PERIOD MAKE-UP AND PERIOD HAIRSTYLES FOR STUDIO, STAGE AND SCREEN (Two Books)

Methuen Books: both RRP 19.99.
(Make-up) ISBN: 9 781408 110430.
(Hairstyles) ISBN: 9 781408 109885.

All you need to know from Prehistoric Man to Bollywood and Grunge.

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PERIOD MAKE-UP FOR STUDIO, STAGE AND SCREEN.
PERIOD HAIRSTYLES FOR STUDIO, STAGE AND SCREEN.
Kit Spencer.

These two books together are certainly more than the sum of their parts and together will be a valuable asset to the shelf of any school, college or university seriously interested in the look of their productions. And of course, to the seriously interested or aspiring make-up artist.

It’s clear, looking through them too, that not only are they invaluable in their explanation of make-up or hair styles, but also they will make invaluable teaching books too. Kit Spencer is highly knowledgeable in this work and writes in an easy manner. Step by step instructions for creating each make up or hair design can be followed by the learning student or reveal handy secrets to the seasoned professional.

Each book gives a snapshot of all important periods and movements from the prehistoric up to modern times. Here is how to create the look of Ancient Egypt (the iconic picture of Elizabeth Taylor accompanies the section), Tudor and Elizabethan England, Jazz Age, 1990 Grunge and Bollywood. Here are the hairstyles of Prehistoric Man, Ancient Greece and Rome, Restoration England, French Revolution, Victorian – rich and poor, 1960s chic (ah the ‘beehive’). And all sorts of joys in between.

Johnny Depp’s Captain Sparrow features, as does Mel Gibson’s Braveheart and Donald Sutherland’s Casanova.

Handily, wire bound so it’ll lie flat when open, each book is divided into user-friendly sections.

Basic tips open, with notes on equipment, health and safety, hygiene on and off set. There are detailed outlines of basic make-ups and hair styling techniques. Next follows the ‘gallery’; this features photographs of actors demonstrating the styles to be demonstrated later. The gallery helps give a taster or feel for the period and makes ‘pairings’ with the partner book easy to spot. The final section demonstrates the make-up or hair style itself (with an accompanying picture from the gallery section.)

The step-by-step instructions are topped off with a ‘Pro Tip.’ ‘Stippling on chopped crepe hair for stubble is a good use for crepe hair which would usually be discarded when preparing hair to make a beard or moustache’ is one such tip, this one from the 1930s Depression item.

There is a real wealth of information here – and it couldn’t be clearer to read. So out with those blushers and tail combs . . .

2009-06-16 19:42:22

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