Makeup is an extremely important part of the production process. Makeup can help actors look their best, but the lack thereof can make them look pale and unhealthy. Makeup is very easy to overlook, but a little bit of time invested before you start rolling can go a very long way. To begin working with makeup, start here:
Oil from the skin shows up particularly well in camera. This can lead to unwanted shine, uneven skin tones, and blown out highlights. To combat this, first remove the oil by cleansing the face with soap. Then apply a foundation that matches the actor's natural skin tones.
Foundation is the base upon which the rest of the makeup will be built off. It serves to smooth out bumps on the skin and changes in skin tone. Foundation comes in a multitude of different shades for every skin type. Foundation can also be used to remove 5 o'clock shadow in dark haired men.
After applying a makeup base, you should target individual facial features. A touch of eye shadow works well for women. Also, adding a slightly darker shade than what was used for the eye shadow in the crease will add depth and size to the eye. With all makeup in the accent phase,subtlety is key. A little goes a long way on screen.
Red lipstick typically works well for most women. Blotting the lips with a tissue will help protect against any possible shine. For men and women, adding natural-colored lipstick will help smooth the line between the lips and the beginning of foundation.
Ears typically show up very saturated in camera - especially when the lights behind the actor shine through their ears. To combat this, applying foundation two shades darker than what was used on the face will help tone them down. You can also lighten up darker areas like elbows, knees, ankles, etc. by applying foundation two shades lighter than what was used on the face.
Corrective makeup begins with the foundation then blends in lighter or darker shades to highlight or disguise certain facial features.Contouring blends in foundation a few shades darker than what was used on the face to downplay certain facial features (ie high forehead, prominent nose, etc.). Highlighting blends in foundation a few shades lighter than what was used on the face to draw attention to certain areas or bring up shadows under the eyes and nose.
Color can be added to the cheeks by mixing in a bit of rogue.
4. Final Measures
Transparent powder should be applied over the entire face, at the end, to subdue any last shine. It is also important to note that makeup will look different under various lighting situations so it is important to not only work under the same lighting as the actor will be filmed (fluorescent, halogen, daylight, etc.), but also to check your work in the camera or monitor at the end.