Maurice and the Makeup Brushes
Long ago, the Egyptians whittled a paintbrush using a stick with frayed ends to paint ancient tombs. Making use of what they knew, they improved on the stick making it into a tool that would be used for millennia to follow.
Much like the Egyptians, Maurice Stein also improved on a common tool and morphed it into a commodity envied by his peers, which has become a widely used necessity for anyone who applies makeup: the professional makeup brush.
In the 1930s and 1940s, makeup artists were still using their fingertips to apply makeup. During the early 1950's, makeup artists finally started using applicators, but brushes and sponges were just starting to catch on. By the late 1950's, makeup artists had started regularly using brushes, but hardware, art and paint stores were the only places to find them. While these brushes were fantastic for canvas, they didn't share the same effortless results on faces.
The Professional Makeup Industry was just coming to its own as film gained popular success and television was just beginning. After graduating from Comer and Doran Cosmetology in 1957, Maurice took his knowledge of makeup and hair to the studios where he joined other pioneers of his trade.
Maurice did what every other makeup artist was doing--he would go to the art store to buy paint brushes to use for applying makeup at work. However, on the set, while others were relaxing on breaks, Maurice would put his cosmetology knowledge to use by shaping the brushes with scissors and a razor then sanitizing them with water and soap to dry overnight since that was the only method he knew at the time.
When some of the most expensive faces in the world started noticing just how soft and nice his brushes were, other makeup artists asked him where and how they could get those brushes too. Before he knew it, he spent his down time on sets customizing not only his own brushes, but everyone else's too!
One day a light bulb hit him in the head (either literally or figuratively, he wouldn't say) and he called a producer of fine artist brushes and enlisted his help to order just 200 makeup brushes--since they were so expensive to produce Red Russian Kolinsky Sable brushes--half with a flat tip and the other with a curved tip--and he didn't know how many he would actually need. What Maurice didn't realize was that since he was only ordering one size of each brush, artists on set would request multiple of each brush so he found himself running out of the brushes before he even received them from New York, leaving none for him! Needless to say, he ordered another 50 of each brush...and that was the beginning of Maurice's contributions and improvements to the makeup brush.
He has since created many more sizes and styles of brushes using different types of high quality hair that can all be found at Cinema Secrets. While soap and water worked 50 years ago, each brush bought at Cinema Secrets today is sanitized by yet another one of his fantastic makeup innovations, the Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner.
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