Stage Show makeup


You need to know your products and tools. The wrong product and tool can spoil a production. Foundation can make the face look flat and expressionless if not chosen correctly. The wrong lip color can draw attention to the lips and take away from stage presence. You do not want a faceless presence. Opposite of appearing expressionless is appearing overly exaggerated. Using the wrong tools can make lines seem clown-like or even sloppy and smeared. Makeup is unrealistic and fake looking.


A balance of visual and reality is needed for success. Keep in mind that those sitting in the back of the auditorium will need to see facial features and expressions just like those sitting up front. I like to use panstick foundation in a shade or two darker than normally used for its coverage and visibility, loose translucent powder to set the makeup, eye shadow with a high pigment, lipstick in a color that complements the skin tone, eyeliner and mascara in black or dark brown, concealer, and highlighter.


You may want to have false eye lashes on hand to add emphasis to the eyes. When working with these products, it is best to have the following tools available for application: sponge for foundation, velour powder puff, natural hair shadow brushes, a lip brush, and a mascara wand and curler.


Tips for Application of Stage Makeup


1. I always begin stage makeup with a clean face. Makeup will last longer and application easier if the face is free from dirt and oils. I also recommend a toner to add balance to the skin's ph.

2. Once the face is clean, now is the time to apply the eyelashes. The lashes will adhere better without moisturizer.

3. Apply moisturizer. Lights and heavy makeup can have a drying effect. Moisturizer will help nourish the skin.

4. Know your lighting, best features, and face shape. This will come in handy when applying concealer and corrector. Apply concealer in a shade lighter to hide dark circles under the eyes. Blend well so the lines are not visible.

5. Using a panstick foundation will give good coverage. It is simple to use with a sponge and can be blended easily. If you find the foundation too heavy, dampen the sponge to ease coverage.

6. Rouge should be applied in a shade that complements your skin tone. It also needs to be seen in the audience so that the face does not appear flat.


7. Apply the eye makeup, keeping in mind that the audience will be seeing at different distances. Lines should be neat and blended. Too much black liner on both top and bottom can sometimes appear harsh. .

8. Remove any loose powder. Clean up areas that appear sloppy.

9. Apply lip color using a brush for neatness. If using a liner, choose one that matches the lipstick so the lips remain clean and neat. A severe line can add focus where you don't want the focus. Gloss will add dimension, but be careful not to overload.