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Lip service: Chinese student sculptor carves kitty lippy for presents

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 April, 2017, 6:12pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 April, 2017, 8:45pm

A man in eastern China engraved cat heads on several pricey brands of lipstick as a present to a woman he admires, a mainland newspaper reports.

The lipsticks from world-famous brands including Dior, Bobbi Brown and Burberry were carved by Wang Yangming, a student majoring in sculpture at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, the Qianjiang Evening News reported on Saturday.

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“It’s said that [you] need to present lipstick to pursue girls,” Wang said. “I chose to carve cats because she adores them.”

As a student studying conventional sculpture involving large objects, Wang found it a challenge to carve small things.

He bought top-brand lipstick online, designed the cat shape of cat and then carved the rouge. Sometimes he used a lighter to soften it and make it easy to reshape.

He said his first finished lipstick took him about 10 hours to compete after he had broken five of them in the process.

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Wang refused to carve lipsticks with a 3D printer as “it was more meaningful to carve myself”, the report said.

The story did not name the object of Wang’s desire, or if he had indeed sent the gift to her. But his

acts sparked a discussion online with many saying the woman would be happier to receive the original lipstick.

“That’s not a surprise, but a woman’s nightmare,” one internet user wrote on Weibo.

Another said: “What you have cut was money.”