ACE 'S MAKE-UP
THE EVOLUTION OF THE MAKE-UP
The make-up went through many changes before it became what we know (and love) today:
Picture 2 and 3 were taken in June or July 1973, and also shows that Ace had his make-up design perfected already at that point. Well, almost... he hadn't got as far as to apply the whiteface make-up yet, but would just paint his silver design around the eyes. On picture 2 Ace didn't wear any lipstick, while on picture 3 he had painted his lips black. It is rumored that Ace is allergic to the silver make-up, and as it can be seen in picture 3, he had already started to use eyeliner at this point, to avoid the silver paint getting in touch with his eyes.
Picture 4 was taken in January 1974, and shows the make-up, as it had been for the previous four or five months. The silver design (without eyeliner) and whiteface, with black lipstick.
But Ace still had trouble with the silver, and started to use other colors around the eyes. Picture 5 is from early 1975, and at this point he painted his eyebrows black, with a brown shadow over the eyes.
Ace then tried to paint a black border around the eyes, like he had done in the early days in 1973 (picture 3). As you can see in picture 6, he first followed the eyelid, and made a rounded border. But then he perfected it a bit, and gave it more style (picture 7). Also note that Ace had a new look for the mouth... instead of the basic black lipstick, applied to the lips (like Paul would), the design had a more futuristic design.
This design got perfected over the next couple of years, to what is seen on picture 8. Note that the black now has a brown patch again, but this time strongly separated, and not blended together like on picture 5.
With the release of the solo albums in September 1978, it was decided that every member of the band should have their own signature color: red for Gene, purple for Paul, green for Peter, and blue for Ace. It was then suggested that Ace, like Peter, incorporated his signature color into his make-up. So by the release of Dynasty in 1979, Ace was wearing blue eye shadow, instead of the brown (as seen in picture 9). There were however, still a small patch of brown on the eyelids.
10 shows Ace in 1980. Here the brown part above the eyes are more evident, and you can
also see that the eyebrows were painted with more care, than in picture 9.