Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the cutest of them all? Misako Aoki seems like a good contender! She's Japan's Kawaii Ambassador awarded in 2009 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President of the Japan Lolita Association, and author of a lolita fashion book. Misako has been a lolita model for over two decades now and has appeared on the cover of several magazines. She also walked at New York Fashion Week for the Nolcha Shows. What will surprise you is that, on top of fulfilling all her lolita-related duties, she also works as a nurse. Cheers to containing multitudes! Here's why you should follow this adorable multihyphenate on Instagram.
Cute style ensembles
Although her feed is filled with lolita looks — as one might expect from a lolita model — from time to time, she also posts cute everyday ensembles that you can take inspiration from for your daily outfits. Take a cue from how she makes unconventional looks work like matchy-matchy prints, all-pink outfits, bold fruit prints and so on.
Kawaii winter fashion
Admit it, we tropical ladies need help in the winter fashion department. Instead of just bulking up on your next winter wonderland vacation, cover up in style for a change. Look to Misako Aoki's kawaii winter looks for some much-needed guidance. Note how she stylishly pairs the accessories, inner garments, coats and shoes to create a put-together snow-friendly ensemble.
Creative shots and modelling poses
When it comes to posing, you can expect nothing less from Misako Aoki. Her facial expressions and hand gestures are always on point. Scroll through her feed and you'll never run out of new poses to copy.
She also has a talent for putting together creative shots. From intricate flatlays to lookbook types of snaps, Misako's detailed portraits will motivate you to be just as creative.
Soft makeup looks
A hallmark of the lolita look, soft and sweet makeup styles are Misako's expertise. To create a youthful, flushed look, her blush is strategically placed high up on the cheekbones, just a few centimetres below the lower lash line. The same or a similar shade as the blush is used as an eyeshadow to maintain a cohesive look. For her pout, she often goes for bright coral shades to make her lips pop. It may be a simple makeup look but finding the right combination of colours can be tricky, so look closely at how Misako pairs shades to make sure your final look will end up looking nice and subtle. Here's a detailed makeup tutorial by Misako on how to achieve the look.
In between her posts promoting kawaii fashion, Misako recommends cafes, restaurants and also talks about Japanese foods she likes. Judging by her Instagram feed, she has a penchant for afternoon tea sets and sweet treats like milk tea, cakes, macarons and cupcakes. Yum!