Japanese Beauty Vocabulary

The Ultimate Japanese Vocabulary Guide to Everything Beauty-Related

Japanese Beauty Vocabulary

Here’s your ultimate guide to Japanese beauty-related keywords that are frequently seen on packaging and print advertisements. What was originally intended as an ongoing bite-size series has resulted in one very extensive list with over 200 terms — it’s called “ultimate” for a reason! It covers everything from products to common problems to cosmetic procedures.

If you’re going to Japan and you want to make sure you know some important words when you’re navigating the glorious, albeit confounding, beauty aisles, this is the list for you.

If you’d like to get the most out of this list but you do not know any Japanese whatsoever, you need to familiarising yourself with romaji and also be able to differentiate Japanese characters — even if you cannot actually read them. These Japanese terms will not be much use if you cannot recognise them in the “wild” or pronounce them correctly (enough) that native Japanese speakers will actually understand you.

The list is pretty self-explanatory — there’re over 200 terms here, so do jump right to the section(s) that is to your interest.

SKIN TYPES
English 🇬🇧Japanese 🇯🇵
Ageing/Mature Skin年齢肌 (nenrei hada)
Children’s Skin子どもの肌 (kodomo no hada)
Combination Skin混合肌 (kongou hada)
Dry Skin乾燥肌 (kansou hada)
Normal Skin普通肌 (futsuu hada)
Oily Skin脂性肌 (shisei hada)
Sensitive Skin敏感肌 (binkan hada)
SKINCARE PRODUCTS
English 🇬🇧Japanese 🇯🇵
Bath Salts入浴剤 (nyuuyoku-zai)
Bar Soap固形石鹸 (kokei sekken)
Beauty Serum/Essence美容液 (biyou-eki)
Cotton Padsカット綿 (katto men)
Eyelash Serumまつげ美容液 (matsuge biyou-eki)
Eye & Lip Makeup Removerポイントメイクリムーバー (pointo meiku rimuubaa)
Face Wash洗顔料 (sengan-ryou)
Foaming Face Wash洗顔フォーム (sengan foomu)
Lotion/Toner化粧水 (keshousui)
Lotion/Toner (ones you swipe on)拭き取り化粧水 (fukitori keshousui)
Makeup Removerメイク落とし (meiku otoshi)、クレンジング (kurenjingu)
Moisturising Cream保湿クリーム (hoshitsu kuriimu)
Moisturising Fluid/Milk/Emulsion乳液 (nyuueki)
Rinse-off Mask洗い流すパック (arainagasu pakku)
Sheet Maskシートマスク (shiito masuku)
Sunscreen日焼け止め (hiyakedome)
Suntan Oil日焼け用オイル (hiyake-you oiru)
Oil-Blotting Paperあぶら取り紙 (aburatorigami)
Wet Wipesクレンジングシート (kurenjingu shiito)

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MAKEUP PRODUCTS
English 🇬🇧Japanese 🇯🇵
Blushチーク (chiiku)、頬紅 (houbeni)
Concealerコンシーラー (konshiiraa)
Eyelash Curlerビューラー (byuuraa)
Eyebrowアイブロウ (aiburou)
Eyelinerアイライナー (rikiddo airainaa)
Eyeshadowアイシャドウ (aishadou)
False Eyelashesつけまつげ (tsuke matsuge)
Foundationファンデーション (fandeeshon)
Lipglossリップグロス (rippugurosu)
Liplinerリップライナー (rippurainaa)
Lipstick口紅 (kuchibeni)
Makeup Base/Primer化粧下地 (keshou shitaji)
Mascaraマスカラ (masukara)
Powderパウダー (paudaa)、おしろい (oshiroi)

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HAIR PRODUCTS
English 🇬🇧Japanese 🇯🇵
At-Home Hair Colourセルフヘアカラー剤 (serufu hea karaa-zai)
Bedhair Fixer寝ぐせ直し (neguse naoshi)
Conditionerリンス (rinsu)、コンディショナー (kondishonaa)
Blowdryerドライヤー (doraiyaa)
Flat Ironストレートアイロン (sutoreeto airon)
Hair Colour for Covering Grey Hair白髪染め (shiragazome)
Hair Maskヘアパック (hea pakku)
Hair Sprayヘアスプレー (hea supuree)、セットスプレー (setto supureei)
Hair Growth Products育毛剤 (ikumou-zai)
Hair Waxヘアワックス (hea wakkusu)
Leave-In Conditioner洗い流すトリートメント (arainagasu toriitomento)
Shampooシャンプー (shanpuu)

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HAIR SERVICES
English 🇬🇧Japanese 🇯🇵
Barber Shop理髪店 (rihatsu-ten)、理容店 (riyou-ten)、床屋 (okoya)
Blow-dryブロー (buroo) 
Double Process Colour (Bleach & Colour)ダブルカラー (daburu karaa)
Extensionsエクステ (ekusute)
Hair/Beauty Salon美容院 (biyou-in)
Hairstylist美容師 (biyoushi)、スタイリスト (sutairisuto) 
Haircut (at the barber’s)散髪 (sanpatsu)
Haircut (at the beauty salon)カット (katto)
Drastic Haircut (long to short)バッサリカット (bassari katto)
Formal Hair Stylingヘアセット (hea setto)
Makeoverイメチェン (imechen)
Ombré Hair Colourグラデーションカラー (guradeeshon karaa)
Permパーマ (paama)
Reservation/Appointment予約 (yoyaku)
Root Retouchリタッチカラー (ritacchi karaa)
Single Process Colourワンメークカラー (wanmeeku karaa)
Straight/Blunt Bangsぱっつん前髪 (pattsun maegami)
Thermal Reconditioning (“Japanese Hair Straightening”)縮毛矯正 (shukumou kyousei)

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BEAUTY PROBLEMS
English 🇬🇧Japanese 🇯🇵
Acne Marks/Scarsニキビ跡 (nikibi ato)
Red Acne Marks (PIE)ニキビ跡の赤み (nikibi ato no akami)
Age Spotsシミ (shimi)
Blackheads毛穴の黒ずみ (keana no kurozumi)、黒い角栓 (koroi kakusen)、黒ニキビ (koroi nikibi)
Breakouts吹き出物 (fukidemono)
Bumpiness凹凸 (outotsu)
Cakiness粉上の (kona jou no)
Chappingひび割れ (hibiware)、あかぎれ (akagire)
Cystic Acne嚢胞ニキビ (nouhou nikibi)、黄ニキビ (ki nikibi)
Dandruffフケ (fuke)
Dark Circlesクマ (kuma)
Dead Skin Cells古い角質 (furui kakushitsu)
Dryness乾燥 (kansou)、パサパサ (pasapasa)
Dullnessくすみ (kusumi)
Enlarged Pores毛穴の開き (keana no hiraki)
Fine Lines小じわ (kojiwa)
Flakiness粉吹き (kona fuki)
Frecklesそばかす (sobakasu)
Frizzy Hair縮れ毛 (chijirege)、くせ毛 (kusege)
Hair Breakage切れ毛 (kireke)
Hair Loss抜け毛 (nukege)
Hangnailささくれ (sasakure)
Hyperpigmentation色素沈着 (shikiso chinchaku)
Ingrown Hair埋没毛 (maibotsu ke)
Ingrown Nail陥入爪 (kannyuu sou)
Moleほくろ (hokuro)
Odourニオイ (nioi)
Oily/Greasy油っぽい (aburappoi)
Peeling皮むけ (kawa muke)
Pimples/Acneニキビ (nikibi)
Pores毛穴 (keana)
Puffiness/Swellingむくみ (mukumi)
Razor Burnカミソリ負け (kamisori make)
Redness赤み (akami)
Roughness荒れ (are)、ザラザラ (zarazara)
Saggingたるみ (tarumi)
Scar傷跡 (kizuato)
Shinyテカり (tekari)
Smile Linesほうれい線 (hou rei-sen)
Split Ends枝毛 (edage)
Stickinessベタつき (betatsuki)
Sunburn/Suntan日焼け (hiyake)
Tanglesからまり (karamari)
Uneven Skintone肌の色むら (hada no iro mura)
White Cast白浮き (shiro uki)
Whiteheads白い角栓 (shiroi kakusen)、白ニキビ (shiro nikibi)
Windburn風焼け (kaze yake)
Wrinklesシワ (shiwa)

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POSITIVE SKIN & HAIR DESCRIPTIONS
English 🇬🇧Japanese 🇯🇵
Bouncy/Velvetyもちもち (mochimochi)
Clear透明感 (toumei-kan)
Fine-Texturedきめの細かい (kime no komakai)
Firm/Suppleハリ (hari)
Fresh/Juicyみずみずしい (mizumizushii)
Glowing/Radiant/Shinyツヤ (tsuya)、輝く (kagayaku)
Moisturisedうるおい (uruoi)
Plumpふっくら (fukkura)
Silkyつるつる (tsurutsuru)、さらさら (sarasara)
Softやわらか (yawaraka)
Smoothなめらか (nameraka)、すべすべ (subesube)
Sun-Kissed綺麗に日焼け (kirei ni hiyake)、健康的に日焼け (kenkou-teki ni hiyake)
Youthful若々しい (wakawakashii)

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PRODUCT FUNCTIONS & EFFECTS
English 🇬🇧Japanese 🇯🇵
Anti-Ageing抗老化の (kou rouka no)、アンチエイジング (anchieijingu)、抗加齢 (kou karei)
Brightening明るく (akaruku)
Easy to Useお手軽 (otegaru)
Exfoliating角質ケア (kakushitsu kea)
Firming引き締め (hikishime)
Highly-Pigmented高発色 (kou hasshoku)
Oil-Control皮脂コントロール (hishi kontorouru)
Lifting引き上げ (hikiage)
Long-Wearing崩れにくい (kuzure nikui)
Low-Irritant低刺激 (tei shigeki)
Refreshingスッキリ (sukkiri)、爽快感 (soukai-kan)
Revitalising活性化 (kassei-ka)
Sheer Coverage薄づき(usu dzuki)
Quick-Drying速乾性 (sokkansei)
Volumising/Plumpingボリュームアップ (boryuumuappu)
Waterpoof防水 (bousui)、ウォータープルーフ (uootaapuruufu)
Whitening 美白 (bihaku)

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PRODUCT KEY INGREDIENTS & CHARACTERISTICS
English 🇬🇧Japanese 🇯🇵
Additive-Free無添加 (mu tenka)
Alcohol-Freeノンアルコール (non’arukooru)
Anti-Oxidant抗酸化 (kou sanka)
Clay (doro)、クレイ (kurei)
Collagenコラーゲン (koraagen)
Fragrance-Free無香料 (mu kouryou)
Honeyはちみつ (hachimitsu)
Hyaluronic Acidヒアルロン酸 (hiaruron san)
Japanese Camellia Oil椿油 (tsubaki abura)
Japanese Rice Liquor (Sake)日本酒 (nihonshu)
Job’s Tearsハトムギ (hatomugi)
Liquorice Root甘草 (kanzou)
Paraben-Freeパラベンフリー (parabenfurii)
Rice Bran米ぬか (komenuka)
Soy Milk豆乳 (tounyou)
Surfactant-Free界面活性剤不使用 (kaimen kassei-zai fu shiyou)
Hot Spring Water温泉水 (onsen-sui)
UV Absorber (Chemical UV Filter)-Free紫外線吸収剤不使用 (shigaisen kyuushuu-zai fu shiyou)
Vitamin CビタミンC (bitamin C)

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FACIAL FEATURES
English 🇬🇧Japanese 🇯🇵
Babyface童顔 (dougan)
Big-Eyed Makeup Lookデカ目 (deka-me)
Deep-Set Eyesちょっと落窪んだ目 (chotto ochi kubonda me)
Double Chin二重あご (oku ago)
Double Eyelids二重まぶた (oku ni juu mabuta)
Chiselled/Fine-Sculpted Face彫りの深い顔 (hori no fukai kao)
Flat Face平らな顔 (taira na kao)
Face with Sharp/Distinct Features濃い顔 (koi-gao)
Face with Soft/Plain Features薄い顔 (usui-gao)
Hidden Double Eyelids奥二重まぶた (oku ni juu mabuta)
Japanese Male Face with Boy-ish Features
(lit. “Sugar Face”)
砂糖顔 (satou-gao)
Japanese Male Face with “Western-Looking” Features
(lit. “Sauce Face”)
ソース顔 (soosu-gao)
Japanese Male Face with “Japanese-Looking” Features
(lit. “Soy Sauce Face”)
しょうゆ顔 (shouyu-gao)
Japanese Female Face with Fox-like Features — inverted triangle face, slant eyes, high sharp nose, high cheekbones
(lit. “Fox Face”)
キツネ顔 (kitsune-gao)
Japanese Female Face with Soft, Round Features — round face, large dark round eyes, large rounded nose, soft arched brows
(lit. “Japanese Racoon Dog Face”)
タヌキ顔 (tanuki-gao)
Makeup-Free/Bare Faceすっぴん (suppin)
Monolids (Single Eyelids)一重まぶた (hitoe mabuta)

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COSMETIC PROCEDURES
English 🇬🇧Japanese 🇯🇵
Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery美容整形 (biyou seikei)
Breast Augmentation (“Boob Job”)豊胸手術 (yutaka mune shujutsu)
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)目の整形 (me no seikei)
Botoxボトックス (botokkusu)
Chemical Peelケミカルピーリング (kemikaru piiringu)
Laser Skin Treatmentレーザー治療 (reezaa chiryou)
Laser Hair Removalレーザー脱毛 (reezaa datsumou)
Liposuction脂肪吸引 (shibou kyuuin)
Rhinoplasty (“Nose Job”)鼻の整形 (hana no seikei)

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SHOPPING
English 🇬🇧Japanese 🇯🇵
Affordable/Low Priceプチプラ (puchipura)
Coverageカバー力 (kabaa-ryoku)
Daily Use毎日の使用 (mainichi no shiyou)、日常用 (nichijou-you)
Department Storeデパート (depatto)
Domestic Shipping国内配送 (kokunai haisou)
Overseas Travel Use (Universal Voltage)海外対応 (kaigai taioo)
Finish仕上がり (shiagari)
Free-Standing Store独立店舗 (dokuritsu tenpo)
International Shipping海外配送 (kaigai haisou)
Limited Edition限定版 (gentei-ban)
Mail Order Cosmetics通販化粧品 (tsuuhan keshou-hin)
Official/Genuine Product正規品 (seiki-hin)
Recommendationおすすめ (osusume)
Shelf Life保存可能期間 (hozon kana kikan)
Value for Money (Cost Performance)コストパフォーマンス (kosuto pafoomansu)、コスパ (kosupa)
Variety/General Storeバラエティショップ (baraeti shoppu)

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I hope this list was helpful for you. What other important beauty-related words do you think should be on this list? Let me know!

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This list is EVERYTHING! I imagine that it must have taken a considerable amount of time and effort. Thank you so much for having gone to the trouble of compiling this valuable and much-needed guide!

nataly♡
nataly♡

hello! this list is amazing thank you!
i have a question; how do i say to hair wax as a verb- as shaving you hair etc
thank you in advance

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