Professional Make-Up Tips 2: Face

Applying Stage Performance Make-Up Stage performance make-up is usually heavier than standard domestic make-up.

  • Always apply stage make-up onto a clean moisturised face.
  • Apply foundation over your entire face and neck. Thick pancake make-up works great because it covers everything and provides an even skin colour.
  • Applying blush using a cream or stick blush will last longer.
  • Accentuate the eyes with a dark line and apply plenty of mascara. The shadows should be natural looking or colourful.
  • Use a little foundation or concealer on your lips before you apply the lip liner or lipstick.
  • As a final touch to the lips, use a lip glass, which are more intense than a lip gloss. Mac produces one.
  • Remember, bright lights wash away your colour and features, so your make-up needs to be exaggerated in order to show up. Whilst it may look like too much under dressing room lighting, your features will be enhanced on stage.

Stage vs Everyday Foundation Stage make-up is different from everyday make-up in that it is heavier in formulation (full coverage) and doesn't come off with perspiration. Mac and Max Factor cosmetics make professional make-up and understand a professional performer's needs. Pancake make-up is used to create flawless skin from a distance; after you apply any foundation set it with a make-up powder. For the eyes, use bright, intense colours or false eyelashes in all live work for a better look.

Making Foundation Last for Performers and Oily Skin Foundation starts to 'disappear' when you have oily skin. A matte foundation is long-wearing and is specifically formulated to stay. Matte foundations are usually oil-free and don't clog your pores. Brands that have long lasting properties are:

  • Estee Lauder 'Double Wear' is a long-wearing formula which absorbs excess oil.
  • LancĂ´me 'Tient Idole Ultra' lasts for up to 14 hours and is touch-up free.
  • Cover Girl 'Outlast' lasts for up to 10 hours.
  • Maybeline 'Pure Stay' lasts for hours.

Concealer and Corrective Products - What Are They For? A concealer hides blemishes, dark spots or darkness around the eyes. A corrective product is either yellow or green and is used to hide redness on the face or very dark circles around the eyes. Sometimes you may need it all! You can mix a concealer and corrective cream. Otherwise:

  • apply the corrective product first
  • then the concealer
  • then foundation
  • then seal your make-up with powder

The final step is to apply foundation gently over the concealed areas and your face to achieve a blended make-up look followed by a face powder to set it.

Dark panda eyes? After moisturising your face, apply just under the eyes and apply a concealer along the inner bone of eye using a synthetic make-up brush. By using a brush you will achieve a smooth finish.

Blemishes or dark spots? Concealer can be used to hide your flaws; just apply concealer using a synthetic make-up brush to dark or reddened areas.

Bronzing Powder for a Healthy Glow and Look to Your Face Want a healthy glow and look? Achieve it with bronzing powder. Begin by applying bronzing powder using a large brush to your cheeks, the tip of your nose, chin and along the forehead.

Want a healthy glow and look? To achieve the glamour look of 40s movie stars:

  • First cleanse and moisturise face.
  • Apply concealer to eye areas that are dark or have blemishes.
  • Next, use foundation then finish with a translucent powder to seal the make-up on your face.
  • Apply blusher.
  • Outline your lips with a with a juicy red lip liner followed by your lipstick.
  • To further create a more dramatic 40s look around the eyes, use black liquid eyeliner and extend the line further than the outside of your eye.
  • Apply mascara to the top and bottom eyelashes for a 'bigger eyes'.

Is Your Nose Too Long or Too Wide? Make-up can make the nose appear shorter and thinner. Apply a bronzing powder to the tip of the nose for the illusion of being smaller, or apply on the inner lower side of the nose to make the nose seem thinner.

Is Your Face or Neck Too Long or Too Wide? Using blush and bronzer, you can contour your face and neck to appear thinner. Apply your blush below the whole length of the cheekbone. Apply bronzing powder on each side of your throat (in line with the bend of the jaw bone) to extend the lines of your neck.