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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.

Hope this helps! (Source)

ziseviolet: inkjadestudio: Niko Sun 孙子涵 – 唐人 …

ziseviolet:

inkjadestudio:

Niko Sun 孙子涵 – 唐人

This is the theme song of a Chinese time travel drama called 《唐朝好男人》 in which some guy travels back to the Tang dynasty. The song’s quite catchy.

词曲:孙子涵

一如昨日烛火 伴扁舟相随
哪有唐人不懂的陶醉
我孤舟 你窈窕 岸上有隐晦
一踏万里与谁相随

你穿错了嫁妆怎能有快乐
再上一层胭脂也褒美
一声戛然而止庭前的鞭炮
妄想同你华发的心作废

你说不要自作自受自己创造伤悲
谁都可以彻底忘记谁
你说过往不及回首 别后悔了才会
想方设法的把你追回

你说孤独是诗人应该具有的体会
写歌的人就应该有伤悲
我点一丝烛火 一时泛滥了思念
写手小调名字叫 后悔

一如昨日烛火 伴扁舟相随
哪有唐人不懂的陶醉
你穿错了嫁妆怎能有快乐
再上一层胭脂也褒美

Just like the candle flame of yesterday, the accompanying skiff follows along. / There is no Tang Dynasty man who doesn’t know drunken revelry.

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I, [on my] lone boat, you, gentle and graceful—upon the shore there is something ambiguous.

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Traveling for ten thousand miles, whom do [I] have for company? 

How can [you] be happy [when] you have worn the wrong wedding garments?

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Even if [you] put on another layer of rouge, [you] cannot be beautiful.

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[With] the sound of firecrackers in the front courtyard that suddenly stops,

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[My] delusional desire to grow old and gray with you has been nullified.  

You say [I] should not reap what [I] have sown and create sorrow for myself.

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Everyone is capable of completely forgetting someone else.

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You say the past does not bear looking back upon, don’t

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Devise every possible method to chase you back only upon feeling regret.  

You say that loneliness is an experience that a poet should have.

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A songwriter should possess sorrow.

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I light a trace of candle flame, and in that moment, [I’m] inundated with yearning.

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[I] write a little song named regret. (Source)

Thanks for translating it ziseviolet, I was too lazy.

I haven’t watched it but yes, it is a harem drama about a loser who time travels back to the Tang dynasty and have various women fall in love with him.

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fouryearsofshades:

ziseviolet:

fouryearsofshades
replied to your post “Can you recommend a historically accurate and stylistically accurate…”

Personally I think The Imperial Doctress looked more 2013/2014… really. Especially the pink ao + blue qun. Very classic qui-hui-ge style.

Yeah, I also get a very Qinghuige vibe from this particular outfit – especially the embroidery on the skirt :0

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It was 2011. Time flies!

Which hanfu style is your favorite?

Which hanfu style is your favorite?

Hi, thanks for the question!

My favorite hanfu style is waist-high ruqun – especially those with parallel collars:

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It’s my favorite for the following reasons:

a) Cinches at waist & follows body’s natural form. The waist-high ruqun is tied at the waist, accentuating the natural feminine lines of the body. Since I have a relatively small waist, I appreciate any clothing that accentuates it 😛

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Which brings me to my next reason…

b) Balanced silhouette. The waist-high ruqun has relatively balanced proportions (vertically & horizontally), centered on the middle/waist, which I find aesthetically pleasing. Parallel collars, running straight down the chest, further enhance this sense of balance.

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c) Ease & beauty of movement. Compared to most other hanfu styles, waist-high ruqun is relatively easy to move around in. Its flowing lines move gracefully to reflect the wearer’s actions.

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d) Versatility. Waist-high ruqun can be customized using many different methods: “jackets” (banbi, beizi, daxiushan, etc), short outer skirts (weichang), long scarves (pibo), waist ornaments, etc. Below – worn with blue beizi (left) & green daxiushan (right).

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Parallel collars render the chest undergarment (moxiong) visible, providing an extra piece with which to accessorize the ruqun. Below – the color of the moxiong matches that of the pink banbi (left) & green pibo (right).

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e) Beautiful from the back. All hanfu styles are pretty from behind (see chest-high ruqun, quju, aoqun below), but waist-high ruqun (top left) is especially so.

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After waist-high ruqun with parallel collars, my next favorite hanfu styles are, in descending order: waist-high ruqun with crossed-collars, heziqun, zaju, quju, beizi, chest-high ruqun, & aoqun (see this post for definitions).

1) Waist-high ruqun with crossed collars: This would be my favorite style, if not for the fact that I prefer parallel collars slightly more than crossed collars.

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2) Heziqun (left): The hezi acts as a gorgeous centerpiece for the dress. 3) Zaju (right): The additional triangular strips add delicate movement to the outfit.

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4) Quju: Curved lines wrap elegantly around the body for a pleasing form. However, it’s more restrictive around the legs & not as easy to move in.

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5) Beizi (Song-style): Arguably the most convenient style, and can be worn with trousers. Multiple parallel lines create a charmingly straight & simple silhouette.

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6) Chest-high ruqun: The high-waisted silhouette & long, flowing lines of the skirt produce an ethereal effect, especially when worn with daxiushan.

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7) Aoqun: Exquisite designs and crisply pleated skirts on a triangular silhouette give the wearer an air of grandeur.

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Note: the above is not a complete list of hanfu styles. There are more, like zhiju, u-collar ruqun, yuanlingpao, etc (not to mention men’s styles).

Now that I’ve waxed poetic on my preferences, I have a question for everyone: Which hanfu style is your favorite? I’m curious! 😀

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i am chinese living abroad, is it appropriate …

i am chinese living abroad, is it appropriate if i wear hanfu for my wedding? can you post some hanfu that would work with a wedding? thnx!

Hi, of course it would be appropriate to wear hanfu for your wedding!

Please see my wedding hanfu tag to view all wedding hanfu on my blog. This “Hanfu wedding masterlist” is a good primer on the subject.

Modern wedding hanfu are divided into three styles: Han, Tang, and Ming. Here are some of my recommendations for each type:

1) Han: Black and/or red.

重回汉唐/Chonghui Hantang has two Han-style wedding hanfu sets. The first set is the classic black-and-red combination:  

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The second set switches things up by using dark purple in place of black:

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2) Tang: Bride wears green (sometimes red), groom wears red.

雅韵华章/Yayun Huazhang’s Tang-style wedding hanfu for the bride (left, right) and groom:

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锦瑟衣庄/Jinse Yizhuang’s Tang-style wedding hanfu. Left, Right (groom).

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3) Ming: Red (and blue).

明华堂/Minghuatang is known for its high-quality Ming-style hanfu, including wedding outfits.

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Hope this helps! 🙂

Hey, love your blog, it always brightens my da…

Hey, love your blog, it always brightens my day 🙂 Question: Do pre-Ming styles ever use the really heavy shiny silk brocades for anything other than super formal stuff? I got some decent fabric (not real silk, but a heavy and passable polyester blend) and it’s got flower patterns woven in and I want to make it into a hanfu piece but it’s shiny and dense and I usually prefer Ruqun and other tang-ish styles and those are usually real gauzy and floaty, with different fabrics, so I’m a bit stuck

Hi, thanks for the question, and for the kind words about my blog 😀

When it comes to pre-Ming styles, heavy shiny silk brocades are usually reserved for formal attire (wedding outfits, etc), but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for a less formal outfit. If you want to make ruqun/Tang-era styles, go for it! The outfits below are Tang-style wedding hanfu made of what looks to be heavy silk, but you can definitely adjust the style and color for a more casual look:

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I highly recommend taking a look at Dressed Up Dreams. The blogger recorded her creation of a Tang-style outfit using shiny Chinese brocade, which you can read about here and here. The results are really nice:

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You can also choose to make one specific piece from your brocade, instead of a whole outfit. I think the band of the skirt, hezi, banbi (half-sleeve jacket), and beizi (jacket) all lend themselves well to heavy brocade, and are all appropriate for a Tang-style outfit. Below: band of the skirt (left) & banbi (right):

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Hope this helps!