By TTNews Reporter Shao Yu-Min TTNews Taitung County, Taiwan – During the folk dance troupe performances, facial masks or makeups are worn by performers when they are dancing, such as General Commanders, Eight Generals, etc. Facial makeups are a fairly unique art in Chinese operas and folk performances, which distinctly show the appearance of different roles. Each role represents different meanings; hence, different facial makeups will be put on as well. In recent years, the commonly seen performances of General Commanders in Taitung region deeply impress people with their fierce facial expression. Part of their performances will be required to present with the performers’ facial expressions; therefore, each everyone will need to put on a facial makeup or facial mask in order to stand out the details and lines of the characters. Because they will wear fangs, fake eyebrows and sideburns, the lines will be painted coarsely and distinctly. For the purpose of showing vicious and ferocious expression, the eyes and mouth parts of General Commanders become fairly prominent. Different colors such as red, green, black, white, etc. are used for facial makeups. Facial makeup is actually a time-consuming and difficult work that various difficulties will be encountered in painting on different faces. Thus, it is not an easy job to paint a lifelike facial makeup. For instance, General Commanders’ facial makeup with bold lines will usually take more than 20 minutes and Eight Generals’ facial makeup with delicate and refined details usually has to spend more than an hour to complete. Facial makeup not only is one of the most prominent elements in folk performances, but it also enables to show expressions, dispositions and roles by means of lines and colors.