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Beauty Byte: Shu Uemura, Legendary Makeup Artist, Is Dead at 79

Sad news: Shu Uemura, the Japanese makeup artist who built one of the world's largest cosmetics brands, died of pneumonia on Dec. 29. As a sick and bedridden teenager, he discovered his talent with makeup. From there, he went to Hollywood in 1955, getting his big break when Shirley MacLaine's makeup artist fell ill. Uemura stepped in for the filming of My Geisha, and his transformation of MacLaine won him numerous celebrity fans. In 1960, he began creating his own line of products. The rest, as they say, is history.


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absolutebria absolutebria 8 years
creamytofu creamytofu 9 years
Thats so sad to hear. :( There is no other that can compare to his Eyelasher curler.
carlabunnie carlabunnie 9 years
Awwww! So sad!
TFS TFS 9 years
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :'( :'( :'( :'(
mswindang mswindang 9 years
gasp! i love shu uemura!!!
Oheloai Oheloai 9 years
I have an unreal set of Shu's makeup brushes and swear these are the best!! R.I.P, condolences to family members.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
i, too, love his eye lash curler. now i know shu was a man not a woman.
wickidgrrl wickidgrrl 9 years
how of the greats in the beauty world.
csc4209 csc4209 9 years
Condolences. =( I also agree about the eyelash curler. It is a miracle worker.
rourke13 rourke13 9 years
The best eyelash curler ever! RIP and thank god for his talent. Sorry that not all his products are great, but at least his talent was....
lula29 lula29 9 years
The best fragrance I ever purchased was Shu Uemura. I was so sad when then discontinued it. So sad . . .
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 9 years
Sadness indeed.
emalove emalove 9 years
That's very sad.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
So sad....
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
I looove Shu Uemura! From curling my lashes, to glossing my lips, to helping me take off my makeup with oil...Sad to hear he died.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Very sad, but I never liked the brand. Of all name brands, theirs is one of the worst for your skin. It's not made in the US so there are no controls on mercury levels, so if you're sensitive there's a decent chance of an allergic reaction.
creepupmytee creepupmytee 9 years
I applaud him for his fake eyelashes, but my friend has his concealer and she says it sucks. but anyway, this is sad :(
desodaro desodaro 9 years
Glosslizard Glosslizard 9 years
Very sad news! :(
BeautyEditor BeautyEditor 9 years
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
jmast jmast 9 years
Aww, that's so sad. :( topazgrll, I was thinking the same thing.
topazgrll topazgrll 9 years
Aw! I'll think about him everytime I curl my eyelashes... :(
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Died of a pneumonia??? Oh my...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Sadness :(
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