is big doll-like eyes. (Think of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ music video…but not that big!) Eyes are outlined with black eyeliner, but on the lower lid the liner is drawn just under the lower lashes to give the impression of larger eyes. Next, you add fake lashes, but not just on the top! Lower fake lashes are added as well to even further the impression of doll-like eyes.
3. Lips. Pink, pink, pink. Soft pinks are the key! No bright reds or crazy colors here folks! Unlike our red lip trend going on in the USA, the gyarus in Japan want subtle soft lips. (With gloss to make them shine)
4. Finish! Feel like a doll yet? The Japanese makeup/style culture will always draw me in! Maybe I will have to invest in that plane ticket…! Now throw on a dress, some cute shoes, and stroll down to the best hair salon downtown pittsburgh, Verve 360, to get a gyaru inspired hair style to go along with your new look. Everyone will be saying “Kawaii ne!” (You’re cute!)