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  • Make-up for first professional theatre gig 05/23/2018  10:32pm

    So I'm getting to do my first professional theatre gig ever and wanted to theaters typically provide make-up, or is that our own responsibility? Or would it say it in the contract if they did? There's no mention of it on mine. Thanks!


    no they do not provide make up unless it is a role where specialty makeup is a requirement (ie. Cats or Lion King)

    dopplegang 05/23/2018  10:35pm

    Probably BYOMU

    i don’t know. BUT when in doubt just ask the company manager! :)

    BariToxic 05/23/2018  10:37pm

    Thanks! Is there a good by cheap place to get it in NYC that anyone recommends?

    newtothisbiz 05/23/2018  11:22pm

    Depends on what you need for the gig. I'm a makeup artist an I stopped using "Theatrical" Makeup and my skin thanked me for it. You can find lots of drug store options that are affordable and will perform well. If you are looking for straight up theatre makeup, Alcone is the place to go. It's in between expensive and cheap. There is an Alcone right by New World Stages

    skrelting@10am 05/24/2018  2:12am

    ^ Yes, actual theatrical makeup is expensive and pointless. The only thing good about it is that it has nice professional numbers to designate shades, rather than flowery descriptions. 'Real Actors' as we cynically call ourselves, buy girly makeup in Dollar Stores or Pound Shops depending on what side of the pond you're performing.

    I was doing a WW2 Naval drama in the West End in the mid-80s and had to look as if I spent all my time on the bridge of a destroyer in the North Atlantic, so I went for a reddish battering on cheeks and forehead to represent the manly, weathered windburn. I found an excellent shade in a 'drugstore' chain, Boots the Chemist for this called 'Coral Blush'.

    Ron Gielgud 05/24/2018  3:57am

    Ditto to not using actual theatrical makeup. Just go to any cosmetics section of a pharmacy and get a concealer, probably a foundation, a lip balm or lipstick, a blush, eye liner. This is for both men and women.

    EpaMonitor 05/24/2018  6:25am

    as a male actor in the business for almost 20 years, I have almost never used makeup, unless it's a 1000+ seat theatre. And I don't know many men who do except possibly in v large venues

    dopplegang 05/24/2018  8:44am

    For a full coverage cream foundation that doesn't kill your skin, I like FACE Stockholm. I have slightly aging combination skin and very mild rosacea on my cheeks. It covers the redness, keeps my dry patches moist and doesn't cause issues with any oily patches. Their store at Columbus Circle has closed, but it is sold at other establishments in NYC

    usernamesmakemeanxious 05/24/2018  1:00pm