Lu Keran’s modern wuxia shoot is full of inspired details

The Chinese brushstroke eyeshadows are so tastefully done. It’s probably one of the best “Chinese-inspired” makeup photoshoots I’ve seen in a while.

I know, I know, the modern wuxia theme has been done to the death, so much that my last two photo posts were both “Chinese-styled”. Despite being less famous, this one featuring Lu Keran is actually my favorite in a long time. Perhaps unbound by the restrictions bigger magazines and stars have, this one by photographer Han Xinlu is choked full of inspired design choices that I can’t help but be impressed.

I love how her rosy cheeks feel as if they’re from a brush against the flower. It’s hard not to think of Chen Man when you see Miao-styled silver hats and rouge, but this photo manages to be completely different.
The branch on the hair, the calabash necklace, the flower branches. This one is more of a routine though beautiful headshot, but you can see how subtle details bring this look together.
If you had told me this was a supermodel modeling Haute Couture I would’ve believed it. Even every shade of orange in the background is perfect.
This modern Miao-inspired silver hat is amazing. I would love to see more from designer Esa Liang.
This reminds me of an illustration from an old copy of Arabian Nights. I love how the wallpaper, her paper-cutting mask, and the lace shirt works together.

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