The Art of Skinstugi

I was first introduced to the traditional Japanese art of Kintsugi by a dear friend and fellow fashionista, Miyu Topa Topa. One day, as we were both sitting outside drinking white wine spritzers and watching the sun set, Miyu said the most beautiful and profound thing I have ever heard… it went a little something like this:

I see so many imperfections in the world, you know? You see this sunset, Phyllis? It is not perfect. You see this glass of white wine spritzer, Phyllis? You see the way the bubbles cling to the side and how a hair of a crack is forming at the base? It is not perfect. Nothing in life is perfect, and to me that gives me chills. I think there is so much beauty in all the world’s imperfections. There is so much to celebrate in each flaw. So much. 

Wabi-sabi, she said.

Then she pulled out her cell phone and googled wabi-sabi, showing me the wikipedia page complete with a few pictures of ugly, asymmetrical stuff. I wanted to tell her that it all looked cheaply made, but Miyu had already moved on to an entry called Kintsugi.

Kintsugi. The art of highlighting, rather than disguising, breaks and cracks in pottery with gold filling. What a beautiful idea, that even if something is broken it can still be considered beautiful.

I was so inspired by Kintsugi that I wanted to introduce it to other parts of my daily life. And that’s how I came up with Skintsugi. It’s the art of highlighting imperfections in our skin. You see, as women get older we are constantly fearing for wrinkles or sagging skin because magazines and fashion ads tell us we should always look young. But that’s not natural! I want to celebrate my flaws, my crows feet, my blotchy cheeks.

With skintsugi, all you do is take a little gold makeup and apply it to any place that feels imperfect. Once done, go outside and celebrate!

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    Anita Ronson
    September 1, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Wow so gorgeous, I love this look. It’s like 100% natural meets 100% beautiful

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    B. Kinetsu
    September 1, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I would be so into trying this with like a deep blue. I think it would go so well with my more olive complexion

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    September 1, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Stunning, absolutely beautiful! Miyu Topa Topa is such an inspiration I am literally so obsessed with her.

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    Harry S.
    September 1, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Can men do this too? Just wondering cause I have brown eyes and it would look good with them and im a guy.

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    September 3, 2016 at 9:23 am

    The only thing that would make this post BETTER is a link to where you found that beautiful gold shimmer!! I want to find the perfect gold to highlight all of my imperfections!! Thanks so much, Phyllis!!

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    September 3, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Wow! What a revelation! Skinstugi is going to really help with me cover up my C Section Scar next time I go to the beach! You can just call me golden belly 😉 lol. Thanks again Phyllus and PS u should do a blog signing or something!!! I’d go and bring all my friends and their children

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    September 4, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Skinstugi is a true revelation!

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    Emily Wilis
    September 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I am also not perfect! I love what Miyu said about imperfections.
    I am a beautiful imperfection too
    forever and always

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    May 19, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Nothing to say here because everyone above me already said basically what I was thinking!! <333333333

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