Sunday, 1 September 2013

How To Be A Gyaru & A Student

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This seems to be one of those most difficult questions that gaijin gals (gyaru) face; how can we still be gal if we go to school/college/uni/work? It is extremely high maintenance, and in some places it's not acceptable to be caked up in makeup.

Life as a student is... Difficult. I've had months where I just slipped on my glasses and grabbed a t-shirt and jeans before heading out of the door. Sometimes I didn't even bother getting dressed and worked in front of my computer at home with a cup of (relatively strong) coffee next to me. I'm amazed how some people manage to party all night and drink their money away with all the stuff they have to do but I guess they have the time and money for it.

How does gal fit into this busy schedule of mine? I'm not going to lie but I've had a lot of difficulty with it and yet I managed to pull through. It's been two years since I've started uni so I decided to write up a little "how-to" post for those going into uni/college/work! Please note that I'm only going to underline the basics, it's up to you to adapt these to your gal style.

01. Save up

Save up as much as you can, especially now that you’re going to uni. Most of you are probably in a completely new area and have to pay bills that you never had to pay at home (rent, food, petrol, uni supplies etc) so the best thing is to cut down the amount you spend on gal. Do you really need that new MA*RS set? Or new lashes even though you’ve already got hundreds of them already?

For the first year at uni I really was a budget gal (I only recently started buying MA*RS now that I have a job on the side). If you want to know more about being gal on a budget then please click here to be redirected to my other post.

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The "Points System"; An effective way to save up! Go onto my Gyaru On A Budget blog post to find out more

02. Plan ahead

Planning ahead saves up a lot of time and effort getting ready for uni, especially if it’s going to be a rainy/snowy /generally horrible day! I normally look up the weather report for the next few days so that I could plan my outfit that will then help me decide what I want for my hair and makeup.

It also helps out when you know what’s in and what’s out of the wash, because what’s the point of planning an outfit right before you have to go out of the door if an item is in the wash? Then you’ll just have to figure it out again which means you’ll be late for uni.

With all of your hair accessories, makeup tools and outfit ready for you in the morning then helps cut down time, and soon enough you’ll get used to this routine and can probably be ready within the hour.

03. Do "simple" makeup & hair styles

I know I sound like a granny when saying this but doing easy hair and makeup really does help when going to uni. I mean, who really wants to get up at the crack of dawn just to spend a two hours in uni looking good? That’s valuable sleeping time!

I can just hear you say, “Well how am I supposed to look gal with as little hair styling/makeup as possible?” That, ladies, can be easily solved by taking examples from Jelly* and Happie NUTS*. Onee gyaru and other gyaru kei styles are perfect for those gaijin gals who don’t have as much time as they want to to get ready (in my opinion) so it’s great for uni. I've created a blog post where I've collected all of those "simple" gyaru makeup and hair styles.

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Click here for easy gyaru tutorials!

03. It's all about the fluffy lashes

Most gyaru brands nowadays feature very toned down lashes so it wouldn't be difficult to find some, and I would recommend Japan Gift Bay as they have tons on their website. The fluffier the lashes, the easier they would be to work with little to no eye shadow.

Obviously you don't have to get fluffy, un-dramatic lashes (I tend to wear dramatic lashes when I can be bothered) but in my opinion, these type of lashes are great for everyday wear where you don't want to go full-on with makeup but still look good.

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04. Tone down on the clothes

Luckily at university you can be quite flexible with what you wear, but with school... Not so much. I'd say stick to your uniform if you do have one and just do really simple hair and makeup (mentioned above), and save your flashier, more beautiful clothes for special occassions and gyaru meets! I made the mistake of wearing all of my really pretty clothes at the beginning of my university year as I was so excited to be out of a uniform, and so they no longer were “special enough” for going out.

05. Look at as many mags as poss

I know I'm not really supposed to say this but... Downloading gal magazines helped me a lot, both for uni and for gal in general. I normally get my scans from Zasshiko but another way to get your hands on them if you don't want to download them is to hop onto Tumblr! There are quite a few users who would post gal mag scans (like me, for example) so there's an endless amount of inspiration on there! I do try to get my hands on the physical copy wherever possible, and I usually get them secondhand from Gyaru Sales on Facebook.

gyaru magazines

I guess that’s all I have on my “guide”. These were all of the pointers that I stuck to whilst at uni and have carried onto my work place, so hopefully they'll be useful to you as well! I know that it's not a dreadfully detailed post but gal just has so many sub-styles that it was impossible to cover absolutely everything.

Useful Bits & Pieces

If you got any more questions about this then please don’t hesitate to comment below! I’m more than happy to help, especially if you’re going onto your first year at uni :D

Lizzie Bee xx / facebook / twitter / instagram / bloglovin'

*Although these magazines were at the prime at the time of this post, most of them have ceased to exist but you can still find old scans via Google/Tumblr/Zasshiko.


  1. I love this post :D I used to go all amekaji a few years ago when I was in the university but now I changed my style a bit. I do work but don't have full time yet :c so after paying rent, bills etc. for now I have only like 80-100 pounds for myself lol. besides I can't wear false because of one reason - I'm allergic to the adhesives *-*; I've tried a few of then, the only one that doesn't harm my eyes that bad is that DUP clear type x________x; I want to wear lashes everyday, I want to have more ora/rock clothes... tiny budget sucks lol xD

  2. Interested article! I think I will try the point system and try to reorganisate my whishlist. And find a job lol. Too many tentations and no money, lol. I have to save up for school too.
    I totally agree, as if I'm not gyaru (I want to be one) I think it's a quite difficult to wear gal clothes and heavy make up at school é.è But that a great idea to try onee gal stuff more "discret".
    Byou ~

  3. Jelly also helped me a lot with the onee gal styles.
    It's nice to dress up but if you have to wake up every single day around 4.30AM you really DON'T want to spend much time with make-up, hairstyling, etc.
    Because I work at hospital where you have to were uniform clothes, it really doesn't matter how you look like before and after work.
    Although I also have periods when I just leave with jeans and a simple T-shirt I usually still want to wear some nice stuff - the onee gal style really is an alternative for doing so. Not exaggerated but chic.

  4. OraOra would be perf for school/uni because of jogging suits 8D Thank you for the guide! I'm not into uni, but as my schoolyear started this is some much wanted advice!

  5. Yessss! Unfortunately in the UK we'd be seen as "chavs" if we wore tracksuits ;_; Such a shame because I love oraora! I guess I could get away with it if I wore shorts and a hoodie or something though :3
    I'm glad it helps! <3

  6. Yes I think onee is perfect for this because it still requires getting a bit dolled up yet it's really subtle!

  7. Thank you! :D
    Yes I need to start using this points system too >< I used to go by it strictly but recently I've been a bit naughty and bought loads of stuff :P
    Yeah when I was starting uni I went really OTT with gal makeup, but then I started getting tired of waking up so early and opted for the onee gyaru look. <333

  8. Yay I'm so happy that you do! :D
    Ooh I would've loved to have seen you in Amekaji! Hardly anyone does it anymore which is a bit sad ;_;
    Yes you're exactly like me! I always put food before buying lashes etc because I'd rather not starve hahaha.

    Have you tried Revlon? I used to have reactions too and Revlon doesn't have latex (which might be what you're allergic to!)

  9. Thanks for making this! Especially mentioning saving clothes to be 'special'; I hadn't considered that. ^^ I currently plan on wearing pretty casual clothes and simple hair, but doing makeup on most days. We'll see how it goes, though! XD

  10. Oh my gosh, your points system is genius! I'm going to adopt it too (though I'm not a gal *A* )~ Thank you so much for sharing! >u<

  11. raspberry-juice.de2 September 2013 at 09:59

    Such an interesting post! Thank you! :)

  12. Really useful post. I'm not Gyaru, but I do like to indulge in fashion + I'm a poor student. Your points system reminded me of something I used to do: simply, if I want to buy this thing at $X, how many hours would I have to work to earn $X. By equating the amount of hours of paid work I had to do to earn that item, I stopped myself from buying many things...

  13. I actually stopped doing amekaji after I dyed my two tone hair back to black :c (it was really hard to do two tone by myself D: so I gave up lol).

    yes,lashes won't make your tummy full xD' unfortunately lolz

    nope, it's quite expensive, isn't it? I only once gone bankrupt with this DUP adhesive because I found it in a better price <DDD

  14. Yay I'm glad you liked it! :D
    Yes that is basically what the points system is, but instead of having it so that it's just the amount of hours you work, but what kind of work! ^^

  15. Haha thank you~ Although I cannot take full credit for it! I got it off somewhere aaaages ago... But couldn't find the source when I went looking for it! :_;

    You're welcome :3

  16. You're welcome! :D
    Yeah I mean it may sound silly, but I have a section of "special" outfits in my wardrobe haha. Yep that's pretty much what I do! I tend to skip the hair styling most of the time :P

  17. Awh bless ya :P
    Yeah exactly... Gal life is so hard ;;
    Erm I think it's quite "normal" priced actually! Should check it out ^^

  18. Juliette Nightmare3 September 2013 at 09:19

    Thx for this super usefull articles. I can definitly say that preparing your outfit, and knowing the day before the makeup/hair you're going to do, is really helping when you have to get your bus at 6am!
    Unfortunately I have straight hair, and sleeping with your hair tied up in multiples twists doesn't seem good to my boyfriend xD!

  19. probably yes, but now it's still too expensive for me :"D but thanks ^^v I will remember that!

  20. thanks for this post lizzie, its super useful!
    with regards to the comment about oraora/trackies/chavs, i totally gave in and am such a fan of trackwear now :'D its super comfy AND still looks so gal haha
    i also decided to just spend the money and got eyelash extensions during 1st year :'D it saves SO much time on makeup cus you dont need to worry about putting on fake lashes or even mascara<3 id deff suggest that to people who wanna be gal but have a tight time schedule, its worth the extra money imo. i never paid full price for them either cus theres so many vouchers and stuff floating around
    the points system is totally useful! i think i will deff try that!!

  21. Waifuuuu yes! This is perfect~

  22. HEY BBY GIRL <3
    Thanks so much <3

  23. Yay I'm glad! :D
    Yeah I know right? It's so annoying though because obv over here they think it's incredibly lazy and chavvy. Might try and do the hoodie&shorts combination so it's not as bad ;D

    Oh okay! How much was it to get? I've got really short lashes so Idk if they'll work on me ;_;

    Oooh yes please do! I'm hoping to do a budget gal challenge which I'll talk about in my next post :3

  24. You're very welcome!
    Yeah exactly! I don't have to get up as early (thank goodness) but it really does help to know what it's like. Don't really fancy wearing my ma*rs dress if it's windy haha.
    Hahahaha awh :P

  25. Haha yeah its chavvy.. tbh I lost all shame and started wearing trackies even back in college
    I think the best way to get around the time vs gal thing is to compromise on one thing
    So on days when I wear a trackie or jeans/tshirt then I would use time for make up/hair like oraora inspired etc
    But on days when I wanna wear nicer clothes then follow a style like onee with simple makeup/hair so i had more time for outfits.
    Also the eyelash extension things I only paid full price once which was £30, normally I keep my eyes out for vouchers or new beauticians opening offering cheap extensions cus they have no experience. So I only ever pay around £10/15
    Oraora trackies are so gorgeous imo so yeah deff a good option for lazy wear hahaha
    Budget gal challenge would definitely be interesting to read!!

  26. hey great blog post! i didnt think doing gyaru in college is that bad.. although i wasn't to into it when i was in college so what am i saying! oh but i understand what you mean since i ran into this problem when i started working full time at an advertising firm. it wasnt too bad though since i was a graphic designer though and i guess the style can be considered artsy? haha... i feel like i was just categorized as the super asian kawaii girl or something.

    xoxo Sarah (xlicious girl)
    Japanese Gyaru Makeup Blog

  27. Marielle Santos Fermin8 September 2013 at 02:17

    Great guide~!!! Thank you Onee-chan~!


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