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Looking for resources in all the wrong places....

Hey, folks--

does anybody know anything definitive or have any solid speculation about the use of theatrical makeup in Elizabethan England?

This is the one place my research is hitting a dead end.

I've done just enough theatre to know what makeup is for, in theatre (assisting the actor in projecting emotions), and to know how stage acting differs from screen acting. There doesn't seem to be any reliable information that *I* can find on the use of makeup on stage in the late 1500's, however. (Earlier or a very little bit later would also be helpful.)

So I'm defaulting to "yes, they used it" on the following logic chain: various forms and preparations of makeup were available, were used by both genders to varying effect, and the young men playing women on stage must have worn makeup. And must have noticed how it increased the audience's ability to 'read' their expressions from fifteen, twenty feet away and further. So why wouldn't they also have used at least kohl and cereuse in all circumstances?

Discuss. Definitive resources welcome.

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