Why do Japanese women paint their faces white?

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According to Japanese Coolture, Japanese women painting their faces white is a reference to the geisha culture during the Heian era of Japan, which lasted from 794 to 1185 A.D. The white makeup originated in China during this time.

During the Heian era, Japan was under a strong cultural influence from China. It was during this time that Japanese courtesans, known as geisha, began painting their faces white. Rice powder was mixed with water to form the white paste used as the makeup foundation. Women wore the makeup primarily during their first three years as a geisha; in subsequent years, they relied more on their geisha arts to make themselves appealing.

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The Chinese paint their faces white as an expression of Chinese art
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Chinese people do no not paint their faces white. Maybe you're thinking of a different culture, such as Japanese people.
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We use powders not latex paint..... Anyway, is to even out skin tone, bring out our eyes and accentuate our lips that you guys love so much
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started off for protection from the sun but these days its more about a statement to be individual and try and get noticed with, also helps to stop glare, if you look at the west
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