Story of Bun Bun: This Is As Real As Bun Bun Is Gonna Get


Story of Bun Bun

While I stood by my window one day admiring my kite-filled neighborhood evening sky, I thought I heard a tiny “Hi!”.

“I must be hearing things! Too hungry, need to go have dinner”, and made to turn away from the window.

An unmistakable “PSSST! Juli!” made me turn to face the window once more and this time found myself face to face with a cute little creature dressed in a black and white striped dress, and matching slippers and hat.

She had the prettiest twinkling eyes that melted my heart, eyeliner drawn to perfection, and a sweet smile that came from the purest of hearts.

From then on we became the best of friends.

Never mind that she has a stick up her a**. (This is actually one of my favorite pictures coz she looks like a delicious lollipop! And look at those tiny happy feet. They make me smile every time. :))

She would stay by my side and look at me whenever I put on makeup and I shared with her my love for makeup.

One day she asked me “Why don’t you start your own makeup blog? I’m sure many people will be able to relate to your eye makeup tutorials since you know how to explain the difference between Asian and Caucasian eyes and how to accentuate Asian eyes with makeup instead of hiding them with incorrect methods.”

I thought for a second and said “Okie! LET’S DO IT!!”

(Bun Bun: But first, you need to clean this mirror)

And that was how BBMT was born.

MUAHAHAHA!!! I hope you like my story, but I have to tell you that none of it is true.

I didn’t start Bun Bun Makeup Tips on a whim, I wasn’t influenced by an alien-fairy organism who decided to pop by my window one day, and I never guessed people will like my eye makeup tutorials the way they do. That was why I had to thank you, my readers, for the fabulous support!

As you would have realized, images of Bun Bun are splattered all across the blog design and posts, with parts of her (Ah yes, the part about her gender is the only thing true in the short story) peeking out from the edges of your web browser. The look of Bun Bun was inspired by a cartoon character, and modified by my good friend who is a designer. You will see the ‘eye’ of this designer friend soon coz I asked her to be my model for an eye makeup tutorial. Hoho.

Bun Bun and I really have a lot in common – we both love the thick winged eyeliner look, have bangs, and love stripes, black and white especially. I have plenty of striped clothing. Many friends have commented “Eh, Bun Bun is just a comic extension of yourself, right?”. :)

I thought it would be good to have a mascot for the blog, so that I can sometimes write in third-party and don’t have to use my face and only my face for everything. It’s brought about nice combinations in language and pictures.

How Bun Bun’s name came about was really… uninspiring. I was eating a bun (no kidding!) one day and… ya, end of story. LOL.

How Did Doughy Bun Bun Come About?

During one of the 15 days of Chinese New Year every year, my family would go to River Hongbao, a place set up to showcase the 12 Chinese zodiacs, other legendary characters, and a huge God of Fortune that would spout golden bits of paper for good fortune. Some people would upturn their umbrellas to collect these lucky ‘droppings’.

This event would also host a grand stage with performances related to the Chinese culture, a large sheltered food area, and craftsmen showing their skills and selling their works. It was at one of these little craft stalls that I had Bun Bun made.

I showed the master a picture of Bun Bun and he was like “This is difficult, because I’ve never done it before”. You see, the master was adept at creating at fast speeds variations of the 12 zodiac creatures and some famous cartoon characters like Doraemon, Crayon Shinchan, and Hello Kitty, but Bun Bun was unique to him.

It seemed such a daunting task that he asked the crowd standing on his right to move away so that he could get more light. With his usual creations, he made them so fast I bet he could accomplish them with eyes closed.

Showing a close-up of Bun Bun’s head on my phone. I used another picture for how her limbs would look. Look!!! Bun Bun’s BALD!!! HOHOHO! And omg, look at her pretty eyeliner and the twinkle in her eye. He got the essence of my baby doll spot on.

As he continued, more and more people came to watch coz it was something not seen on his exhibition area. I remember a guy asking no one in particular “Can someone tell me what the hell is that?” <- his exact words. SO FUNNY!!!

I felt like a proud mama, standing by, witnessing the gradual formation of my blog character.

I didn’t bring my own camera so I asked my brother to take pictures of the process. But because that boy didn’t understand the importance of every step of the process, he didn’t understand why I was asking him incessantly to take pictures at intervals of 5 seconds. Lol.

Then I got him to pass the camera to me, and I went click-crazy. Now I know why parents can never get enough of taking pictures of their kids. And mine’s only in a fixed pose.

From this second on, you might faint from my ooh-ing and aah-ing of how cute Bun Bun is. You can either roll your eyes to the back of your head or join me. You know what, I have a feeling you will join me.

Below, Bun’s getting finishing touches to her chinny-chin-chin. Notice that she has bangs! (Just like me!) The craftsman used a scissors to cut tiny triangles in her hair to create the bangs. So smart.

Gimme some neck…

Having her pretty black and white ensemble made. Look at her hat. Omg so CUUUUUTEE!!!

If you haven’t realized, Bun Bun has 4 ears. Yes, FOUR.

We conversed in Mandarin as the craftsman is from China.

Me: Oh, she has 4 ears – 2 at the sides, 2 at the back

Craftsman: Ah?? Why does she have 4 ears? What is she? Animal?

Me: Er…. She is…. an alien. (In my heart: I have no idea, dude)

Awwww, this picture is so precious! Look at his big and rough, yet nimble and deft fingers on Bun’s teeny tiny baby leg! I love the contrast!

Craftsman giving Bun Bun a pat on the head. Haha. Bun Bun has a bad case of foundation oxidizing on her face!

Bunny baby you got your foundation shade wrong! This has pink undertones, you have yellow undertones, just like mummy. Don’t worry, mummy will not laugh at you! *muack* 

This would make a good example for future foundation tutorials:

  • How Pink-Based Foundations Will Look On Skins With Yellow Undertones 
  • Get Your Foundation Shade Wrong And Risk Looking Like An Alien With Four Ears 
  • Unless You Are Bun Bun, You Will Look Horrible With The Wrong Foundation Shade


Applying varnish…

The Boyfriend said Bun Bun has baby fats. LOL!

Bun has a yellow dot on her face, I think some yellow dough got mixed in. It’s okie, mama has funny spots on her face too. :)

The craftsman felt so accomplished with his creation he asked for a photo with me and Bun Bun USING HIS OWN CAMERA after we took this shot.

~ Chill ~

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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

Throughout this blog you will see Bun Bun in different poses.

Instead of using numbers (3/5, 4/5) or alphabets (B+, A+) to rate products, I put Bun Bun in different positions and expressions to represent the rating given to the product after a review.

In Bun-O-Meter, the first on the list would mean a 5/5 rating and the last one a 1/5 rating.

You can always refer to the sidebar any time you don’t understand what Bun Bun’s pose means.

I hope you enjoy reading my makeup and beauty posts as much as I did writing them.

Talk to you soon! =)


Juli & Bun Bun

  • Julia

    Awww, so cute!! What a sweet story, I really enjoyed reading through it. ^_^
    Weird though, although I’ve seen Bun Bun so many times, I’ve never noticed she had FOUR ears!! woah!! It’s like hax xD

    • Bun Bun

      I think nobody else but me (and my designer) knows she has 4 ears. It’s a common feature for aliens. lol.

  • samuraistripper

    Awww, that’s a cute story and she look so adorable! I have to agree, that little feet make me smile and her eyes are the cutest thing!

    • Bun Bun

      The craftsman did a fantastic job with the head! I think he got too tired and consequently didn’t give her skin color that matched. Hahaha

  • sharon

    OMG Bun Bun is so CUTE lol! Must applaud the guy for his skills! and yes i totally agree u shd blog on ‘How Pink Based Foundations will Look on Yellow Based Skintones.. recently i found out most of my foundations are in the qwrong shade and usually too pink! :(

    • Bun Bun

      Most BB creams are too pink on me, as are foundations that don’t have a large range of shades, coz they’re for the Caucasian markets where population with pink undertones is half. In Asia, we predominantly are warm-toned. I’ve had my nasty experience of pink foundations on my yellow skin too! Very bad!! :(

  • Christine

    That is ridiculously cute! I like it even better than the fairy tale version of the story ;D

    • Bun Bun

      Hahaha! Bun Bun says ‘Thanks Christine’!

  • Sunny

    Awww both of you are soo cute!!! I like how you told the guy she’s an alien lol

    And yes, foundations with pink undertones. I had my first encounter with one recently (Ellis Faas. The darker shade is too dark, but the one that matches my skin tone makes me look like Miss Piggy)! That’s my biggest makeup woe recently :p

    • Bun Bun

      Lol at Miss Piggy! That must’ve been disastrous! Yesterday I dropped by Sephora and saw a lady with super light grey face. OMG. I was like S.T.A.R.E. Coz it was shocking to see someone powder her face so much until it looked so…….. undead. You know what I mean? All those layers of powder covered all the blood she had on her face. She wasn’t a young girl; she was a mature lady but her skin was quite okie from what I observed. Wrong choice of foundation shade, wrong choice of foundation formula, wrong method of application. Wanted so much to go up to her and tell her “Hey, drop by BBMT”. Lol

      • Sunny

        Ah God. According to my sweet blog readers it’s not so bad, but I did see the difference and I wasn’t too keen on it! Do you think that grayish tint comes from a BB cream though? I’ve heard that some BB creams have a grayish tint because people want to look “whiter.” I recently got a sample of my first BB cream (Erborian. It’s the brand that’s been going around France and now Belgium), and GOD I HATE THAT GRAYISH TINT! I do look “whiter,” but it’s never been my intention to look whiter, and my neck has a totally different color when I have it on. There are two shades available. The light one is this grayish one, and the darker one is way too dark and orangey for me… I still have to try it as a primer, but I wouldn’t choose to wear it alone.

        It’s hard to pick any kind of base makeup, so I really sympathize the lady. You need the right formula for your skin type, the right shade, the right undertone, and all that. Makeup isn’t easy :p

  • Rhaysnake

    So cute! Luv it <3

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Rhaysnake! :)

  • kai

    😀 i didnt know bunbun had four ears till i read this!!!

    • Bun Bun

      Hahaha hidden talent! 😀

  • Claudia

    I wish your brother had taken more pictures, haha. What a cute story, though! Loved hearing how bun bun the…alien?…was created.

    • Bun Bun

      YA!!! Tsk, that boy. The initial stage was the cutest coz he was carving, molding, pinching out the bald head. It looked like a tadpole! Haha! I decided to create this post coz people have been asking me who/what is Bun Bun.

  • Amelia

    That is AWESOME! Congratulations on your very own Bun Bun! She’s adorable.

    I think she has your eyes. Something about her reminds me of you. 😉

    • Bun Bun

      Awwww, thanks! I think this feeling of pride is what my mum feels every time someone tells her I look like her. 😀

  • Margaret

    SO CUTE ! Haha what a cute story about Bun Bun, and i’m loving the doughy-clay Bun Bun :)

    • Bun Bun

      Doughy Bun is really very cute but I have trouble storing her away, actually. I hope to find a transparent box soon… (and that doesn’t look too much like a baby coffin omg so sad)

  • Sharlynn

    Ahaha! Lovely! Just lovely that you got her made! Hope she last forever! :p

    • Bun Bun

      I hope she lasts for long too! I need to go Daiso to buy a box or something.

  • kelina

    wo de tian! so cute!!! how much did the birth of bun bun cost? 😀

    i did realise that she has ‘4 ears’ haha.. cause i play pet society too.. hohohoho

    • Bun Bun

      Hahaha!! I love your wo de tian! Made me LOL. 😀 The normal stuff cost S$10, and Bun Bun cost S$25. Pretty reasonable, I must say.

      Eh eh eh, Bun Bun is modified version of pet society pets la… Hahaha. Thanks for blogging about my giveaway!

  • Pac

    Wow fren u scared me with the first few paragraphs. Tot u sot liao, talk to urself sia…
    And I like this…
    “Can someone tell me what the hell is that?”

    • Bun Bun

      Ya!! Really very funny!! The way that guy said it was hilarious. When I think back, I still find it funny. Lol.

  • a!kO

    OMG I love this bun bun story!! 😀 I totally agree with you with an animate character for a blog, why didn’t I think of that? 😛 I think this blog post is adorable! :) I miss reading your posts! I have to back date all the posts I’ve missed! and it’s your blog’s bday too 😀 happy birthday! (I think right? I have to check out your giveaway ;D).


    • Bun Bun

      Thanks for all the smiley faces! So many! HAHA! 😀 Good luck for the giveaway!

  • Eva

    OMG, I love how Bun Bun came about. I especially love her cat eyeliner, it suits her well 😉 This brought me back to some of the precious moments I had in my childhood back in Taiwan. I think it was some of the earilest memories and few I had with my dad, I must be like 4 or 5. My father once own a small resturant by a day market, and there was a dough character master there in the day market. One day he bought me and my sister each a doughy character to eat, but it was like treasures to us. We didn’t have the heart to eat it, instead we carried and play with them for a few days. Then one day a crazy person came into the resturant and ate them when we had set them aside ~><~ I remember crying for a long time…. This is a very specially memory for me because the resturant soon closed down when my father decided to come to the USA for a better future for us (I didn't get to see my dad again till I was like 15, and now my father had passed away, too), and we never seen another dough character master in action again.

  • MintArchAngel

    Oh my god! Is this a Pet Society pet? My pet Riko has the same eyes as Bun Bun!

  • katharine101

    is bun bun from pet society?

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @katharine101 LOL! Highly inspired by!

  • LeighLi

    I used to watch these doughy characters being made and beg my parents to buy them when I lived in China! This brings back so much nostalgia. 
    Bun Bun is clearly the most adorable doughy character I’ve ever seen, hands down. Such a cute post!