How to Apply Stage Makeup to Children

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When applying stage makeup to children, it is important to make them look natural while intensifying their facial features. Use natural and earthy makeup colors for kids with a demonstration from a professional makeup artist in this free video on stage makeup.

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Hello, my name is Keegan Hitchcock, from Body Art by Keegan, and we're here in Fort Lauderdale, at One Model Place Studios. In this clip, I'm going to show you how to apply stage makeup on kids. Generally, when you're doing theater with kids there are a lot of kids in the scene, so you don't want to do the whole face and neck and foundation. You're going to simplify it. So, that's what we're going to do today. We're going to focus mainly on lips, cheeks, and eyes. The first thing we're going to do is just a little light liner. Normally, on kids, you want them to look natural, close your eyes please, so we're going to use a brown instead of a black. You're going to do just a little tiny bit. You almost don't even see it. Just to kind of make their eyes pop in the lights. Turn towards me please. So, just the brown and if you want to, just to make it a little more natural, go back in there with a finger, with a makeup brush; smooth it out so you don't have a hard line. We're going to smooth out like that. Just a little blending. A little blending on this side. All right, you can open your eyes. You're going to do real rosy cheeks. A lot of times the lights will wash you out when you're on stage so you do them a little more rosy. Smile for me. You're going to make sure you get them right on the apples of the cheeks here and blend outwards just to give their face a little definition; make them look happy and youthful. And again, like I said, you're going to do it a little bit more than you would if it was television or a photo because the lights are going to wash it out, so you don't want them to look like a clown but you definitely want them rosy, okay. And the same thing with the lips. You don't want to go intense. Just to kind of bring out their natural color. So, we're going to go with a color that's just a little bit more pink than natural. Going to line. The liner will help not only define the lips, but it also helps your color to stick and last throughout somebody's performance. Turn a little more towards me. So, we've got her eyes; we've got her cheeks. Her lips are just about done. Going to go over them with a gloss and then she's ready to go. This has been Keegan Hitchcock. Thank you for watching.

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