Get the modern geisha look with a masterclass at Make Up Store

Get the modern geisha look with a masterclass at Make Up Store

No demure doll

Text: Angelyn Kwek

Want to channel the allure of a geisha’s makeup with a contemporary, edgy twist? You’ll need the Make Up Store Kimono collection and a session with the pro

Remember when we spotted red eye makeup making a splash on Instagram? The look has now gotten the legit stamp from Make Up Store as the brand rolls out a series of curated makeup classes to go along with its latest collections — the trio of which are Kimono, Toxic and Bliss. No guesses which one we're totally into; it's the geisha-esque look that's part Nippon-cool and completely daring and chic. Rocking traditional Japanese perfection at its core but switched up with a modern and edgy vibe, the look toes the line between intense and wearable, making it the perfect #FOTD to spice up a girls' night out or your regularly scheduled work week makeup.

Though if you're still navigating the beauty curve, we recommend you book a makeup class with the experts at Make Up Store lest you fudge the look from geisha to garish. Besides learning how to nail the look, you'll also be able to pick a pro's brain on the know-how to ace contouring tailored to your face shape, perfect the art of wearing falsies, and play around with a floor-to-ceiling's worth of makeup at the newly revamped 313@Somerset Make Up Store boutique. But for those who can't wait to experiment at home, here's a quick tutorial to get you started:

Well-known for their ivory powdered faces, you'll want to emulate a similar porcelain complexion — not to the extent of starkly white, obviously — with Make Up Store's Instant Perfection foundation. Its lightweight formula wears comfortably and keeps your skin looking fresh even in our humidity. Use the ultra-thin Reflex Cover post-foundation to conceal any visible flaws.

Make Up Store Kimono collection

Go for a palette of pinks and rust tones to re-create the geisha eye makeup. The new Microshadows in Yukata and Koshihimo are great shades to rim your lower lash line with for a brilliant pop of fuchsia-red. Plus the highly pigmented and silky shadows are easily blendable, so you can soften the colours if you've packed it on a tad too strongly.

Make Up Store Kimono collection

Go a step further with your blush and lightly sweep the colour from your cheekbones up to the temples to create a monochromatic effect around the eyes. To achieve that light wash of colour that looks as though your skin's been tinted a healthy pale pink, choose a product like the textured Marble Blush in Gaciala.

Make Up Store Kimono collection

No geisha worth her salt goes out the door without a flawless bright red lippie. In the same vein but given a more on-trend twist, apply the new Obiage hue — which is a gorgeous dark brown-red lipstick — to finish your look with a dramatic flourish.

Make Up Store Kimono collection

The Kimono collection is available at all Make Up Store boutiques. Click here to check out the menu of classes and services offered at Make Up Store. Advanced booking is recommended.

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