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Chiharu Okunugi's Got Style

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If you're a regular reader, you are probably well-acquainted with our weekly Model In Makeup posts. We've got a pretty standard formula: model comes in; we chat; we play with products; beautiful pictures ensue. It's a lot of fun, really. But sometimes you get a subject who's so pro, they do it themselves. Take Chiharu: The Japanese model floated in wearing what might be the most perfect pair of wide-leg trousers ever to be created. On her nails, a manicure we can't stop thinking about a week later. She then proceeded to do her own makeup. Yes, you're read that right. This girl's got things to teach, clearly. Read on:

'I love beauty stuff. Every time I'm back in Japan, I stock up on a bunch of products. Everything there right now is about pink cheeks and long lashes. Now that I'm growing my hair out, I'm playing around more with makeup. A few years back, I had it cut really short with these intense bangs. There was so much upkeep, and my face already looked so strong that I didn't need makeup.

I actually worry about what I look like a lot more now that street style is such a huge thing. I mean, I think it's really nice, but I do feel like I have to wear something amazing every time. Right now, I'm wearing a Topshop sweater with Acne Studios pants and Pertini shoes I bought on the street in Tokyo. I saw them and loved their color. A lot of my clothing is neutral, but I always wear really colorful shoes. I have so many pairs piled in my closet and underneath my bed.”

Chiharu Okunugi (New York Model Management) wearing MAC Lipstick in Sin, Estée Lauder Pure Color Powder Blush in Pink Ingenue, and Essie Nail Polish in Mambo. Photographed by Tom Newton.