American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A trademark used for a semisolid cosmetic or theatrical makeup pressed into a flat cake and usually applied with a damp sponge.
“But Rita kept her mouth shut and her expression bland as she smoothed on the Pan-Cake makeup.”
“You've got to come to the wedding," Rita said, getting out the Pan-Cake makeup.”
“The fully refined preparation, its name changed to Pan-Cake, for its panlike container and its cakelike form, was perhaps Max Factor's greatest invention; not only did it make Technicolor visually palatable but women on the set kept stealing it off the shelves for personal use.”
“Based upon the spectroscopic perception that skin holds a multitude of tints yet is "essentially a translucent covering with relatively little color of its own," Pan-Cake was too dark to successfully wear at night.”
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