Is there a name for the kind of look that most or all of the silent film starlets seemed to have? As mentioned in the thread title, many seemed to have long heavy tresses, pale faces, heavy mascara, and a cute little cupid’s bow mouth. Did women really make themselves up to look that way back then, or does this just reflect the needs of filming back in the early days (it seems like the male stars wore some kind of mascara to make their eyes stand out as well).
The style seems geisha-like, almost over-the-top in its femininity. Maybe it was a reaction against the bobbed and boyish flappers?
Mary Philbin as a geisha . . . now there’s an idea . . . that would be sort two fetishes for the price of one, I suppose.
Or is it just me?