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Stage Makeup

11th Edition

By Richard Corson, James Glavan, Beverly Gore Norcross


600 pages | 1568 Color Illus. | 109 B/W Illus.

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Widely referred to as the "bible of stage makeup," the timely revision of this classic text addresses principles and techniques in the use of makeup for the contemporary performer.

This extensive exploration of the application and use of stage makeup and makeup for a variety of performance venues covers all aspects in detail and contains over 1000 photographs, drawings, and diagrams demonstrating step-by-step procedures. Thoroughly updated and revised, this classic text remains accurate and comprehensive, providing information from which all readers – whether students new to the field or seasoned, professional makeup artists – will benefit.

New to this edition:

  • Updated full-color photography throughout
  • Expanded information on makeup design and application
  • 48 new step-by-step instructions in color
  • Expanded chapter on modeling with highlights and shadows
  • New chapter on cross-gender makeup
  • New instruction on making dentures, noses, and face casting
  • New instructions for creating zombies, animals, ageing effects, and trauma
  • Expanded information on makeup for television and film
  • Up-to-date information on special effects makeup
  • Up-to-date information on prosthetic makeup
  • Updated chapters on facial hair and wigs
  • Updated resources for products, advanced training, and health and safety

Table of Contents

1. Facial Anatomy 2. Color Theory 3. The Studio Classroom 4. Relating the Makeup to Character 5. Designing the Makeup 6. Applying Makeup 7. Corrective Makeup 8. Modeling with Highlights and Shadows 9. Natural Makeup for Film & TV 10. Special Effects Makeup 11. Prosthetic Makeup 12. Beards and Mustaches 13. Wigs 14. Cross-Gender Makeup 15. Nonrealistic Makeup

About the Authors

Richard Corson (late) was the author of several fashion and makeup books. He taught courses in theatrical makeup in several colleges across the country. In 1972 he received the Founders Award (International Thespian Society) "in recognition of distinguished contributions to theatre and youth." His name is perhaps the most well-recognized in the industry.

James Glavan isProfessor of Costume Technology and Makeup at the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked at The Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Guthrie Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, and the Hartford Ballet. He worked as a puppet builder at Jim Henson Productions, Inc. Internationally he has taught costume, makeup and animatronics workshops in Taipei; Hong Kong; Shanghai; Moscow; Medellin, Colombia; and San Jose, Costa Rica.

Beverly Gore Norcross received her M.F.A. in Costume Design from California State University, Fullerton. She freelanced in Los Angeles with I.A.T.S.E. Locals 705 and 768. Her academic posts have included Purdue University, San Joaquin Delta College and California State University, Fullerton. She has won a Daytime Emmy Certificate, American College Theatre Festival Award and an Elly Award. Beverly is currently at Western Nevada College, I.A.T.S.E. Local 363 and her studio BelleVue Designs.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General