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Stage Makeup in Elizabethan England
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1928  Thursday, 2 October 2003

From:           Sarah Kindred <
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Date:           Wednesday, 01 Oct 2003 18:54:43 -0700
Subject:        Stage Makeup in Elizabethan England

Hi!

I've been a list lurker for a bit--I'm working on a novel that deals
with the Elizabethan stage, and the list has been incredibly helpful to
me so far.

Meanwhile, I've looked everywhere I can think of for this one particular
bit of information, and I am having no luck at all. I was wondering is
anybody here could be able to give me some idea if stage makeup would
have been worn by players in the Shakespearean period--

Ceruse, fucus, vermilion, kohl etc, as in ordinary Elizabethan
cosmetics, or something closer to 'greasepaint'?

--and if so what its composition might have been and how its application
might have differed from modern stage makeup (with which I have a
nodding familiarity)?

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