reverse panda

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A woman displaying the reverse panda effect.


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


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.