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Makeup for Cantonese Opera

Hong Kong Museum of History

Applying makeup for Cantonese opera is a long and specialised process.
One of the most common styles is the "white and red face": an application of white foundation,
with red around the eyes and on the cheeks.
The eyebrows are sometimes elongated. Lipstick is usually bright red.

Posted on 13 July 2008
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Meta18-Jul-2008 15:06
Amazing.I have been never seen this misterious preparations from so close as here now. Excellent capture. V
Simon Chandler15-Jul-2008 03:57
Excellent work. Excellent composition with the use of the mirror. v
an nguyen14-Jul-2008 16:18
Fascinating. ..V..
2004 14-Jul-2008 13:51
Looks so real !
Fong Lam14-Jul-2008 06:02
Excellent behind the scene capture, Kwan.
Guest 13-Jul-2008 16:46
Thanks for sharing, this is an art that should be preserved.
Guest 13-Jul-2008 16:35
This make-up of Cantonese Opera by itself is an art, but i always not brave enough to shoot them at such a near distance. This is really a skill to communicate with your subject. Superb shot Kwan.
hugo poon13-Jul-2008 15:58
Incredible low light shot CM! Thanks for the detailed caption...
Walter Otto Koenig13-Jul-2008 14:08
Very nice composition. I like the two mirrors that add an extra effect. Thanks for including the information as well. "V"
TuTmin13-Jul-2008 13:34
Nice capture.thanks for informing us.