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Theatrical Makeup

Theatre students are having a blast learning fundamental elements of prosthetic application and special make-up effects. Students learn that special effects makeup is necessary to create any transformation required for the creative development of a story written for film, television, or theatrical productions. Here they are altering a body of the actor with cosmetics, plastic materials, and other substances.

"Actors have used makeup in the theatre for a long time, not only to look their best and to transform their appearance but also to ensure that they will be seen and recognized by the entire audience. How well an actor is seen depends upon the distance between the actor and the farthest spectator as well as the amount of available light. Distances blur the features and make recognition of the actors extremely difficult for the spectators.¹