max factor beauty micrometer
While this week’s Throwback Thursday find could easy translate as a torture device (The Jackal, anyone?), this ‘micrometer’ is actually a Hollywood-favoured beauty tool from 1934. I have never come across such a device in all my years as a make-up artist, so I will leave the explanation to the clipping itself…

It reads:
“Recently perfected by Max Factor, one of Hollywood’s most famous beauty experts, a new instrument, designed to aid makeup men, accurately registers actors’ facial measurements and discloses which features should be reduced or enhanced in the makeup process.

Flaws almost invisible to the ordinary eye become glaring distortions when thrown upon the screen in highly magnified images; but Factor’s “beauty micrometer” reveals the defects.

The device, remotely resembling a baseball mask, fits over the head and face with flexible metal strips which conform closely to the various features. The strips are held in place by set screws, allowing for 325 possible adjustments. If, for instance, the subject’s nose is slightly crooked – so slightly, in fact, that it escapes ordinary observation – the flaw is promptly detected by the instrument and corrective makeup is applied by an experienced operator.”

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Odette Yustman
Last night, Odette Yustman – or her stylist – put together a red carpet look worth gushing over. This stunning black Versus Fall/Winter 2011 dress knocked ’em out at yesterday’s “Us Weekly Hot Hollywood Party” in Los Angeles. The sexy off-the-shoulder cocktail dress boasted a sheer bodice and was decorated with silver glitter details that should be an enforced LBD requirement.

Elizabeth Taylor
One of the last Hollywood greats, Elizabeth Taylor, died today aged 79 from heart failure. A beacon of glamour, the ex-actress held the record for the most appearances on the cover of Life magazine, was legendary for her eight marriages to seven husbands, and created fragrances that have been in top ten bestseller lists since their launch. After the death of her friend Rock Hudson, she used her success to open The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation and had since raised millions of dollars for the cause. She was an extraordinarily complex and fascinating woman, and will forever hold a place in our hearts.

“I’m a survivor. I’m a living example of what people can go through and survive”
Elizabeth Taylor

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