Tips On Applying Makeup For Film, Stage, and Photography

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Tips On Applying Makeup For Film, Stage, and Photography

How Makeup is Used in the Entertainment Industry 

Interested in a successful career as a makeup artist? We all know that the field can be competitive. Makeup has evolved to become an intricate tool for many cultures and professions. Increase your chances of success and diversify your skills by learning different techniques, styles, and approaches. Yescom understands the power of makeup and is here to share our expertise. 


In Hollywood, there are five major categories of makeup:     

  • Stage Makeup
  • Film Makeup 
  • Photography Makeup  

Tips For Stage Makeup

Hollywood is infamous for film and stage entertainment alike, however, their makeup techniques couldn’t be more different. Stage makeup highlights a performer’s facial features while counteracting the brightness of the stage lamps. When applying stage makeup you should: 


  1. Use a translucent powder after you apply your foundation to reduce sweat and the reflective shine of the lights 
  2. Apply more makeup than normal. Do not be afraid to add a little extra blush or eyeshadow. The purpose of theatre makeup is to magnify your aesthetic so you can be seen from far away  
  3. Only use waterproof makeup as the hot lights may cause you to sweat on stage
  4. Fill in your eyebrows as they might look too thin from a distance
  5. Use a white eyeliner to brighten your eyes and to make them appear larger


Tips For Film Makeup

Whether it be for television or cinema, motion picture makeup focuses on the tinier details. With the advancement of High Definition technology, television screens are more vivid than ever and can, unfortunately, highlight the smallest blemishes. To face these unforgiving HD cameras Byootique suggests the following tips:


  1. Blend. Most makeup artists agree that blending is the key to hiding imperfections from the magnified view of an HD camera. Professionals prefer airbrush tools such as Yescom’s Dual Action Gravity Feed Makeup Airbrush because the spray dot-pattern minimizes skin tone inconsistencies and marks 
  2. Only use a little lipstick as the texture of the product can make your lips look unrealistic on camera. Instead of using heavy lipstick, many artists tend to add a layer of lipgloss for a bit of sheen 
  3. Use a gel eyeliner for definition. Stay away from pencil eyeliners as they can create a muddy appearance 
  4. Apply an extra coat of mascara for a dramatic effect 
  5. Cover with a light powder to set in the final look 

Tips For Photography Makeup 

Most photographers and makeup professionals know that makeup appears very differently in person than it does in pictures. Too much makeup, for example, can create an unrealistic effect while too little makeup can create a dull appearance. Based on our expertise, Byootique suggests the following tips.


  1. Use bold colors to keep makeup from fading 
  2. Avoid thick foundation to produce a natural look  
  3. Apply false eyelashes to draw attention to the face and eyes
  4. Stay away from shimmery makeup as they reflect light 
  5. Keep makeup fresh by reapplying cosmetics between shoots 

Yescom Can Help You Master Your Craft   



Makeup has a wide range of uses and different tasks require different materials. As your career grows, you may be assigned projects that call for tools that you don’t normally use. Stay organized with our 4-in-1 Rolling Makeup Case. The customizable cosmetic case can be deconstructed and each piece can be used separately for convenience. Every attachment is complete with dividers so that you don’t mix your thick theatre makeup products with your light and airy film cosmetics. 

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