Facial Make-up of Chinese Peking Opera

By: venturiwang


Chinese Peking Opera is a very popular art among the drama lovers, whether in China or the abroad, it has been recognized as the mark of traditional Chinese culture. The facial make-up which belongs the most important tool also have deep culture. The mysterious of Chinese Facial Make-up are really worth exploring by people.

Facial Make-up is actors with color facial make-up in Chinese traditional Peking Opera. This facial make-up is mainly used for the Jing and Chou which are the two roles in opera and have complex make-up processes. It should be painted with high skills by hands and usually has a certain format in the form, color and type. The audience from experts can distinguish the roles of hero and bad men, or smart and stupid, beloved and revolting one. The "Sheng" and "Dan" are the other two roles which need simple make-up.

The charming Facial Make-up which is famous for symbol and exaggeration places a special role in Chinese Peking Opera. So it can show different personality traits through the exaggerative and changeable patterns. The eyes, forehead and cheeks are usually drawn as bats, butterflies or swallows' wings, and then couples with exaggerated mouth and nose to create the effect that people need.

A kind of facial make-up outlines the moral or pictographic images with heavy color to display personal characters and usually used for history, myth or fantasy-type character modeling. These Facial Make-ups are often same or similar in type in different opera plays. The ancient theater in India, Italy, Indonesia and Japan were use Facial Make-up, but the use of Facial Make-up in Chinese traditional opera are greater and beautiful, and it have become a unique art of opera in the world.

Facial Make-up comes from the stage, however, we still could see different styles in some large buildings, some packages, all kinds of porcelains and people's cloth. This art has already played an important role in people's heart and gone far beyond the application of stage. These all indicate the strong vitality on it.

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