This is a topic that has been on my mind for a couple years now. I've always wanted to talk about it but I didn't have a blog until the beginning of this year and then kept forgetting to write about it.
Well, here I am finally writing about it! These are questions that I see literally every day on tumblr, any of the five and a half million FaceBook groups, and any other gyaru forum that I may or may not be a member of (< . < ) *shifty eyes*
Do I have to be Asian to be gyaru?
NO. Gyaru is not about race. It's not about religion, sex, sexual orientation, background, or what-ever-the-fuck-else you want to think it's about. The origin of the style in the late '80s was about defying the norm, standing out, and not being afraid of who you are. The gyaru girl exudes confidence and isn't afraid of criticism because at the end of the day, she knows who she is and that is what is important.
Isn't gyaru just about Asian girls wanting to look white?
Refer to my above answer. Gyaru is not about race. Some might say it is, and yes, there are girls out there who get plastic surgery and do blah blah whatever in order to make their features more Caucasian-looking BUT that is the same in any community. Look at celebrities around the globe and you'll see that it is not exclusive to gyaru.
Do I have to wear false lashes to be gyaru?
Yes and no. One of the key points of gyaru makeup is making your eyes look big, and false lashes have a big hand in that. If you're allergic to the latex in lash glue, there are latex-free versions available. If you're allergic to something else in the glue, you might want to look into eyelash extensions. It's expensive, but it lasts for months and the health of your eyes is more important. Bottom false lashes are not a necessity. I don't wear them because I haven't found a style yet that I like enough to want to purchase or re-purchase. Many Japanese gals don't wear false lashes either - JELLY model Miho Ishigami is one that I can think of off the top of my head.
Do I have to wear circle lenses to be gyaru?
This one is a subjective answer. It's all based on personal preference. Some people say yes, some people say no. I say no, you don't have to, but I do believe that it adds a certain finish to the overall look. Once again, a key point of gal is enlarging the eyes, and circle lenses do just that.
Do I have to have long nails, a tan, and long, curly, blonde hair?
Not unless you're going for a kuronba look, and even then the only prerequisite is a tan (kuro = black aka tan skin). I feel like newbies to the style have this image in their head of a tan, long nailed, blonde, curly haired MA*RS-clad girl as the epitome of gyaru. This is not true. Gyaru has come a long way since the '90s, and even 2007, haha :)
Do I have to use Japanese cosmetics to be gyaru?
Nope! If you want to, go ahead. But it's definitely not a necessity. I don't use any Japanese cosmetics at the moment because I'm not in need of any new makeup. When I run out of my current BB cream, I do want to try the Sana Pore Putty BB Pact, though, and I do plan on buying some other things.
Do I have to wear Japanese brands of clothing to be gyaru?
NO! You don't! Once again, I don't own any Japanese brand clothes. I buy all my stuff on the cheap from stores like Forever 21, Target, and secondhand stores.
What music can I listen to to be more gyaru?
There's no such thing as "gyaru" music! Listen to whatever you want to.
I can't be gyaru because I'm fat.
You can be gyaru at any weight. It's about dressing for your body type. If you're self-conscious about parts of your body, find ways to work around them and accentuate what you love. It's about being comfortable with yourself at any size.
What if I get posted on g_s?
Haters gonna hate, it's an inevitability. If someone posts something about you, you'll survive.
What if people think I'm weird because I like gyaru?
OH QURL. Everyone thinks I'm weird as fuck for liking gyaru. My family most of all (my biological family - my fiance and his fam could care less as long as I'm not out snorting cocaine off of a stripper's ass LMAO. Yeah, just went there). Anyway, I DGAF and tell them to mind their own fucking business. I'll defend this shit to my grave.
Do I have to like MA*RS and d.i.a to be gyaru?
Nope! There are many different substyles of gyaru and a niche for everyone :)
Do I have to follow the trends in gyaru magazines?
Nope! Experiment with your style. The magazines are more of a guideline anyway about what is most popular. There's such a wide range of gyaru - it's impossible to contain it all in a few magazines. The basic rule is: If you don't feel comfortable wearing something, don't wear it.
Can I do another style (like Lolita, Dolly, Fairy, and Cult Party-kei to name a few) and gyaru only part-time?
Why not? Plenty of gals do. I do. I have a HUGE softspot for Mori Girl and Dolly Kei.
Do I have to wear gyaru every day?
If you want to, go ahead. But no, it's not necessary. Not even famous gals wear it every day.
Are gyaru and ulzzang the same thing?
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NONONONONONONONONONONOO!
NEVER say this to a die-hard gal because they will verbally rip your ears out and stab you in the ear drums HAHA.
I'm not kidding.
Anyway, that's it for now because I have run out of questions!
Here's a couple pictures of some coords that I've done within the past week
(taken from my CODENOTE)
|This one ranked 3rd in the Gyaru category on CodeNote :)|
Here's some make shots
AAAND Finally, I did a new set of nails, this time they're short and square instead of long and almond shaped. They're much easier to do stuff with, but I miss my long ones ;^;
Anywho that's all for now! I filmed a couple tutorials that I still have to edit, so I'll try and get those up tomorrow~
Talk to you all later