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The Legend

With his same unwavering passion for creating innovations in skincare and makeup, Mr. Uemura expanded his beauty expertise to launch Shu Uemura Art of Hair in 2007. His goal was to highlight the artistry of hairdressing as an extension of a woman’s beauty. Shu Uemura Art of Hair brings together the power of nature and science with the passion and sensitivity of an artist. This perfect balance constitutes the unique world of Shu Uemura.

7 tips from Shu Uemura to prevent hair breakage

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7 tips from Shu Uemura to prevent hair breakage


mr. shu uemura, the only male student at tokyo beauty academy, lands a job as a makeup artist at hollywood


oversees the makeup of an academy ward winning actress, shirley maclaine at the production of ‘my geisha’ – remarkably transforming her into a japanese geisha. his reputation soared, and he becomes a hollywood favorite among famous stars such as frank sinatra.

7 tips from Shu Uemura to prevent hair breakage

7 tips from Shu Uemura to prevent hair breakage


opens a makeup atelier at his family home in tokyo, offering private lessons to aspiring makeup artists.


establishes japan makeup inc. which would later grow into a revolutionary global brand of shu uemura. launches the first cleansing oil “unmask” when no other specialized oil cleansers existed at the time.

7 tips from Shu Uemura to prevent hair breakage

7 tips from Shu Uemura to prevent hair breakage


the world’s first mode makeup collection "flaggy" at the time when mode was only considered as a territory of fashion, mr. Shu Uemura liberated the makeup scene with his launch of “flaggy”, bringing it to a state of art. in the following years, he also hosted the world’s first onstage makeup performance.


opens the first shu uemura beauty boutique in omotesando, tokyo. the innovative style of display, simple and transparent packaging allowed both women and professional makeup artists to experiment with the color in an instant – this unprecedented open tester style was later hailed as a “revolution” in cosmetic retail.

7 tips from Shu Uemura to prevent hair breakage

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