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Basic Stage Makeup

posted in Entertainment
01/30/2015
  • Exaggerated makeup is a necessity whenever you go onstage. It brings out your features and prevents you from being washed out by the lights. Here are some tips for doing basic stage makeup (you can modify depending on your character, this is just the baseline).
    Exaggerated makeup is a necessity whenever you go onstage. It brings out your features and prevents you from being washed out by the lights. Here are some tips for doing basic stage makeup (you can modify depending on your character, this is just the baseline).
  • First off- foundation (make sure to apply primer first. Apply a layer all over your face. This is the base for your stage face, so don't be afraid to apply a little more than you normally would. Stage makeup is NOT supposed to look like your
    First off- foundation (make sure to apply primer first. Apply a layer all over your face. This is the base for your stage face, so don't be afraid to apply a little more than you normally would. Stage makeup is NOT supposed to look like your
  • normal everyday makeup, but it's not supposed to make you look like a clown either.

  • Next- contouring and highlighting. This will bring out your facial features onstage, and as with foundation, do not be afraid to go a little more intense than you would for an everyday look (but always remember to not go overboard).
    Next- contouring and highlighting. This will bring out your facial features onstage, and as with foundation, do not be afraid to go a little more intense than you would for an everyday look (but always remember to not go overboard).
  • To finish off the skin, add blush. This is very important for keeping you from looking horribly and vampirishly pale onstage under the lights. However, especially with blush, there is a fine line between having enough to bring out your coloring and looking like a clown. I have had far to many
    To finish off the skin, add blush. This is very important for keeping you from looking horribly and vampirishly pale onstage under the lights. However, especially with blush, there is a fine line between having enough to bring out your coloring and looking like a clown. I have had far to many
  • instances where I ended up looking silly onstage because of too much blush. To get the perfect color, apply blush in your normal amount and then add 2-3 more layers. If the blush looks clownishly red/pink it is too much, and if it still looks natural it is too little. Just right will look a little more vibrant and unnatural than usual, but not overwhelmingly so.

  • Next for the eyes. Apply a thin layer of mascara and either a dark brown or black eyeliner over the upper lid (creating a slight wing) and a lees intense layer on the lower lid. Line your bottom waterline with white or nude eyeliner to make your eyes pop.
    Next for the eyes. Apply a thin layer of mascara and either a dark brown or black eyeliner over the upper lid (creating a slight wing) and a lees intense layer on the lower lid. Line your bottom waterline with white or nude eyeliner to make your eyes pop.
  • For eyeshadow, stick to dark browns and nudes. Apply a nude eyeshadow all over your lid up to your eyebrows. Put a light color and shimmer on the middle of your eyelid and the inner corner of your eyes. In your crease, use a medium brown eyeshadow. As always with stage makeup, apply a little more
    For eyeshadow, stick to dark browns and nudes. Apply a nude eyeshadow all over your lid up to your eyebrows. Put a light color and shimmer on the middle of your eyelid and the inner corner of your eyes. In your crease, use a medium brown eyeshadow. As always with stage makeup, apply a little more
  • liberally than you normally would, but again exercise caution. Bring your crease up a little higher and thicker than normal. In the outer corner, sweep a very dark brown or black in a v shape, bringing it into your crease a little and down your lid. Blend the darker color outward a little and bring a tiny bit of the dark color down along your bottom lash line.

  • To finish up your eye look, add some false lashes to really make your eyes pop. To blend the false eyelashes with your real ones, apply the falsies, curl your lashes together, and apply a coat of mascara to seal them together. If there are any gaps or any glue showing, cover it up with eyeliner.
    To finish up your eye look, add some false lashes to really make your eyes pop. To blend the false eyelashes with your real ones, apply the falsies, curl your lashes together, and apply a coat of mascara to seal them together. If there are any gaps or any glue showing, cover it up with eyeliner.
  • Doing your eyebrows is a necessity, otherwise they will completely disappear onstage and mess with one of the tools that actors need most- facial expression. Fill them in as usual, just ever so SLIGHTLY darker than normal. Again, they should NOT look crayoned-on.
    Doing your eyebrows is a necessity, otherwise they will completely disappear onstage and mess with one of the tools that actors need most- facial expression. Fill them in as usual, just ever so SLIGHTLY darker than normal. Again, they should NOT look crayoned-on.
  • Lastly, the lipstick. Try to choose a color that is slightly more pink or red than your natural lip, but still looks fairly natural. To create a base, line and fill in your lips with lip liner. Dust some translucent powder over it to set it. Next, apply the lipstick and set it as well to ensure
    Lastly, the lipstick. Try to choose a color that is slightly more pink or red than your natural lip, but still looks fairly natural. To create a base, line and fill in your lips with lip liner. Dust some translucent powder over it to set it. Next, apply the lipstick and set it as well to ensure
  • that it stays throughout the whole show. Try to use a matte lipstick and avoid lip gloss, as anything overly shiny and reflective will make your lips look greasy and sloppy onstage. To add some dimension, put a slightly lighter color or a shimmer shadow in the middle of your lips and blend.

  • Annddd... your done!!! You look fabulous, so now it's time to get onstage and rock your show!!!!
    Annddd... your done!!! You look fabulous, so now it's time to get onstage and rock your show!!!!
  • Hope this helped!!! ❤️

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