2nd Edition

Foundations of Stage Makeup

By Daniel C Townsend Copyright 2025
    208 Pages 164 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 164 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Foundations of Stage Makeup,Second Edition is a comprehensive exploration into the creative world of stage makeup.

    Step-by-step makeup applications paired with textual content create an enriching experience for future performers and makeup artists. Students will learn relevant history, color theory, makeup sanitation processes, and the use of light and shadow to engage in discussions about the aspects of professional makeup. Those foundations are then paired with a semester’s worth of descriptive, engaging makeup applications. Old age makeup, blocking out eyebrows, gory burns, and creating fantastical creatures are just a few of the rewarding techniques found in Foundations of Stage Makeup. This new edition features new chapters on basic prosthetic appliction and animal makeup, new information on historical makeup use, updates pertaining to industry-wide standards and practices, new images, and new updated bibliography and supporting material.

    This is the perfect book to use in Introduction to Stage Makeup courses.

    Foundations of Stage Makeup is complemented by makeup tutorials, a printable makeup chart, and an instructor’s manual with example assignments and tips to teaching each chapter, available at www.routledge.com/9781032664200.

    1. A Concise History of Makeup  2. Hygiene, Sanitation, and Chemicals  3. The Color Theory of Makeup  4. Light, Shadow, and Contouring  5. Foundation and Concealer  6. Eyes and Eyebrows  7. Lips  8. Facial Anatomy  9. Bone Structure Makeup  10. Neutral Stage Makeup  11. Old Age Makeup  12. Concealing Eyebrows  13. Angry Makeup  14. Sad Makeup  15. Trauma Makeup  16. Basic Prosthetic Application  17. Fantasy Makeup  18. Animal Makeup  19. Wigs and Wig Prep


    Daniel C Townsend has worked as a Wigmaster and makeup artist in the theatre industry for over a decade. With his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music, he has taught collegiate stage makeup and wig making courses, toured internationally, and served as Wigmaster for both Colorado and Utah Shakespeare Festivals as well as for the regional theatre Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.