We Tried the 8 Most Popular Japanese Beauty Hacks on the Internet

Amanda Montell

Here at Byrdie HQ, we are fascinated with international beauty, from Korean skincare to French hair styling. What can we say? We're bewitched by any and all exotic beauty habits that come from far away. 

Japan is home to some of the most intriguing beauty customs in the world. Every time we catch sight of a wacky Japanese skincare technique or makeup trend online, we do a sitcom-worthy double-take. We've seen leg-shaping devices and skin-tightening contraptions that look like they were invented by Willy Wonka, and we've seen Harajuku eye makeup looks that look impossibly different from our own. 

Of course, it's one thing to gape at Japanese beauty hacks on the internet, but we had to wonder—do these things actually work? To find out, we gathered a group of Byrdie team members, ordered a bunch of Japanese products, and tested them right here in the office. 

Keep scrolling for our honest reviews of nine popular Japanese beauty hacks!

Would you ever give these beauty hacks a try? Have you tested any of them before? Sound off in the comments below!

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