How to Do Gyaru Makeup for Westerners

There are endless archives of gyaru makeup tutorials out there; whether it be through old magazine scans, on Pinterest, or on YouTube, but it can be disheartening to read/watch when you have Western features. You might feel like it is impossible to do gyaru when you’re not Asian but I’m here to hold your hand and to tell you, gently, that you’re wrong. It is possible for us to do gyaru makeup, and I’ve gathered some Western gyaru makeup tutorials that my fellow gaijin gyaru (non-Japanese gyaru) have done, and left their links in case you want to check out their blogs/YouTube channels… So, enjoy!

Gyaru makeup for Western features

Western Gyaru Makeup Tutorial

One of my circle sisters’ Danielle created this dramatic eye makeup tutorial which is great for hime gyaru looks, especially because of the way she’s filled in the black section on the bottom to make the eyes look bigger!

Gyaru Eye Makeup Tutorial

This is one of my favourite makeup tutorials by a gaijin gyaru, and even though Nino isn’t gyaru anymore (sadly) she’s left a legacy behind by creating this amazing tutorial (full details here).

Gyaru eye makeup tutorial by Okashiyummy

Gal VIP Magazine

Back in the day us gaijin gyaru – Western gals/non-Japanese gals – worked on our own magazine for Gal VIP! It was one of the best things that ever happened in our gaijin gyaru community because it brought us together on one big project. This is a screenshot of one of many tutorials in the Gal VIP magazine, which you can read here.

gal VIP, gyaru makeup, gaijin gyaru

Manba Makeup

Manba is one of the original forms of gal, and it is so wild and OTT which is why I love it when Western gals do it! I especially loved this tutorial by French gaijin gyaru Ly.

Manba tutorial by Ly

Dark Gyaru Makeup Tutorial

I’m so glad that I managed to find this because I couldn’t find a lot of black gals doing makeup tutorials (apart from Lolo and Miyabi in Gal VIP), and this one is super cute! Would look so good with agejo. You can read more here on Angie’s blog.

Gyaru Makeup Tutorial by Angie

Pink Dolly Tutorial

This is a picture version of this pink dolly tutorial by Lhouraiili, who does really dramatic gyaru makeup! It’s great for those who love a bit of colour in their makeup.

Smoky Purple Makeup Tutorial

This one was created by Xin Hui and is great for those who want to venture into the darker sides of gyaru like rokku or even oraora. Their URL has changed from the picture so here’s the original link!

Onee Gyaru Makeup Tutorial

This onee gyaru makeup tutorial is from fellow bloggers EmixLea! I absolutely love how soft her makeup is and it is a good example of how to do gyaru when you’re at work or university. Click here to read her post about it!

Onee gyaru makeup tutorial for Westerners by EmixLea via Hello Lizzie Bee

related post: gyaru makeup tutorial without circle lens

Gyaru Makeup Tutorial (Without Circle Lens)

I mean, did you really think I would miss out on including my own makeup tutorial? This one is for those who can’t wear circle lens. Click here for more details.

Western gyaru makeup tutorial without circle lens

Rokku Gyaru Tutorial

My girl Rachel who is also from QueenE did a rokku gyaru tutorial with really bright and bold colours, which is great for those who want to do more dramatic makeup! She’s also included how she does her contour which is super helpful.

How to Add Bold Colours to Your Eye Makeup

Kelsey, aka NefariouslyCute, has created a quick and easy tutorial on how to add bold colours to your eye makeup, which is great for manba (and she does it so well!)

YouTube Tutorials

There are so many amazing tutorials on YouTube so I collected my favourites that I thought were different enough to each other. Instead of spamming you with links, I’ve embedded the videos into this post so that you can just click on it if you want to explore more of their YouTube channels.

And there we have it! I’ll be updating this post every now and then when I find new Western gyaru makeup tutorials to add. Please let me know if you need any more help!

What do you think? Which one would you try out?

Lizzie xx

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  • Elodie
    March 31, 2019

    Can I post your tuto without circles on my own blog? I also have a page dedicated to easier tutorials for gaijingal I already got Danielle’s authorization to post her tuto
    Off course I will credit both!

  • Hels
    April 1, 2019

    Oh wow, I love these tutorials, they are so beautiful and detailed – and I love yours, such gorgeous work!
    Hels xx

  • Jennifer Marston
    April 1, 2019

    Gyaru make up is a work of art, I absolutely love it! I love the onee make up tutorial – I like how subtle it is but still looks really striking at the same time. But obviously yours is my favourite! I might give yours a go on myself at some point!


    • hellolizziebee
      April 1, 2019

      Awh thank you so much, that’s so sweet of you to say! But I totally agree – it is a work of art! Awh well tag me in it if you do! I’d love to see it <3

  • Ashley Firth
    April 1, 2019

    These tutorials are fabulous! I am terrible at applying make up and need all the help I can get so thank you xxx

  • Deborah Wyatt
    April 4, 2019

    I love these tutorials and the YouTube videos I’ll be watching later x

  • Karalee Shotola
    April 4, 2019

    I love these makeup looks especially the pink dolly one because it is so colorful! I also love your makeup look since it is more wearable and looks gorgeous without the circle lens!

    Tales of Belle

    • hellolizziebee
      April 6, 2019

      Yes, me too! It pushes me to try on more colourful makeup… And thank you so much!

  • Kieli
    April 8, 2019

    Omg so many old bloggers that I miss ToT This post was a walk down nostalgia lane for me. I used to watch and/or read everything these Gyaru used to post. I need to try some of these tutorials! Thank you for this!

    • hellolizziebee
      April 8, 2019

      Gosh yeah, tell me about it! I really miss reading all of their posts, but I’m glad they still exist so that I can read them when I’m feeling nostalgic!

  • ×t s u k i.-
    April 9, 2019

    I love these so much, these have been so helpful to me in the past years, it’s great to see them all gathered here ♡
    I did a video tutorial on himekaji gyaru makeup looong time ago as a part of our “Gyaru Argentina” youtube channel… It’s not the best quality cuz I filmed it in 2015 lol I should do a new one updated! In the meantime here it is~~ ^__^

    • hellolizziebee
      April 10, 2019

      Awh you’re most welcome, and thank you so much for that link! I love how you included how you do your contouring

  • Nati Macchiato
    April 10, 2019

    this is super interesting Lizzie, thank you for the little talk-through and tips! I’ve never tried to do my makeup this way but it looks like so much fun and such a challenge – I might just give it a go myself!

    Nati x |

  • Yume
    April 10, 2019

    Thank you for sharing all these make up pages and tutorials. I’m sure it was pretty hard to find them.
    Now I got more inspiration for new make up things ❤️. But I’m really with my make up.


    • hellolizziebee
      April 10, 2019

      Awh you’re welcome! I can’t wait to see your progress ❤️

  • Charlotte
    April 17, 2019

    Late comment but thank you for sharing my face ^///^ This kind of makes me want to do a full on gyaru make again..

    • hellolizziebee
      April 17, 2019

      Awh you’re welcome sweetie! You were one of my biggest gal inspirations back in the day, and I’d love to see you in gal again (esp onee!)

  • Jadedisland
    April 17, 2019

    The attention to detail for the eyes is so addicting to see in gyaru makeup I love it!

  • Tt
    September 23, 2021

    I really want to try gyaru makeup but I have never put on makeup before and I don’t want my skin to age and break out. Any tips?

    • Tt
      September 23, 2021

      This is very late comment, whoops 😅

    • hellolizziebee
      September 24, 2021

      Always make sure to properly remove your makeup afterwards 😊 and also clean your brushes! And don’t go for cheap makeup