1st Edition

Theatrical Makeup
Basic Application Techniques

ISBN 9781138798762
Published October 22, 2015 by Routledge
152 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Theatrical Makeup clearly and concisely explains the basics of theatrical makeup techniques to allow stage actors to put their best face forward!

Readers will gain understanding of the physiology of the human face and, using cream based makeup, as well as commercial cosmetics, learn how to contour it to suit the character with the use of highlight and shadow. Hundreds of full color images and step-by-step instructions illustrate how to visually manipulate bone structure and apparent age, apply simple facial hair and wounds, and create glamorous and natural stage makeup. Also covered are the tools readers will need to apply their own makeup, along with critical health and hygiene tips.

This book is suitable for beginner Theatrical Makeup courses and for stage actors of all levels.

Table of Contents



  1. Tools and materials
  2. Safety and Hygiene
  3. Foundation
  4. Contouring
  5. Natural beauty and health
  6. Manipulating the bone structure
  7. Glamour
  8. Manipulating cartilage, muscle and fat
  9. Aging
  10. Skin textures and abnormalities
  11. Applying Facial Hair and Prosthetics
  12. Cross-gender
  13. Historical Period and Theatricalized Makeup
  14. Makeup Worksheets

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Sharon Sobel is Professor of Theatre and Costume Designer at University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has taught Stage Makeup at the college level since 1990. She has lead multiple KCACTF workshops in makeup design and application and served as guest respondent for student makeup designs. She has designed and draped costumes and served as advisor for makeup for over 100 productions and is a member of United Scenic Artists of America. She is also a recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Gold Medallion. Professor Sobel is the author of Draping Period Costumes: Classical Greek to Victorian, published by Focal Press.

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