"I suppose the sets and the studio lights needed the girls and boys to be made to look ugly in order to look presentable in the movie"
(Please have a look at the image I have attached, which actually contains the text from which the line is taken.Please note that the word "pancake" refers to make-up in the text. Thanks to all)
In this sentence I have 2 questions - First, what does the author want to say by saying "needed the girls and boys to be made ugly"? Is he saying this because he is against the idea of using make-up and personally thinks that make-up makes people ugly? If not, then what does else does he want to say?
My second question is that, why are boys and girls needed to look ugly because of the sets and studio lights? What is the connection of sets and studio lights with them being needed to look ugly in order for them to look presentable in the movie?