Last month, shu uemura’s International Artistic Director Mr. Kakuyasu Uchiide stopped by Sephora at Toronto Eaton Centre for a demo on Tokyo makeup trends. I happen to work steps away from the mall and so I walked over on my lunch break for a bit of makeup fix.
There I was, either tweeting or distracted by skincare.
I just love seeing makeup masters in their natural habitat, doing makeup and demonstrating artistic techniques. Mr. Uchiide really is a pleasure to watch. He just had a cloud of zen around him. Borrowing a friend’s words: “it was like watching Jesus perform a miracle.”
The first look he demonstrated is a cute, doll-like makeup with an emphasis on big rounded eyes. For this look, Uchiide applied painting gel eyeliner pointing down on the outer corners to create a rounded, “cute” eye shape. In true shu uemura fashion, this look also features lashes on the top and bottom lash lines. So kawaii, right?
The second look was a modernized ’60s look, featuring individual false lashes among the lower lash line. The entire makeup look including the lashes were masterfully applied in 10 minutes, when it would probably take me at least 30.
An unusual artistic grip
It’s clear why Shu Uemura handpicked Mr. Uchiide to carry on his legacy. He is mesmerizing both with his artistic talent and personality. He applied makeup precisely with ease, and even wielded brushes using a unique artistic grip.
If you have the opportunity to meet Kakuyasu Uchiide, I urge you to go and watch him do a live makeup demonstration and you’ll see what I’m talking about here. It was a really great experience, and Mr. Uchiide gained another fangirl. See next photo:
OMG I look 4 ft tall! My lipstick is YSL 7 Le Fuchsia, if you must know.
Have you ever met a makeup artist that left you feeling so inspired? Who did you meet, and when?
All photos courtesy of shu uemura; all except the last were taken from the shu uemura Facebook page.