During the age of silent film and film noir film was limited to only variations of black and white. While this aided greatly to produce scenes of dire intensity (a starkly lit shot of a man in an alleyway, for instance), this also meant that actors and actresses had to wear tons of makeup to make their makeup show up on screen.
Women typically powdered their skin white and added lots of contouring, then emphasized their eyes, brows, and lips with dark colors like aubergine and burgundy. If you're dressing up as a film noir starlet this Halloween, check out this makeup tutorial for the how-to.
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