13 Historical Period and Theatricalized Makeup

Just as each era had its own styles in fashion and clothing, it also had its individual style in makeup. Much of the time this affected only the women of the period, but in a few cases in the, past men have also worn makeup. In theatre, Certain genres in different eras have utilized their own particular style of makeup. In these cases, both men and women (if the women were permitted on the stage) wore theatrical makeup.

When creating a period or theatrical makeup, thoroughly research the art and fashion of the time before you begin. This chapter is meant as a starting point and, as such, the explanations are simplified. We will look at a selection of western (mostly European) makeup styles that you ...

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