The thing that I made me fall head-over-heels in love with gyaru was how much attention they put into their hair and makeup, and so I wanted to create a part two of my “easy gyaru makeup and hair tutorials” series (especially with how successful part one was). This will be perfect for you if you’re thinking of adopting the everyday gyaru lifestyle or are on holiday and don’t necessarily have a lot of time to get ready.
Please note: these images were gathered from various corners of the internet – I don’t own them! Though can safely say that some were from the amazing GAL REVO which I highly recommend checking out for mag scans.
I first learnt about contouring when I found out about gyaru nearly 5 (or perhaps 6) years ago. Little did I know that it would become a huge part of my makeup routine – now I wouldn’t dream about wearing makeup without it.
But I was getting bored. Truth is, I’ve been using the same type of contouring palette over the past few years because I got comfortable with Sleek. Now every brand has one, so there’s a lot to choose from! On my shopping trip with Fii & Han I found this NYX contouring palette, and what attracted me the most was that it was refillable, had so many shades and was cruelty-free! I’ve been tracking down cruelty-free brands (as mentioned in a previous blog post) and a few weeks prior I picked up some lipsticks from Urban Decay and received another from Too Faced for my birthday.
My skin is terribly sensitive; when I’m not suffering from eczema I’m suffering from hayfever, and both are a nightmare for my face. I used to get reactions even when I don’t wear makeup and one day I got so fed up with it that I threw all of my makeup away and started afresh. I realise that I’m probably not alone when I say that gyaru makeup can sometimes be a nightmare for sensitive skin, so I did some research and experimenting over the past year or two and finally found some solutions to overcome it!
I think this month must be the busiest month I ever had; I’ve been to around 5 dinners in the past two weeks plus all of the other things I had to do… I’m feeling a bit worn out!
So today I’m being super lazy and I’m showing you what’s in my makeup bag! This is my “main” bag that I always carry around with me where I just keep my essentials, and I have another bigger one which contains the rest of my makeup.
To start off I apply some foundation & concealer before patting it down with some compact powder. I usually use MAC foundation but I ran out so I chose Bourjois as an alternative. It smells so good and it’s pretty thin, making it easier to spread around.
Then it’s time to do the contouring; I love the Sleek Contour Palette, and for my nose I use a really light concealer stick and white eyeshadow.
I was going to put the blushers in the “base” section but couldn’t fit everything into one photo, so this is going to be my base part 2. I love BeautyUK blushers (you can tell which is my favourite shade) but I really liked the pigment in the MUA one. Unfortunately I chucked it away right after this photo as it exploded in my makeup bag. Not cool.
Time for the eyes! I start off by doing my brows before moving onto putting some mascara on. I tend to get quite messy with mascara because of my short lashes, so I cover it up with eyeshadow tehehe. I normally have two eyeshadow palettes in my bag, but when I’m travelling I just take the MUA one because the colour shows up so much better against my skin. I do have a Naked eyeshadow palette for Christmas that I haven’t opened yet… I should probably start using that.
I then put on some gel liner~ I swear by Maybelline, it is the best liner I’ve ever tried. I used to wear liquid liner but it looked really messy and I find it so much easier using a brush (which I forgot to take a photo of here, d’oh!). I use pencil liner for the waterline.
I keep all of my most-used lashes in this cute container that I got from Kawaii Gyaru Shop. It’s so handy! It’s really small too so I always carry it in my hand bag when I wear my lashes, just in case. I also have two separate lash glues for upper and lower.
Last, but not least, the lips! If I’m wearing pink lippy I tend to put on a nude colour just beforehand because I’ve got really dark lips. For reds I go by Kate by Rimmel – it’s amazing! Would definitely suggest it!
And I guess that’s it! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts but it looks like I still stuck by the same brands as I did ages ago… Oh wells! I know that I haven’t really included lashes (as all of my most-used ones are in the little case) so maybe I could do a post on all of the lashes I own? Hmm.