Task 1. Start With An Even Color By Applying Foundation
It is most important to start your artwork, any kind of artwork, on a clean canvas. Make sure to have makeup wipes for your actors at your shoots. Sometimes this can dry skin out so you should have lotion handy if they are comfortable using it.
After they have cleansed their faces, you can apply foundation. This makes the skin look smooth and consistent, especially on camera. We use Maybelline Dream Velvet because of its excellent blending quality.
It is a good idea to test the color on the wrist of the actor so you don’t tan them or make them sickly pale (unless, of course, that is the desired look.)
Choose the closest color you can. If the color does not quite match their skin tone, that's fine. You can blend the jawline and some of the neck to help cover it up.
We always have about 3 different tones (light, medium and dark) and you can mix darker colors with lighter ones to make a perfect match.
It's easiest if you can tell actors to remember their color tone so that they look consistent all throughout the film. Or, you can write it down and keep it in your make-up box.
The tones that we have on hand for the Maybelline Dream brand are 90, 50 and 10. 90 and 10 can be used to mix and 50 is a common color match. Think dark skin is 90, olive skin is 70, white is 50 and really pale is 10.
You can use your hands to apply the foundation but a makeup sponge applies more evenly and makes blending easier.
Task 1 Checklist:
Apply and match foundation following these easy steps:
1. Start with having the actor clean his face with a makeup wipe.
2. Match the foundation with the actor using the inside of his wrist to match.
3. Apply the foundation using your hands or a makeup sponge.
Task 2. Bring The Color Back To Your Actor's Face By Applying Contour
Now is the time for contour.
Since the foundation makes everything one flat color, the goal of this step is to define the actor’s features. You are now going to emphasize the:
Here's a quick picture going over what you are about to do:
We don't have any particular favorite brand to use. Any palette that has a bronzer, highlighter and contour will work. Apply the contour (lighter bronze) to the lower cheek bone and jaw-line like a horizontal V.
Using the bronzer, apply to the temple. Go light here. If you get too much on the temple it is very hard to blend in.
You don't want your actor to end up looking like he got in a fist fight and has developed a severe bruise on both his temples.
Use another sponge to blend the harsh lines.
Next apply the white powder to the ears, forehead, nose and chin. Be careful here if you are using a highlighter pallet. If you get too much on it will appear "sparkly" or "glittery" on camera. Go very light or get a light colored matte palette like a finishing powder to use as highlighter.
Apply a pink blush to the apple of the cheeks, right below the eyes. Once you are done with all the powders, do one more run with the brush, blending everything in.
Task 2 Checklist:
Define facial features with these steps:
1. Apply contour to the cheeks in the shape of a horizontal V.
2. Apply bronzer to both temples.
3. Apply highlighter to the forehead, nose, chin, and ears.
4. Define the cheek bones by applying blush to the apples of the cheeks.
5. Blend everything in!
Task 3. The Eyes Are Windows To The Soul And Can Tell A Great Story, So They Need Defined As Well As The Lips
The make-up for the eyes, especially in older film genres, should be most subtle, barely noticeable even. Men are not an exception. This, like contouring, brings out the features.
The eyes are the windows into the thoughts and feelings of the performer so they need to look good.
Browns and neutral colors should be used for this natural makeup look. Apply a light shade on the entire top of the lid and a darker shade on the lower.
Then apply mascara. Once again, this is important in making the features of the eyes pop. So this should be applied to men and women alike. Try to have a mascara that will not be repulsive to the men. Avoid pink bottles that are from CoverGirl.
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Similar to how the foundation makes the entire face one flat color, applying eye shadow puts powder on the eyelashes and makes them look white. Mascara makes them appear to be black again. A very light coat should be enough.
The lashes don't need to be plump and full unless it is intentional for a particular character.
Finally, apply a subtle shade of lipstick. This brings color back to the lips after foundation may have chased away the natural color. Like the mascara, tinted lipbalm is more acceptable to guys than a light shade of lipstick.
Task 3 Checklist:
Make the eyes and lips pop with these steps:
1. Apply eye shadow, a light shade for the upper eye lid and a darker one for the lower lid.
2. Apply a light coat of mascara to the eye lashes.
3. Put some subtle lipstick on the lips.
Task 4. Get The Right Shape For Eyebrows Depending On Whether You Are Working With An Actor Or Actress
Now its time for the eyebrows. For ladies use a 3 point system to make the perfect brow shape. Using a make-up brush, mark out the 3 points in reference to the edge of the nose. See diagram below.
Point #1 goes inline with the nose and the far edge of the eye.
Point #2 goes inline with the nose and the center of the pupil. This is the "arc" of the brow.
The final point, point #3, is inline with the nose and the far inside of the eye. Using a brow brush, fill in the lines and add to the brow edge if necessary.
For men, the line is simpler. It's straight. If there is a natural arc work with it but don't emphasis it.
Task 4 Checklist:
Get the eyebrows right for an actress by:
1. Marking out the three points
2. Go from point to point with a thin line of eyebrow makeup
3. Fill in
1. Make a line straight out. Fill in.
A Natural Makeup That Looks Great On Both Stage And Screen
I hope this satisfies all your stage and film makeup needs. This is the process we use on all our actors at every shoot. It is an absolute must to apply make up to every actor and actress at every shoot.
This makeup routine isn't a heavy look. It's just something that emphasizes features. Now that you have mastered (or at least understand the basics) of lighting and makeup, you are ready to learn how to:
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