• Just like a live body, foundation, powder, and other face beat products can be applied to a dead body. 

• The family gets to choose the clothing and any jewelry to be put on the body of the deceased.

beautifying a dead body
A mortician beautifying a dead body
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Kenya's third president Mwai Kibaki is lying in state at the National Assembly buildings. 

His body will be at the location for 3 days, where Kenyans will be allowed to walk in and pay their last respects. 

Each evening, his body will be taken to Lee Funeral Home, and on the next morning, it will be taken to parliament once again. 

Just as in the case of the late President Daniel Moi, Kibaki's body will be dressed in different suits and maybe shoes, for the three days that he will lie in state, during the State funeral and his burial at Othaya on Saturday. 

What does it take to beautify and dress a dead body? 

On its website, the Lee Funeral Home details that the first thing they do to a dead body is to wash and disinfect it. 

The family then gets to choose the clothing and any jewelry to be put on the body of the deceased.

The cosmetics are applied and the hair is styled according to the family's wish. 

Makeup and Embalming 

 At a funeral home, embalmers work on a dead body by embalming it as a way to temporarily preserve it.

The embalmers can apply makeup on the dead body, and in some cases, there are professional makeup artists who do the work.

According to Make up-Sav.com, a dead person’s blood is replaced with embalming fluid, which firms up the skin and smooths it out.

Just like a live body, foundation, powder, and other face beat products can be applied to a dead body. 

A heavy moisturising cream is commonly used so that they don’t dry out.

The makeup stage is one of the final touches before unveiling the body for viewing or the funeral service. The body is allowed to chill after the embalming, before the makeup is applied. 

In Mombasa county, a woman named Tina Akelo is known for applying makeup on dead bodies. 

In a past interview with the Standard, Akelo noted that she has only worked on female bodies, which she charges between Sh20,000-Sh25,000 for the makeup after the family buys all the cosmetics they will need for the face beat.

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