Hello and welcome to another installment of Project: Lixx’s Fashion Fraction.
While at Shumatsu, I met 2 of the most adorable and polite fashionistas- Kitsune Fantasy and Kawaii-Infected. I had seen them walking around on the Saturday of the convention in some seriously awesome decora/fairy kei co-ords but unfortunately wasn’t able to snap a photo. On Sunday, I found them in the bathroom (of all places) and got to talking- it was then I asked if I could feature them for the Shumatsucon version of Convention fashion!
Welcome to your dose of Fashion Fraction here on Project: Lixx!
For this Focus On, we’ll be talking about the “other keis”- meaning a bulk of Japanese street fashion that includes oshare, decora/fairy, gyaru/ganguro/kogal, shironuri/mori girl/dolly/cult party, and even bosozoku. Some of these are more well known than others but don’t have nearly the amount of subgenres as Lolita and Visual Kei do.
Please remember- I am no expert in these fashions nor do I necessarily partake in these styles.
Oshare Kei: This is the fashion I am most familiar with since some of the first few bands I got into when I found the Visual Kei scene were Oshare. Now, Oshare is technically a subgenre of the generic Visual Kei term… but why didn’t I include it in my Focus On Visual Kei article? For me, oshare was better suited to start out this article since it is more street fashion and not as “outlandish” as most of the other subgenres of Visual Kei tend to be. Whether you agree with my logic or not; I’m not here to debate that. Fact is Oshare Kei is first on this article and it’s awesome.
Many would describe Oshare Kei as the “happy-go-lucky version of Visual Kei”. It’s brighter and toned down in terms of hair and makeup. It’s more fit as a “Harajuku Street Style” since it has a practicality behind it and you can wear it every day versus the costume-like attire associated with basic Visual Kei. It still has its punky roots and some can “bend the rules” by not necessarily toning down their makeup or hair. This genre is one of the few that is inspired by musicians and some bands that are classified to dress in the Oshare Kei style are Antic Cafe (seen as the main band in the Oshare scene), SuG, and LM.C.
Decora/Fairy Kei: These are fashions I see the most of at conventions accompanied by lolita. Decora can be rather plain in terms of the actual clothing style since the focus is on accessories and how many you can incorporate. A sure-fire image for decora is lots of hair pins and necklaces- typically rather “gaudy”. Decora also helped to spawn the trend of “decoden” or decorated denwa (phone) since even phone cases can be used to help accessorize an outfit. Some say that decora “merged” with or was “replaced” by Fairy Kei and some aspects of Lolita in Japan but the fashion by itself is still popular overseas. While Decora may focus more so on darker colors with some neon and very rarely pastels, Fairy Kei loves pastels. Fairy is seen as a hybrid mix of decora and lolita with an 80s toy flare, mixing inspiration from franchises like Carebears, Rainbow Brite, Jem & The Holograms, and Barbie.
Gyaru/Ganguro/Kogal: “Gyaru” literally means “girl” and emphasized on more “man made beauty”. These 3 styles are seen as “rebellious” for the idea is to break the rules on what is defined as pretty. False nails/lashes and wigs are some of the favorite additions to the look. Contrary to popular opinion, “gyaru” is not limited to tanned skin, blonde hair, and dressing in provocative attire. “Ganguro” is a style that has always interested me and I love drawing it. It does have a focus on the tanned skin along with a specific “panda” makeup style. “Kogal” is a form a gyaru that bases itself off of school uniforms but with shorter skirts, loose socks, coloured hair, and sometimes a scarf. Some state that kogal has declined since the 90s and ganguro has declined since the early 2000s but, as we all know when it comes to fashion AND music, nothing is truly dead or unheard of.
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Bosozoku: This one makes me laugh. Not in a mocking way… but just in a “huh” kind of way. Some sources state that this style hasn’t been popular since the 1990s, but I have seen the stereotypical character in anime and manga. Wikipedia describes the look as “a uniform consisting of a jumpsuit like those worn by manual laborers, a type of military issued over-coat with kanji slogans. These are usually worn open, with no shirt underneath, showing off bandaged torsos and matching baggy pants tucked inside tall boots.” Can we also include pompadours?
I hope you enjoyed this installment of Focus On…!
In the future, after I get all the vague generic versions done, I can do even more in depth Focus On’s! If you have any questions, comments, or anything to say- feel free to comment it here or privately email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will see you the third Tuesday of the month for a special convention fashion coverage article! See ya~
Hello Lixx readers!
It has been awhile since I’ve brought you a FF article and I do apologize. I have refined my schedule, plotted out articles for the future, and made amends to my poor procrastination habit! Hurray for New Year’s Resolutions!
So prepare for every first and third Tuesday from here on out to be your dose of Fashion Fraction here at Lixx!
First Tuesdays are for the Focus On articles as well as all sorts of creative articles such as reports on thrifting, product reviews, and maybe even special video articles!
For the third Tuesdays, I have planned to bring you any and all DIY Projects (Do-It-Yourself), tutorials, and product recommendations. The third Tuesday are also reserved for special articles that may come up in the future.
So for the first FF article of 2015- I’m going to talk about some of my favourite but basic makeup products that I use daily! These products can be found at your basic drug store and are pretty affordable.
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1) Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy Primer – I adore Hard Candy as a brand. Aside from Urban Decay primer, I find this primer to be one of the best I’ve used. I apply it after I’ve washed my face and before I put any makeup on. I advise waiting a bit after you apply it for it can be a bit oily and needs time to soak in before you apply any makeup.
2) Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation Powder – I bounced back and forth between Maybelline and Covergirl’s powder foundation but I find I have settled on the Fit Me brand of powder. Aside from it coming in a variety of fantastic shades for as many skin tones as possible, it covers really nicely. Be warned- up close in person it looks a little grainy and obvious that it’s on but it does look great in photos; both from afar and up close.
3) Covergirl’s Concealer Stick – I prefer liquid concealer and primarily use Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer in either colour number 10 or 15 (depending on how I’m feeling). Covergirl’s stick concealer works pretty nicely and blends well. I use it around my eyes and lips.
4) Covergirl’s Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation Creme – This is the best foundation I’ve ever used. It is a primer, concealer, and foundation all in one (plus sunscreen!). Though I still use primer and concealer at times along with it (especially for cosplay makeup during the hot months), I mainly only use it with extra concealer on a daily basis. You can use it without extra primer or concealer and that’s why I like it. Problem is- this is the most “expensive” of my foundation products but it’s totally worth it.
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1) Covergirl’s Black Pressed Eyeshadow – I don’t necessarily recommend any one specific black eyeshadow- while I currently use this one, I also really like Hard Candy’s pressed black. This one has more grey tones to it instead of solid black like Hard Candy’s and I find that, at first, it wouldn’t set well with the creme or pencil liner I use. After some work with it though, I found it’s better to pat this shadow on over brushing it. It works really nicely for a shadow/smudge look on the lower lash line.
2) Rimmel’s Black Creme Liner – I love creme/gel liner. As a Visual Kei enthusiastic, I sought this stuff out hardcore. When I first got into the scene, the only company who made a creme/gel liner that was WalMart accessible was Wet N’ Wild and- while it worked for the mean time-, after other brands jumped on the bandwagon and I tested them out, I found it was too heavy feeling on my eyelids (especially if you’re doing a basic VK eye). Rimmel is a great brand over all- being one of the cheaper ones will still really striking quality. A lot of their makeup is geared around Mod or Punk inspired fashions so it’s no wonder why it works so well.
3) Wet N’ Wild’s Black Pencil Liner – Super basic, super cheap, and a must have. I normally stock up on these pencils (buying like 4 or 5 at a time) considering they’re only $.97. I go through these pencils rather quickly and nothing sucks more than putting your foundation on only to find you ran out of black liner. Even if they don’t have “onyx/black/blackest black” or whatever name they decide to call it, “charcoal” works as a nice substitute.
4) Maybelline’s One By One Mascara – The one mascara I found that doesn’t clump as bad as others as well as it volumizes/lengthens my lashes. As you can see, it’s been used a lot… the label has been rubbed off. Though it does still clump and need distributing, a quick brush through with an eyebrow brush works great.
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1 – 3 & 6-7) E.L.F. Angled Foundation Brush, Kabuki Brush, Smudge Brush, Angled Eyeliner Brush, and Curved Eyeliner Brush – E.L.F. is an amazing brand with very affordable makeup as well as brushes. It took awhile before a local WalMart started setting up the kiosks with this brand but, when they did, I jumped on these brushes as part of my Christmas gift for myself. I use the angled eyeliner brush the most but I’ve used the curved eyeliner brush for my creme liner before; the smudge brush for eyeshadow; the angled foundation brush for contour; and the kabuki brush to help soften my powder foundation.
4) Covergirl BB Cream – This could also belong to the foundation family of products. I use this when I don’t want to use my 3 in 1, primer, and concealer. It’s for those extremely lazy days. BB Cream has been seen as a “new fad” in the makeup world here in the states- even though it has been around for awhile in places like Korea. You can use it after your primer if you want a slightly higher SPF sunscreen. The difference with North American BB cream versus Korean BB cream is that the NA cream is really only a tinted moisturizer and sunblock while Korean cream can also be a primer and concealer. It’s not to say that you can’t get the same outcome by using it, but it wasn’t /designed/ for that.
5) Covergirl Bronzer – I only recently started doing more contouring and this was the first thing I bought to help do it even better. I was originally using matte eyeshadows (which is really hard to come by without spending a pretty penny- by the way). This is really simple contouring and rather subtle. I plan to get a legitimate contour palette eventually.
And this has been my basic makeup product recommendation!
If you have any products you want me to try, feel free to email me at email@example.com! I will come back for you all in the next article on March 3.