Fashion & Style: Gothic Lolita

27 01 2010

Gothic Lolita (or Goth-Loli as it is sometimes known) is a form of Lolita fashion. Lolita fashion is a form of dress much popularized in Japan, worn by young women. This fashion style became popular during the late 1970s, but the exact date of origin is still unclear. Women that wear Lolita styled clothing wear many frills, knee-high socks, platform shoes, and stockings along with many other accessories.

Gothic Lolita is slightly different from typical Lolita fashion. With Gothic Lolita, much of western “Gothic” style is incorporated into the sweeter Lolita look. This means Read the rest of this entry »

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Fashion & Style: Makeup for Asians

24 01 2010

Struggling to find the best brand of makeup or way of applying it? Here’s a complete list of dos and don’ts for Asians… makeup-wise.

DON’T

  • Wear too much eyeliner
  • Have too much blue/green eyeshadow
  • Choose an eyeshadow color that’s too dark
  • Wear false eyelashes that look too long and fake
  • Attempt to change the lightness or darkness of your skin tone with a completely different shade of foundation. It will end up looking like a mask.
  • Use a heap of glittery eyeshadow
  • Use tester lipsticks straight onto your lips. It’s unhygienic. Smudge some onto your fingers before applying

DO

  • Look out for foundation that has yellow undertones
  • Test your foundation on your jawline first
  • Use lots of sky blue. Asian skin loves that color!
  • Store lipstick and perfume in the refrigerator. It’ll last longer
  • Outline your lips in pencil before you apply lipstick or gloss if you don’t want your lipstick to feather
  • Always, ALWAYS wash off your makeup before bed

Some brands that most asians prefer to use include: MAC, Shiseido, Lancome, and Estee Lauder. Browse around for a favorite brand. Personally, I prefer Read the rest of this entry »





Fashion & Style: All About Sedu

23 01 2010

First of all, what is a Sedu hairstyle? Well, Sedu actually comes from the word seductive. Most Asians are very lucky in that they are born with naturally straight hair. Lots of westerners have to resort to straightening their hair in order to achieve the same silky, straight hair Asians have. This hair is now known as Sedu hair. A Sedu iron has even been invented for those that want this kind of hair! So, we Asians have it lucky, really.

For those not lucky enough to be born with a Sedu hairstyle, here’s a quick step-by-step of how you can create one yourself. Read the rest of this entry »





Fashion & Style: The Japanese Uniform

22 01 2010

Let’s face it, there is no where else in the world that has uniforms quite like the Japanese ones. Even the Taiwanese and Korean uniforms are based off them! Most schools in Japan make it mandatory to wear a uniform, whether it be a public or private school. The word for uniform in Japanese is seifuku (制服).

There are two main types of uniforms for boys and girls. The first uniform is the more traditional one. Girls would wear a sailor outfit while boys don a military style. These uniforms are based off the Meiji era formal military dress. It was once fashionable to wear the uniform out of school as well, but that is going out of style and most teenagers prefer dressing in casual wear.

The boys’ uniform is named gakuran (学ラン) or tsume-eri (詰め襟). It is usually black, but some schools also use navy or dark blue. The second button on the top of the uniform is given by the male owner to a female he wishes to express love to. It is said that the placement of the second button is closest to the heart. This practice was made popular by Read the rest of this entry »