Saturday, 17 February 2007



Apologies for all the sluggish snail posting. I have been real busy with my uni work and working on some video for my Grandpa and ma's 80th birthday during my holiday.

This picture was taken indoor. The model, my sister, sticked a round coloured sticker used for sticking on my brother's wedding invitation card. The picture gets interesting with the addition of the "Korean" style fan. Geisha is a female entertainer while "Gaysha", my sister's weird picture.

Geisha or Geigi are traditional, female Japanese entertainers, whose skills include performing various Japanese arts, such as classical music and dance. Contrary to popular opinion and Western stereotypes, geisha are not prostitutes. Geisha are similar to the Korean Kisaeng.

Today, the traditional make-up of the apprentice geisha is one of their most recognizable characteristics, though established geisha generally wear full white face makeup characteristic of maiko only during special performances.

The traditional makeup of an apprentice geisha features a thick white base (originally made with lead or rice powder) with red lipstick and red and black accents around the eyes and eyebrows.

The application of makeup is hard to perfect and is a time-consuming process. Makeup is applied before dressing to avoid dirtying the kimono. First, a wax or oil substance, called bintsuke-abura, is applied to the skin. Next, white powder is mixed with water into a paste and applied with a bamboo brush. The white makeup covers the face, neck, and chest, with two or three unwhitened areas (forming a "W" or "V" shape) left on the nape, to accentuate this traditionally erotic area, and a line of bare skin around the hairline, which creates the illusion of a mask.

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