Saturday, September 15, 2012

"Natural" Gyaru Makeup (for the minimalist)

I finally got to finish editing the video I wanted to put up a while ago. Even with a lame editor like WMM, editing is still a bit of work. Well too much work for someone who was practically done the first time when the editing program decided to crash before I could save everything and has no more patience for editing. It took me a while to get to the point where I wouldn't be severely annoyed trying to put together the video again, but I digress. 

I didn't really know what I wanted to do for another video until I saw a post that wholeheartedly agree with and that got me thinking. What is the "bare minimum" of makeup required to look gal? I think it may be different for everybody and can be adjusted to suite your needs but for the most part natural gyaru makeup just doesn't really exist. It's more or less an oxymoron.

Products Used
Primer: Laura Geller Spackle (Champagne)
Concealer: Costal Scents/Ebay Concealer 10 Shade Palette 
BB Cream: Missha Perfect Cover (No.21)
Powder: MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural (Light Plus)
Contour: The Balm (Bahama Mama)
Highlight: Canmake Highlight Gradation
Blush: NYX (Peach)
Eye Shadow: Rimmle Quad (Smokey Brun/ Spices)
White Liner: Beautique (White)
Gell Liner: Femme Couture Gel Liner (Black)
Mascara: L'oreal Voluminous False Lashes (Blackest Black)
Top Lashes: Diamond Lash (Cat Eye)
Lip Liner: Elf Featherproof Lip Liner (Spice)
Lip Stick: Mac (Angel)
Lip Gloss: Elf Mineral Gloss (Pageant Princess)
Brows: Elf Brow Kit (Light)

It may not look like a lot when you see some of the girls that do their makeup like this but that's part of the artifice of gyaru and why I chose to put the word natural in quotes because this is still quite a bit of makeup by most people's standards and the steps are really still the same...and the number of products used is essentially the same too. The only difference is that they are applied to a lesser extent. So without further ado, here is the video.

I think it's also worth noting that this seems pretty open to interpretation, so I'd love to know what you guys think too. What do you consider make up requirements of gal to be? Bottom lashes? Circle lenses? Contouring? And on the opposite end of that, what do you think you could do without and still look gal?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I've taken a bit of a break.

I know it's been forever since I've updated and I am sorry for that, especially since I've gotten new followers on this blog recently (undoubtedly thanks to Ninoschka's favorite gaijin gyaru post that I was included in) So I owe her a big thank you for that!
No I am not dead, but my expression sure is XD
I really wanted to update with a new video but editing woes would not allow for such things. It's still raining regularly so I've kept my hair straight and boring for a while.

 I haven't been up to much lately except school work, which I am doing surprisingly well in for once. I have actually felt very placid lately. I feel like I've just kind of broken off from the rest of the world and feel at peace.

I took my camera around and collected shots of the area after the rain the other day.

I don't particularly care for this town but one aspect I do love is this Americana vibe and beautiful scenery living along Route 66 has afforded me.
Outside an antique shop
View of Cerbat mountains from right outside city limits
Poor horses had to have their horsefly masks on

I've also been taking a bit of a break from gal too so I can give myself a recovery from the constant primping.
I love this style but I also feel that sometimes it's important to look at yourself without the makeup, extensions and and nails and remind yourself of what you really look like. Plus, it's  nice to have a grace period in which you can use recovery masks on your bleached hair, clay masks on your face and strengthening oils on your nails to keep everything underneath that gal exterior healthy. I'll be back in the regular swing of things shortly though! And hopefully back with a new video too!