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geisha makeup

Posted in beauty, japanese beauty, makeup, travels by tokyostargirl on October 30, 2009

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When I was living in Japan, I had the opportunity to go to Kyoto and dress up as a Geisha girl. These pictures were taken at a professional Geisha studio. My friends and I had our 15 minutes of fame as we walked outside and tourists stopped in their tracks to take pictures of us. We didn’t have the heart to tell them we weren’t real. =/

Since Halloween is this weekend, a lot of people have come to my page by looking up the word “Geisha” so I thought I should give you the real deal. Here are pictures of the process – no modern touches like I’ve seen a lot of people try to do online. This is really how the Geishas back then (and now) wore/wear their makeup.

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People who try to duplicate this look always focus on the face and never do the detail of the back – leaving just a bit ofย  bare skin at the nape of the neck for added allure and femininity.

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I broke the rule – Geishas aren’t supposed to smile.

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  1. anh said, on October 30, 2009 at 7:47 AM

    it doesn’t even look like you! everytime i see this pic i think that. but you make a very beautiful geisha!

    • tokyostargirl said, on October 30, 2009 at 12:24 PM

      awww.. thanks Anh! I was shocked when I looked in the mirror, too!

  2. annie said, on October 30, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    awwww makes me miss Japan!!! this was so much fun and even though we got crazy lost it was worth it. its funny b/c when i got back here and showed my family and friends this photo they did not believe it was me. miss you!

    • tokyostargirl said, on October 30, 2009 at 12:24 PM

      Annie!
      I miss it, too! We had an AWESOME time! One of my favorite memories with you! =)

  3. xppinkx said, on October 30, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    DOLLFACE!!!!

    i had to take a double take!!! you are beautiful!!!….wow!!! you look like a walking porcelain doll…thank you for posting this i am planning on being a geisha for halloween!! i figure i can stash stash goodies in my obi and still keep warm!!! did they use your real hair? or is that a wig!!!……………………..ugh so beautiful!

    • tokyostargirl said, on October 30, 2009 at 12:23 PM

      Hey PinK!
      Oh no that was definitely a wig (and a SUPER DUPER heavy one at that!)
      You can stash so many things in the side pockets of your kimono – not your obi silly! That’s what geishas used to do in the day!
      Thanks so much! Can’t wait to see your sexy geisha self! =)

  4. Blovet Beauty said, on October 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    u look gorgeous!!

    • tokyostargirl said, on October 30, 2009 at 12:24 PM

      thank you, thank you!

  5. toothfairynotes said, on October 30, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    how cool! this makes me wanna go to japan even more! I didn’t know you could do that in kyoto… fun! you look amazing!

    *loves*

    • tokyostargirl said, on October 30, 2009 at 6:30 PM

      You sure can! It’s the best in Kyoto because that’s where most of the geishas lived. They do have studios in Tokyo, too – but from what I’ve seen, they don’t do as good of a job.

  6. Trina said, on October 30, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Wow, amazing, that is beautiful!

    Thanks for the comment on my Halloween blast from the past post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • tokyostargirl said, on October 30, 2009 at 6:30 PM

      Thank you!

      You’re welcome. =)

  7. AsianCajuns (Lauren) said, on October 30, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Ahhh Jeannie- you look amazing!!! And I love how they applied the make-up the traditional way. I don’t think the tourist would have been upset knowing you weren’t the real thing, they would have been pleased as punch anyways because you look so gorgeous!

    ps- I was thinking that exact thing! “I was TokyoStarGirl could do my Gaga make-up!” Le sigh. I’ll try to do the best I can on my own ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’ll definitely post pics.

    • tokyostargirl said, on October 30, 2009 at 6:31 PM

      Awww – thanks, Lauren!
      I know things will turn out fantastically – can’t wait to see!
      Have a fun & safe Halloween, girls!

  8. mica said, on October 30, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    thanks for visiting! very interesting pictures u’ve got here! i’ve never been to japan… but if i’m there, i’ll definitely wanna give it a try too.

    the origins charcoal face mask IS very good – gif it a try if u haven already! it doesnt look good applying a thick layer of black charcoal mask on ur face but u’ll be satisfied with the end results. if u look closely in2 the mirror, u’ll notice that ur facial pores are cleaned thru! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • tokyostargirl said, on October 30, 2009 at 6:32 PM

      You def should! It was a very memorable experience. =)

      I haven’t given it a try yet, but I do love their face wash: Checks & Balances.
      Will give the mask a try sometime!

  9. Annie Spandex said, on October 30, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    I love how you gave the tourists a thrill! You all look so lovely.

    • tokyostargirl said, on October 30, 2009 at 6:32 PM

      Thanks so much, Annie!

  10. dustjacket attic said, on October 30, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Oh my gosh, I thought that was a magazine photo! You look totally awesome.

    You all look so great, interesting experience I’d imagine.
    xxx

    • tokyostargirl said, on October 30, 2009 at 6:32 PM

      Aww – you are sweet!
      It was such an awesome experience!

  11. Tammy said, on October 30, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    You look amazing! That sounds like so much fun walking around Japan like that. The shoes don’t look too comfy though…

    • tokyostargirl said, on October 30, 2009 at 10:31 PM

      Thanks! The shoes weren’t as hard to walk in as they look. I don’t think I could wear them all the time, but for an hour – sure!

  12. Anna said, on October 30, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    Wow! You look amazing!! The outfit looks incredibly beautiful too.

    • tokyostargirl said, on November 1, 2009 at 6:47 PM

      Thank you! Yeah I really loved that kimono – wish I could have taken it home!

  13. Katy said, on October 31, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    That’s so pretty… being turned into a geisha is something I want to do in my life.

  14. Izumi said, on October 31, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    gorgeous!! i absolutely love this ๐Ÿ™‚ i thought about getting a geisha makeover when i went to japan too BUUTT we ran out of time.. haha. maybe next time ๐Ÿ™‚

    • tokyostargirl said, on November 1, 2009 at 6:48 PM

      Oh you should! Let me know and I’ll see if I can remember the place I went to. =)

  15. Missy said, on November 1, 2009 at 4:17 AM

    wow you look beautiful! i’m glad you posted this x

    Missy
    For all things fashion:
    http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

  16. Anika said, on November 1, 2009 at 4:43 AM

    Oh wow. I love this look. The geisha look is so delicate yet hardy. Perfection amongst all the horrors of the night, I’m sure ๐Ÿ™‚

    • tokyostargirl said, on November 1, 2009 at 6:49 PM

      Yeah I loved it too, too bad I couldn’t prance around in it all day!

  17. phoebe said, on November 1, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    oh wow! what a transformation! ๐Ÿ˜€ awesome photos ๐Ÿ™‚ looks like u had fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Thu-Hien said, on November 2, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Thank you!!!! OMG THATS SO COOOOOOOOOOOOOL !!!!

  20. PinkBow said, on November 3, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    i love this post… i’m pretty obsessed with anything geisha. what a great experience!

  21. Miumiu said, on November 3, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    these pictures are so cool. i had no idea geisha are not allowed to smile
    nevertheless..you look awesome =D

  22. Amy said, on November 4, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Great pictures. You all look great! It is really neat to see how the makeup is applied. I didn’t know they left a little at the back for femininity.

    Thanks so much for visiting No. 15. I the photos do look a bit eerie but I really like them too.

  23. Patty Ann said, on November 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    soooooooooooo pretty!!!!!


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