Guidelines for applying stage make-up
Blending - A good rule of thumb for ease of blending during make-up application is to use cream-on-cream and powder-on-powder. Your make-up will be blotchy and won’t move if you try to put powder shadow colors on top of a greasy cream base. Seal the cream base all over with a white or translucent powder before you add colored shadows. Baby powder will do fine if you don’t have cosmetic powder. On the other hand cream/grease colors will not blend very well on a dry water base or powdery finish. Use powder/shadow on a dry base.
If you decide to use all cream/grease paint make-up, seal it after you are done with powder to set the make-up so it stays put and doesn’t rub off on costumes, hands, hair etc.
Spirit Gum- Used to attach 3-D pieces to a face, i.e., fake scars, noses, and facial hair.
Apply piece to clean dry skin by painting thin layer where the piece will be attached– wait a few seconds for the glue to get tacky before you attach your piece. Apply a thin layer around any edges of the piece that did not adhere. You can use a small damp (not wet!) sponge to pat down the edges. Since Spirit Gum is not water-soluble the dampness actually solidifies the gum.
CAUTION: Spirit Gum is near to impossible to remove from clothing. You can try soaking spot in 90% rubbing alcohol then rinsing completely before laundering Some people are sensitive or allergic. Do a small patch on your skin before doing a full application if you think you may have an issue.
When time to remove piece soak cotton swabs or cotton balls in alcohol and apply it to the edges of piece gently lifting piece up. Remove excess glue from skin by gently rubbing area with cotton soaked in 70% alcohol. Rinse area immediately with water.
Liquid Latex- Used to form textures and special effects on skin.
Apply a thin layer to clean dry skin with a brush or swab. Allow latex to dry completely before manipulating or covering with make-up. Approximately 15 minutes. Dry time depends on area covered and thickness of latex layer.
Caution – latex is even more difficult to remove from clothing than spirit gum.
Like spirit gum, some people are sensitive or allergic. Do a small patch on your skin before doing a full application if you think you may have an issue.
To remove dried latex peel off with your fingers by gently rubbing. Soap and water will not remove latex. Rinse your skin after all the latex is removed.
Make sure all exposed skin is covered with at least the make-up base including ears, neck, and chest and back of hands.
Apply shades/colors based on your own coloring. For instance a red headed person doesn’t grow black eye brows when they’re dead.
Supplies needed for “re-animated dead” actor
Pale ivory base preferably a cream with high coverage
Red lip pencil
Black and/or charcoal eyeliner – pencil or liquid
Dark purple or charcoal eye shadow
Baby powder or translucent powder
Latex make-up wedge sponges
Blush brush and smaller eye shadow brush
Liquid latex (found in Halloween sections of stores) optional
Tooth Black – liquid in nail polish like bottle (optional)
All of these items are readily available at drugstore or department stores like Target, Fred Meyer. The Halloween make-up out now is fine to use. The quality has improved. Walmart has fairly good make-up brushes for $1. You don’t have to buy expensive stuff!