J-dramas are the real, unfiltered advice about how to approach beauty like a Japanese star. Thanks to Natusimi Ishibashi from My Husband Won't Fit or Yukie Nakama from My Beautiful Neighbor, I've learned that true beauty radiates from the inside out and does not have to display to be appreciated.
I also loved watching J-dramas because those beautiful stars always have perfect hair and makeup always, so I figured I have a lot to learn from them. Here are five unexpected J-beauty lessons I learned from my favorite J-dramas.
1. Japanese Skincare Is Natural
Traditionally, Japanese skincare is natural, as they prefer to use natural, non-toxic, and organic skincare. Japanese women choose real ingredients from rice to green tea to keep their perfect skin.
J-beauty brands such as ROHTO MENTHOLATUM have developed many products used worldwide for more than 100 years for functional skincare. Their most well-known skincare products are:
- Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Lotion is best for dry, dehydrated skin in need of a fast, reliable solution.
- Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion is exceptional, influencing a balanced skin pH level and smoother skin. No fragrance, colouring, oils, and alcohols.
- Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Face Foam is a fantastic cleanser that also hydrates your skin. It retains moisture for a soft result with no dryness.
- Hada Labo Gokujyun Oil Cleansing is hyaluronic acid and concentrated olive oil formula that effectively removes dirt from your skin. It can remove waterproof makeup.
2. It's All In The Eyes
If you spend time studying a J-actress's eyes, you will see what the audience sees. Most expressions are communicated through the eyes.
One of the most recent J-drama examples of amazing makeup is Yuko Takeuchi from Miss Sherlock. The glowing, iridescent eyes are crucial to her character.
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3. A Kiss Don't Have To Ruin Your Lipstick
Japanese actresses show that it is possible to keep lipstick on during many kissing takes. For this, they use no creamy lipsticks or glosses. The best options are the tint lips. You should colour the entire mouth, and then press the mouth with a tissue and apply again.
You want to create a light layering effect to avoid the lip colour transfer to the man. Another tip is to use a matte finish and apply powder over it.
Our favorite is ETUDE HOUSE Dear Darling Water Tint, which leaves your lips feeling kissable and soft. These water tints are available in various vivid shades, including cherry, strawberry, and orange.
Don't forget to apply a powder such as SKINFOOD Peach Cotton Multi-Finish Powder to set your lip tint and ensure a fresh, matte appearance throughout the day with no retouching needed.
4. Makeup Has The Power To Transform Perception
When you are watching a J-drama, you notice how makeup can transform any character by subtle pigment and application changes, mostly the main actress. Thanks to TV shows, we know that we need to plan to transform our look.
Makeup artists reflect the character personality by altering the actresses' features to convey the personality change. Makeup is a renovation if done correctly.
A great way to transform your features is by contouring your face. A great tool is TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Art Class By Rodin Shading, a contour kit inspired by the master sculptor Rodin. It contains three shades and can be used to contour and sculpt your face to perfection.
5. Sweat Don't Have To Ruin Makeup
Thanks to Yui Aragaki and Tao Okamoto, we know that sweating doesn't have to be smeared on makeup. Luckily, sweat doesn't have to ruin your face if you are prepared with the right makeup and skincare products.
It is essential to use waterproof products, avoid heavy foundation, and always use a primer before applying makeup.
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