If the message behind byojaku makeup resonated with you or maybe you just want to try it out, here’s how you can do it.
Apply a light shade foundation
shu uemura Unlimited Breathable Lasting Cushion Foundation Shu Uemura, SGD78/~USD59 (sephora.com)
As byojaku makeup’s goal is to look sickly pale, you’ll need to apply a foundation that’s one to two shades lighter than your complexion. Make sure to pick one that’s blendable so it won’t look too jarring. Foundation cushions are especially great for this and you’ll end up with a more “natural” pale look.
Lightly line the eyes
MicroLiner Ink - Crayon Matte Eyeliner in 05 White, SGD38.~USD29 (sephora.com)
While typical beauty looks call for black eyeliner, byojaku makeup is all about white eyeliner. What you need is something that will call attention to your eyes in a subtle manner, so just very lightly line the rim of your eyes.
Blush it up
Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact N in 16 Rose Box, SGD66/~USD50 (sephora.com)
Now on to the main event! First, apply one sweep of the blush. Next, apply one to two dabs of the blush under your eyes. It should be noticeable but not overly painted. The finished look should be similar to how it is like when you cried all night. The key is to use a shade that mimics reddish undereye bags like red or pink. Use matte or shimmer (not glitter) blush since these are more manageable. You can also use red eyeshadow for a cleaner look.
(Left) Shiseido Brow Ink Trio, SGD45/~USD34, sephora.com. (Right) shu uemura Rouge Unlimited Amplified High Pigment Satin Lipstick, SGD44/~USD33, sephora.com
For lips, you can use any light lip tint just to give your puckers a little colour. But don’t put on too much as you’ll need your lips to also look a little pale. As for brows, we would recommend going for the straight brow to complement the innocent appeal of byojaku makeup.