Category Archives: Makeup/Costumes

The Skinny on Skin Care for Actors

Skin is our largest organ, and for actors it’s their largest canvas. Unfortunately the canvas can take a real beating after six-week runs of eight-show weeks, months on tour, audition stress, and countless makeup applications. So here’s the skinny on how to keep your canvas in tip-top shape.

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For the Love of Blood: Your Ultimate Guide to Stage Blood

With the Ides of March upon us — the day upon which Julius Caesar was murdered — it’s the perfect time of year to talk stage blood. The key to perfect stage blood is choosing the right variety for you particular blood scenario. Whether it’s buckets of blood in Martin McDonagh’s Lieutenant of Inishmore, or Lady Macbeth’s bloody hands in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, stage blood is an exhilarating, thrilling, sticky mess. Here are some tips for making the most out of even the stickiest stage blood situations.

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Movember Madness: The Art of Fake Facial Hair

Fake facial hair is theatrical gold. Instantaneously, women are capable of portraying men, prepubescent boys can age, and a single actor can play multiple characters with the switch of a mustache. So, in the Movember spirit, take a look at our simple tutorial on applying facial hair.

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Do-It-Yourself Blood, Guts and Gore

October is the best time of year for a makeup artist, and also for faces that like to be painted. Whether it’s enjoying the myriad of Instagram tutorials on ghoul and goblin faces, or preparing your favorite characters for immersive Halloween productions, this is the month theatrical makeup thrives.

But, if you’re new to the world of special effects, here’s the perfect introduction to DIY latex prosthetics that are so easy you can do them at home. Yes, these are great for Halloween – but they are also ideal for your next production of Titus Andronicus or Martin McDonagh’s Lieutenant of Inishmore.

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Stage Makeup for Actors on a Budget

Despairing about the investment you’re making in makeup before your big show?

The days of buying a pricey, yet basic, Ben Nye makeup kit to get you through a year of auditions and performances are over. With the rise in popularity of airbrush makeup, serious contouring, and mascara that mimics fake lashes, mainstream makeup has become pretty darn theatrical. This change in trend benefits no one as much as the budget-conscious actor.

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