Lillian Brown, the makeup artist of nine US presidents, stopped Richard Nixon's sobbing before he was about to go on national television to announce his resignation by telling him a funny story so that his makeup wouldn't be ruined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil…
The AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas changes the gender signs on bathrooms based on the gender makeup of a crowd. This allows them to provide more female or male bathrooms depending on the event. It also prevents long lines for bathrooms. espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2…
Spock was originally going to have red skin, but the idea was scrapped because the makeup looked like blackface on a monochrome television. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
Jim Carey was trained by the CIA on how to withstand torture due to the amount of makeup he had to wear while filming β€œThe Grinch” sofrep.com/news/the-cia-t…
Children of Japanese samurai had an increased risk of lead poisoning. A study that analyzed the amount of lead in people from this era showed that many children had higher amounts of lead than men and women. They determined that the lead-based makeup popular among their mothers was the cause. discovermagazine.com/heal…
Lead was once used in heavily makeup all the way back in ancient Egypt and even into the late 19th century into the US. It caused various health issues and eventually regulations had to be made. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Before firing the director of β€œThe Walking Dead”, AMC sent notes to then director Frank Darabont with suggestions on how to lower the budget for season 2. One of these suggestions read: β€œCouldn't the audience hear the zombies sometimes and not see them, to save on makeup?” hollywoodreporter.com/new…
The grinch star Jim Carrey got CIA torture endurance training to get through the makeup sessions. radiotimes.com/news/2014-…
Iconic scare from 2002's The Ring wasn't Amber Tamblyn in makeup, playing dead. It was actually a body double created by the now retired effects legend Rick Baker who photographed Tamblyn from multiple angles to make the figure look as convincing as possible. syfy.com/syfywire/hallowe…
The Academy Award for Best Makeup was created after The Academy received widespread criticism for failing to recognize the make-up effects for the film 'The Elephant Man'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
, that movie Dallas Buyers Club budget was so low, they had only 250$ for the makeups. The film's artists were able to work with that, and the film's Makeup and Hairstyling won an Oscar. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Danny DeVito used to be a beautician. He went to New York to learn makeup but the lady he sought after to teach him only accepted students from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. So he enrolled for a semester and that's how he got into acting. youtube.com/watch?v=n9J7S…
Mr Rogers' Neighborhood featured an episode with Lou Ferrigno on the set of "The Incredible Hulk" to teach children not to be scared of fictional characters in heavy makeup. inverse.com/article/49235…
The movie 'Dallas Buyers Club' won an Oscar for best hair and makeup despite only having a $250 budget for it all. greenlemon.me/25-amazing-…
Max Factor invented most of the makeup products and techniques we use today cosmeticsandskin.com/comp…
Xu Xiaodong a Chinese MMA who is known for taking down fake martial artists gained fame online. There was significant backlash on social media, banned from organising tournaments, sued and lowered social credit rating. Still win a fight after travel 36hours to fight and wear a clown makeup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_…
The Belly Button Biodiversity Project. Scientists examined the genetic makeup of the bacterial found in the bellybuttons of 60 volunteers. One individual, who hadn't washed in several years, hosted 2 species of extremophile bacteria that typically thrive in ice caps and thermal vents. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Today I learned that in the original release of 'The Empire Strikes Back' Palpatin was portrayed by a 78-years old woman named Marjorie Eaton, under heavy makeup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Why Cilantro Tastes Like Soap. People who report that "cilantro tastes bad" have a variation of olfactory-receptor genes that allows them to detect aldehydesβ€”a compound found in cilantro that is also a by-product of soap and part of the chemical makeup of fluids sprayed by some bugs. delishably.com/spices-sea…
Adam Jones, the guitarist of the rock band TOOL, also worked on makeup and set design for Hollywood blockbuster films such as Jurassic Park, Terminator 2 and Ghostbusters II, and used his background in film to create TOOL's "unique" stop-motion music videos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
Adam Jones, the guitarist for Tool, is also a sculptor, designer and makeup artist who worked on blockbuster films like Jurassic Park, Terminator 2 and Dances With Wolves. ultimate-guitar.com/news/…
Egyptians of both sexes wore makeup. history.howstuffworks.com…
Half of the Men of Rohan riders in Lord of the Rings were played by female professional horse riders who the makeup team covered with fake beards screenrant.com/lord-of-th…
A day before she was to guest star on Hill Street Blues (1981), Dominique Dunne was badly beaten by her boyfriend. She showed up on the set with bruises on her face with no makeup; since she was playing an abused teen in the episode. The bruises we see in the episode are real. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Robert Devereux once burst in on Elizabeth I before she had had the chance to change out of her nightgown and put on her wig and makeup. For this, he got grounded until further notice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In 2006 Turkmenistan leader cancelled pensions to a third of pensioners saying payments were inflated. The same leader who reportedly banned gold teeth, smoking, video games, recorded music, lip-syncing, makeup on newscasters, owning more than one cat/dog, young men from growing beards/long hair theguardian.com/world/200…
Years before she was famous, Keira Knightley played Natalie Portman's double in "The Phantom Menace", and when the girls were in full makeup, even their mothers had trouble telling them apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Anthony Hopkins, when asked what he loves best about making movies, answered: "I love the hour in makeup. It gives you time to think and have a cup of coffee. It's my favorite part of the day. Having somebody dab things on your face, I love that. Then you go out and say things and they pay you." interviewmagazine.com/cul…
"Pinhead" actor Doug Bradley became so adept at applying and removing his prosthetic makeup that he was given an Assistant Make-up Artist credit on some Hellraiser films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
The multi-awarded movie "Dallas Buyer's Club"'s budget was so low they only had $250 set aside for makeup. The film's artists , Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, were able to work with that, and the film's Makeup and Hair styling won an Oscar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Jason wasn’t planned to appear in the original Friday the 13th screenplay. Makeup designer Tom Savini had the idea to have Jason appear at the end because he had just seen Carrie and thought the movie needed a β€œchair jumper.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday…
A 1931 production of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" used a practical effect of makeup invisible under red light and a pair of red/green lamps to transform the actor between Jekyll and Hyde. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
While filming Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin Williams would walk through the streets of San Francisco in his full Mrs. Doubtfire makeup and costume, and on one occasion he visited a sex shop to buy a large dildo and other toys. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs…
Lon Chaney's makeup for The Hunchback of Notre Dame caused him permanent pain and vision loss. classicmoviehub.com/facts…
β€˜The Grinch’ Makeup Artist, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Checked Into Therapy Because of Jim Carrey indiewire.com/2018/02/the…
During the movie "Sneakers," cast members would gather inside the makeup trailer for the hours it would take Ben Kingsley to get hair and makeup done every day, and he would regale them with stories of his early stage experiences in England. slate.com/culture/2012/09…
Heath Ledger created a character diary for the Joker. It included stills from A Clockwork Orange, photos of hyenas, unhinged clown makeup and the word "chaos" highlighted in green. It also contained things the Joker would find funny like AIDS, landmines, and geniuses suffering brain damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jok…
Tedde Moore was in her third trimester while filming A Christmas Story. Because the film took place at a time where teachers couldn’t be pregnant, they used makeup and padding to even out her features esquire.com/entertainment…
That, as part of his preparation for his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman had to spend 200 hours in makeup, and smoked over 400 cigars worth $20,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Due to nylon being reserved for the war effort, women during WWII would paint stockings onto their legs. In fact, there was a business for β€œliquid stockings”. Black eyeliner pencils were used to draw the β€œseam.” There were even leg makeup bars. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Max Headroom, the iconic 1980’s digital talking head, was not actually digital, but a real actor wearing prosthetics and makeup. The studio heads wanted to keep it secret at the time, and wouldn’t even allow the artists to be submitted for makeup awards. theverge.com/2015/4/2/828…
The man who played the first zombie in the video for Michael Jackson's Thriller, as well as the zombie whose arm falls off, is a makeup and special effects designer who went on to help create Daft Punk's famous helmets, amongst other things en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
The actress who played Vasquez, the tough Latina Marine in Aliens, wasn't Latina. In fact, she had to wear dark contact lenses and full body makeup to look the part! bloody-disgusting.com/edi…
Marlon Brando was only 48 when he filmed The Godfather. Extensive makeup was used to make him look older. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The link between Feminism and "bra-burning" originated when protesters at Miss America threw mops, pots and pans, magazines, false eyelashes, high-heels, curlers, hairspray, makeup, girdles, corsets, and bras, into a "Freedom Trash Can". They didn't actually end up setting fire to anything. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
In the early days of film and television filmmakers thought nothing about painting a white stuntman with black makeup to double for a black actor. Until Bill Cosby refused to let a white man with black face double for him. His actions paved way for the Black Stuntmen's Association. narrative.ly/the-stuntmen…
The makeup process for 'The Grinch' was so grueling, Jim Carrey had to meet with an expert who trained CIA operatives to deal with torture youtu.be/kXAv8RXmsrc
Redheads experience pain differently from other people (more sensitive to some types of pain, less to others) because of their genetic makeup; they are also slightly less responsive to anaesthetics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Indian Kathakali makeup is an elaborate process lasting for about 3 hours. It is so heavy that it looks like a mask and all the colors in the makeup come from natural herbs and substances ivygordonphoto.com/kathak…
Ancient Roman women apllied makeup which consisted of a variety of substances, ranging from minerals and herbs to lead (altough it was already known to be poisonous). While a decent makeup was considered embellishing, too much of it could make for accusations of adultery or even witchcraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…

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