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Doll Eyes

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100% Japanese? A-yup!

I’ve always wondered, how do ordinary 100% Japanese women get that round-eyed babydoll look? Fortunately, Ageha magazine hired a pro makeup artist to spill all the secrets!

Here’s where she started:

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She’s already got a head start on the hair bleaching and eyelid glue, and she’s no stranger to makeup and fake eyelashes, but she definitely still looks Japanese.

Okay, here’s the step by step transformation!

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1: The key point is to glue on the fake bottom lashes BELOW your actual eyelid! See how they start out on the inside edge where they belong, but end up about an eighth of an inch below the edge of her actual eyelid? See how there’s a little triangle of skin between the eyeball and the fake lashes? By doing this, the makeup artist actually changed how we see the shape of the model’s eyes! A little eyeliner pencil seals the deal.

2: Exchange those straight upper faux lashes for a set of swoopy curly ones. These get pasted just above your natural eyelashes (You can still kind of see the model’s real eyelashes poking straight out below the fake ones in the last picture.)

3: Next, put in your bright blue circle contacts, boosting your resemblance to Chucky 100%.

4: Pink eyeshadow below the eyes makes that part of the face look less flat. (Do Westerners really have hillier faces than Japanese? I never noticed!)

5: Dark brown eyeshadow goes above, to make eyes look more deep-set.

6: And finally, a swoosh of face powder that’s much lighter than your skin goes straight down the nose, to change that perky Japanese shape into a “tall” Western-style schnozz.

And voila! That’s how you become a living doll! The tougher question might be…why would a beautiful Japanese woman want to?

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

3 thoughts on “Doll Eyes Leave a comment

  1. Excellent point. Why would she want to? One of those was working at the local keitai store and her eyes seemed completely dead. I guess it’s hard to move them with all that extra weight–lashes, make-up, contacts. Scared the pickles out of me!

    • Well, I kind of understand wanting to look perfect (although yeah, I’ve seen the ones where it’s more of a mask than makeup and they’re SCARY!) but why do they choose a look that’s so un-Japanese? I think Japanese women in general are more beautiful than women who look like, well, ME, so it’s kind of boggling that they wouldn’t want to make themselves look like perfect Japanese women, not perfect dolls. You know?

      • I guess it’s all a matter of who decides what “perfect” is. I’ve gotten the doll comparison enough times and don’t like it much. I’m not, after all, a doll. Do they make Rika-chan dolls in Japanese version? That would be a place to start.

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