New Blog Post By: Joyce Poon -President and Founder of Noir Lash Lounge
There’s a reason many women seek the services of a professional makeup artist for those special occasions in life, namely their wedding day. These pros know their stuff. The difference is never overly dramatic (you’ll still look like you) and yet, it makes all the difference from doing it yourself.
A drawback many actors and dancers have is that they can’t afford a makeup artist for every “big” event and for those in theindustry, that could be a lot! Appearances, auditions, performances – sometimes even a TV spot which doesn’t include an in-house artist at your disposal.
To add to that, stage and camera-ready makeup is not your daily wear. Many times I’ve been filmed or photographed thinking I look fabulous only to balk at the playback. Where did my eyebrows go?!? So here are some tips for makeup that won’t fade in the spotlight:
Use a primer. Especially if the segment is being filmed in HD or you are being photographed. Today’s high resolution cameras pick up EVERYTHING.
Invest in a really good foundation – one that you can move in, sweat in and still stays put. Try several out before committing. Practice with a full face on. It affects your performance when you know your face is literally melting for all the world to see.
Use concealer on top of the foundation. Sure you might think you look flawless in the mirror. Snap a selfie on your cell phone and that’ll make you think again. Use it not only to cover the redness around your nose, but the dark circles under your eyes. Also use it as a highlighter on the bridge of your nose and tops of your cheeks.
Make your eyes as dramatic as possible. And then add more. That’s how much you’ll need. Don’t be afraid to use black eyeshadow along with plenty of eyeliner. You might feel like you look like a raccoon in the mirror, but take a self-portrait and suddenly, it as if you didn’t put any makeup on at all.
Use strip lashes. Sometimes a pair isn’t enough, so don’t be afraid to layer on another. And don’t be shy. Go long and thick and for the stage, don’t be afraid of some of those crazy looking ones – they translate amazingly beautiful on camera!
Don’t be afraid to contour. The thought of contouring sounds so complicated, but as any actress, model or dancer will attest – it’s done for EVERYONE on any stage production. Just because you can’t afford a pro doesn’t mean you get to skip this important step. Learn to contour. Use a bronzer and a blush brush. Pinch the edges of the blush brush and apply in the hollows of your cheeks. Where the shadow falls is where you’ll want to apply it. Now unpinch your brush and blend.
Play with color. Luckily dancers get to wear such bright, colorful costumes not just over the course of their career but even in a single performance! Don’t forget cheek color and definitely apply much more than you would on a normal basis. Not sure how much? Use a camera with a flash setting from across the room to get an idea of how much you need to no longer look “washed out”
Don’t forget your brows!! This small detail frames the whole picture nicely together. It draws attention to your beautiful eyes and defines the face. Don’t be afraid to make the brows slightly thicker than your natural ones. A strong thin line is unnatural and jarring to the face.
This may seem like a lot of steps, but for those special occasions, how you appear is as important as how you’ll perform. It’s all a part of your stage persona. Lady Gaga just wouldn’t be Lady Gaga without the makeup (even in her full resplendent finery).
Joyce Poon- President & Founder of Noir Lash Lounge