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I recently had lunch with my former middle school English teacher/drama director to catch up, cuz we're mad tight like that. He asked if I'd mind dedicating some time to makeup design for the current production, and I of course volunteered.
The spring show is set during the late 50s/early 60s. After spending some time researching the period, I crafted three solid looks to supplement a written document I made, which highlights beauty/cultural icons, color trends, and how-tos for each look that the students can use for reference. I decided to create each look with my own makeup to show the end product so they had a visual guide, too.
This is the basic look prescribed for the males in the show. I was inspired by the 1950s rat pack and spent a lot of time looking into the dark eyes of Vincent Price. The idea is to enhance your features without going too crazy, though in theatre it's never too crazy when it comes to makeup. You'll always need more than you think thanks to stage lighting, but the idea here is basic. The look calls for an even-toned complexion (always achieved by stage makeup foundation), followed by defined eyes for shadow/depth (think of the dreamy gaze of Gary Cooper or the brooding glare of James Dean). Instead of using black eyeliner, I used a light application of brown eyeliner and a neutral shadow just a shade or two darker than my skin to create depth in the eye area. Amazing how you don't need much to make your features pop. A bit of blush is used to define the cheekbones just a bit, though not too much (read: clown face). To end the look, sweep a neutral lipstick over your smackers in a shade darker than your lip's skin. Mine is a bit too mauve-y but this is the look, more or less.
Later this week I will be doing more of a classic 1950s pin up look (CAT EYE AND RED LIPS) for the adult female characters, and then a toned down version of that face for the younger female characters. I think this will be quite fun.
Also, had an EXCELLENT hair day. With this new cut, I really have to work for it, though. Of course, it's come apart a bit already, but it was nice while it lasted.