His company, Shu Uemura Cosmetics Inc., which is now under the control of French cosmetics giant L'Oreal, will hold a commemoration ceremony on January 31 in Tokyo (yahoo.news)
His big opportunity came during the filming of the 1962 movie "My Geisha," starring Shirley MacLaine, when her make-up artist fell ill and Uemura stood in, his company's Web site says.
"Upon completion of Ms. MacLaine's intricate and laborious geisha make-up, Mr. Uemura had transformed the actress's Caucasian face entirely into a Japanese geisha with Asian features. There was ovation from everyone who witnessed the transformation, including Ms. MacLaine herself," it says. (yahoo.news)