5 Japanese Babes Serve Up Major Makeup Inspo

Despite Robin Black's self-professed love/hate relationship with beauty, the photographer-cum-makeup artist behind Beauty is Boring is bent on capturing the faces of everyone from top models to friends to perfect strangers with her vintage Big Shot Polaroid camera, complete with Magicubes & film — after she does their makeup, of course. Get your bookmarks tab ready, ladies.
My first memories of beauty are of my Japanese mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. When I was a child, my great grandmother came to the United States to live with my great uncle, S.I. Hayakawa. She was in her nineties but still very much the proper Japanese lady. Obaasan did not speak English and I could only count from one to 10 in Japanese. However, we found a common bond in her morning beauty routine.
Obaasan set aside over an hour each morning to prepare herself properly for the day. Her first step was to delicately blot her face with a damp muslim cloth, carefully folded into a perfect square. A small amount of mysterious cream scooped out of a tiny black jar was then applied with gentle massaging motions to her face, neck and decollate. Then, using a thick jade comb, she would brush her almost-waist-length white hair for 100 strokes — never more or less, exactly 100 strokes.
With a single fluid motion, she swept her hair up into a formal looking twist and secured it with several deftly applied pins. Depending on the season or occasion, she would choose a small ornament or perhaps a simple comb and add it to her hair. With her hair done, she moved on to a small puff that rested in a shallow bowl of rice powder. Just a tiny touch to the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. This was generally the time in which she moved on to dressing but one morning when an important guest was coming to lunch, I remember her pulling out a gold tube of lipstick from a small lacquered box. She applied it cautiously and after a long moment of reflection, blotted off most of the color.
Click through for some of Robin Black's most inspiring work from Japan Week.
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Photo: Courtesy of Beauty Is Boring.
We are so excited to kick off Japan week with dancer and choreographer Rino Nakasone! In the U.S., she is best known for being one of Gwen Stefani's Harajuku girls, as well as working with Rihanna, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Missy Elliot, and many more. She appeared in the movie You Got Served and was featured on the TV series America's Best Dance Crew as a member of female dance crew Beat Freaks. Rino is also very famous for her work with Korean, Japanese, and Taiwanese pop stars and she is currently a judge on X Factor Okinawa Japan.

Utowa ML Conditioning Water, $52, available at Utowa; Malin+Goetz Replenishing Face Serum, $81, available at Malin+Goetz; Malin+Goetz Lip Moisturizer, $12, available at Malin+Goetz; Malin+Goetz Rice Bran Eye Moisturizer, $42, available at Malin+Goetz; Malin+Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, $45, available at Malin+Goetz; Make Up For Ever Flash Color Stick in Red, $24, available at Make Up Forever; Make Up For Ever Matte Eye Shadow in Scarlet, $21, available at Sephora; Dolly Wink Faux Lashes, $12, available at Dolly Wink; Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara in Black Satin, $32, available at Sephora; Anastasia Brow Fix, $21, available at Sephora; Dior Rouge Lipstick in Zinnia #743, $34, available at Dior; Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, $48, available at Chanel; Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel, $48, available at Chanel; Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in Beige 20, $45, available at Chanel.
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Photo: Courtesy of Beauty Is Boring.
When it comes to nail art (and super kawaii style), Britney Tokyo is on top of the game. Check out her amazing nails here or follow her fun Instagram feed!

Inspiration: Why not match your eyebrows to your colored hair? Bleach your brows to platinum and then fill them in with a matching eyeliner pencil or eyeshadow!

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Moeko is an extremely talented fine artist who works in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, and performance. This look was inspired by one of her recent paintings, taking cues from its colors and techniques.

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Anna Kanehara, who usually rocks long hair, showed up for our shoot with a cool new chop! She is represented by Click Models in New York for both editorial and runway.

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I first met Mariko Wordell and Megumi Asai on the set of Michel Comte's latest film project, of which Mariko was the lead actress. Months later, the three of us met up for tea and at some point during our discussion, we came up with the concept for Japan Week. Mariko has already made three appearances on Beauty Is Boring and so it was only fitting that she be one of the Japanese muses that we featured this week. Check out Mariko's other Beauty Is Boring moments: Rebel Rebel, Starry Night, The Roaring 20's.

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