Actors and actresses can really light up the stage but they can even make the audience livelier through theatrical makeup, the audience is able to clearly identify the role of the character through the makeup. For example, the audience will tend to believe that a certain character is wicked when they have makeup that makes them appear so.
Makeup is also used to help the audience literally see the actors. The actors’ features can be more be highlighted through bright makeup that is munificently applied all over their faces. Even the audience that is at the furthest corner of the playhouse will be able to see the actor. This is one of the main reasons why actors have makeup when they are performing a play on the stage. You will not clearly see whether the actors have too much makeup when you are at a distance. But when you happen to come across them off the stage, you will be able to see the heavy makeup that they have on their faces.
Many people tend to think of standard makeup such as eye shadow, blush, eye line, and lipsticks when they hear about theatrical makeup. This is not the case when it comes to theatrical makeup since it involves makeup that will bring about fun such as fake teeth, blood, and fangs among many others.
A theater artist needs to be very creative when doing the makeup on the stage characters. For example, he can put fake warts and scars to portray a witch face to make the character more heinous and adding some green eye shadows on the face. He can add a fake nose that can look real when applied correctly. In an event where a character gets hurt during the play, the audience expects to see some blood on the floor rather than just seeing them collapsing on the floor. Theatrical makeup that includes blood can be used in such a scenario. Mystical creatures can be portrayed using fake horns. The character will look inhumane in the eyes of the audience when they apply such makeup.
Lighting is a very important feature that plays a very important role in theater plays. The stage can look dismal, jovial, sad or disastrous depending on the lighting. Actors can also be affected by the lighting and the shadows in a positive or negative manner. It is therefore very important for the makeup artiste to be knowledgeable about the effects of lighting on the actors and how they play.
The distance between the stage and the actors also need to be considered. There is a certain distance and various angles in which the makeup will not be visible. It is, therefore, necessary for the features to be made accurately so that they will not appear drowned by the lights and weighed down by the shadows. It is vital to plan the final appearance of the actors in this case. It’s the responsibility of the makeup artiste to carefully his characters.