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Make up tips for performance - Face make up

We quite often are asked for advice on using make up for performance on a stage, so we created a workshop on costuming and make up. Here are some of the notes from the workshop.

Please feel free to contact Donna for more information about booking her workshop:

When applying make up for a performance, consider whether you’re going to be in natural or stage lighting. How far away will the audience be? Is there a theme for your performance...Gothic, Art Deco, Spanish, North African...?

Pedralta World Fusion: Stage make up tips - face make up
  1. Exfoliate
  2. Moisturise
  3. Eye moisturiser
  4. Skin primer
  5. Foundation
  6. Blemish cover
  7. Powder
  8. Warmth/bronzer
  9. Highlighter

Step 1 - Exfoliate

Exfoliating helps to remove dead surface layers of skin. Once you have done this the moisturiser and foundation work better. It “polishes” skin by removing dead cells, and it brightens and ‘freshens’ your skin.

The cheapest option is to gently wipe over the face and neck with a face flannel, using a circular motion.

I sometimes use:

  • Clinique,
  • Dermalogica (thermal dermo exfoliant.)

Step 2 - Moisturise

Moisturising hydrates the skin and prevents dryness.

Put dabs on your face, then massage the moisturiser into the skin with small circular motions until it’s fully absorbed.

Avoid the eye area then wait at least 5 minutes for your skin to absorb the moisturiser.

How much and which type of moisturiser you need depends on weather, central heating etc.

I use:

  • Demalogica skin smoothing cream
  • Clinique
  • Bare Minerals Serum

Step 3 - Eye moisturiser

Why do you need a different moisturiser for your eyes? The skin around the eyes is more sensitive than the rest of your face. And you squint, laugh, frown, etc, which can lead to wrinkles. So I use eye moisturiser to help prepare the skin around the eyes for the make up to follow.

Pat around your eyes - don’t drag your skin.

Step 4 - Skin primer

Skin primer puts a base under the foundation. It smoothes the skin, and will camouflage small lines and open pores.

Apply a thin layer of primer, with your finger tips. Leave it for about 5 minutes

I use:

  • Bare Minerals primer
  • Dr Feelgood by Benefit
  • Smashbox also do a range of primers with corrective properties too. They have a nice texture but the packaging leaves much to be desired. It can disintegrate and the pumps break.

Step 5 - Foundation

Foundation evens out skin tone. Foundation with a SPF can help protect your skin from sun damage, which is worth thinking about if the performance is outside.

Apply foundation with your fingertips, a brush or a sponge.

I use:

  • Bare Minerals matte or original
  • Clinique Photo Ready

Step 6 - Blemish cover

Pedralta World Fusion: stage make up tips

Blemish cover is used to camouflages blemishes, dark pigmented areas, and dark circles under the eyes. Apply it sparingly under or over the foundation, with finger tips or a brush.

Be careful with blemish cover that is a lot lighter than your foundation, especially if you have puffy circles. Far from covering the blemishes - it can highlight them!

I use:

  • Bare Minerals Summer Bisque

I have tried Illamasqua, YSL Touche Eclat and Benefit Erase Paste, but found them a bit heavy and drying.

Step 7 - Powder

Using powder fixes the foundation and makes it last longer.

Apply powder lightly and blend-in well with a brush. Bare Minerals Mineral Veil is fine for going into the eye socket too. Be careful with others - they can sit in wrinkle lines!

I use:

  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil or Illuminating Mineral Veil.
  • Clinique do a nice neutral translucent powder, suitable over all shades of foundation.
Pedralta World Fusion: stage make up tips

Step 8 - Warmth/bronzer

Bronzers add warmth, shape and depth to your make up, and it can be used to help enhance or camouflage features.

Use a large brush to sweep in a number ‘3’ shape across the brow, under the cheek bone, and under the chin.

If you want to make an area recede, use a bronzer. If you want to bring an area to the fore, use a highlighter.

I use:

  • Bare Minerals Warmth
  • Clinique Bronzer

Step 9 - Highlighter

Use highlighter on your cheek bones, the bridge of nose, the cupid's brow above lip, and anywhere light would naturally catch.

This can add a healthy glow. Don't do this if you have an oily complexion, are prone to shine or if you perspire a lot when dancing. Use very sparingly!

I use:

  • Bare Mineral Illuminating Veil, so don't tend to use highlighter.
  • Illamasqua Gleam Cream

To remove

Make-up wipes will do in an emergency to remove the excess if you’re going for a meal or something after a performance, but it’s really important to cleanse well after using all this stuff!

Clinique Take the Day Off Balm is a thick, slightly greasy consistency and can be used over the whole face, throat and eyes. It will remove waterproof mascara too.

Dermalogica Pre Cleanse Solution feels good on the skin, very efficient cleanser. Will also remove waterproof mascara.

Use a cleansing “soap” and water after both these, followed by a moisturiser.

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