“What fascinates me most of all, however, is that green, iridescent lipstick, so
rarely used today even by Kyôto geisha. One can guess nothing of its power unless one imagines
it in the low, unsteady light of a candle. The woman of old was made to hide the red of her mouth
under green-black lipstick, to put shimmering ornaments in her hair; and so the last trace of color
was taken from her rich skin. I know of nothing whiter than the face of a young girl in the
wavering shadow of a lantern, her teeth now and then as she smiles shining a lacquered black
through lips like elfin fires.”
Tanizaki is speaking of komachi beni 小町紅, a special type of lip coloring which is a dark, iridescent green when dry and turns red when applied with a wet brush. The color can be layered up from a sheer pink to juicy crimson. Sasabeni 笹紅 is the practice of painting several layers on the lower lip until it dries the original shimmering sasa (bamboo grass) green color. Check out the video below to see how komachi beni is made.
And if you love makeup/beauty history, check out this great slideshow from The Museum of Beni here to learn even more! You can purchase komachi benihere and other places online.
Всем доброе утро:) А у меня тут японский динозаврик:) Вчера мне не дали крутить суши:( Но зато сегодня буду:) А ещё у меня есть идея сделать лотерею на портреты, кто нибудь хочет? А сейчас я пошла есть блины*-*