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Make Up Mythology

By Paul J A Sullivan


Egyptian Aztec
Renaissance Era

Make up
Women of the Renaissance Era were in many ways more “natural” than the women of today.
Cosmetics were not considered a necessity and clothing was varied enough that even the most
discerning woman could express her own style. While some women wore corsets, they weren’t
necessarily required as they would become in other eras. A woman’s natural form - as given to
her by God - was considered to be absolutely perfect. “A little meat on the bones” was a good
thing and not something to be hidden. While no era in time has or likely ever will be perfect for
womankind, it is perhaps the Renaissance Era that best celebrated the soft, natural, graceful
curves of the feminine physique. What a pity that this attitude has been lost in time.
Cosmetics in the Renaissance Era included powders made from white lead, mercury, and
vermilion (derived from cinnabar). Women in this era highly valued pallor. Pale ivory skin was
highly desired so women who didn’t have that naturally used white lead powder to achieve it.
Cheeks also remained fair but needed to give off a bit of a glow. Mercury was sometimes added
to the white lead powder and rubbed into the cheek area in order to achieve the necessary
effect. Some Renaissance women also used white lead powder, laced with mercury, to accent
their bust lines. Since high, wide foreheads were prized, women often pumiced that area to hide
any evidence of tweezed hairlines and to assure that no lines cracked the serenity of their brow.
Eyebrows needed to remain light and airy, so they were often tweezed or even cut to make
certain that they were not overly prominent. Eyelashes were short and thin. Vermilion was
commonly used on the lips, which could either be left natural or tinted to full, highly defined, and
luscious red color.
The Golden Age of the
Elizabethan Era

The Golden Age of the Elizabethan Era

Upper class women, the Nobility, of the Elizabethan
era wore make-up. Queen Elizabeth I set the fashions
and as she grew older she more wore elaborate
make-up which was useful for hiding wrinkles and
other signs of ageing. At one time Queen Elizabeth
had contracted small pox which had left some
scarring on her face. The heavy white make-up also
helped to hide this and maintain her illusion of
Elizabethan Era cont

Elizabethan Make-up (from SRA assignment)

The white make-up was also a useful aid to hiding the signs of ageing.
White face make-up was applied to acquire the pale look. The
favoured application of the upper classes was a make-up called
ceruse - a mixture of white lead and vinegar. It was poisonous. A pale
complexion was so desirable that women were bled to achieve the
desired look. Face paint made from plant roots and leaves was also
applied. An Upper Class Elizabethan woman followed this fashion
further and might even dye her hair yellow with a mixture of saffron,
cumin seed, celandine and oil. Expensive dyes such as Cochineal was
used to redden the cheeks and lips. Madder and vermilion was also
used to achieve this effect. Kohl was used to darken the eyelashes.
Queen Elizabeth had a wide variety of wigs and hair pieces - believed
to number over eighty. These were often referred to as Periwigs. During
the Elizabethan era pamphlets were printed and distributed
commenting on life in Elizabethan England.
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Greek Mythology

Selene – Moon Goddess

Hades – Greek goddess
Refe cont.. Middle Ages

Make-Up and Leprosy

Alms (means money) for the Poor regarding the use of make-up was its ability to deceive. Make-up
wasn’t only used by men to look younger, or women to attract men, but also used by beggars to fool
people into giving them money. By the sixteenth century, some people began to use make-up as a way
to mimic the look of leprosy so that they could be granted a begging license. Ambroise Paré (1510-
1590), one of the fathers of surgery, related the tale of a beggar caught in in 1520 trying to trick Paré’s
brother Jehan into believing he was a “leper” = a person suffering from leprosy.
The beggar sat in front of a church, with several coins strewn in a handkerchief at his feet. His face was
covered with large pustules, made of a certain strong glue and painted in a livid reddish fashion,
approximating the colour of lepers, and he was very hideous to see, thus out of compassion everyone
gave him alms. The artful imposter tightened, from beneath his cloak, a rag which he had wrapped
around his neck, so as to make the blood mount to his face…After removing the rag, the surgeon
washed his face with warm water, which caused all his pustules to become detached and to fall off, the
beggar confessed that he knew how to counterfeit several illnesses, and that he had never found
greater profit in it than when he counterfeited lepers”.
Cosmetics were becoming lucrative in urban centres and situations such as these gave physicians
reason to pause and consider Galen’s earlier warning about the inclusion of purely cosmetic procedures
with medical ones. Although most medieval medical practitioners didn’t mind mixing cosmetics with
medicine, a growing number began to question their part in aiding people to radically alter or fake their

Bullet point this

Too tell a story counterfeited lepers
Makeup to make Leprosy used by beggars to
fool people into giving them money.
By the sixteenth century, some people
began to use make-up as a way to mimic
the look of leprosy so that they could be
granted a begging license
Although most medieval medical
practitioners didn’t mind mixing cosmetics
with medicine, a growing number began to
question their part in aiding people to
radically alter or fake their appearance. leprosy
Social Connection

Whats the Social Connection in relation to do with the job?

It’s a relationship Community
One of them is Starnow www.Starnow.com International Talent Directory and
NZ wide 182
Male 21, .. Female 161
Auckland 111
female 102 , male 9
International 4,255
Makeup Artist
to Katy Perry

Celebrity Makeup
Artist Jake Bailey
Sir Richard Taylor

Special Effects, Design

Make Up Artist

Samala Robinson Academy, Makeup

Artist Tutor
The End

Ideology? of make up
Opening statement
Conclusion close with mythology
Delete sides
Keep? Delete slide ?
Email copy
Hi Paul,
Currently the majority of your presentation is describing a job scope, MUA, the expected salary
range, the number of MUAs in NZ, etc.
The content for your presentation must be according to the criteria stated in the assignment brief,
this subject is about Sociology, you have to apply what you learned during the lectures:
What does a MUA do in terms of mythology? The makeup applied to a face tells a myth, a story
for example?
In what social context does a MUA do for a person, why does a person need makeup, to fit into
society, to have a persona, a front?
Is it a social norm to have makeup? Does it apply to women only or men too? How do societies in
the world value makeup? Are there societies that value scarring a face as part of their culture?
You have to be on topic in order to pass your presentation.
26/09/2016 Email reply jame
Hi Paul,
You should have a proper introduction to makeup, how it started.
Is the makeup for leprosy the first instance of using makeup?
Or did the Egyptians or Romans or Chinese and other cultures start it?
I feel it is too sudden to go right into the leprosy slide.
I can’t comment on the Social Change segment of your presentation as you did not put any content in the
I have no idea what you are going to talk about.
The same feedback about Gender Gap, you did not mentioned what you are talking about..
The slides that you wanted to delete at the end might be useful, about the Elizabethan Era, Renaissance Era,
First Make up

➢Gender Gap? (Percentage?) ?