racechange: various yellowface makeups

Yellowface makeups

These are makeups where the character is intended to be seen as a white person in yellowface rather than seen as an asian character: Gilbert And Sullivan’s The Mikado or a character in fancy-dress would be typical examples.

The movies

Blow Dry (2001): The annual British Hairdressing Championship comes to Keighley where Shelly runs a beauty salon and her ex-husband, former champion stylist Phil, runs a barbershop with their son. The two have not spoken since Shelley (Natasha Richardson) left Phil for his hair model Sandra (Rachel Griffiths). But with Shelley suffering from terminal cancer the old team reunite. Before settling on a dramatic look for the competition a geisha look was considered. Jenny Shircore was the hair & makeup designer.

Gentlemen’s Relish: Coming soon …

Face Forward (2000): Kevyn Aucoin gave Gena Rowlands a look which channeled Madame Butterfly.

Pierrot le Fou (1965): Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne (Anna Karrina), a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. Along the way she performs an anti-imperialist playlet in yellowface as the neice of Uncle Ho. I don’t have the makeup credits.