Theatre And Stage Makeup Tips

Use the following information and tips to create memorable theatrical makeup that creates characters, adds drama, and otherwise complements performances.

Good theatrical makeup is sometimes overlooked and under appreciated because it works so well in conjunction with the mood and stage setting and compliments the actor's performance. However, theatrical makeup is an important element of any production.Here is some information and ideas to help you successfully create your own looks for the theatre and stage.

Make sure your theatrical makeup kit contains the necessities.A makeup kit should contain the following basic items:foundation or makeup base, rouge, highlights, eye makeup, eyebrow pencil, mascara, lipstick, applicator sponge, cleansing cream and tissues.Because all of these items area available in a variety of forms and brands carefully consider your purpose when selecting your items.Makeup options also range from inexpensive Halloween makeup to professional makeup and special materials.

Consider the mood of the performance as well as costume and stage setting.Is the tone light and airy or brutal and garish?Your makeup choices should enhance the nature of the performance and create the illusion that the actor is his character.Test your makeup under the stage lighting to determine if you have achieved the expected results.


Go for the dramatic.Makeup designed for stage use is heavier than everyday makeup.An audience viewing a performance from a distance will not see makeup that is too subtle, so a heavier application, brighter colors, and applications like false eyelashes can be necessary.Heavier foundation gives the appearance of flawless skin.Choose a color that will be appropriate for the character's complexion by considering elements of the character like age and race.Add darker shades, including blush, to create contours in desired areas, and lighter shades to create highlights.Blend your makeup to avoid sharp contrasts.To make lips look bigger, simply use a lip liner to draw them in the desired size and shape and color them in.Eyes will look bigger if you extend the line on the upper lid past the corner of the eye and do not connect it with the lower line.Finish the look with powder to keep makeup from running under the hot lights.

Accept the challenge of creating monsters, injuries, aging, and other transformations.Mortician's wax and nose putty can be sculpted and used to construct facial features, artificial hair can be created from crepe wool and attached with spirit gum and latex, and tooth wax will black out teeth.Experiment with these items to create the effects you desire.Skin can be given the appearance of wrinkles through shadows and highlights as well as three-dimensional applications.Wounds or injuries can be created by sculpting and applying mortician's wax with spirit gum and adding the desired coloration, or they can be simply purchased pre-made from makeup suppliers or at Halloween.

Finally, no stage makeup application is complete without a proper skin care routine, hygienic use of makeup and supplies, and the replacement of expired makeup.For successful theatrical makeup application, remember to include these steps in addition to creating an appropriate appearance for the mood and character, going for the dramatic, and experimenting with transformations.

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