Why #HangoverMakeup Has Got People Talking

Why #HangoverMakeup Has Got People Talking

Instagram is a great source of beauty inspo, and a new makeup related hashtag brought to light by a BuzzFeed article has got everyone talking... but not in a good way.

The article, titled #HangoverMakeup Is The New Trend That Has Women Making Their Eyes Look Red And Puffy discusses how "the trend of making your face look like you’re hungover, originated in Asia".

However, some commenters were not happy about Buzzfeed's description.

#イガリメイク #おフェロ顏 #酔っぱらいメイク #hangovermakeup

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"Getting real tired of Buzzfeed (the website equavalent of a social justice warrior) combining completely different trends from the entire continent of Asia into one big mish-mash and purposely mislabelling it as a way of saying 'Oh Asians! You so weird!' I'm so done," one commenter wrote on the Buzzfeed article.

The pictures used in the article comprise of two separate trends - Korean “aegyo-sal”, which means “charming fat” and highlights puffiness under the eyes, and Japanese "me no shita chiiku," which means "undereye blush".

Watch the full aegyo-sal tutorial here

Aegyo-sal is a contouring technique used to make eyes look bigger by accentuating the fatty deposits beneath the eyes.

"This is insanely ignorant and racist. The aegyo-sal is highlighted to make them look YOUNG, not hungover, and blush is worn high because their cheekbones are high," wrote a commenter on the Buzzfeed article.

Watch the full me no shita chiiku tutorial here

Similarly, the me no shita chiiku makeup trend of bright, highly placed blush wasn't originally designed to make the wearer look unwell.

Tokyo-based Harajuku model and beauty vlogger RinRin Doll told Refinery 29 that in Japanese pop culture, flushed cheeks are usually associated with young people as they're more likely to make endearing mistakes.

“Rather than a sick look, the blush brings a more youthful and innocent look to the face,” she said, noting that it "makes you look very much healthy and alive.”

Byojaku face 😊🙊💕👀✨ #japan #byojaku #makeup

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But it seems Buzzfeed weren't completely off the mark as niche beauty trend "byojaku", meaning “sickly”, has recently spread through Japanese magazines and beauty blogs.

The Daily Mail published an article on the trend last year, which referenced a feature on popular website Tokyo Girls Update.

Author Kanako Kirita wrote: "According to Japanese school girls, a sickly face consists of pale skin, worried brows, and slightly tinted cheeks and lips.

"This look gives off the unapproachable, damsel in distress vibe that makes people want to protect them."

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