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Painted Eyebrow Trends in Tang Dynasty

By lilsuika
This is a chart showing different eyebrow trends in the Tang Dynasty. It's based on a chart in Chinese Clothing by Hua Mei and Gao Chunming (2004), you can find it on pg 37. I wanted to create a chart that had the eyebrows on faces. You can see the refs on my tumblr.

Interesting notes

"Women of the Tang Dynasty paid particular attention to facial appearance, and the application of powder or even rouge was common practice. Some women's foreheads were painted dark yellow and the dai (a kind of dark blue pigment) was used to paint their eyebrows into different shapes that were called dai mei (painted eyebrows) in general. There were literally a dozen ways to pait the eyebrows and between the brows there was a colourful decoration called hua dian, which was made of specks of gold, silver and emerald feather." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)

"...during the years of Yuanho in the reign of Xuanzong the system of costumes changed, and women no longer applied red powder to their faces; instead, they used only black ointment for their lips and made their eyebrows like like the Chinese character ''." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)

The black lipstick style "was called the 'weeping makeup' or 'tears makeup'." (Chinese Clothing by Hua Mei, 37)
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alexyorim's avatar
LeDaverix's avatar
really interesting .. fascinating actually :)  ... though some of them kinda look weird :D
impressive history and art work
cyberneticwolf's avatar
late tang dynasty is one you see in a lot of Japanese paintings so .. . . . is it possible that those looks carried over?
Alecto3263827's avatar
Wow. This is really cool... Super helpful for world building, as well!
salyssong's avatar
I'm probably the only person that will use all of the references on a single character.
Redilion's avatar
they definitely had fun back then)))
Shintsuka's avatar
I didn't realize women painted their eyebrows back then ;o
Cool!
HEIADOLFHITLER's avatar
Karinta's avatar
rnanic-rnaniac's avatar
rnanic-rnaniac's avatar
It's just weird, not to be racist or anything
Sushaly's avatar
Every culture had weird trends, it's not racist. it's just your opinion.
Starlight-Glaxy's avatar
the marks of a shiba inu dog forehead,or as I personally called the,pickle eyebrows.
seprira's avatar
How did you find this?
This is so pretty :love:
NaKaJi143's avatar
so that's where it originated .... Omg, now things makes sense in (iforgotthenames) animes. :iconlikeomgpockyplz: Woot
QNAMAN's avatar
Do at that time, a similar fashion been in Japan?
mayshing's avatar
I. LOVE. YOU. :hug: Sweet reference. Absolutely. Thanks so much for doing this. 
NDLevett's avatar
Nice, very interesting^^
TemBrook's avatar
I'm just picturing this lady as immortal, just like "oh time to change the eyebrows again, well that era didn't last long"
ShanaMcEris's avatar
I find eyebrows fascinating because they have so much of an effect on how we perceive emotions and expressions.  So this was really interesting!!! 
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