reverse panda

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English[edit]

A woman displaying the reverse panda effect (photo by Luke Ford).

Etymology[edit]

From a likening of the effect to an inversion of the giant panda's face, which is white with black circles around the eyes.

Noun[edit]

reverse panda (uncountable)

  1. (informal) An undesired effect involving light makeup applied around the eyes appearing as white circles or patches, especially in a photograph or video due to intense lighting or a camera flash.
    • 1983, "TV News: Cosmetic Casualty", Miami Herald, 31 July 1983:
      If KMBC wants to dabble, as Craft has charged, with "reverse panda" circles of makeup around her eyes to hide what it sees as her bags, it can.

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