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Are the lips of tang dynasty makeup suppose to…

Are the lips of tang dynasty makeup suppose to resemble flower petals?

Hi, thanks for the question! (Photos via 当小时)

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Tang dynasty makeup, like the rest of Tang culture, was vibrant and glamorous. 

Florid styles of lip makeup were popular – the color of red for lips included red, light red, red with golden powder, pink, etc. Women first put powder onto the lips, and then drew any pattern they liked. During the Tang, many patterns for lip makeup were invented. According to one record, there were 17 patterns in the last 30 years of the dynasty. Below – depictions of Tang lip patterns by 睿汐_Sai:

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Out of all the lip patterns, the most popular were the “cherry” lips and “flower petal” lips. Cherry lips refer to lips with the shape and color of a cherry. According to traditional Chinese beauty ideals, a beautiful woman should have a “cherry mouth” that resembles a cherry by being small, cherry-shaped, ruddy, and lustrous. Below – recreations by Chen Yen-hui:

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Another famous pattern took the shape of a little flower – “flower petal” lips. To make it, women first made an obvious depression in the middle of the upper lip. Then the upper lip contour took the shape of two petals, and the lower lip another petal. 

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There were many more Tang lip patterns, but the above two were the most popular.

Bonus – Here are some lip patterns from other Chinese dynasties (X). From left to right, top to bottom – Han, Wei, Song, Ming, Qing, Qing:

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For more references on traditional Chinese lip makeup, please see my makeup tag.

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fouryearsofshades: 那么此款是少女造型,唐代盛行红妆,唐宇文氏《妆台记…

fouryearsofshades:

那么此款是少女造型,唐代盛行红妆,唐宇文氏《妆台记》中写道:“美人妆,面既傅粉,复以胭脂调匀掌中,施以两颊,浓者为‘酒晕妆’;淡者为‘桃花妆’;薄薄施朱,以粉罩之,为‘飞霞妆’。”此种妆流行于隋唐,为青年女子所爱。 (via 【迷你课堂】仿唐百合髻_Niki-镜子_新浪博客)

Tang style hair and make up tutorial. Suitable for young ladies.

changan-moon: Traditional Chinese hanfu and ma…

changan-moon:

Traditional Chinese hanfu and makeup of Tang dynasty by 杭州纳兰

hongvanngh: Ref for my OC, but it’s too beaut…

hongvanngh:

Ref for my OC, but it’s too beautiful to not spread the love

Lips make up in Tang Dynasty style

These are actually lip makeup styles from various Chinese dynasties. From left to right, top to bottom: Qing, Tang, Song, Ming, Wei, Tang, Qing, Han, Tang, Ming.

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costumes per historical period: imperial china:

yuan dynasty, ming dynasty (1271-1644)

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weloveperioddrama:

costumes per historical period: imperial china:

five dynasties and ten kingdoms, song dynasty (907-1279)

What I think about when I think about Singapor…

What I think about when I think about Singaporean Chinese culture:

We were trying to practise texting in Chinese.

“Hao qi dai,” she wrote, a phrase that has a kind of bright-eyed earnestness similar to “can’t wait”.

I told my friend, a Singaporean who has spent many years overseas,
the phrase was a lot more likely to come out of the mouth of a Taiwanese
than a Singaporean. It was just too effusive and thus unlike the
Mandarin used here – what you hear in food courts, for example – which, I
would argue, tends to have a gruff quality.

This got me thinking about what defines Singaporean Chineseness, a
topic Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about recently at the opening
of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre in Shenton Way.

weloveperioddrama: costumes per historical per…

weloveperioddrama:

costumes per historical period: imperial china: southern and northern dynasties, sui dynasty, tang dynasty (420-907)

weloveperioddrama: costumes per historical per…

weloveperioddrama:

costumes per historical period: imperial china: qin dynasty, han dynasty, three kingdoms, jin dynasty (221 BC – 420)

weloveperioddrama:

weloveperioddrama:

costumes per historical period: ancient china: zhou dynasty and warring states period (c. 1045 – 221 BC)