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Chinese Beauty: Then and Now

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Transcript of Chinese Beauty: Then and Now

The banbi
Chang'ao
The Beizi
Qi Pao

Chinese Beauty: Then and Now
Modern Chinese Clothing
Xiao Qinxin
fresh, angelic fashion
Zhong Kouweh
anything that stimulates the senses with violence, sexuality, or blood
Adapted Traditional Pieces
Modern Chinese Makeup
Lips Throughout the Dynasties
Lip Makeup
belief that decorating the lips was originally practiced to please the Gods
color and texture could reveal social status
early lip balm was not like the lipstick we see today, but was a paste held in a particular container.
After Sui (AD 589 — AD 618) and T'ang Dynasties, some lip balm was processed into solid substance, tubular in shape
new shape gained popularity
originally made to seal moisture in and keep lips healthy
ironic, due to the primary ingredient being vermillion
T'ang Dynasty
velvety, flawless skin
well kept, strong eyebrows
winged eyeliner to make eyes appear to be larger
lightly sun kissed cheeks
varying lip colors and stains
known for allowing chinese women artistic freedom due to the liberal and open minded ideas
artwork in the T'ang dynasty emphasized full bodied women with distinctly round faces
can be attributed to T'ang dynasty emperor's preference for plump women as a sign of wealth and privilege
T'ang Women
women's dresses were complimented by elaborate hairstyles, ornaments and face makeup
social status could be determined by how elaborately women were decorated
women tried to emphasize their assets in ways unheard of by previous dynasties
pleating skirts
raised the waistline to show full, round body contour
opening up the collar in the ruqun
color was no longer appropriated, so women dressed in what they preferred

Clothing
The ruqun
The banbi
The pizi
The pibo
Headwear and Hairstyles
Artistic freedom was expanded
In previous dynasties, the women powdered their faces, darkened their eyebrows, rouged their cheeks or put on lipsticks
T'ang women took eyebrow shaping to a new level as well as facial decorations
7 steps

Makeup
7 Steps to Applying Makeup
powdering face
rouging cheeks (the whole cheek)
tracing eyebrows
gilding forehead with a red design
dotting cheeks
painting a red crescent on the temples
rouging lips
Early in the tang dynasty women didn’t often wear hats, but flower crowns and veils
Later on buns became popular
over 30 kinds of tall buns, double buns, and downward buns, most of which named after their shapes
Empresses and upper class women wore buyaos
Hairstyles based on marital status

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