Step-by-Step Geisha Girl Makeup

Try the geisha look at your next costume party.
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For hundreds of years, Japanese geisha girls have entertained guests with dining, dancing and games. Geisha traditionally powder their faces white and accent their mouths with ruby-red lipstick. A geisha needs years of training for the job, but you can score the famous look in just a few minutes. When you're done with the makeup, put on a kimono or some pretty hair ornaments for the finishing touch.

Put a dab of concealer on a soft makeup brush or the tip of your finger. Gently apply the concealer to dark under-eye circles, pimples and other imperfections. Blend the concealer in well. Use a concealer color that matches your skin tone.

Dip a clean brush or makeup sponge into some loose powder. Alternatively, use the lightest possible shade of foundation. Wipe the powder or foundation over your whole face -- including forehead, nose, cheeks and chin -- and down your neck. Blend the makeup in.

Brush your eyebrows straight down using an eyebrow brush. Using quick, light strokes, color each eyebrow with a brown eyebrow pencil. This darkens and enhances your brows.

Smooth a small amount of white or pale pink eyeshadow over your eyelids. If you don't have a light-colored eyeshadow, use your foundation or loose powder instead.

Dip your finger into some yellow eyeshadow. Dab the eyeshadow on the inner corner and crease of each eye.

Apply a hot-pink eyeshadow to the outer corner of each eye. For a more dramatic effect, extend the pink eyeshadow past your eye about an inch toward your hairline. Blend the pink and yellow eyeshadows together a bit where they meet.

Pull an eyelid taut with one hand. Using the other hand, color the top lash line with a black gel or liquid eyeliner. Extend the black line about 1/4 inch past the edge of your eye. Repeat on the other eye.

Apply a glossy pink or red lipstick to your lips. Use a lip brush to smooth the lipstick and clean up any messy spots.

  • For extra effect, boost your natural eyelash volume with a pair of false lashes.
  • Clip fake orchid blossoms into your hair to complete your geisha look.

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.