Geisha girls conventionally paint their faces white and accent their mouths with scarlet-red lipstick to entertain guests with dining and dancing.
There’s nothing more fun for a makeup enthusiast than experimenting and coming up with creative ways to beautify the face, and adding colors to it. Doing geisha makeup is a good way to satisfy some artistic fantasies. It can be challenging, but it’s not impossible! The geisha look is very prominent in Japan, and has a long traditional history and culture behind its look. But owing to the Halloween fever, geisha is trending worldwide. Here is a simple tutorial to style yourself as a geisha, in both the traditional way and the modern way. We tell you how you can recreate this look on your own!
Two Types of Geisha Makeup
TRADITIONAL GEISHA MAKEUP
Step #1: Foundation
Step #2: The Base
● Take a large sponge and dab it over all areas that have the paste applied to them to remove excess moisture.
Step #3: Eye Makeup
Step #4: Eyebrows
Step #5: Lips
Step #6: Hairstyle and Accessories
The Final Traditional Look
MODERN GEISHA LOOK
Things you will need:
2. Concealer (optional – to cover the blemishes)
3. Brow pencil (in a color that matches your hair)
4. White and red eyeshadow
5. Black liquid eyeliner
6. Red lip pencil
7. Red lipstick
8. Powder blush in rosy pink (optional)
● Use brown/black brow pencil to outline your eyebrows. The modern geisha look asks for a natural look.
Step #2: The Base (face)
The modern geisha just needs your face to be covered. And you need not paint it white. You can just use the lightest shade of foundation, again creating a natural appearance. A concealer can be used before or after the foundation is applied.
● Using a powder brush, apply a light shade of powder foundation to your face. Go over your eyelids as well. You don’t need to apply any on your neck, but try to make the transition of color from the face to the neck smooth, rather than displaying an obvious border.
● Well, this as we said is optional; you can apply a rosy color of blush to the cheeks.
● After you’re done with the application of liquid foundation, go over your face with a finishing powder to set the foundation. Then apply the powder blush, if you wish too.
Step #3: Red Eyeshadow
For this look, you’ll need shades in red with a matte finish.
● Start to apply red eyeshadow from the center of your upper lid, working your way out. As you reach the outer corner of the eye, create a “wing” shape. Use the same eyeshadow to outline your lower lid from the center to the outer corner.
Step #4: Black Eyeliner
● Use a pitch black pencil or liquid eyeliner to outline your eyes. While a pencil eyeliner is easier to apply, a liquid liner creates beautiful, smooth lines. So, the choice is yours.
● Start from the inner corner of your upper eyelid and work your way out, gradually making a thicker line.
● You can draw a thin curved line with an eyeliner that is between your eyebrow and your eyelids, and end it with three dots (as shown in the image above).
Step #5: Lips
● Outline your natural lip line using a red lip pencil. After that, fill in the color using a scarlet-red lipstick.
A geisha needs years of training and practice to carry this look, but you can score the famous look in just a few minutes. When you’re done with the makeup, put on some hair accessories―a kimono or something pretty―for the finishing touch. But to tell you, the modern look doesn’t demand for a bun. You can flaunt your hair the way you want.
3. If you can sit in a Seiza position, then it will wonderful ’cause geisha often sit in this way.