Definition of panstick in English:



mass noun
  • A kind of matt cosmetic foundation in stick form, widely used in theatrical make-up.

    • ‘Ok, there may be enough for our leaders and attendant hangers-on, but what about the bloke who puts toothpaste of the Prince of Wales' toothbrush or the woman who applies Tony Blair's panstick?’
    • ‘That fine head of hair is now silver and he appears to be wearing a light coating of theatrical panstick.’
    • ‘His essential wide-boy baddiness would be lost underneath the head-dresses and panstick of a more lavish production.’
    • ‘The lights go down, the curtain comes up and we're back in variety, all caked panstick, female dancers in fishnet tights and cutaway tunics, high kicks, sequins and sparkles.’
    • ‘Is the life of a pantomime dame all slapstick, panstick and lipstick?’
    cosmetics, greasepaint
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1940s: from pancake + stick.