How to Style Your Hair & Make-Up for Wearing Yukata

29.June.2018 | FASHION

The summer season is almost here, which in Japan means summer festivals and fireworks. Wearing yukata is tradition during summer here and really gives you that summertime vibe.

 

But to enjoy yukata fashion even more, you’ve got to get the hair and make-up right too. Here’s some tips!

 

How To Style Hair & Make-Up for Yukata: 2018 Edition
Showing us the tricks of the trade is top hair and make-up artist Yumiko Kamada of cosmetics company Shiseido who has incorporated 2018 trends and made it so that anybody can challenge themselves to it.

 

・Hair

1. Start off by curling your hair. Depending on how you like it done, it’s good to slightly curl the tips with the curling iron too.

2. Tie your hair from behind your ears to the top of your head to separate the front and back like in picture ②.

3a. Tie each part of the hair you separated close to the top of your head.
3b. For the front, divide the inner part of your hair from the knot into two, and pass the tips of your hair through. Add some nuance to the side with a Gibson tuck.

4. Twist the front and back bundles and bring together.

5. To give the top balance, fix tightly with a hairpin. Add nuance by styling your hair around your face and finish with hairspray. Leave a refreshing impression with checkered hair decorations and transparent glass hairpins.

 

・Make-Up

1. For the base make-up, lightly apply liquid foundation to your skin.

2. Lightly fix with face powder and use highlighter to give your skin shine and luster.

3. Powder your eyebrows to a natural thickness and make soft.

4. Add coral cream eye colour to the outer part of the double eyelid. Apply lavender cream eye colour to the entire bottom eyelid. For single eyelids, close your eye and add the eye colour to the eyelid.

5. Carefully add mascara starting from your lash roots to brighten your eyes.

7. Add pink cream blusher to the upper parts of your cheeks. This brings out the depth of your face and makes your side profile look beautiful.

7. Use a glossy pink lipstick to give a bright look. Lightly shade off the outline to give a lighter look.

 

Recommended Make-Up Items: PLAYLIST Multi Painter (With New Colours)
These multi coloured creams come in paint tubes and can be used just about anywhere from your eyelids to eyebrows, cheeks, lips and so on. There are 14 colours in total (13 coloured and 1 clear). There’s the lavender and coral which was used in this tutorial as well as two new summer colours. Pick them up and get on Japan’s 2018 summer trends!

 

Dress up in a colourful and beautiful yukata and have yourself an unforgettable summer!

 

■Information
Shinseido: http://www.shiseidogroup.jp/?rt_pr=trb50Yumiko Kamada (Top Hair & Make-Up Artist at Shinseido)
Yumiko Kamada is active in many fields, including advertisements, commercials, collections, female hair and make-up fashion magazines, beauty seminars, cosmetic development, technique development and more. Her luxurious and delicate craft and earned her support from women and models from inside and outside Japan. She works as the chief coordinator for ‘Fashion Cantata from KYOTO’ and also works on ‘TOKYO KIMONO COLLECTION in Nihonbashi.’

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    Mickey Mouse/Minnie Mouse

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    ©Disney

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    E prize:Mildly fragranced hand cream (three varieties available), approx. size: 5cm

    There are three types of hand cream: pink floral, blue botanical, and orange garden. Now you have three different hand creams to choose from to suit your daily mood!

     

    Prize F:Multipurpose colourful compacts (5 different colours available), approx. size: 4cm

    This is a collection of cute round compacts! Each has a unique colour that is both simple and trendy! The five colours are pink, orange, red, pearl and brown! Each of the colours is a unique blend and has a creamy texture. Depending on the colour, you can also them as eyeshadow, blusher, lipstick, face highlighter and much more!

     

     

    Last One prize:Coffret pouch, approx size: 25cm

    You can fit all the items from the lineup into this bag! There’s also an inside pocket ー what a useful item!

     

    There are just so many cute goods as part of this line up so please check them out!

     

    (C)Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.

     

  • Pokémon Cosmetic Series: Pokémon Mirrors & Point Pack Released

    20.April.2019 | FASHION

    We have seen five items release in the Pokémon cosmetic series up to now: the face mask, lip cream, hand cream, lip gloss and body gel.

     

    In total over 470,000 items have shipped in the series. They have gained much attention online not only for their cute designs but for the considered ingredients they contain. The series has been also been sold in Japanese airports and enjoyed as a souvenir from Japan. It was even released in Taiwan this month.

    Two new Pokémon have been added to the series for the newest product―Slowpoke and Mew―for a total of six Pokémon. The new items in the line-up are mirrors and the point pack.

    Cute pastel colours and designs decorated the six mirrors which include Eevee, Slowpoke, Mew, Jigglypuff, Pikachu and Snorlax. Their petite 76mm size makes them compact and convenient to carry around. But don’t be put off by their small appearance as they are plenty big enough to fix your makeup on the go. The mirrors also come with a clear case meaning they won’t get dirty.

    The cute designs also make them a perfect idea as a gift♡

    Also released is the point pack which is sure to be a hit on social media.

    The point pack includes adorable Pokémon stickers you can put on your face and body. They are made by the cosmetic brand Lovisia and contain collagen, hyaluronic acid and shea butter for beautiful skin care. They are also scented with sweet soap.

    One point pack comes with 11 sheets so you can enjoy them with friends and family or hand them out at sleepovers!

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