[[caption-width-right:348:"I'll help you add... a little magic."]]

''Beauty Pop''[[note]] ''Beauty Pop is actually the title of the first half of the series; the second half, after a short hiatus, was renamed Beauty Pop Stage 2''[[/note]] is a shoujo manga series by Kiyoko Arai published by Creator/VIZMedia under their Shojo Beat label.

Kiri Koshiba lives out her days in peaceful lethargy, having fallen into an easy rhythm of working at her father's beauty shop and attending school. So calm are her days that she has no idea of the Scissors Project (alternately known as the "S.P."), a trio of popular boys who aspire to become the top name in Japan's makeover industry that frequently give the girls of their school makeovers... with exceptions. Any girl who lacks a properly balanced 'Beauty Factor' will be refused a makeover with no second chances to receive the prestigious honor of getting work done by the S.P. When Kanako, Kiri's best friend, tries to confess to one of the members, he rejects her while simultaneously accusing her of trying to bribe them into doing a Project on her and to Kiri, that [[ItsPersonal makes it personal.]]

You see, Kiri's got a knack for bringing out the inner beauty of people and as she repeatedly trounces the Scissors Project by taking plain girls and transforming them into knockouts, the Scissors Project comes upon a decision:

They have to have her on their team.

Thus begins the saga of Kiri and the Scissors Project, climbing up the ladder of makeover excellence, one satisfied customer at a time.

'''This manga provides examples of:'''

* AccidentalPervert: Narumi, happens several times.
* AfraidOfBlood: [[spoiler:Kiri, ever since she accidently cut her mother's ear while giving her a haircut. It is severe enough for her mind to shut down and freeze her in place.]]
* AllergicToLove: Narumi bursts out in hives whenever women touch him due to the memories of the extreme repulsion he felt as a child when women would pat him and kiss his cheeks almost nonstop. For whatever reason, he doesn't seem affected when he touches women while doing their hair.
* {{Anime Hair}}: Whenever Kiri cuts a boy's hair, this is the outcome.
* AoyamaPanelJudge: During the competition at Narumi's dad's Beauty School.
* BeautifulAllAlong: A great majority of Kiri's clients have what would be considered not insignificant flaws such as being overweight, having nappy hair, wearing tons and tons of makeup, but after they've been under her scissors they come out looking as fine as can be.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: When Kiri is dressed as 'X', she has been mistaken for a male several times, likely due in no small part to her UsefulNotes/{{Pettanko}} body type and her fondness for baggy clothes.
* BigEater: Kei ''loves'' his candy...
* {{Bishonen}}: A majority of the male cast, excluding Taro.
* BrokenPedestal: Ozawa as far as Narumi is concerned.
* CannotSpitItOut: Narumi, once he realizes he [[spoiler: likes/loves/has emotions besides irritation for Kiri]].
* CatchPhrase: ''"Let me add some magic"'' and its variations (''"I'll make some magic for you"'') as uttered by Kiri.
* ClubPresident: Narumi, subverted since Ochiai is more of a leader than he is.
* DistantFinale: [[spoiler: Ten years later]].
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Kiri, of course.
* GenerationXerox: The Koshiba and Narumi stylists, respectively.
* GenkiGirl: Narumi's sister Chisami.
* TheGlomp: Kiri is the target of glomps from her mother, Kanako, Iori, and Chisami.
* HarmlessVillain: Those guys who 'kidnapped' Kanako and Chisami, who were terrified of Chisami's RAEG and who were handily dispatched.
** Junna, after he gets locked in the storage room.
* HighSchoolSweethearts: Everyone who hooks up in the main group... maybe even [[spoiler: Chisami and Iori, though Chisami was in middle school while the others were already in high school]].
* HappilyMarried: Emi and Seiji, Kiri's parents, despite their long-distance relationship (one in Japan, one in California). Post timeskip, one assumes that [[spoiler: Seki and Kanako and Kiri and Narumi]] also count.
* HopelessSuitor: Ochiai for Kiri, although he doesn't give up; ''possibly'' Billy for Kiri, but it's hard to say.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Seki (huge guy) and Kanako (tiny girl).
* [[IAmNotLeftHanded I Am Not Right Handed]]: Kiri during the school festival.
* InnocentCohabitation: Billy staying with the Koshibas, though at first it's less innocent (because he's there to steal the Golden Scissors) but counts since it's not because of "that." Despite Billy making an early reference: "Living together" versus "staying in her house."
* [[ItDoesntMeanAnything It Doesn't Mean Anything]]: What Narumi says to Kiri a lot, particularly after the AccidentalKiss. Kiri, in all likelihood, [[ObliviousToLove didn't think it meant anything in the first place]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Ochiai... Though it doesn't mean he's going to give up.
* LargeHam: Minamoto.
* LongDistanceRelationship: Emi and Seiji, for most of the series anyway. Presumably Kiri and Narumi after Kiri leaves, [[spoiler: at least until Narumi goes to California/Kiri comes back to Japan]].
* LoveBubbles: Assorted characters get this while thinking about or talking to the object of their affections; Kiri gets this while she's "in the zone" and styling hair, and in one case while thinking about a 'high-class meal.'
* MacGuffin: The Golden Scissors, which belong to Seiji and then to Kiri.
* MakeoverMontage: Quite obviously, the series is made of them.
* [[{{Meganekko}} Meganekko]]: Kanako.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Hair-cutting techniques are treated this way.
* NerdGlasses: Ochiai.
* NewTransferStudent: Always a rival or someone with a grudge against the leads.
* OddCouple: Kiri and Narumi, eventually.
* OppositesAttract: Kiri and Narumi.
* OverEnthusiasticParents: Kiri's mom; Narumi's dad; Kiri's dad not so much, although he seems happy to go along with Emi's plans.
* PairTheSmartOnes: Averted, as ''everyone'' in the series is a genius of some kind. (Well, except Kanako and Taro...)
* TheRival: Both Narumis consider their Koshiba counterpart their rival; it's not certain if Kiri considers Narumi a rival, and Narumi's dad assumes that Seiji considered him the UnknownRival until the very last chapter. Prior to that, Narumi's dad apparently became a RivalTurnedEvil (or at least exceptionally ruthless and petty). [[{{Buttmonkey}} Niida]] considers Narumi his rival because Narumi always bests him, and Junna considered Narumi his ArchNemesis because Narumi's dad used to buy his wins.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Kiri and Kanako, big time.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Gender-swapped: Narumi is both HotBlooded and prone to spazzing out, while Kiri is perpetually calm and could probably sleep her way through an earthquake.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Narumi's father practically lives by this trope.
* SecurityCling: Kiri does this to Narumi when we find out she's afraid of A: the dark and B: cockroaches (though possibly she was just startled by the second one).
* SeriousBusiness: Hairstyling and salon duties in general.
* [[{{Shotacon}} Shotacon]]: Most girls at school towards Kei.
* SlapSlapKiss: The DistantFinale shows us that [[spoiler:Chisami and Iori end up engaged, although their constant bickering stays the same]].
* StalkerWithACrush: Kazuhiko Ochiai when he develops a crush on Kiri. He chases after her, is shown secretly watching her from behind without her knowledge, and even has Kiri's picture (which she doesn't know he took) as his cell phone's wallpaper. [[spoiler: In the end, although Narumi and Kiri have married, he still refuses to give up on her, even teaching Kiri and Narumi's kids to call him "daddy". He also often schedules appointments after hours for Narumi to prevent him from going home to Kiri so that Ochiai can gladly go in his place]].
* TheStoic: Kiri herself as well as Seiji, the latter in anything not involving Emi. Of course, both let the mask crack when they think no-one's looking.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Kiri most of the time,though it's more a general indifference.
* TeenGenius: Kiri and everyone at SP, all natural-born geniuses at what they do, as well as most of the supporting cast and antagonists.
* TerribleArtist: Kiri. It's even an important plot point later on.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: Kiri's dad teaches her special "super skills" from time to time.
* [[{{Tomboy}} Tomboy]]: Kiri is very boyish; she's often mistaken for a boy when not in the school uniform.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Kiri and Kanako.
* {{Tsundere}}: Narumi is a male version to Kiri.
* UnwantedHarem: Kiri sort of ends up like this, with several boys competing for her, but she remains indifferent about it. Possibly to the point of being ObliviousToLove, since Kiri doesn't seem to fully understand that Narumi even likes her until he literally confesses at her bedside.
* WhenSheSmiles: Due to short hair, no makeup, and dressing like a boy, Kiri's femininity usually only shows up - you guessed it! - when she smiles. People who are being helped by her or who are warming up to/crushing on her usually get helped along by one of Kiri's rare smiles.