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"Perhaps they might gain some
points from the women of the stage.
Ask some of them 'to tell you the
secrets of the powder-puff some time,
won't you?" he finished.
Blanche Bates happened to be the
first actress I went to see after this
conversation and so I put the ques
tion to her.
"Come up after the first act-and
I'll show you how I make up," she
said. "I have a long wait then."
The artist and I were seated in the
pretty little dressing-room and had
time to take a look around before the
actress made her appearance.
The mirror was hung in the cen
ter of her make-up shelf. Beside the
numerous brushes, combs) jars- of
cream and. boxes of powder, there
stood at one side a picture of Miss
Bates' mother and close beside it was
a volume of Materlinck's "Life of the
Just then in came Blanche Bates
in a perfectly lovely dress of cream
silk ratine combined with tan crepe
du chine. A black hat with tan
feathers made the artist remark
about its becomingness and he start
ed right in to draw her, but those
feathers bobbed about so as she
talked that he had hard work
"Well, I'm all made up, you see!"
said Miss Bates, with a smile.
"But I can TELL you how I do it!"
And she immediately began to frivol
with the hare's foot and fuss about
her face with a puff.
"Every actress makes up a little
differently for a different age and a
different character," said said first
"In this we differ from the usual so
ciety woman who always uses the
coloring of sweet sixteen and perfect
innocence even after forty.
"The heroine of 'The Witness for
Defense,' in which I am playing now,
is a woman of refinement, but she
has lived through bitter experiences.
'Her face must look like that of any
other nice woman over thirty. Her
jjieeksahd lips must not b'elotf "i-ed;
and her eyes must have the heaviness
of unshed tears. There must be a
slight droop to the features not
enough to suggest age, but certainly
enough to intimate sorrow.
"Yes, any woman can do all this
with a careful make-up and I advise
a man who is married to a clever
woman to look 'a little out' when,
wifey appears pale and unhappy and
seems about to collapse. She may be
training for a trip to Palm Beach or
it may be a diamond and emerald
dinner ring she has set her heart
on She has made her toilet with
that in view!
"Here is how I make up for a wo
man of thirty or so:
."First, I apply a very heavy cold
cream to make a good ground work
to build-on. x
"For my lips I use a grease stick',
the same kind almost evecy woman
uses when making up for evening.
It is of a VERY DARK red. My hair
is combed in the flat braids in which
I always wear it.
, "I use brunet powder and a rather
brown-red rouge, something that
gives the complexion a beautiful tint,
but which still lacks the first fresh
ness of youth. I put a little blue-grey
grease paint over the eyelids and
darken under my eyes with a tint of
""For my eyelashes I use black
grease paint, but I do not 'bead' them.
For the shadows under the eyes I use
that pencil with which the old-style
surgeon used to mark out the place
on your body where he intended to
make the incision. It is very dark
blue and is said to be perfectly sani
tary." Although Miss Bates declared she
.was all "made up" she -was contin
ually putting a little more powder,
fixing up her eyebrows or tinting the
lobe of her ear a pinky hue. I have
never yet seen, an actress, who could
resist her make-up box if she were
near it. - "
She did not, however, have to,make
her mouth turner up vaftHe' corners