from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A trademark used for a semisolid cosmetic or theatrical makeup pressed into a flat cake and usually applied with a damp sponge.
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- proper n. A semisolid cosmetic, or theatrical makeup, pressed into a flat cake and applied with a damp sponge.
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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.