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September 4, 2011

Well Look’ee Here! Zhang Ziyi

I’m not going to pretend I don’t have a slight obsession with Zhang Ziyi, the Chinese actress who is most famous (in my experience!) for her roles in Memoirs of a Geisha, House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I just…love…her face. It seems like a cosmic injustice that I don’t look like her.
I watched Memoirs of a Geisha the other day, and I was reminded how I’ve always thought she looked just as beautiful, if not more so, when she’s makeup-free and in her servant role as when she’s dressed up and doing her geisha thing!

Anyway, the woman really knows how to do the natural look. (Probably why I’m so jealous!) She never looks caked in makeup but she always looks fresh and lovely.
Whenever I think of ‘natural makeup’, this is the ideal:

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi

Obviously the most enviable thing here (and the hardest to replicate!) is her perfect skin. If you’re lucky enough to have that down, you’re probably pretty much sorted anyway. But other than that, it’s a lovely simple look; a subtle line of black liner, with a tiny flick at the end; mascara or very natural, feathery lashes with little or nothing on the bottom lashes; the slightest amount of brow-defining, if any; and a pale pink, subtle lip colour that looks more like a balm.

Of course, doing the whole red carpet schlep sometimes calls for more defined makeup. I don’t get the impression that Ziyi is ever going to be a Winehouse-eyeliner woman (amazing as that can look!) – she seems to like keeping her eye makeup fairly natural. But she can do a cracking red lip, upon occasion:

Zhang Ziyi with red lipstick

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So, there we are. I just felt like posting something other than a review, and I’ve been doing the natural makeup thing for a few days, so thought I’d share my inspiration!
I don’t want to sound all corny and say that I’m celebrating beauty, but I suppose I am!


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