I do, as a kimono lover a real geisha kimono is a must! However, you can never wear them to their full potential outside or on floors other than someone trusted cream carpet in a house where not allowed to wear shoes. I wear my kimono, so this is the only kimono I have brought for pure lust.
Its not overly fancy, and cost around $200 and you can see the wonderful hiki-ness and the wide collar needed for that geisha scoop.
Its hard to achieve the collar scoop on a normal kimono, but for cosplay you can always fake it. On my face you will also see that I am wearing the traditional shiro nuri, something authentic and geisha that I can wear often being of the gothic alternative persuasion. No goth white make up has ANYTHING on the purity and finish of real shiro nuri.
However, it is expensive and I collected mine over about 6 months. I restricted myself to the wax base, the white cream (which you mix with water to apply), the fixing powder for that wonderful finish and a lipstick.
This is where I got it from: http://stores.ebay.com/Hannari-Ya/PROFESSIONAL-SHIRO-NURI-MAKEUP-/. I have the Oshiroi & Kabuki Abura Makeup (wax and cream), Pro Kona Oshiroi (powder) and the Pro Red Kyomizubeni (lipstick).
I decided to make my own mineral version of the bright pink blusher powder using Mica, Titanium Dioxide and Carmine. Real mineral powdered blush goes on well. I have not tried commercial blusher, but you need a crazy pink that’s NOT hot pink. I decided to use a commercial red eye-shadow from manic panic called ‘vampire red’ to do the eye detailing. Black eyeliner is black eyeliner, you don’t NEED to buy the authentic version.
I always do my version of the geisha makeup, as I wear mine often in the gothic scene and its part of a fashion and not tradition. I have also started to use ‘snazaroo iridescent powder’ on my cheeks and the stuff goes over the shiro nuri well.
Now, to get the perfect application you need to make sure you have brushes with natural fibres, one for the blusher, one for the face powder, a foundation brush for the cream/water mix which is the main white base and a lip brush. You also will do well to make sure you have a big face sponge to remove the excess water and give the perfect finish. I brought the real one for this, and it comes with a handy dish I use to mix the cream and water in 🙂
This is me in ‘Geisha-Hime’ – I think after seeing this I needed more black round the eyes, a kuro-tomesode is the best for geisha-hime but this at the time was what I had, a mourning kimono – super cheap! With the collar this was about as scoop-y as I was going to get without contorting the kimono and having the sleeves too far back.
and ‘Maiko Hime’ – in which I had red around the eyes, but again might try black next time. This is maiko style because of the swinging sleeves of the furisode. A maiko kimono (very expensive and hard to get vintage) still has the tucks seen on children’s kimono on the sleeves and shoulders. I am an adult and I have not found a furisode with the leeway to put maiko folds in yet.