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

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CHAPTER 16 Creating a Likeness

 

For most makeups there is considerable latitude in choice of details—the height of the forehead, the line of the eyebrows, the shape of the nose. But in recreating real people whose faces are well known, the objective should be, of course, to achieve as accurate a likeness as possible.

The first step is to compare the face of the character with that of the actor who is to portray the character, noting points of difference and of similarity. The comparison should include shape of the face; shape, length, and color of the hair and the beard; color of the skin; and precise conformation of individual features, including height and width of the forehead; length, breadth, and shape of the nose; distance from nose to ...

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