ALL THAT ZAZZ
By Mary N. DiZazzo
Hollywood The Beautiful!
Upon entering the Hollywood Museum and greeted by a Patrick Swayze look-alike I was struck by this Art Deco palace as it used to be The Max Factor Building. The first floor housed all the makeup memorabilia from the "For Blondes Only Room" -- Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball to Joan Crawford! Their hair dryers, their glassed-in mirrored vanities and the lot! Even a telegram to Mae West inviting her to the latest Max Factor line introduction from Max himself! Technicolor blood, grease paint and theatrical powder were some evidence of an era gone by.
Does anyone remember the actresses' black and white photographs so perfect looking? The makeup was perfection. Many owe it to Max Factor. In 1932 the legendary Max Factor devised an ingenious invention combining phrenology, cosmetics and a scientific analysis to a women's facial imperfections. The Beauty Calibrator was invented -- also known in the trade as The Beauty Micrometer --, proving that a natural "Perfect Face" was a myth.
"Flaws almost invisible to the ordinary eye become glaring distortions when thrown upon the screen in highly magnified images ... 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 setscrews, allowing for 325 possible adjustments. If for instance the subjects 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 makeup artist"--Max Factor Cosmetics Co., 1932
This is the only Beauty Calibrator in existence. The human face has flaws can be recognized by this invention and then can be corrected with pancake shading makeup applied precisely to achieve the "perfect face." Imagine that! My quest toward facial perfection is answered.
After all my, Mom would say, "If the movies in Hollywood won't hire me maybe the comic strips will! "
Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!
--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull