I wish I could find out more about the origins and history behind forehead makeup/decoration as a whole. Sure, there’s bindi and huadian but I notice it’s an interesting staple in many gothic makeup styles as well (not to mention being used as insignias like in Sailor Moon and even in DKII.) Honestly, I’m not sure why it interests me so much but dammit it does! I wanna know more! I wanna know how some of these may have influenced others! I wanna know if there’s other cultures/subcultures with such trends!
Hey there! I checked your blog and found it to be absolute amazing! Thank you for sharing so much about chinese culture and information with us ^-^ Uh... so, I wanted to ask if you know some tips to drawing a huadian when you don't know how to paint well...? It might sound a bit dumb but... Or maybe I should just practice?
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I’ve actually never drawn huadian/花钿 before, but I did find some Youtube makeup tutorials that depict how to draw huadian. For example, the tutorial below utilizes a lip brush and red lipstick to create a simple 3-petal huadian. Generally, when it comes to learning how to draw things well, all it takes is some practice!
However, the easiest and most commonly used method nowadays is temporary tattoos! There’s a huge variety of huadian tattoos available on Taobao, and they come in many different designs and colors. Below - a typical set of huadian tattoos from Taobao:
If you find painting huadian too difficult or if you want more complex designs, then I recommend using temporary huadian tattoos ^^. Hope this helps!
TALK TO ME ABOUT CHINESE SAKURAAAAA. pls. i believe you've also mentioned tenten having chinese influences, yes? (and that her name is kind of hecked, yikes)
I CAN TALK ALL DAY ABOUT CHINESE SAKURA EVIDENCE
Qipao/cheongsam (these are two different Chinese languages terms for the same thing). Pronunciation: chee-pow; chyong-sahm.
Some important things to know about cheongsam!!
- They are not ancient. (In the form we recognize them today, they are a little more than 100 years old.) The ancient Chinese traditional dress is called hanfu.
- They are associated with women’s liberation.
- They are associated with revolution/independence/republicanism/Chinese pride.
- They are a cultural fusion of fashion ideas from Manchu, Han, Western and other cultures.
- Cheongsam fashions are always developing and changing! Different decades see different styles of fabrics, patterns, textures, sleeve lengths, etc etc etc.
So obviously none of Sakura’s canon outfits are bog standard classic cheongsam, but they all have significant cheongsam/Chinese derived elements:
All of Sakura’s outfits have some form of what is called a Mandarin collar in English. This is the collar that stands straight up parallel to the neck with a dip in front of the neck.
Sakura’s very first outfit has what is called in English a “kimono sleeve,” where the sleeve is “grown on” or continuous to the bodice (instead of being sewn on separately), but this term (dating back at least to the 1940s) is a “Chinese-Japanese-Siamese-what-you-please” misnomer. Actual kimonos do not have “kimono sleeves” but sewn on sleeves. You know what does have “kimono sleeves”? Many cheongsam, including almost all cheongsam from before the 40s.
Cheongsam also can be sleeveless, like Sakura’s kicky Shippuden vest, or have cap sleeves, like her The Last outfit (and many other sleeves).
Some of Sakura’s outfits are fastened with prominent zippers. Zippers were really “in” in the 40s! This was a Western influence and enabled especially form-fitting cheongsam that fit securely.
The other classic cheongsam fastening is called “frogs” in English. Sakura’s The Last outfit has very prominent frogging.
Red is the luckiest colour that you’ll ever do (if you’re Chinese).
Traditional cheongsam are finished with beautiful decorative techniques along all visible edges.
Much like a mullet is business in front, party in the back, cheongsams are frequently formal up front, wild on the side.
All the better to KICK you with, my dear.
Finally the Strength of a Hundred Seal?
Totally a kind of 花钿 or floral ornament. Chinese? Chinese.
SAKURA IS CHINESE THANKS FOR COMING TO MY TED TALK
Oil major BP has signed a $10 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply deal with China’s Huadian power producer, sealing the agreement as part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Britain.
BP will supply up to 1 million tons of LNG per year over 20 years to Huadian, China’s largest gas-fired power generator.
The oil major also agreed with China National Petroleum Corporation…
China Huadian Corporation
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China Huaneng Group
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Datang International Power Generation Company
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China Guodian Corporation
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China Power Investment Corporation
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hi I just saw a post with someone asking about a hua dian and if they could wear it…I googled hua dian, but still couldn’t figure out what it was (maybe I didn’t search hard enough), do you happen to know the characters? I am a Chinese adoptee, have studied Mandarin for five years, and am going to China. I’ve been trying to learn more culturally about my roots. I hope this question wasn’t too ignorant!
Hua dian (花钿) are forehead decorations (usually in the shape of plum blossoms; the legend was that Princess Shouyang fell asleep underneath a plum trea and a blossom landed on her forehead) that became a popular makeup trend in the Tang Dynasty. They look like this:
There was apparently a recent post (I didn’t see it, I just heard about it) claiming it was an appropriation of the bindi which is false.
That's actually super fascinating! I'm gunna look into it just because they're pretty and I've never heard of that before. Thanks for the awesome tip! C:
No problem :) Happy to spread the knowledge about it. It was really popular until the Mongols came and slaughtered everyone :l (no offense to Mongolians today)
There’s no record of it in the Ming dynasty because Ming culture tends to be more conservative in contrast to the extravagance of Tang and Song (I mean it’s hard for a people to be flamboyant after being raped in the ass really hard. When the Mongols ruled China, Mongol males had “rights” to a ethnic Han girl’s “first night”, so a lot of families back then would drown their firstborn just in case.)
And then after the Manchu people came after Ming and slaughtered everyone again. It didn’t get a chance to be revived and was pretty much lost until it got popular recently with historical dramas and then the hanfu movement.
It sounds like it has a heavy history behind it but it’s was like, what girls did back then to look pretty, and it just got lost because girls in the Yuan dynasty didn’t wanna attract the Mongol men’s attention with sparkly shit/painted flowers on their forehead.