Even though most girls use cosmetics in their each day life, they are lamentably ignorant of the principles of make-up. For instance, not one lady in a hundred knows that she ought to never ever rouge her face until she has place on her hat, because the shadow and line of the hat changes the whole color and composition of her face.
The average man’s expertise of the topic is restricted to the use of powder after shaving. And yet thousands of males and women secure work in the mob and ensemble scenes in the films and locate themselves anticipated to make up for the camera, the most tough task of all, with no previous instruction whatsoever. No wonder they are discouraged when they see themselves peering out from the crowd scene with a face they hardly recognize themselves.
Nonetheless, practically all the stars of these days Norma Talmadge, Constance Talmadge, Mary Pickford, and dozens of other folks have risen from these mob scenes. Their faces, even when noticed among hundreds of other people, attracted immediate focus. Perhaps it was natural beauty. Perhaps, as well, they had, by accident or style, solved at the commence the wonderful issue which confronts all movie actors, that of locating the correct make-up.
Movie make-up strives only for a photographic 17 effect and has no relation to street or stage make-up.
Practically each face contains many imperfections which are invisible to the eye, but which, when enlarged several occasions on the screen, are quite clear. There are basic guidelines of make-up, but the only way to perfect your approach is by continually viewing your personal “stills” and movies, and altering your make-up to the ideal advantage. Red photographs black, and for this purpose rouge is small used in the studios, except for specific effects. Rouge on the cheeks offers the illusion of dark shadows and tends to make the face appear hollow it deepens the eyes, and is sometimes utilized on the eyelids for this reason. Light carmen could be utilised on the lips.
To commence your make-up you will need cold cream, special yellow film powder, film grease paint, and a soft towel. Massage your face with cold cream and then eliminate it with the towel, so that the surface is completely clean. Then apply your grease paint with the fingers, and cover each bit of the face from the collar-line to the hair.
When you have a smooth, even surface of grease paint, spread unique film powder upon it and pat it in lightly with a powder puff. There are a number of shades of grease paint and by altering the grease tint prior to applying the powder you can darken or lighten your complexion in accordance with your part. Just before going additional, make sure there are no blotches on your make-up’s surface and that the grease has left no sheen.
The eyes are the most critical and expressive attributes. The make-up which relates to them is all critical. Initial you need to ascertain by actual test the appropriate colour with which to line your eyes. Nearly every single color is utilized, for the effect seems to differ with distinct faces. Black, blue, green, brown and red are all used in varying proportions and mixtures by different actors. Naturally, you should attempt to uncover the color which tends to make your eyes appear deepest and most luminous.
The edge of the upper eyelid is clearly lined. Then the shade is worked back toward the eyebrow, obtaining constantly lighter, till it ultimately blends with the grease paint of the face. The method is reversed for the decrease lid, which is darkest at the edge and grows lighter as you operate down.
Your eyelids ought to be lined with black cosmetic. Do not bead them. This shows clearly in close-ups and looks rather ridiculous. The slapstick comedy men and women occasionally use beaded eyelids to burlesque the “child-doll” expression. The corners of the eyes are shadowed with brown or red. It is this shadowing that offers most of the character to the eyes but at the identical time it is apt to age the complete face. For this purpose it should be completed in conjunction with actual tests.
Ultimately, apply light carmen to your lips and make confident you do not overdo it. There are several particular recipes for generating pallor, scars, bruises, and the like. Blackface make-up is done most successfully with charred cork dust mixed with water to produce a heavy paste. Tom Wilson, the greatest known player of negro components in the films, who played in “The Birth of a Nation,” and much more recently in our personal specific production, “Red Hot Romance,” advises amateurs to use this recipe and, additional, to highlight the natural lines of their faces by scraping off the cork with a sharp stick, wherever a line is to show, and letting the all-natural white of the skin appear.
Highlighting for most character components is a special art. Such characters as Indian faces or the climate-beaten and wrinkled countenance of an old sea captain may possibly be accomplished in brown with white highlights. You ought to ask your cameraman to assist you with highlighting, as it is extremely difficult.
There are tricks of make-up which alter the entire character of the face. For example, by shading the outline of the face with red you can make it appear considerably thinner. In this case the grease paint is slightly reddened or, if you desire, darkened close to the ear-line. If you need to make your face rounder and fuller reverse the method and lighten the grease paint at its outer edge.
If your eyebrows and hair are dark, you can tinge them gray by rubbing the hair with mascaro and then combing. If they are light, white and black grease paint, applied alternately and then combed, will do the trick. Beards and bushy eyebrows are made of crepe hair and glued on with spirit gum.
Ultimately, lest you be left in the position of the man who begins his very first ride on a motorcycle without having knowing how to shut the energy off, we may possibly add that all this nasty mess of grease paint and powder and gum and hair will come off in an instant when cold cream is applied. It is tough to feel natural in make-up at initial but presently you will neglect that you have it on at all.
All of the needed cosmetics may be secured by way of any drug retailer or theatrical costumer. If you want to find out how you will appear in the movies, it is not essential to have a film test made. Just acquire some make-up and have a person take a few “close-ups” of your head with an ordinary camera. But do not retouch the negatives for motion pictures are not retouched, you know.
Look for imperfections of each and every sort in pose and expression. Then try to discover a make-up which will eradicate them. If you resolve your make-up problem before you go to the studio you will be well repaid. Among the dozens of flat, uninteresting countenances a well produced-up face stands out and attracts the consideration of the director at once.