Posted by: 지인 | 7 January 2008

I’m not sure what to say about this.

Japanese make-up guru Shu Uemura dies at 79

TOKYO (Reuters) – Shu Uemura, a beautician who parlayed success as a Hollywood make-up artist into an international cosmetics brand under his name, has died aged 79.

The only man in his class at a beauty school in the conservative Japan of the 1950s, Uemura started his career as an assistant on a U.S. movie.

His big opportunity came during the filming of the 1962 movie “My Geisha,” starring Shirley MacLaine, when her make-up artist fell ill and Uemura stood in, his company’s Web site says.

Upon completion of Ms. MacLaine’s intricate and laborious geisha make-up, Mr. Uemura had transformed the actress’s Caucasian face entirely into a Japanese geisha with Asian features. There was ovation from everyone who witnessed the transformation, including Ms. MacLaine herself,” it says. …

The man made a bitchin’ eyelash curler (or his company did, at least), so I can’t knock Shu Uemura for that, but who knew about the MacLaine faux-geisha connection? So strange to know that the international Uemura legacy was built upon his experience putting a white woman in yellow face.

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  1. Hmmm. maybe he could’ve helped mickey rooney in ‘breakfast at tiffany’s’. also help out with the his “acting”…it makes me gag.

  2. huh… you’re right… I also don’t know what to say about that.


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