Japanese women and the art of makeup. Is wearing make up a must?
It is often said that Japanese girls always look radiant with their delicate makeup. Do you feel the same?
Waku WakuPublished on 26 Feb, 12:00
"Girls cannot live without makeup". Is that only in Japan?
Japanese women wear makeup almost all the time.
Otherwise, that girl would be referred to as having a "bare face", and for some people, letting other people see their bare face is taboo.
Let's say if you need to go out a little and come across an acquaintance with a pale and bare face, you will have to say: "I'm sorry I didn't wear makeup". The reason is that you will be considered "impolite" and "shameful" if you stand in front of other people without your makeup.
In some countries, it is normal for some people to wear makeup and some do not. There is even nothing as a "bare face" in some places, but it seems that things are different in Japan.
Is wearing makeup a code of conduct in Japan?
There is a part of Japanese culture that considers makeup as a minimal courtesy.
The business culture also stipulates quite clearly: "Not wearing makeup is considered as a violation of the rule".
However, it does not mean just applying makeup is okay, and it is not very recommended that you wear too bold or flashy makeup.
In an office context, the accepted style of makeup is the gentle and natural one, the "no makeup" makeup look. There are even training courses on how to apply makeup that is appropriate to the behavioral culture.
Makeup trends of Japanese women
Along with the change of the times, the makeup trend in Japan has also developed. So, what is the favorite style of Japanese women today? Let's take a look at some basic features.
Japanese girls are favoring makeup styles that look active and soft, and create a cute image.
First: Carefully cared-for skin
Use a foundation tone that matches your skin tone so that it does not differ from your neck skin tone. A moderate shine will give off the feeling that you have naturally beautiful bare skin.
Second: Thick and gently curled eyebrows
Japanese girls do not like the Korean straight eyebrows makeup or the chiseled arch style of Western women. The Japanese style is a natural eyebrow shape that is slightly thick and gently curled.
You just need to trim your eyebrows, use powder eyeliner or an eyeliner pencil, and apply it according to the natural curves of the eyebrows. Don't raise the shape of your eyebrows too much.
Third: Big, round, and sparkling eyes
For the eyes, you just need to apply light makeup so that your eyes look big, round, and innocent. Create depth with eyeshadow, use eyeliner to gently draw a thin line from the corner of the eye, then brush your lashes with mascara. You should use gentle tones such as brown ones.
Finally: A radiant and bright face
Apply blush and a layer of lip gloss for attractive plump lips, overall creating a cute blush appearance.
Adjust a little for the overall balance for a healthy and gentle face.
So, did you get all the basic secrets? This makeup style is very common in the business environment in Japan. In other specific situations, Japanese girls have different makeup styles depending on their preferences.
Differentiating which makeup styles to apply in the office environment somehow saves the girls from struggling to find the suitable one.
To many Japanese women, applying makeup is a familiar and indispensable routine in everyday life. Still, they always have to consider what style of makeup to apply, depending on their personal preferences or being appropriate at work.
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