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PAINT, POWDER, AND ACTRESSES.

u Well, I suppose actresses adopt the same processes as fashionable women ?" " Not a bit of it. Actresses have to follow simple and quick methods to make up for a stage appearance. The actress who wishes to make a good appearance usually washes her face in water and then in bay rum. Oriental cream or a whitish liquid is next applied with a sponge. When the face is dry it is then powdered with the finest chamois skin. Then the background, as it were, is ready, and carmine is delicateiy distributed with a fine velvet sponge over the features. The lips next receive attention by the homcDjpathic application of a red liquid. All of this is done with incredible sv* iftness, and without any apparent effort to obtain artistic effect The particular part of the toilet now begins—pencilling the eyebrows. A small camel's-hair brush, of the best quality, is moistened with the finest ludian ink, aud work on the eyeDrows is fairly inaugurated. A delicate line is also drawn under the lashes on the lower lid. This is the way the actress prepares to make appearance on the stage when she is personating a character that does not require her to look older than she really is. In that case, of course, she uses cosmetics and paints to produce wrinkles and the necessary aged appearance. Lead pencils No. 1 are frequently used instead of Indian ink to pencil the eyebrows. The enamelling process, which originated in France, is very rarely rosorted to, on account of its baneful effects. It gives the face a ghost-like, waxy look, and is far from being beautiful. It is a perfect art, though, and frequently very old actresses can build a new and youthful face for the stage with enamel. Used to a great extent it fills the pores of the skin and poisons the muscular glands, producing disease. Some of the great and successful actresses, however, have outfits that a harem of Oriental women might envy. To enumerate a few of the articles Glycerine, Indian ink, powders, carmine, lead-pencil, sponge, powder-puffs, crimps, frizzes, chamois skin, puffs, braids, hairpins, piece of steel for short curls, toothpaste, bay rum, Florida water, nailbrush, tweezers for pulling out gray hairs, cardamom seed, dyes, aromatic pills for the breath, invigorators, sheet of zinc for curling hair, two handglasses, besides other articles. The effect of long years of painting a face is quite visible and noticeable by the general dead appearance of the skin. I would advise every actor and actress to pay a great deal of attention to scrubbing their faces after the They do wash the paint off, but oftentimes, being in a hurry, they do not wash hard enough. There is an art in ' making up ' as well as in acting."— New York Mail and Eipress.

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PAINT, POWDER, AND ACTRESSES., Lake Wakatip Mail, Issue 1591, 13 May 1887

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PAINT, POWDER, AND ACTRESSES. Lake Wakatip Mail, Issue 1591, 13 May 1887

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