Many years ago my group and I did some performances in blackface. At the time we just used some simple black greasepaint and really only did our faces. I would like to investigate a more authentic approach to blacking up and I wondered if any of you have any practical advice about how to do it. I think the first step is to burn some bottle corks in alcohol and I think this was even shown in Spike Lee’s movie “Bamboozled” but I’d like to hear from someone who has done it.
What is the best thing to use as the base? Is any exposed skin to be covered like the back of the neck and the front of the hands? I don’t see how one could play in gloves and so I assume the front of the hands and fingers is not covered.
I’m not sure if this subject is considered on-topic but I thought I’d start here looking for practical experience. I’d really like to try it in the authentic manner with the idea of maybe putting together another show for the reenactment circuit or even just for a video.