Mime makeup in progress

Mime makeup in progress
Potatojunkie / CC BY-NC-ND

In its basic form I’m sure the idea of mimes has existed since ancient times, an iconic silent performer who says a lot about the human condition. In modern form, mimes have narrowed down to a very specific performance style and a recognisable look. Love them or hate them, mimes have a very strong, distinct look which is contributed to in no small part by the accents of red they include in their elaborate make-up, a spot here, a tear there, a pair of red lips.

Once the make-up and costume is completely applied, the mime is nearly anonymous by design, an every-person, so it’s interesting to see this shot of the transformation from human being to performing symbol in this shot. The girl with the red lips and the mostly done mime make-up is touching up her dark eye lining, and you know she’s preparing to become the creature she is to be.

Bloodied Mime

Bloodied Readhead Mime
cc licensed flickr photo shared by buyalex

I’m not a fan of blood and gore, but the effect is obviously artificial after the first look at this picture, and it makes a for a very striking image. The redheaded woman in mime-like makeup and bold red lipstick, looking forlornly into the distance is intriguing enough, but why is her throat slit?