- an oily mixture of melted tallow or grease and a pigment, used by actors, clowns, etc., for making up their faces.
- theatrical makeup.
Origin of grease paint
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for grease paint
What you have just put on is known as a grease-paint makeup.The Art of Stage Dancing
The crowd of "supers" were prompt with grease-paint to make their colour more Egyptian.England
The poet has the look of a cowboy off the stage, tanned with grease-paint.Drum Taps
It made her comb her hair all awry and apply the grease-paint to her cheeks with a trembling hand.The Bill-Toppers
A wig, a stick of grease-paint, a threepenny twist of crepe hair, and there you are!Cleek, the Master Detective
Thomas W. Hanshew