- We can use makeup to accentuate the facial characteristics, or to change a face entirely.
- Makeup is needed for stage presence and visibility of expression.
- Straight Makeup: when the character is similar to the actor (however, don't get too comfortable! There is always interpretation to be found in the script.
- Character Makeup: when makeup is used to change an actor's characteristics.
Character Research (CONTEXT):
You must know when your play takes place to apply appropriate make up
Theatrical Makeup Characterization:
H.E.A.R.T.H.--a mneumonic for remembering the six elements of character analysis
- Heredity: family background--parents facial characteristics
- Environment: Financial standing, where the character lives, occupation
- Age: Makeup can make a face look older or younger; and appropriate application
- Race: To buy the right color, to enhance or hide any cultural features that do not fit the character, and to adhere to any cultural trends
- Temperament: (a measure of someone's emotional status) Makeup can be used to show emotion.
- Health: Sickness can affect appearance--whether it's the actor or the character (pale, wrinkled, dark under eye area).
Example of the power of perception, which can be enhanced with makeup:
These faces are identifcal except for the
eyebrows. What feelings do they exude?
Where can information about a character be found? (Hint: the same places an author uses characterization.
- What a character says
- What a character does
- What other characters say about the character
- What other characters do to the character
What is Physiognomy?
The practice of judging one's character by looking at the facial features.
- large nose means forceful leader.
- high, arched eyebrows can make someone look less than intelligent
- young face/baby face means innocence
Physiognomy is based on human perception, not science.
Physiognomy has roots in Darwinism
One makeup rule to follow:
Rule without exception? Never apply a shadow without a highlight.