Last week, we discussed what judges are looking for in their competitors and how paying attention to all the details from your magnetic stage presence to suit selection can make the difference between winning or losing your competition.This week, we will select one of those areas, physique stage makeup and discuss how you can impress the judges with your glammed up look and style.
First, you have to realize that stage makeup is different from your everyday look. It has to appear complementary under stage lighting and should accent your overall style not detract from it.
Nothing should distract the judges from what’s actually important, i.e. your physique.
Remember, and I can’t stress this enough, it’s always best to present yourself based on how the Judges want to see you and that’s no different when it comes to makeup or as the Judging criteria refer to it beauty flow.
(If you want a comprehensive overview on what the judges require in the area of Beauty Flow, you can read it HERE)
Remember what may look good off stage might look really flat and uninspiring on stage.
If your makeup is not applied correctly, you stand the chance of looking washed out under the stage lights.
For this reason and more, you need to either master doing your own stage makeup or seek the help of a professional makeup artist who can guide you towards the perfect look and style for your skin type and facial structure.
Do You Want To Do Your Own Stage Makeup?
So, if you want to do your own stage makeup, this is what you should be looking out for.
First, if you are going to do your own makeup, you should complete a few dry runs before your show.
Pay attention to your lighting!
Lighting can significantly affect your onstage look and for that reason, you need to have an idea or some method to replicate what type of lighting you will be standing under on stage.
Once you know what type of lighting you are dealing with, or have a method to replicate it, you will have an easier time game planning your makeup choices and application.
My go-to method for testing makeup application is to use good old natural lighting. I feel natural lighting will provide you with a great stage look perspective.
After you have applied your makeup stand in natural lighting with a hand mirror and place the mirror in different angles so you can see how your makeup looks and pops.
This method has served me well along with the hundreds of clients I have applied show day makeup for.
Another option used by many is testing your makeup under any bright light, such as a flashlight.
I have not had much success with this option, but you can give it a try and see if you have a better result.
After applying your makeup take a flashlight from different angles, such as from the top of your head and then slowly rotating it till it reaches the front of your face.
Closely observe how your makeup application reflects under the different lighting positions.
The theory is if you have done a good job with your makeup application, you will come to see that the more light you have on your face, the more flattering your makeup will look.
These simple tips of using natural lighting or the flashlight method will give you an idea of how you might look in front of the judges and whether your makeup application is flattering, flat or muddy.
On most stages, the lights are placed above the head, which creates hard shadows.
While such lighting is excellent for your physique, it may not necessarily be good for highlighting your face.
If the stage is set up this way, you want to be careful overusing dark shadows for your eyes, if applied colors it may look even darker under a hard shadow.
Applied correctly dark eye shadows can look great but its all in the application.
You also have to choose your makeup according to your skin type.
For instance, oily skin can make your makeup look blotchy and runny, especially under the hot lights of the stage.
With stage makeup, you have to find a balance between dull, flat makeup and exaggerated makeup.
Stage makeup may look a little exaggerated off stage, but you have to make sure you do not cross the line where it starts to look over-the-top, you know circus clown look.:)
The bottom line is you need to look polished and well put together, essentially strike a balance where your stage makeup accents your look but does not dominate it.
Now if you do not want to do your makeup, or you feel you have not mastered the art of applying your makeup, then I strongly suggest you hire a pro.