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Frontiers in Art Research, 2020, 2(6); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2020.020612.

The Second Face of Human Beings: the Semiotics of Make-Up


Zeng Manyu

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Zeng Manyu

University of Turin, Turin, Italy


The face is considered as a vital part of semiotics of the body. Emotions, objectives and believes are expressed through facial expressions. Furthermore, along human history, the concept of make-up has been proposed for centuries. In other words, the face after being made-up is a second face including not only the self-image. There are as well many factors, which can affect the style of make-up, including the head shape, the facial features structure, the color of cosmetics etc. Afterwards, by applying Greimas’s semiotic square, the relationship between the face made-up and the one without have been investigated, so as to comprehend which face is the authentic self-image of a person. Finally, by analyzing the forms of make-up, the purposes of the self-image embellishment have been researched.


Make-up, Semiotics, Self-image, Face

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Zeng Manyu. The Second Face of Human Beings: the Semiotics of Make-Up. Frontiers in Art Research (2020) Vol. 2 Issue 6: 66-70. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2020.020612.


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