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Makeup Designer and Theater: The Next Level of Career

The makeup designer is responsible for the visual appearance of any makeup worn by the actors on the stage. The makeup designer works closely with the costume designer to create a unique look for each actor that will visually support the character. In the studio of a really good makeup designer, the forgotten historical figures are reborn. These designers can change the most popular actors into some characters that could not be recognized with the most complex makeup. So why not every makeup artist could be a makeup designer and what are the main challenges of this job?

Makeup Designer
Makeup Designer

The Difference

When a beautiful and professional makeup is done to a woman, she can feel happy or she can experience the ultimate discomfort if the makeup is not right for her. The purpose of daily makeup is to highlight facial features and hide minor defects such as small scars, wrinkles, acne, moles, or dark circles under the eyes that makes any person  to look tired, sad, or sick. Evening or occasional makeup is designed to captivate, seduce, evoke positive emotions. It is a bright makeup that gives a secret to any woman. However, any type of ordinary makeup can only highlight the positive features of a face and hide what we do not like about our face, but any kind of the above-mentioned makeup cannot give a new face for a woman.

The theatrical makeup has the exact opposite effect. These are complex artistic effects that can give an illusion. Such a professional makeup is not comfortable because the designer creates what the character requires. Often these are fictional creatures or people with very extraordinary features of their character. The professional makeup is like an antibody, and only a professional actor knows how to tame it and wear it in the most natural manner.

Changes Of Trends And Possibilities

The theatrical and cinematic makeup have changed dramatically over the last twenty years when the supply of the intresting and proffesional material was increased, as well as, the information and courses are easily to be reached.

In the past, the makeup designers at theaters were used to have one paint palette for all tasks. Over the last decade, instruments and materials suitable for both cinema and theater have reached the new level. In the past, professional make-up was done roughly, often with special cardboard sticks or plaster. From the close perspective, it looked like a patchwork of lines and spots, so the final result could be seen from a far distance only. When the professional makep must be created for an actor who is going to perform in a theater of opera, it must be taken in mind that the makeup must be bright enough because the first rows of people are set far away from the stage. The ability to see the actor’s face from afar and imagining the makeup in a distance comes with a lot of time and practice.