Photographer Norbert Schoerner Crosses the Chinese Staple with this Season's Make-Up Trends
High-gloss color and steamed Chinese delicacies mix in photographer Norbert Schoerner’s new beauty series shot at prime dim sum eatery, China Tang. “I liked the idea of the girl being very much in her own intimate space with the food,” reveals Schoerner. “It’s almost a sensual relationship.” Makeup artist Sharon Dowsett paired this season’s maximalist trends with an assortment of dim sum from David Tang’s Michelin-starred kitchens, including Fried Shanghai, Har Kar and Chiu Chow—a mixture of chicken, scallop, prawn and coriander. “Eating dim sum is quite a romantic activity, it can be quite glamorous,” says Dowsett, whose backstage credits includes shows for Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton. “But I’ve heard that Chinese women don’t wear colorful lip gloss, to avoid getting it on the dim sum––they would concentrate on the eyes instead.” Aiming to echo the colors inside the bite-sized snacks, Dowsett sculpted peacock-eye looks, with berry-purple lips and coral-dusted cheeks. Originating as a Cantonese afternoon tea snack, dim sum is served throughout the day at Tang’s restaurant in the basement of the London Dorchester Hotel, as well as its outposts in Hong Kong and Beijing. Here, Tang divulges the secrets to one of its treasured bites, the steamed vegetable dumpling.
Ingredients for the pastry
Ingredients for the ‘filling’ (chop very finely)
Seasoning (add small amount to taste)
Method (for 120 pieces)