Infographic showing how women applied their lipstick in various shapes over the course of Chinese history, staring with the Han Dynasty on the top and going to the Qing Dynasty on the bottom. (They almost made it in the Tang dynasty.
The ray of light peeking through the crack creates a blinding effect on the subject. The light is so bright that it blinds her vision, covering her eyes in the photo. The black and white filter makes the ray of light even more bright.