What Makeup Does a Geisha Wear?


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A geisha typically wears makeup that is made from natural powders and dyes. The base makeup of a geisha consists of a thin paste that is made from either a rice-based powder or a lead-based powder that has been mixed with water and applied to the whole face.

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Geishas remove their real eyebrows, painting straight, thick ones on instead. They stain their lips red by using benibana or beni, which comes from a bright yellow or orange flower. Their teeth are often blacked out with oxidized iron filing that have been steeped in an acidic solution, to create a more dramatic appearance.

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