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Japanese Makeup Practices Worth Adding To Your Routine

The best Japanese beauty practices


When it comes to Asian beauty, Japan has always been one of the pioneers. From their well-advanced technology to their philosophies cultivated over several thousands of years, they’re constantly innovating and perfecting the standards of beauty. We’ve talked a lot about their various cosmetic brands on the website. Now it’s time to discuss the basic philosophies they’ve built their beauty industry on. Here are some makeup tips that you should definitely start adding into your routine.


Layer your skincare




To have a slayin’ makeup day, you need to prep your skin. Applying foundation on dry spots only emphasises the texture while your skin might produce more oil if not properly moisturised. Japanese beauty philosophy sahō, inspired by the Saho code of etiquette for the Japanese tea ceremony, involves double cleansing and double moisturising. This involves using an oil-based cleanser (for oil-based impurities like makeup and sebum) before using a water-based cleanser (to get rid of bacteria and dead skin cells). Then you apply your serums, facial oils, and moisturisers to provide moisture and lock it into your skin. These all serve to leave your skin feeling supple and bouncy — making it look smoother and younger. Also, always apply your skincare in upward strokes so as not to induce sagging skin in the future.

Curl your lashes




The fastest way to perk up your look is by curling your lashes before applying mascara. This opens up your eyes, making you look alert and lively. This helps when you’re applying mascara, as the added weight from the formula tends to make your lashes droop. It’s best to take the additional two to three minutes to curl your lashes to get the maximum effect of the mascara. Don’t overload though — just two swipes of mascara will do. Let the first layer dry before applying the next coat.


Go light on the foundation




Japanese beauty believes that skin should still look like skin for everyday wear. For them, it’s okay to let your skin peek through with a light layer of foundation. Whether you use a dewy foundation or a matte full-coverage one, it’s best to build it up to just a sheer coverage. It should be just enough to even out any uneven skin tone and blur out some of the redness that you have. Keep rocking that natural skin look!

Loose powder is your friend




Asia is known for its humid weather. Therefore, it’s important to set any liquid makeup with a layer of powder. The loose powder keeps liquid-based makeup in place. While the baking method is very popular in the West, Japanese women would just use a clean fluffy brush or a powder poof to apply powder products. Don’t pack it on as this will end up looking cakey and unattractive. Just sweep it onto your skin with a light hand and reapply throughout the day as necessary.


Always use sunscreen




Lastly, a good makeup day is incomplete without some sunscreen. The Japanese beauty philosophy is anchored on the belief that youthful-looking skin begins with taking care of it. An anti-ageing skincare routine should be started early, using hydrating lotions (or moisturisers as they’re commonly known) and serums should be sealed by some sunscreen to protect the skin from UV rays. This reduces the appearance of sunspots, wrinkle, and other sun-based damage on your skin. So never leave the house without sunscreen!


For more tips, here’s a quick makeup guide for all occasions.