Nail artist Mei Kawajiri has us seeing the city in a whole new light. In collaboration with Shiseido.
We’ve long been fascinated with the Japanese capital and are a sucker for anywhere we can get a little taste of Tokyo here in NYC. That goes doubly for all things Japanese beauty—also known as J-Beauty, or the industry's latest (and long-standing) obsession.
And so we called on the mind-blowingly talented fashion favorite nail artist Mei Kawajiri to create a host of looks inspired by the capital (think: bold colors, inky liners, gel textures, dewy skin) as she let us in on her tour of just a few of her favorite Japanese-inflected spots in the city.
2 Extra Place, East Village
The perfect Japanese-inspired beauty look for a day of shopping? Something light and glowy, with a focus on perfect skin—“Fresh, so your skin can breathe. Not too much coverage,” Mei explained. To achieve the look, Mei began with Shiseido’s Glow Enhancing Primer to create a radiant base (it also has SPF) before topping it with their Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation. We love this formula because although it’s incredibly light, it gives great coverage, too. She then tapped Aura Dew—Shiseido’s new all-over powder highlighter—on the high points of her face for a hint of sheen. A your-lips-but-better shade of lipstick (their ModernMatte Powder lipstick, appropriately titled Semi Nude) brings the whole look together. “I love the lipstick color—I usually only wear red. This was a strong pink kind of beige, which I really liked.”
245 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side
Naturally, a night out (complete with a cherry blossom, or sakura, martini) calls for a little bit more of an amped-up look—something it goes without saying Mei’s no stranger to.
“When I go out with my friends, I usually use turquoise blue eyeliner for a ’90s look. I’ll wear it with one of my pairs of crazy glitter pants.” To get her go-to look, she expertly shaded around her eyes with Shiseido’s Kajal InkArtist pencil in Sumi Sky, a bright teal hue. The creamy waterproof formula blends effortlessly and won’t sweat off or budge, no matter what you get up to.
25 Clinton Street, Lower East Side