Theatrical Makeup Coursework
January 2014

Process and Materials Included:

  • Facial prosthetic sculpting and casting
  • Airbrushing
  • Expanding foam casting
  • Latex application
  • Camera-ready makeup

During a period of 2 months I studied theatrical makeup and produced a series of looks using a variety of techniques.

Facial appliance sculpted in clay, mold made with plaster, and finished piece cast in expanding foam. Appliance was then sealed with prosaide and painted in acrylic, then applied to the face and blended with prosaide.

Old-age makeup applied using a latex baldcap, painted with a base of prosaide and acrylics, then airbrushed. Wrinkles applied to the corners of the mouth and eyes, and crepe hair applied to head and eyebrows. Further details applied with alcohol paint.

Zombie makeup created with Ben Nye cremes, stage blood, and scar putty to create the effect of infected, sloughing skin. Further details applied to lighten the hair and bruise the skin’s appearance.

Realistic wound makeup created to simulate a car accident with head trauma. Encapsulated silicone pieces were sculpted and applied to the face, with additional alcohol-based paints and stage blood used.

Encapsulated silicone prosthetic injury pieces created to simulate a variety of wounds, including lacerations and stitches. The skin was pre-painted underneath the appliances, and then the appliances themselves were further painted to create depth.

Fungus-inspired infection makeup created to resemble shelf fungus on the face. Pieces were sculpted in clay and molded with plaster, then cast with expanding foam and applied to the face with prosaide before being blended and painted.