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KERA MAGAZINE SPECIAL: JAPANESE NAIL ART, GOTH PUNK MAKEUP, DYED BLUE HAIR.


Kera magazine scans of punk hair, gothic lolita makeup, Japanese fashion magazines.
Talk about ridiculous: Kera Magazine is near-impossible to find in English-speaking countries, but it’s sold at most Japanese newsstands for a scant $5. Every time I visit Tokyo, I stagger back with a mile-high stack. Their features never fail to disappoint, especially in the Goth/Punk makeup department.

Kera magazine scans of punk hair, gothic lolita makeup, Japanese fashion magazines. Charlie's Angels 1970s glitter eyeshadow, black lipstick.
Here are some scans from the November 2008 issue. Kera shows us how to apply a hint of rocker-chick makeup for the daytime (Girly, Shiny, Mode, or Sexy Rock) – and then glam it up after sunset. Purple-black lips and eyelids instantly turn a fresh face into a Charlie’s Angels bad girl.

Bright blue dyed hair, leather collar with chains and spikes on Tokyo girl. Kera magazine scans of punk hair, gothic lolita makeup, Japanese fashion magazines.
Kera gives hair the same Daily / Special treatment. The “before” hairstyles are already pretty wild, don’t you think?

Crazy Japanese nail art. Cute cupcake nailpolish and Gothic Lolita or Sweet Loli nails. Kera magazine scans and street snaps of Tokyo alternative fashion.
The same goes for the nail art. My favorites are the playing cards nails on the top right, and the chain-linked ones on the top left (which remind me of Vampire of Rose’s designs). Which Daily/Special looks would you rock?

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  1. Posted January 14, 2009 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    I am getting the urge for colourfull hair!
    Also loving the 'mode rock' dark lips and ponytail.

  2. Posted January 14, 2009 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    re:chelsea, omg me too, SO considering going down the pink hair route. how high-maintenance would a full head of bleached+Fudge-d magenta be day to day, though?!
    playing-card symbols on nails, cuteness!:)

  3. Posted January 14, 2009 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I am getting the urge for colourfull hair!
    Also loving the ‘mode rock’ dark lips and ponytail.

  4. Posted January 14, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    re:chelsea, omg me too, SO considering going down the pink hair route. how high-maintenance would a full head of bleached+Fudge-d magenta be day to day, though?!
    playing-card symbols on nails, cuteness!:)

  5. Posted January 14, 2009 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!love those all nails!!!!!!
    gosh!!!! it's looks so amazing!!!

  6. Posted January 14, 2009 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Hahaha, it's so funny, Hal is so like a mini-me, I always end up going back to the aqua hair, which I did a bit before New Years, along with wearing nail art I bought in Okadaya :)

    I love Hal, she's a great model. But Kera is easily available (along with the GLB) in Kinokuniya in Sydney – I just picked up my February copy this afternoon! (Maybe Sydney is ahead of other cities in this regard?) In the latest edition tho, Hal's gone back to blonde, and has long extensions in!

  7. Posted January 14, 2009 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Kinokuniya ROCKS and was a real perk of living in NYC. But it only has 9 American locations, mostly in Cali and NYC … not enough, if you ask me! :)

  8. Posted January 14, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Alas, Kera is definitely *not* sold at my local Japanese bookstore.

    A lot of these looks seem to be strongly influenced by “Nana,” though I would think that would be considered “so three years ago.”

  9. Posted January 14, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I'm all over Kinokuniya! Do they sell Kera magazine there? I haven't been in a while, and now I may need to make an emergency trip into the city to pick up some magazines, lol.

  10. Posted January 14, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Yup! They sell Kera, GL Bible, Fruits, and other Tokyo alternative/street fashion magazines.

  11. Posted January 14, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!love those all nails!!!!!!
    gosh!!!! it’s looks so amazing!!!

  12. Posted January 14, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Hahaha, it’s so funny, Hal is so like a mini-me, I always end up going back to the aqua hair, which I did a bit before New Years, along with wearing nail art I bought in Okadaya :)

    I love Hal, she’s a great model. But Kera is easily available (along with the GLB) in Kinokuniya in Sydney – I just picked up my February copy this afternoon! (Maybe Sydney is ahead of other cities in this regard?) In the latest edition tho, Hal’s gone back to blonde, and has long extensions in!

    • Posted January 14, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

      Kinokuniya ROCKS and was a real perk of living in NYC. But it only has 9 American locations, mostly in Cali and NYC … not enough, if you ask me! :)

    • Posted January 15, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      ooooh! i never heard of this store before! i just saw their website and they have a store near my area in CA! yayyyyyyy!!!!

  13. Posted January 14, 2009 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Alas, Kera is definitely *not* sold at my local Japanese bookstore.

    A lot of these looks seem to be strongly influenced by “Nana,” though I would think that would be considered “so three years ago.”

  14. Posted January 14, 2009 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m all over Kinokuniya! Do they sell Kera magazine there? I haven’t been in a while, and now I may need to make an emergency trip into the city to pick up some magazines, lol.

    • Posted January 14, 2009 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      Yup! They sell Kera, GL Bible, Fruits, and other Tokyo alternative/street fashion magazines.

  15. Posted January 15, 2009 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    oh wow, i think i'd adore this magazine!
    i'll try looking for it when i go to singapore next week, maybe they'll have it… will they?

  16. Posted January 15, 2009 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    You're in luck – there's a Singapore location! http://bookweb.kinokuniya.co.jp/indexohb.cgi?AR

    Let me know if you find it, and any other wild fashion magazines. :)

  17. Posted January 15, 2009 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Can your read them?

  18. Posted January 15, 2009 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    oh wow, i think i’d adore this magazine!
    i’ll try looking for it when i go to singapore next week, maybe they’ll have it… will they?

  19. Posted January 15, 2009 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Can your read them?

  20. Posted January 15, 2009 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    I buy my mags at Amazon Japan. There are plenty of Kera scans floating online too ;)

    Haha, I can't wear nail art, my nails are so tiny, no drawings would fit on them.

  21. Posted January 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I buy my mags at Amazon Japan. There are plenty of Kera scans floating online too ;)

    Haha, I can’t wear nail art, my nails are so tiny, no drawings would fit on them.

  22. Posted January 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    ooooh! i never heard of this store before! i just saw their website and they have a store near my area in CA! yayyyyyyy!!!!

  23. Posted January 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    i love the hair and style

    my parents would probs have a heart attack if they saw me with blue hair >.<

  24. Posted January 15, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    i love the hair and style

    my parents would probs have a heart attack if they saw me with blue hair >.<

  25. Posted January 15, 2009 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    I think I would fall over dead to find a copy of any of those around where I live. but the nails, that's easy, chain link! the skulls are pretty darn cool too

  26. Posted January 16, 2009 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    I think I would fall over dead to find a copy of any of those around where I live. but the nails, that’s easy, chain link! the skulls are pretty darn cool too

  27. Posted January 16, 2009 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Thats more than Canada :(

  28. Posted January 16, 2009 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Thats more than Canada :(

  29. Posted January 16, 2009 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I love that song! and its freaky video

  30. Posted January 16, 2009 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I'm going to dedicate a whole week to Italo Disco! Stay tuned…

  31. Posted January 16, 2009 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I love that song! and its freaky video

    • Posted January 16, 2009 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

      I’m going to dedicate a whole week to Italo Disco! Stay tuned…

  32. Posted January 17, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    wow…love it^^
    really nice scans

  33. Posted January 17, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    nice glasses :) i had found for some month really great glasses fom nodoka (not sur f i have write it correct)
    and haven..t found them in my area…

    you look so great in this pic…and with your glasses

  34. Posted January 18, 2009 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    wow…love it^^
    really nice scans

  35. Posted January 18, 2009 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    nice glasses :) i had found for some month really great glasses fom nodoka (not sur f i have write it correct)
    and haven..t found them in my area…

    you look so great in this pic…and with your glasses

    • Posted January 18, 2009 at 1:32 am | Permalink

      Thanks! I hope you find your glasses :)

  36. Posted January 18, 2009 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    wow…love it^^
    really nice scans

  37. Posted January 18, 2009 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Thanks! I hope you find your glasses :)

  38. Posted January 18, 2009 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    nice glasses :) i had found for some month really great glasses fom nodoka (not sur f i have write it correct)
    and haven..t found them in my area…

    you look so great in this pic…and with your glasses