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Make-up artist in rural China
via China Daily

A make-up artist in rural China has been giving local women free makeovers

TextAlex Peters

‘This is the most meaningful thing I’ve done’

A make-up artist in China has been receiving attention on social media for offering free makeovers to older women in rural areas of the country.

Zhou Wenjuan, a native of Yongzhou, in the Hunan province, studied as a make-up artist in Beijing before returning to her hometown where she has been offering her skills to the women of Chaoyang village who hardly wear make-up. Wenjuan said the women had shown great interest in her cosmetics but didn't dare try it themselves.

The first transformation was done on Wenjuan’s grandmother back in February when they were isolating at home because of the pandemic. The last time she had worn make-up was when she got married and dyed her lips red with red paper and twisted her hair with cotton thread, reported the Xiaoxiang Morning Post. Soon Wenjuan was helping many of the “left-behind” women of the village with their make-up, hair and skincare, teaching them how to look after themselves.

“Many middle-aged women in the countryside are usually engaged in housework all the day and hardly have time to take care of themselves,” Wenjuan told China Daily. “ Therefore all efforts are worthy as long as they can appreciate the beauty of change.”

The process has been very rewarding for both the women and the make-up artist. “Though make-up subjects are different, this is the most meaningful thing I’ve done,” Zhou said, according to Xiaoxiang Morning Post. “After I put on makeup on them, they felt that they had never been so beautiful their entire lives.”

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