In Japan, there is a tradition that involves female Japanese entertainers to perform various Japanese arts, such as classic dance and music. These elegant women wear their face covered in makeup, wear wigs called ‘katsura’, and wear luxurious clothing, such as kimono robes. This Halloween, show your Japanese spirit by dressing and doing your hair and makeup like a traditional geisha women.
How to Put on a Geisha Makeup
Geishas have a clean coat of white on the entire surface of their face. This white foundation makeup can be made at home from a mix of cornstarch and cold cream. To create a thinner consistently of foundation, add a little water. Cover your entire face with the white foundation including your eyebrows. Next, powder your entire face with white flour.
To create the perfect black outline around the eyes that look similar to that of a Japanese geisha, apply a black liquid liner to only the top lids. Avoid wearing mascara as the eyelashes are typically not highlighted on a geisha. Apply a bright red eyeliner or red eye shadow to the inside corner of each eye. Outline the bottom of the eye using the red eyeliner pencil. Make the outer bottom corner thicker and thin the line out as you reach the inside corner of the eye.
Next, you will need to create your eyebrows using a black eye pencil, eye shadow, or brow filler. To create a geisha eyebrow, simply draw a straight line over your natural brow. Be careful not to curve the line as geishas wear straight brows. Add some red or pink eye shadow as shading on the brows. Your eyebrows should be approximately the length of your eye.
The final and most proficient part of a geisha’s makeup is the plump red lips. Begin by covering the lips with a layer of concealer, as well as a layer of the white cornstarch mix. Using a bright red lip line, draw a bow-lip over your own lips. It’s okay to go outside your natural lip area to create this plump effect. Color the area in with red lipstick. Avoid wearing a lip gloss or sparkles as geishas prefer to be traditional and classic.
How to Create a Geisha Outfit and Hairstyle
If you own one, certainly wear a kimono as this is the usually dress worn by Japanese geisha women. Typically, the kimono is fixed with flowers or other natural adornments that match the current season. The flowers and natural ailments are usually full of color and beauty. If you do not have access to a kimono, a nice silk robe will do. Tie your middle, just below the breasts, of the kimono or silk robe with a sash.
For footwear, try a pair of flat white sandals with or without plain white socks underneath. If you plan to stay indoors for Halloween and simply pass out candy, you can also wear a pair of dainty slippers with your geisha costume. Remember that if you plan on going to a Halloween party or trick-or-treating, wear comfortable shoes that won’t hurt your feet.
Next, for a traditional geisha hairstyle, invest in a geisha wig or ‘katsura’. If you prefer to go natural and use your own black hair, this can be accomplished using a ponytail holder, bobby pins, and hairspray. Gather all your hair onto the crown of your head and wear it in a traditional shimada hairstyle. Add hairspray to get your hair to stay all Halloween night.
Adorn your hair with silk orchards, beads, or gold combs. Geisha hair can be left simple or be comprised of various decorative hair accessories, natural elements, and jewelry. Geishas don’t generally wear jewelry except for any hair ornaments. This is because geishas are very traditional and their kimonos are long sleeved and are high in front as to cover the majority of the skin.
How to Be a Geisha for Halloween
If you’re looking for an elegant, sophisticated, and overall beautiful representation of a classic Halloween costume this year, consider becoming a Japanese geisha. Although the costume may seem simple, the various decorative elements all come together to create a unique cultural costume.