Theatrical Makeup History Resources

General  Information:

Physiognomy

Physiognomy is a Psudo-science that was “studied” by 19th and Early 20th century actors and makeup artists to improve their study of faces.  Unfortunately, the mid 19th & early 20th Century books on this fake “science” in these eras existed primarily to promote racist, sexist, and xenophobic views which trickled into the designs of stage makeup.  Racists worldwide continue to cite this nonsense to “prove” superiority to groups and individuals they hate.

17th Century

1820s

1830s

1850s

1860s

1870s

1880s

1890s

1900s

1910s

1920s

1930s

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