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The “Mulan Make-Up Challenge” is Taking China by Storm


Yesterday’s release of a teaser for Disney’s live-action version of Mulan has sparked off all kinds of debates and online reaction — both in China and abroad. It only took a few seconds for geographical and temporal problems to emerge in the first look, and then there are those wondering about the whereabouts of a Mushu:

Another point of controversy in China, were the clips leading up to Mulan’s arranged marriage, which showed some… striking make-up.

As we noted in our post on the initial teaser:

Although many are critical, one highly-upvoted comment argues, “That’s how the make-up of that era was — this shows that the production team have really paid attention to detail. If they’d used modern make-up, you’d all be complaining about that. ‘Fairy Sister’ [Liu Yifei] looks good in anything.”

Another commenter dryly observes, “I wish I was as ‘ugly’ as Liu Yifei.”

Well now, a whole host of Weibo users are trying to their hand at being that “ugly” — the hashtag #Mulan make-up# has taken off, with people posting pictures of themselves paying cosmetic tribute to Disney’s version of the legendary warrior and make-up artists sharing tutorials of how to get the look.

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“Okay, I’ll try it. My whole person and expression is telling you I don’t want to be match-made.”

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“After imitating Mulan’s make-up, I finally get why she decided to join the army instead of getting married.”


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