Thursday, May 15, 2008
Mr. Shu Uemura began as a makeup artist in Hollywood in 1955, having discovered his talents in art, Makeup and hair design while being bed-ridden under medical treatment in his late teenage years. His first substantial opportunity came during the filming of Paramount's My Geisha, starring Shirley MacLaine when Ms. MacLaine's makeup artist fell ill and Mr. Uemura was called to substitute. Upon completion of Ms. MacLaine’s intricate and laborious geisha makeup, Mr. Uemura had transformed the actress's Caucasian face entirely into a Japanese geisha with Asian features. There was ovation from everyone who witnessed the transformation, including Ms. MacLaine herself. Subsequently, over the next few years, he became the makeup artist of choice amongst Hollywood actresses as well as Frank Sinatra and actor Edward G. Robinson. Renowned as a true pioneer, Shu Uemura was the first to merge makeup and art via makeup performances on stage and his seasonal Mode Makeup collections, which, to this day, he continues to inspire and awe twice a year.