Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mr. Max Factor The Makeup Genius at Work!

"You Are Not Born Glamorous. Glamour is Created." This was the famous Max Factor slogan for many years. Max Factor was a definitely a makeup genius. He made the women of Hollywood like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Norma Shearer, Ava Gardner, and Marlene Dietrich sparkle on the big screen. These ladies became regular customers of the Max Factor salon. 

Max Factor didn't limit his cosmetics to Hollywood's leading ladies. He believed that all women should be able to look and feel glamorous given the right tools and make up techniques!

Max Factor besides being one of Hollywood's famous make up artist was also a wig maker and an inventor. The device above which may look like a torture device was called the Beauty Micrometer. Max Factor with other inventors built this device to understand the contours and features of women faces. The inventors stated that there are two key measurements that they looked for: The heights of the nose and forehead should be the same, and the eyes should be separated by the width of one eye. When an imperfection is identified, corrective make-up can be applied to enhance or subdue the feature.

In 1916 Max Factor started selling eye shadow and eye brow pencils. Four years later he launched his line of cosmetics, which he called make-up a phrase he coined.

Max Factor started experimenting with different compounds to come up with the right makeup for film use. The greasepaint in stick form that was used on stage didn't have the right texture nor colors making it unsuitable for the big screen. Max factor then ended creating the Flexible Greasepaint, which didn't caked, nor cracked and because it was a creamier it was easier to blend, which worked perfectly for motion pictures.

Max Factor is mentioned in the classic song, "Hooray For Hollywood." The song refers to Clara Bow's iconic heart-shaped lips that Mr. Max Factor created. Part of the lyrics are:

"To be an actor 
See Mr. Factor
He'll make your kisser look good!"

Here is Bettie Davis with Mr. Max Factor as she is using a finishing powder brush. I haven't seen this kind of brush on the market until I came across a similar one from Besame Cosmetics, which actually was designed to resemble the brushes used by Hollywood's makeup artist in the 1930's. This brush helps to blend in the excess powder or cream which creates a near airbrush finish.

Max Factor had come up with the first known foundation which he called Pan-Cake, which became the it thing to wear. But unfortunately this product has been discontinued. You may find it for sale at Amazon with a very high price tag. However they still have the Pan Stick Foundation and the Creme Puff Pressed Powder. If you still miss the Pan-Cake one I heard that the Ben Nye Color Cake Foundation is pretty similar to the Max Factor Pan-Cake.

In 1929 Max Factor was awarded an Oscar by the Academy Awards for his contribution to the film industry. Who could have known that this creative man with small beginnings ended up the founder of one the world's largest cosmetics line which helped revolutionized makeup for generations to come!

If you would like to visit where Max Factor worked you may visit the Max Factor Building.

For more on Max Factor his story and his iconic makeup line you may visit: Max Factor Website.

Source information and photos: Max Factor website, Wikipedia, The Hollywood Museum.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Audrey Hepburn Funny Face Makeup Tutorial by Lisa Eldridge

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face 1957
I confess that at least twice a year I have to watch the movie Funny Face. I Love to watch Audrey Hepburn along with Fred Astaire. They have such wonderful chemistry! This is truly one of those fun-feel-good movie that you need to schedule several times a year!

"I love your funny face
Your sunny, funny face
Though you're a cutie with more than beauty
You've got a lot of personality for me."

Not long ago I had my Funny Face movie fix. So today I thought about sharing with you Lisa Eldridge makeup tutorial that is based on the makeup style that Audrey wore for this 1957 movie. Not only are Lisa's makeup video spectacular, there are also very educational. You learn quite a bit about makeup and the different kind of shades that women wore over the years.

One of the makeup items that Lisa uses for this tutorial is the Fire and Ice Revlon Lipstick, which was a big buzz back in the 50's and gratefully after all of these years Revlon have kept it around!

So my darlings I hope that you will enjoy the video!

Bonjour Paris!

Resource: TCM Funny Face movie trailer. Lisa Eldridge Audrey Hepburn Makeup Tutorial.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Downton Abbey 20's Fashion Show by Anna Mary Scott Robbins

Have you watched this season 5 episode 4 of Downton Abbey? Wasn't that a spectacular fashion show! In my storytelling mind I was hoping to see Coco Chanel in this episode, she was after all the new and modern designer of that era. But the lady behind the costumes of Downton Abbey and behind these beautiful 20's outfits worn by the models in the fashion show is non-other than the acclaimed designer Anna Mary Scott Robbins


In this particular fashion show Anna Mary was inspired by the illustrations of the emerging designers of that era. This outfit was definitely an eye-catcher! Love, love this dress!

I love this long black coat and the inside design is so pretty. I would personally pair it with a wide leg pants. The beige and black accessories complements the outfit pretty nicely. 

Every girl should own a party outfit like this! There are a wide selection of flapper dresses at Unique Vintage.

This model is wearing a silky silvery dress with a soft ivory scarf and a feathery headband.

Can't forget the silver suit! The designer kept this line in an monochromatic palate. Her choices were silvers, beige, black and white.

Breathtaking bride's dress!

For more information on the outfits from the fashion show episode and the PBS interview with designer Anna Mary Scott Robbins, please visit: PBS.ORG

Photo source: PBS.ORG

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