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

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CHAPTER 4 Lighting and Makeup

 

Since a makeup seen on a stage under colored lights never looks the same as it did in the dressing room mirror, it is to the actor’s advantage to know what effect various colors of stage light are likely to have on his or her makeup so that he or she can make appropriate adjustments. The purpose of this chapter, therefore, is to consider what happens when colored light falls on colored pigment.

Color in Light

It was mentioned briefly in Chapter 3 that pigment depends for its color on the light that illuminates it. In other words, trees do not appear green at night— unless, of course, they are artificially illuminated. Nothing has color until light is reflected from it. If all the light is absorbed, the object ...

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