Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Gyaru Style Eyes: Introduction

Hello everyone! This is an introduction to gyaru style eye make-up, a collection of products and tutorials for beginners. I've gathered a collection of images from Egg, Popteen and other popular gyaru magazines from Japan so that you can see the variety of styles and pick one to suit your type of eyes.

  Gyaru eye make-up is characterised by big, bold styles; dark eyeliners, fake eyelashes, white eyeshadows and liners and the use of circle lenses. Often, this type of makeup isn't a very natural looking style however there are levels of this look that you'd be able to use on a casual day.

Eyeliners

Eyeliners are usual liquid or gel eyeliners. Liquid eyeliners are very versatile and are nice and easy to get a clean line with once you are used to using them. The advantage of gel eyeliner types is that they are resilient and unlikely to smudge: either will work well for this type of look. A couple of brands that I've personally found work well for me include Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama, which is a gel liner, and Rimmel London Exaggerate Eyeliner, which is a liquid eyeliner.  These are reasonably priced eyeliners that can be used daily. If you are looking for a popular item then perhaps try Lime Crime Quill Black eyeliner. For a softer more Hime Gyaru look, you could try using brown and offblack eyeliners instead.

Eyeshadows

Gyaru eyeshadow is often limited to natural or pale colours, so that the black line shows up well, but what you choose to use may depend on your skin colour. A white, beige or brown set would do well. For dramatic and long lasting colour, Kryolan is great. It will last all day and all night if you wish to use it in this manner, but their shadows aren't particularly soft. For a gyaru look straight from Japan you can try the Dolly Wink eyeshadow range.

Eyelashes

Fake eyelashes are available everywhere these days. The most popular Gyaru brand of eyelashes is arguably Dolly Wink, with a large range of styles of upper and lower lashes. Gyaru styles often use eyelashes on the lower lash line with a small gap to make eyes appear larger. They are vital to finish the look! Other eyelashes are available and are currently very popular in the UK, you can get them in most stores now.

Circle Lenses

Circle lenses are another staple of Gyaru fashion. They make your eyes look bigger and can also change the base colour of your eye. Moreover, they compliment the eyeliner style nicely for a doll-like look. There are many types and varieties of circle lenses in various colours, sizes and styles. Safety is the most important factor when picking circle lenses, so make sure you always follow the instructions and wash your circle lenses regularly and thoroughly before putting them into your eye. If you are new to contact lenses it's a good idea to start with lenses that aren't too big in diameter. Only wear them for the listed amount of time! You can get contact lenses from a variety of places, for fast UK shipping use TokyoToys, if you have a bit longer than HoneyColor is a good bet too.

Hope this helps,

Apple x

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