Sunday, 22 June 2014

Can I Still Be A Gyaru If...?

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Recently I've noticed that people are forever asking questions like, "Can I still be gyaru if I can't wear circle lens?" or "Can I still be gyaru with [x] colour hair?" I mean, I get it; I too were asking the same questions when I first started gyaru! Because of this, I have decided to create a big post on the most popular questions asked in our community. This is part of my Gaijin Gyaru Guide series.

Can I still be a gyaru if... I don't wear circle lens?

Yes, yes yes! Although circle lens really help complete the look, it is possible to work without. I've been doing it for goodness knows how long and there are a few other gaijin gyarus such as Pin who really rock it without them. It just takes a hell of a lot more work, and I know from experience that it does take a while to get used to wearing dramatic makeup to make-up for the lack of lens but it's all about working with your eyeshape to make your eyes look bigger.

Pin looking flawless as always!

Can I still be a gyaru if... I am overweight?

Definitely! Don't let a silly thing like that get you down. Gyaru isn't about being the skinny, it's about accepting yourself and "get wild and be sexy!" Just because the skinny girls plaster the covers of magazines (may the magazines rest in peace) doesn't mean that non-skinny gals exist outside of them. They're models, so a lot of it is photoshop and intense diet regimes that I wouldn't recommend doing.

The main thing is to be happy with the way you are. This applies to all fashions, not just gyaru! If wearing something makes you feel down about yourself then chuck it straight in the bin and wear the things you love.

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Can I still be a gyaru if... I wear glasses?

I actually don't know many people who do gyaru with glasses but it's definitely possible. It'll be a good idea to look at makeup tutorials online on what kind of makeup to wear with glasses according to their lens (i.e. if they make your eyes look bigger or smaller) and then apply that knowledge to when you're doing your gyaru makeup.

Here's a photo of a Ageha mag scan (I believe)

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Can I still be gyaru if... I have [insert colour] hair?

Gyaru is one of the most versatile styles I've seen when it comes to hair (thank goodness) and although black isn't the most popular colour it's still doable, and anything other than black is completely fine! Black Diamond members are known for their crazy blend of hair colours and they rock it!

It's mainly the "older" gyaru like onee gyaru who tend to have darker hair colours, but there are a few who look great with it. I haven't dyed my hair at all throughout my gyaru life, and that's never going to change.

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Can I still be gyaru if... I'm over 20?

HELL YES! I'm going to be a gyaru granny, haha. There are plenty of gyaru who still do it even when they're 30 years old! There's even one gyaru on Instagram who's 50! Charlotte over at Lady Mori posted a really good article about gyaru over 30 which you can see here.

Well-known gyaru model, Sakurina, is 31!

Can I still be gyaru if... I have children?

Gal mamas are the best! There was even a whole magazine dedicated to them called "gal mama" (surprise surprise). I have heard that some gyaru who do become mothers do tone down their look a little bit but I guess it all depends on how you feel about it! Here's an article where someone interviewed a gal mama.

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Can I still be gyaru if... I have tattoos and piercings?

Definitely! I see quite a lot of gyarus sporting tattoos, and those are mainly from oraora/tsuyome gals. I'm pretty sure there are more who aren't into that substyle, but those are where I normally catch a peek of a tattoo.

That goes the same with piercings; it's totally doable, and looks great for the more "darker" styles like oraora, tsuyome, rokku and gothic gyaru. Mayuyun is a perfect example of having tattoos and piercings!

That's not to say that people outside of those substyles don't have tattoos/piercings, it's just my observation.

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Can I still be gyaru if... I have short hair?

Much like the "can I be gyaru if I have [x] coloured hair", I've seen gals rocking both long, medium and short hair! It doesn't matter what length it is, as long as it's styled and looks fabulous then it's all good.

Kanako Kawabata always comes to mind whenever I think of a gal rocking short hair! There's also other people like Okarie, Sakurina (although in her old photos), and Chie & Chika often wear short-haired wigs.

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Can I be gyaru if... I'm not Asian?

Hell yeah! I've seen a lot of gaijin gyaru looking absolutely flawless in this style who aren't Asian. It's all about adjusting the gyaru makeup & clothes to suit your features. Just take a look at the gaijin gyaru community; there are tons of great inspiration for you there. One of my major inspirations is Sui Princess (she's such a babe).

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Can I be gyaru if... I don't do gyaru everyday?

I've noticed this question cropping up more and more in the community and, in my opinion, I think you're gyaru as long as you make an effort whenever you can to be gyaru. I only really do gyaru when I'm going out and most of the time I don't, and I don't really see the point of doing it if I'm not going out of the house.

I think it's really difficult because then people ask: what is gyaru without the aesthetics? To me, gyaru is about having fun and being confident with yourself as well as the makeup. Work makes it difficult for me to do gyaru because I'm often in a rush in the morning so I don't have time to do the makeup. If I do have time, then I'd do it, but it hasn't been like that so far and I'd much prefer to have a few more minutes of sleep.

I don't really feel like myself when I don't do gyaru, so I kind of think of myself as having two lives: one is the gyaru me who's always smiling and having fun, and then the work me when I just put my head down and get things done. And I'm okay with that. You just got to be comfortable with yourself and try your best!

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Can I still be gyaru if... I don't like gyaru?

Erm, no?

And that's all for today! I know that there are probably loads of more questions to cover but I thought that these were the commonly asked ones in our community.

If anyone has any questions, please ask, and I'll do my best to answer! :D

Until later, cuties!

Lizzie xx


  1. Great post! I usually love to wear the gyaru style (omg... Haven't done it in ages.... I shake my head at myself.... I need to get organised lol) But I've never worn contacts, and I never thought it made me less gyaru. I even still consider myself gyaru even when I wear my hair natural, which is very curly, I think the overall look and the details account for the gyaru look. And well, in the end, everyone should just dress the way they feel best. ^__^

  2. I've always been worried about being gyaru and chubby, but that girl in the photo looks great! Although I don't think I'll ever go as tanned as that -.-"

  3. Awh don't worry about it, I'm pretty sure you can rock it :D You can do it, girl! <3

  4. Thanks very much! I hope I covered most of the questions ;_;
    Exactly! I used to wear circle lens for a bit but then I just... Well, it was way too expensive to get toric ones and I always found it irritated my eyes even after an hour. So not worth it!

  5. Mao -chan is awesome..*___*

  6. Your post is awesome! <333

  7. What about; can I still be gyaru with short hair ;) We don't see that a lot anymore! Love the post <3

  8. Ah, yes! I can't believe I forgot that one!

    But yes you can do it with short hair! Great short-hair inspirations are Okarie, Sakurina (look back at her old photos where she has short hair), Chie & Chika, and Kanako Kawabata. All of these gals have completely different styles too :D

  9. tnx for the tips!

  10. Hi Lizzie, just wanted to let you know that I thought this post was fantastic. There are so many bloggers out there and a post like this stands out like a shining light! Please carry on doing what you doso well and thank you for having such a big heart X

  11. Thank you so much! I'm really glad that you feel this way, as I really want to help everyone who's arriving at the gyaru scene! Thank you for your kind comments :D

  12. lol at that last question XD

    Great post! I like how you outlined all the possibilities although there was one I was surprised you left out: "Can I do gyaru if I'm not Asian? :c" YESYESYESSSSS! Haha! This post was pretty uplifting too Lizzie, I like! :3

  13. Love this post, it's really uplifting for those new to gal :D
    and wow at Mao on Instagram, I hope I look that fabulous of 50 (heck, I wish I looked like that now haha)


  14. Love, love, love this post. <3 I'm definitely heading into gal-granny territory myself. As long as I feel like I look good, I'll be gal. And Mao is freaking amazing.

  15. i love the gyaru hair<3

  16. Yay I'm so glad that you like it! Aah you'd be a great gal-granny tehehehe <3 I can just imagine us being old and wrinkly, sipping some tea, with amazing makeup and nails <3

  17. Awh yay I'm glad you think so! I thought it was about time someone did it ^^
    I know right? She looks amazing!

  18. Tehehehe :3
    Ooh I've just updated the post with that question on it! Thanks for the tip! ^^


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