Michael Wiles – Makeup and Costume Tips and Tricks

Stage makeup is a whole different arena from everyday makeup. Michael Wiles, an actor who has performed many roles, in various kinds of makeup, has a lot of experience with what works and what doesn’t. There are a few key things you can do to keep your stage makeup looking fabulous until the final act.

Michael WilesFirst, use makeup created specifically for the stage. If you use everyday makeup, it isn’t going to hold up under the lights, heat, and sweat. A professional grade stage foundation is a necessity, even if it is uncomfortably thick on your skin. You also need to use waterproof makeup wherever possible, because sweat can become a huge problem for your makeup, and the audience in attendance.

Be cautious about your mindset when applying stage makeup. Your goal should be to look good from far away, not up close. Makeup that looks good from far away will not look as good up close, because that is not its purpose. Forget about what you look like from two feet away, and think about what you will look like from the nosebleed section.

When you use color on your face, be careful not to use too much. While you want to be seen from far away, intensity is more important than the amount of color on your face. You want your facial features enhanced without looking like a clown. Make sure that you don’t neglect the details. Michael Wiles knows that forgetting just a few key things like lining your eyebrows or contouring can be the difference between a great stage presence and a mediocre one.


About Michael Wiles

Michael Wiles lives in Sacramento, California and works in the theatre production industry. He has worked for many years as both an actor and a musical director until he was recently able to take the position he desires most: casting director. As a casting director, he has the opportunity to bring in talent and choose the direction of a production like never before.
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