Hollywood make-up artist Shu Uemura has died. He was 79. Uemura - a native of Japan - died of pneumonia on 29 December (07). He started his career as an assistant on a U.S. movie, but his big break came in 1962 on My Geisha starring Shirley MACLaine. Over the next few years he became the make-up artist of choice among Hollywood actresses, as well as Frank Sinatra and actor Edward G. Robinson. Returning to Tokyo in the 1960s, he launched a skin-cleansing oil followed by a range of make-up focused on fashion trends. He changed the company's name to Shu Uemura in 1982 and went on to open stores in cities including Paris, New York and London.