Despite the boom of TV and cinema industry in the world of entertainment, many people still find an exciting affiliation with the old platform of performance such as theatres. However, with the passage of time apart from live performance, a keen attention is given to the make-up and costumes to make it not only attractive but also to comply with modern standards that have been set by the audience likeness (Vasen, n.d).
Although the performance and script play a very important role in the success of any act of play but the importance of make-up can never be ignored. Make-up not only helps to portray the characters but also gives a magnificent look to the artists performing in front of the audience. It develops a visual impression to the audience about the nature of role before the artist says something. In a short time period, it helps to understand the scripted story more than an actor’s efforts (Belcher, 2010).
There is a difference between theatrical make-up and daily home-based make-up. Theatrical make-up is usually used to disguise the actual appearance of the performer and make it according to the demand of the character. It could be very bright and charming. It is used not only for the facial appearances but also to make the face of an artist prominent and appealing. So, various cosmetic products are applied on the face to give a real touch for delineating the reality of the character (Riverside, 2007).
Other ways of enhancing the quality of performance may include the stage lights, sound systems, visual effects and dialogue delivery etc. However, if the make-up of an artist is not according to the demand of the role, the actor may also lose the impact of his performance before audience. Therefore, the make-up artists and theatre directors should not underestimate the importance of makeup if they want to get the appreciation from audience without losing their interest in the play (Belcher, 2010).
Belcher, April (2010) “Theatre Makeup Tricks” 02 December 2012.
Riverside, Josh (2007) “Theatrical Make Up” 02 December 2012
Vasen, Debbie (n.d.) “Stage Makeup Overview” 02 December 2012