How to Do Makeup for a Chinese Costume Party

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How to Do Makeup for a Chinese Costume Party
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Knowing how to create make-up for a Chinese costume party can be important when fashioning an outfit inspired by the Chinese culture. Chinese women are known for their distinctive eyes, olive skin and shiny hair, and some tips can help recreate this look with minimal time. With a few basic beauty items, creating a style reminiscent of the Chinese culture can be quick and easy.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Black eyeliner
  • Face powder
  • Bronzer
  • Hair iron
  • Hair serum
  • Red lipstick

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  1. 1

    Draw a line of black eyeliner around the entire eye. Follow the lid of the eye until the outer lid, then draw the pencil out past the eye to draw an almond shape suggestive of classic Chinese beauties. Draw the eyeliner thicker above the upper lash line to give the appearance of thick, dark lashes.

  2. 2

    Dust some face powder onto the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Use bronzer if trying to emulate the olive tone characteristic of some Chinese women. If trying to mimic the look of a porcelain China doll, use pale powder brushed across the face. Skip blush.

  3. 3

    Straighten the hair with a hair iron to look like the pin-straight hair associated with Chinese women. Rub some hair serum into the hair to get the shiny locks many Chinese women wear.

  4. 4

    Spread some red lipstick onto the lips, using the red colour to echo the colour associated with powerful energy in the Chinese culture. For a China doll look, paint the lipstick only on the very centre of the lips.

Tips and warnings

  • Pair the make-up with jade jewellery, a popular stone in the Chinese culture.
  • Don't use too much hair serum, so the hair doesn't look oily.

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