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Ancient Cosmetic Wearing

The "flowerpieces", the beauty spots many modern women worn to cover lentigos and facial blemishes, were invented by Shang Guanshi, a conductor of women in royal palace in the Tang Dynasty. Before the year of Dali (766-780), the wives of government officials and high-status scholars were in malicious and leary lot. Even in the slightest irritation, they would scratch the maids' faces or those concubines, such things were so common that various names have been used to call the vulnus, such as "coin spot" or "crescent moon spot".

The kohl of the southern metropolises is best for decorating the eyebrows, while the rouge of the north makes dimples blossom. According to the notes of Ancient and Modern Times, yan grass, which grew in the western state of Yan, the leaves looked like the setose thistle, and its flowers like madder. Local people dyed the flower to powder, extracting its juice to make rouge and used as a facial cosmetic. Palace women in the Qin Dynasty all made up with such rouge, probably indicated that rouge was originated in the Qin Dynasty.

When the garden balsams turn red, embroidery girls extract the juice to dye their fingernails. Selected red garden cypripedium petals, pulverized in plaister and added a pinch of alum. Roped them with a piece of silk and set the mixture overnight, applying the mixture after cleaning your fingernails. At the first application the colour is pale, but after three to five times it will be darker as rouge and will not easily be washed away, it maybe faded almost in ten days.