I had a chance to wear "juni hitoe," or twelve layered kimono. This is a traditional dress for women in higher ranks more than 1,000 years ago. Still this is a formal kimono worn by imperial family when they get married. Normal citizens can wear it, but only a few people choose.
A department store in my city had Kyoto Festival. As a part of events, they ask their customers to wear that kind of kimono. 6 people out of 70 had a chance to wear in front of audience and I was one of them!
Thirty minutes before the show begins, they started putting make-ups on my face. They were pretty rough! I felt as if I were a bun being applied some liquid eggs with a brush.
The way they "draw" eyebrows and lips is so unique. They only draw only the center of brows or lips. Those days, a typical "beautiful woman" looks like this.
Not at all beautiful, isn't she?
Anyway, my make up was like this. I definitely would have looked cuter with my regular makeup, but I could do nothing but comply.
The trousers-looking clothes is called "hakama." It is very long, and that is worn by people in very high rank. Red one is usually worn only by married women. I am not married, but this is the one they had and again, I had to comply.
They usually hold a fan with her so that they could constantly hide their face.