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Stage Makeup, 10th Edition by Beverly Gore Norcross, James Glavan, Richard Corson

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CHAPTER 3 Color in Pigment

 

In addition to understanding the principles of light and shade, you should also be thoroughly familiar with the principles of color, which can then be applied specifically to makeup paints.

All color originally comes from the source of light. White light is a mixture of light rays of all colors. Technically, pigment has no color of its own but has, rather, the ability to absorb certain rays and reflect others. The rays it reflects are the ones that are responsible for the pigment’s characteristic color. “Red” lips, for example, absorb all light rays except the red ones, which they reflect, making the lips appear red. A clown’s white face reflects all of the component rays of “white” light and therefore appears white. ...

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