perc westmore

 

      factor and the twins

 The twins, Perc and Ern, working with Max Factor, 1931.

The twins, Perc and Ern, working with Max Factor, 1931.

 

The twins, Perc and Ern, partnered with Max Factor in 1930 -1934. The "Percern" was the first commercial toupee and was branded with the Max Factor label. Perc and Ern were in charge of the wig department, said to have been the biggest of the day. During this time, 95% of the cosmetics and 100% of the wigs used in the movie studio system were manufactured by Max Factor.  


influencing the standards of beauty: the United States Army

 Behind the scenes: War Department Official Training Film, Perc Westmore, with actress, Mary Burke.

Behind the scenes: War Department Official Training Film, Perc Westmore, with actress, Mary Burke.

The Westmore's  influenced beauty far beyond the salon and the big screen.   Hairstyles and Make-up guidelines were all developed by "Make-up Expert", Perc Westmore for the United States Army in 1945.


26 years at Warner Brothers Studio

 Perc Westmore, Makeup Director, Warner Brothers.

Perc Westmore, Makeup Director, Warner Brothers.


Universal 1964-1970

At Universal, John Chambers (Makeup Artist, The Munsters) asked Perc to do Al Lewis's (Grandpa Munster) makeup on the hit show, The Munsters. Perc also gave lectures 4 times a day as part of the "Studio Tour" at the Visitor Center.  Perc's nephews, Monty, Marvin, and Michael Westmore  (Bud's Apprentice) would all take turns assisting at the "Perc Westmore Makeup Show". Later, Perc was promoted to Consultant and Michael would conduct the show.

 Perc wih Al Lewis as Grandpa Munster.

Perc wih Al Lewis as Grandpa Munster.


the bill cosby show (1969 -1972)

Perc started work as Chief Makeup Artist on The Bill Cosby Show in 1968. He developed new makeup techniques and shades specifically created for African-American skin tones.