Can I Be Gyaru If…?

Recently I’ve noticed that those new to the wonderful world of gyaru are forever asking questions like, “Can I still be gyaru if I can’t wear circle lens?” or “Can I be gyaru with [x] colour hair?” 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.

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. Here’s my makeup tutorial on how to do gyaru makeup without circle lens.

Gaijin gyaru Pin
Gaijin gyaru Pin looking flawless without circle lens!

… I am plus size?

Definitely! 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 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.

Plus-sized gyaru at campus summit
This chick is badass! image source

… 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)

How to do gyaru with glasses

… 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 do-able, 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.

… 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! Age has no limit, and I actually talked about my insecurities about being “too old” for gyaru in the past.

Sakurina is one of the most well-known gyaru and is over 20!

… 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.

… 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.

… 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. I’ve done a whole guide on how to do gyaru with short hair right over here.

… I’m not Asian?

Hell yeah! I’ve seen a lot of Western gyaru looking absolutely flawless in this style. 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! Here are some amazing gyaru makeup tutorials for Western features you’re stuck.

… I don’t do gyaru everyday?

I’ve noticed this question cropping up more and more in the community and on my social channels and what I always recommend is that you just try your best. There are lots of ways that you can incorporate gyaru into your daily life – e.g. through accessories, stationery, clothes – and you’ve just got to find a way to make it work.

Take me, for example: I have eczema on my eyelids and around my eyes so it’s not possible for me to wear makeup everyday. But I have a leopard print bag; I have super cute accessories; I try to make my clothes look fancy; my phone case is always super over-the-top… I just try to find ways to incorporate gyaru in other ways.

You just got to work with what you can and try your best!

… I wear [certain type] of clothes?

Luckily here are so many styles to choose from that your clothes are bound to fall into one of the gyaru substyles, and if not, then that’s totally fine, too! Emika Kanda mixed gyaru together with fairy kei and it looks super cute (the gal on the left in the pic below). Just make sure to put more effort into your hair and makeup.

fairy kei, gyaru, emika kanda

… 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! 😀

Until later, cuties!

Lizzie xx

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  • Mary Lee
    April 12, 2019

    Love this post xo!