Gyaru: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When I first started gyaru I had so many questions… So much so that I worried that I was the most annoying person ever! But the gaijin gyaru (non-Japanese gyaru) community is always more than happy to help, and over time I slowly compiled all of the frequently asked questions when it comes to gyaru. I finally gathered enough to put together this post so voila – here’s the Gyaru Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comment box below.

updated: 16.04.2021

Do I have to have brand items to be gyaru? Can I wear offbrand items?

Wearing them will make you feel more gyaru, yes, but you don’t need brand items to be gyaru. I mean… There are certain unique details that brand items have but you could find gyaru-able items from local stores. I would recommend using brand items as reference when finding things and think about the overall gyaru aesthetic.

But where can I find inspiration from?

I’d recommend taking inspiration from EGG magazine (or from their Instagram) as they’re really good at showing how you can wear “ordinary” clothes but look instantly gal by the way you put everything together.

I really want to post my gyaru looks but I’m worried about the gaijin gyaru community. Are they bitchy?

Honestly, no. We may be harsh with our words but we are known for being very honest and only want you to improve. Our community is quite small in comparison to other alternative fashions and it’s in our interest, as well as yours, to look the part. I’ve found some of the most amazing people through the community and I don’t know what I’d do without their help!

Are circle lenses necessary?

No, just practise your makeup to find ways to make your eyes look big and bold without them. I did a tutorial a while back on how to do this.

What if I can’t wear circle lens and I have to wear glasses?

That’s totally okay! Like with the above, you just need to practise and experiment to see which lashes will work well with your glasses.

Is there an age limit? Can you be “too old” for a certain style?

You can never be too old to do the things you love, including the makeup you put on and the clothes you wear. Gyaru is an extremely versatile style, and I’ve always told myself that I’m going to be a gyaru granny!

Gyaru FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Pic by my friend Mily

How do I wear Gyaru in public? I’m scared people will point and stare…

Unfortunately this does happen a lot in gyaru because you’re not dressing to the norm and obviously that’s going to garner some attention. All you need is a little bit of confidence, and you can slowly build that up by first wearing it at home before stepping out into the world. I wrote some tips on how to do it in public if you want to know more!

I really want to do gyaru everyday… How do I do that?

I used to do gal for uni everyday, and usually I just do simple hair and makeup styles and then more casual clothes. The same kinda thing applies if you work full-time, but honestly don’t worry if you can’t do it everyday! There are other ways to incorporate it into your everyday style.

Can I be gyaru if I’m plus-sized?

Hell yes! Gyaru is for all body types.

I’m broke. I can’t afford the gyaru clothes…

Unfortunately… Gyaru, overall, is expensive because there are just so many aspects to it. You’ve either got to think about tanning, getting your nails done, buying false lashes… Like, there’s a lot to it. But it is possible to do it on a budget, and you don’t have to buy gyaru brand. You’ve just gotta train yourself to find things that could work with gyaru.

Where can I buy gyaru brand?

I buy most of my gyaru brand secondhand on Gal/Gyaru Sales group on Facebook, mostly from my friends. But you can buy gyaru brand from places like mercari and taobao! You’d need a shopping service for those though. I wrote a little guide here on all of the places myself and my gal friends buy from as well as recommended shopping services!

What burning questions do you have about gyaru?

Lizzie xx

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  • Kieli
    May 24, 2019

    This is great! It should def be helpful for anyone just starting out or just curious!

    • hellolizziebee
      May 27, 2019

      Thank you so much Kieli! I really hope so 🙂

      • Harper🌺
        September 18, 2023

        I don’t want my Mom to say no to me being a Gyaru, I think she thinks I am to young. Can I be to young for Gyaru 😕

  • Lala ?
    September 7, 2019

    Love this so much! I think it’ll be really helpful for newbie gals’ confidence and can be great reassurance for people who are interested but intimidated by the fashion ?

  • Anna
    October 17, 2021

    Is that a black girl in your top picture or Is she in Black face? Even the white girl with the brown makeup with the white rings around her eyes and lips and nose looks like she’s trying to let you know hey I’m white underneath this is just black face. Seriously don’t look at an old black face picture, that’s what it looks like. From what I understand what Gyaru is, it’s a rebellion against Asian Society telling Asian women they look better when they are light-bright skinned, that’s why they stay out of the sun in real life. Now they are just putting on a costume, if they really want to embrace their real Heritage color they need to stop avoiding the Sun and just let it happen embrace it there natural brownish yellow color, then they would not have to fake it with makeup. Oh yes they are really that color. I have lived in Japan. So are they mocking real Japanese skin color or black color? This is really sad and if you come in the wrong neighborhood with that crap on well I guess you’ll find out. { I’m sure this will be deleted but it’s the truth and now you know}

  • sasha
    July 13, 2023

    I’m 12 and is American but still loves kogal gyaru how can i be accepted? do i have to be older? or change states? or change personalities just for it?

    • hellolizziebee
      July 15, 2023

      Just be your most gyaru self! Do your research, experiment with gyaru makeup and the hair, but please don’t force yourself to fit into a style if you don’t feel comfortable with it. If you feel like you’re changing personalities etc simply to fit in then maybe the style/lifestyle isn’t for you.

  • Vinna June
    February 9, 2024

    I consider myself gyaru, but i’m scared that others do not. I don’t do extravagant makeup or hair, but I try to make sure you can tell i’m gyaru by my accessories and the style of my clothes. I don’t wear fake eyelashes, but I think my eyelashes are long enough for me to put on about three layers of mascara and call it a day. I also make sure to put on a heck load of eyeliner since I consider myself a gaijin gyaru and have a difficult eye shape. I’ve always worn a lot of highlighter and I can’t even step foot out of my house without a full face of makeup (atleast). I just want to be excepted into the community and i’m scared i’m not gyaru enough for it. (T⌓T)

    • hellolizziebee
      February 11, 2024

      Unfortunately I can’t really comment as idk what you look like but as long as you’re following all of the right tutorials etc I’m sure you’ll look gal! However, in my personal opinion, you’ll need lashes to be more recognisable as gyaru