Prismacolor, November 2014
Highlighting big eyes with heavy kohl (eyeliner) is a famous trademark of Indian make-up. A Bharatanatyam dancer rims her eyes entirely to make them apparent on stage. Her eyebrows, thick enough already, emphasize them even more. The red of her lips and bindi match the ruby jewelry worn along the hairline and sewn through the strands of her thick hair. This cohesive visual, created through make-up, jewelry, and skin and hair color, complements the natural Indian skin-tone and makes the dancer glow under intense stage lighting. The drawn transition from left to right of shadow to brightness shows this offstage, onstage difference. The subject’s fierce gaze under the fierce lighting displays her regality and readiness, as she exudes the fire of a performer within.