I know very little about what exactly women do with their faces, but I’ve never figured out panel 4 here. In the first 2 panels she gave the strong impression of having a black and swollen eye — and then she peels it off? Perhaps some kind person can enlighten me.
I believe it’s stage make-up. At the start of the page (with the lead-in) I was thinking she got beat up and was trying to cover it up. But with the “peel” effect I’m thinking she’s taking make-up off.
There’s a bit on the fan art page which gives a better picture of what’s going on, and I think there might be a billboard somewhere in the strip for the brand of makeup she’s using — she’s holding the case in the third panel.
“Shiner: Beautiful Damage”
Yeah, a shiner is another word for black eye.
Bruises as fashion?
Indeed, a documented uber-traditionalist look at times for Japanese fashion models IRL.
Probably started by Japanese men who wanted to hide that they were beating up their girlfriends…
Just hope they don’t go for the starved look like we have in our saner parallel we live in.
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