Whether is is a ghostly pallor you seek or perhaps dress of diaphanous white or grey, heavy swirls of velvet and bits of lace, wintertime needn’t be dark and dismal. It can be evocative of the light as well as the dark with some hauntingly beautiful hints from our ghostly companions.
”shironuri” (白塗り) literally means ”painted in white”. It refers to the white traditional makeup worn by geishas and stage actors.
Minori is the most well-known shironuri artist in the west and I have been a fan of she and Gama, Tsunoshit and several others for several years now. It is fascinating to watch Minori and I hope to get a chance to meet her at Anime Matsuri next year!
You can also watch Minori’s makeup tutorial below for a hands on demonstration of a shironuri makeup and styling from start to finish.
Rooted in Kabuki and Angura Kei, (Underground culture) this look can range from ghostly to downright scary as the artist only known as N.96 shows us!
Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales – CLAMP
TRANSLATION: snow woman
HABITAT: mountain passes; anywhere there is snow
DIET: life energy; can also eat ordinary food
APPEARANCE: Yuki-onna prey on travelers lost in the heavy snowstorms that blanket the Japanese Alps in winter.
They have an otherworldly beauty, with long black hair and piercing eyes colored deep violet. Their skin is ageless and as white as snow.
Their bodies are as cold as ice, and a mere touch is enough to give a human a deep, unshakable chill.
She feeds on human life force, sucking it from their mouths into hers with an icy breath that often freezes her victims solid.
Even Second Life creators are getting frosty!
Don’t let them haunt your dreams!
Stay Beautiful, Addicts
Photo credits: Minori’s website, Facebook or the articles referenced above, at Pop Kakumei, Kawaii Kakkoii Sugoi, a Japanese culture online magazine, Yokai.com