Tool Thursday: Japanese Tools & Accessories That Make My Makeup Life Easier

I love going to Asian makeup stores. They seem to always have the coolest tools/accessories to make applying makeup much more efficient! These are some of the things I love and use regularly:

False eyelash case

Dolly Wink False Eyelash Case
Dolly Wink False Eyelash Case

Perfect for keeping my fragile falsies safe on the go. I also like to keep my used falsies in there until I have time to clean them. These have a divider inside to separate used from unused lashes or top from bottom lashes.

Eyelid tape

D.U.P Wonder Eyelid Tape
D.U.P Wonder Eyelid Tape

My right eyelid has a life of its own. Some days it's so hooded that it becomes monolid! These tapes have been a life saver to keep both eyes looking even.

False eyelash glue

D.U.P Eyelashes Fixer EX
D.U.P Eyelashes Fixer EX

This is my favorite eyelash glue at the moment. The flowery design is limited edition I believe. I like this formula especially because it becomes tacky SO fast, literally in seconds. And it's easy to apply since the applicator is a brush-on type. It also offers a super strong hold to keep lashes in place for long hours. Read my detailed review here.

Dolly Wink Pencil Sharpener

Dolly Wink Pencil Sharpener
Dolly Wink Pencil Sharpener

I bought this just for the cuteness factor! :) It sharpens regular-sized pencils only. I like that it comes with a detachable “cleaning stick”, too. Japanese brands always pay attention to details!

Hair holder/Velcro pad

Dariya Hair/fringe Grip Magic Clip
Dariya Hair/fringe Grip Magic Clip

I use these to keep my hair/bangs out of my face when applying makeup. They don't cause hair kinks/crimps like most headbands or rubber bands do. The Velcro side keeps hair in place securely. They are also super lightweight and travel-friendly!

Oil blotting sheet

Gatsby Oil Clear Sheet
Gatsby Oil Clear Sheet

I've been using Gatsby oil blotting sheets for more than a decade now. They are just simply the best. They are made of durable plastic film — as opposed to paper — so they don't rip easily and they feel really soft and gentle on the skin. They aren't coated with powder (which is something I can't stand in most oil-blotting papers) so they don't ever clog pores. The black version has the strongest absorption power I believe.

Do you use any Japanese/Asian tools and/or accessories in your makeup routine? I love discovering new tools so please share if you do! :)

Purchase

False eyelash case:
US$~10 at Amazon (pink) ○ Amazon (purple)

Eyelid tape:
US$~13-20 at Amazon (extra) ○ Amazon (point)

False eyelash glue:
US$12 at Amazon

Dolly Wink Pencil Sharpener:
US$7 at Amazon

Hair holder/Velcro pad:
US$2 at Amazon

Gatsby oil blotting sheet:
US$6 at Amazon

False eyelash case:
US$~10 at Amazon (pink) ○ Amazon (purple)

Eyelid tape:
US$~13-20 at Amazon (extra) ○ Amazon (point)

False eyelash glue:
US$12 at Amazon

Dolly Wink Pencil Sharpener:
US$7 at Amazon

Hair holder/Velcro pad:
US$2 at Amazon

Gatsby oil blotting sheet:
US$6 at Amazon and Watson stores

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43 Comments

  • I have never tried any Japanese tools or makeup before but they always look so adorable. I NEED that eyelash case, so cute!!!

  • I would give anything to go and shop for such things. I can spend my afternoon in such shops whenever I’m in Asia. Aaahhhh! *heart-eyed emojis*

    X Alice

  • Oh oh oh I love those “plasticky” blotting sheets as well! They’re so much better than the regular kind! Each time I walk into a Japanese store, I see 20 things that I didn’t even know I need!

    • That’s my reaction when I went into the store the first time. LOL. Is there anything here that you think you’d like to try?

  • Cute!
    I have the hair velcros but I don’t use them that often. Maybe because mine isn’t as cute as yours! ;D
    I use those little knives with safety blades. I usually go for Japanese ones since they last longer.

    • I have Hello Kitty Velcros, too, but I didn’t feature them here because I think I bought them from Sephora. They make these in so many shapes now! :D I do have those knives as well for grooming eyebrows but I don’t use them very often anymore. I use the Panasonic Facial Trimmer now. :)

    • They make a HUGE difference, Erin! Especially for me. Not only do they make me look more awake, they also ensure that my eye makeup doesn’t disappear into the fold when I open my eyes. :D

  • I’ve just discovered the wonder of Japanese mascaras but haven’t ventured into tools yet. It’s not unique but the cushion puff that comes in a lot of Korean cushion foundations do the job that my Beauty Blender does for much cheaper and more quickly!

    • Which mascara have you tried? I think I tried one of those Fairy Drops ones once and I loved it! Didn’t repurchase since I have so many samples to use right now. :D

      • I tried the Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara and it definitely delivers on both of those claims, very refreshing for a mascara. It smudges a little bit towards the end of the day but it’s nothing too dramatic. I want to give Fairy Drops a try but it’s not readily available in my country :(

        • Oh a cooking date!!! That sounds so much more fun than blogging! Writing dissertation is just… so.much.work. I’m so glad I don’t have to do any of that anymore. Hope you get it done soon!

  • I first came across the velcro bump pad thing on extrapetite (to add more volume in front). Its so useful and the velcro really keeps the hair in place. Those false lash cases are cute!

  • I love Japanese make-up tools! Ah, the velcro hair thingies, I ordered a pair of circle lenses and there was a code to get the velcro, but I think they forgot since they were not in my package :'( I’ve been thinking about the D.U.P. eyelid tape (since I have hooded monolids) but I wasn’t sure (it was on Ebay), however I think I’ll give it a shot seeing you use it too ^_^ Thanks for sharing Jaa! <3

    • Oh no! Can you contact the company to resend them? The eyelid tape has been a life saver for me. You know how silly (and wonky!) it looks when one eye is double eyelid and the other is monolid! The difference is even more obvious when you do a thick liner look! D.U.P makes a “mild” version of the tape, too, in case “Extra” is too strong for you. :)

  • Oooh I love hearing about beauty tools and all the more if they’re Asian! I picked up some adorable contact lens cases, a super cute pink false eyelash holder, hello kitty baggies (to put various knock knacks in heh), a heart shaped hello kitty velcro thingy for my hair ( although this face-doesnt really keep my thick hair in place:( ), my favourite silicone face-scrubby thing, and best of all…this specific brand of Korean bobby pins that I have bought backups of because they are just SOOO good. Don’t pull at anything and keep everything in place – even a bun! Pretty sure Ive bought other things but these are the things that come right to mind. Love these kinds of posts. I wish I had these things more accessible to me here in MOntreal – I usuall buy them when i visit my sister in LA!

    • In Thailand we have a Japanese store called Daiso (I think the US has them in bigger cities, too) that sells everything for about a dollar and they have all kinds of knick-knacks! Whenever I go in there, I always walk out with a basket full of miscellaneous stuff that I probably don’t really need but they are just too cute to pass up! :D I haven’t been in one for so long, hopefully they will have more makeup stuff when I’m there! :) I usually find Asian bobby pins to be more gentle on the hair than the ones I find here, better quality, too! :)

  • I don’t have any Asian makeup store near me *sad panda*. However, the blotting papers from Sephora (I have the ones in the blue packaging, got some of them on my travel to the US year and a half ago, lol) are also plasticky! Much better than the transparent ones, definitely.

    • You must not use them a lot if you still have it! ;) I go through blotting sheets like crazy when I am in Thailand! Probably 1-2 packs a month!

    • Hey Eri! Thanks so much for your recommendation!! I haven’t tried anything that you mentioned but now I want to especially the Hakuhodo brushes! I also wish I could read Japanese! :( Also thanks for stopping by and leaving comments! <3

  • I just discovered an Asian skincare/beauty store here in Perth, I’ll have to see if they have blotting papers! When I first came to Australia and went to a drugstore I couldn’t find any, and when I asked the staff they had no idea what I was talking about haha

    • LOL! The first time I came to America (more than 10 years ago), no one had any idea about these sheets, either. Now they are everywhere! :)

  • Functional and competitively-priced. I have a huge respect for how the Japanese develop their beauty products and tools. It’s often a you-think-it, they-invent-it situation. :))

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