“From the outside looking in, personality and mannerisms play a big role in how beautiful you are”
Written by Karissa McLaren
Organised. Neat. Methodical and Polite. This is how I remember the women in Japan during my many years in Tokyo.
I lived in the heart of Nishi Azabu surrounded by the gorgeous Omotosando precinct and vibrant Harajuku. I spent many hours on trains observing the constant lash curling and eyeliner touch-ups that Japanese women perfectly execute despite the swaying and crowded trains.
Japanese women put a lot of care and quality into everything they do, including their beauty routine. They touch-up their makeup constantly and publicly. They have the secret to that envious porcelain, smooth, glowing and unblemished skin. Loads of green tea, fish oils, bathing rituals, strict cleansing practice and sheet masks are some secrets I shared during my time there.
The Japanese have a concept called Mie-nai Oshareh which means “hidden beauty”. It stems from belief that beauty doesn’t need to be displayed to be appreciated. It refers to confidence that expensive beauty products can’t buy, but an inner radiance that comes not for public display, but just for herself. She is feminine inside and out, and radiates with the beauty and assured dignity which comes from not being fake.
Make-up enhances their already perfect skin rather than being the main attraction. A perfect black eyeliner, false lashes and a touch of lipstick is what most Japanese women get around in.
In Tokyo, you will never see a more perfectly styled bohemian, rock chic or working woman. Less maybe more with their make-up but they spend hours upon hours applying structured skincare routines andmake-up applications.
There is nothing effortless about them.
G.E.T T.H.E L.O.O.K
Camellia Oil to remove make-up and nourish hair
Visit a Bathhouse or Onsen