A Modern Gyaru makeover with Canmake: How do the products perform?

I’m no makeup artist, but I do enjoy doing the occasional makeover! Since I’m still on a Japan high and we have a bunch of Canmake goodies, we decided to do a J-beauty makeover on my fellow PV girl slash (unwilling) model Stacie. Let’s start!

You know how we regularly preach the word of Sun Protection here in PV, so we made sure to use the Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF50+ PA++++ (P790). This is a very watery sunscreen that applies clear, has a dewy finish, and leaves no white cast. It feels refreshing! This is great for those with sensitive skin because it has no alcohol content, and can even be applied to the eye area without stinging. Give this a go and kiss sticky sunscreens goodbye.

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The J-beauty base is skin-like with a natural glow. Stacie put on the Juicy Glow Skin Base in Beige (P690) as an all-over base. It doesn’t provide much coverage but it does a good job of evening out the skin tone. It was a bit difficult to work with because it pills during application, even though we made sure to let the sunscreen dry down first.

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Stacie wasn’t able to use this for the FOTD, but I got to try the Cover & Stretch Concealer UV (P630). This comes in three colors, and I was honestly surprised that I found a shade match in the darkest color, 03 Ochre Beige. This has a thick consistency with a medium coverage. It feels a little dry and heavy for those with dry skin but I like how it sticks to my oily skin so well.

What’s a J-beauty look without the bright flush? We used the new Juicy Lady Liquid Cheek in 01 Pink (P680) on Stacie’s cheeks. While the blush looked frighteningly neon in the swatches, it actually looks fresh and subtle once blended out! Orange would look great for morenas like me, and if you’re a fan of the drunk blush look, definitely go for Red.

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For Stacie’s glow, we layered the Cream Highlighter in 03 (P590) and the Glow Fleur Highlighter in 03 (P760). I was surprised that the Cream Highlighter was actually more pronounced than it initially swatched. It blends so seamlessly on the skin but still creates a lot of impact!

The Glow Fleur Highlighter was another winner. I thought it would look more powdery and glittery, but I love how it looks subtle and brightening on the skin.

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We first started with the Lasting Multi Eyebase WP (P510). This is a transparent base with a creamy, almost silicone-like texture. If you have monolids like Stacie or hooded eyes like me, an eye primer is a necessity to keep your eyeshadow look from creasing.

We then applied the Perfect Styling Eyes #15 (P770) on Stacie’s lids. The Japanese are all about eyes that look bright and wide awake so most of the shadows in palette are shimmery. The Topping Jewel even has pronounced silver glitter on it. You’ll need to build up the shadows to intensify pigmentation, but it’s otherwise a great palette for an easy, fool-proof look. The blue shade is a cool twist, and it takes the palette colors from day to night.

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The Creamy Touch Liner in 01 Deep Black (P680) had the teeniest, tiniest nib I have ever seen in a pencil eyeliner! It applies very smoothly, and makes it easy to draw fine and crisp lines for almost invisible eyeliner. Stacie was also able to apply it to her waterline with ease but it unfortunately smudged on her once she started to sweat.

Stacie then curled her lashes and applied the Quick Lash Curler in Black (P640). This has a comb-like wand that separates the lashes well. It made Stacie’s lashes look almost doll-like and held the curl until she took off her makeup.

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Japanese brows are more about defining the tail end and lightly filling them in for definition. I used the Eyebrow Tint Jelly in 02 Cappucino (P570) to fill in Stacie’s brows. This has a jelly-like consistency so I recommend using an angled brush instead of the sponge-like applicator for more precision. It gave the look of a naturally full brows. I wanted to add some hair-like strokes, so I used the Eyebrow Liquid in 02 (P550) on the tail. It’s much more pigmented than K-Palette’s bestseller, and the felt tip does not draw as finely as I would like it to so use a light hand when applying this.

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Stacie used the Lip Tint Matte in 03 Rose (P590), a mauvey rose. It’s a more comfortable take on the matte liquid lipstick since it doesn’t dry out completely. Kim was able to try 02 Red, a bright pink red, and they also have 03 Coral, which is a pink with coral undertones.

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The resulting look is what I’d like to call the Modern Gyaru, which is the Japanese slang for “gal”. It’s very cute, youthful, and a bit romantic, but still wearable as an everyday look. Stacie-chan looks so kawaii, ne?

Have you tried Canmake products? What are your favorites from the brand? Do you think I should haul Stacie to Japan and make her an idol? Comment down below!

Swatches, from left: Mermaid Skin Gel UV, Juicy Glow Skin Base in  Beige  and  Pink

Swatches, from left: Mermaid Skin Gel UV, Juicy Glow Skin Base in Beige and Pink

Swatches, from left: Cover & Stretch Concealer in  Light Beige, Natural Beige,  and  Ochre Beige

Swatches, from left: Cover & Stretch Concealer in Light Beige, Natural Beige, and Ochre Beige

Swatches, from left: Lasting Multi Eyebase, Creamy Touch Liner in  01 Deep Black , and Perfect Styling Eyes #15

Swatches, from left: Lasting Multi Eyebase, Creamy Touch Liner in 01 Deep Black, and Perfect Styling Eyes #15

Swatches, from left: Lip Tint Matte in  01 Coral  and  03 Rose , Juicy Lady Liquid Cheek in  01 Rose Pop, 02 Mango Orange,  and  03 Apple Cherry,  Glow Fleur Highlighter in  03 , Cream Highlighter in  03

Swatches, from left: Lip Tint Matte in 01 Coral and 03 Rose, Juicy Lady Liquid Cheek in 01 Rose Pop, 02 Mango Orange, and 03 Apple Cherry, Glow Fleur Highlighter in 03, Cream Highlighter in 03