This is a wonderful, brief glimpse into the makeup case of a movie makeup artist in the 40’s. The image is from a sequence in the 1944 classic Covergirl starring Rita Hayworth.
The scene involves Hayworth’s character being “made up” for a photo-shoot by makeup artist Clay Campbell, one of Columbia Picture’s most important makeup artists who worked with her on a regular basis.
The lipstick pallet he is working with shows us exactly how important and common a red lip was at the time. Other than one or two pink colors, the entire pallet is variations of red. The purple and white along the right side are undoubtedly there as mixers to alter the reds and for use in black and white films which were still being produced at the time.