Beautician Teruko Kobayashi promotes makeup for the deceased to make them look their best for the big send-off, believing she can offer mourning families a peaceful final moment with their dead loved ones.

Kobayashi, 78, who authored the book "Shiniyuku Hito eno Kesho" ("Makeup for Deceased People"), recently won the Beauty Science Society award for her efforts in promoting what she calls "angel makeup" for corpses, in cooperation with nurses and hospitals across Japan.

She said that she believes makeup should "generate feelings that children have when they are in their mothers' arms," and that it should not only make someone beautiful but also heal their heart, develop their beauty and give them confidence, including, presumably, the dead.