Life’s A Stage: The Tips And Tricks Of Grease Makeup
Whether you're thinking of using makeup with grease for a theatrical event, a special Halloween party or some other occasion, you need to know what products are there and how to apply them.
Although makeup with grease takes more time and preparation than regular facial water-soluble paint, it also lasts much longer. The most important thing is that the makeup of the grease does not stain or slip under hot lights or in conditions where you can sweat. With the grease makeup you can create a more dramatic and even professional appearance.
In addition to your facial paints and pencils, you will need:
- facial cleanser or cleanser in cream and / or baby shampoo
- clean towels or paper towel
- outerwear and caps or shower cap
- possible shaver for men
- mirror if necessary Do not work from home
- good quality paint brush, powder brush
- professional application powder, baby powder or talcum powder and applicator (see below)
- Q tips or fine paint brush, paper silk, paper towel, all practical
- Other items you might also consider:
- light moisturizer
- baby oil (to correct mistakes after painting & # 39; & # 39;)
- charcoal pencil for eyes
- sponge  lord or water sprayer
- glitter and other decoration
Before you start applying makeup, you should prepare your face so that it moves smoothly. Wash your face thoroughly, tying your hair when necessary and, for men, shave. (Bearded men can apply makeup with grease paint, but it can be difficult to keep it out of the hair). Remember that makeup with grease can stain clothes, so wear an old shirt with buttons. After the skin dries, apply a very light moisturizer.
First you must work with the lighter color, usually white, and with a good quality brush or sponge, or you can delineate the area and then fill it. Paint following the contours of your face. The makeup of the fat may not be soft if it is too cold, which can be remedied by putting a little color in the palm of the hand for a minute. After painting, use your fingers to "caress" the makeup on your skin.
Unlike water-based makeup, makeup with grease requires the face to be painted and then "put" with a professional powder, or a baby powder or talcum powder. . (If you are using talc, be sure to confirm in advance that you do not have an allergic reaction). You can "adjust" the makeup of the grease in stages after each application of color or at the end of the entire painting. Some people prefer the latter, applying all colors before applying the powder, because they can correct mistakes more easily. However, the drawback is that you run the risk of mixing colors accidentally and staining your work.
Whether you & # 39; place & # 39; In stages or at the end, a reliable way to apply the powder is to partially fill a small, clean cotton tube sock with the powder, tie it up, and then gently rub the face. Allow the powder to sit for about half a minute before removing excess powder with a brush. Painted areas should no longer feel damp or sticky: if this is not the case, you probably need more dust. Once the grease makeup has been established, it should be fairly smudge-proof. If it is necessary to correct something at this point, you can use the Q-Tips soaked in baby oil, but remember that neighboring areas could now be stained.
Be careful not to apply grease on face makeup or in layers. If you have too much in one place, press down with your fingers to soften it. Continue refining your face, using Q-Tips or a fine brush for smaller areas. Fat pencils can also be used for the face, charcoal pencils for the eyes, and do not forget the color of your lips too!
Allow the grease makeup to dry completely and apply a last light coat of powder, removing the excess powder with a brush or tissue paper. A damp cloth on the end can help remove excess dust, or spray it with a very light spray of water. In warmer climates, you can probably skip this step because the extra dust will absorb the perspiration.
If you are applying brightness, it should be done at the end. Generally, the shine is most effective when applied over the eyes or on the cheeks. A gel with gloss is often used instead of a dry gloss to minimize the chances of flaking in the eye. With dry shine, first lightly moisten the face and cheeks, then poof & # 39; in the polyester sheen. Remember to let the makeup sit for about half an hour before leaving. If you have lost paint on the eyelashes, cover it with a mask.
For almost any type of face design, you will need a minimum white paint base and a black paint pen, but of course there are many intermediate colors and you will probably want to try at least some of them. The main producers of fat makeup are Mehron and Ben Nye. Mehron's fat makeup focuses on theater professionals who want an easy application with good coverage. Ben Nye also appeals to the same community, although Ben Nye's grease makeup is actually a cream. Facial makeup for grease comes in a variety of forms, from paddles (usually sold as a kit), to individual liners. Pencils, crayons and sticks are useful for smaller areas of the face. Both Mehron and Ben Nye also make eye shadows, blushes, a variety of glazes and fixing powders and sealing mists. You may also want to consider sweat-blocking sprays for the face to help preserve grease paint under strong lights or in a hot environment.