If you loved Idina Menzel in “Wicked” on Broadway, it was probably for her amazing voice or her excellent acting, not her green skin. While she danced around as if she’d always looked that way, did you ever think about how much makeup she put on and took off for each show? Broadway stars in every production, whether they wear green skin or not, face the problems of constant makeup application and removal. They of all people know how heavy makeup and incorrect removal procedures can damage a beautiful complexion.
Stage makeup for even the smallest roles in a Broadway production entails layers of foundation, blush, eyeliner, mascara, lip liner, lipstick, and more. We aren’t talking about putting on your everyday face here. The good news is that audiences sit too far away to notice little breakouts and blemishes; the bad news is that the layers of makeup, and how you remove them, could have some scary consequences like breakouts, discoloration, wrinkles, and more.
With Halloween coming up, you might have more in common with a Broadway star than you think. You might not be singing and dancing, but your costume probably involves some of the same makeup strategies. If you’re dealing with any kind of face paint or heavy cosmetics, take a page from the Broadway book and do it right. You can have your dream costume without the skin damage. So how do those Broadway stars make sure their skin is applause-worthy after the show?
Before You Open the Makeup Bag
The most important step of applying all that makeup happens before you ever pick up a sponge or brush. A good, consistent skin care plan gives you a healthy base to work with. Create a routine involving the cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer that are right for your skin type. Dr. Ted Lain has researched and produced his very own line of products: Skin+Metrics Skin Care. He carefully tested and selected only products with proven results. Skin+Metrics Skin Care has a line-up for any skin type, and Dr. Lain can get you started with an individually tailored product plan. Starting with healthy skin is the best way to achieve your perfect Halloween look.
When you do finally bring out the face paint, take a few minutes to prep your skin with a primer. Broadway stars know this is a great way to keep your makeup from melting away under those stifling stage lights—or at a huge costume party in your case. Besides its cosmetic purposes, it also acts as a protective barrier between your skin and your makeup. Primer can seal in the helpful ingredients from your skincare products, as well as keep the pore-clogging makeup from smothering your face.
After You Get Home for the Night
We know the first thing you want to do when you walk in the door after a big night is dive straight into bed. But the actors and actresses on Broadway know what a night of makeup can do to their face; not allowing your skin to breathe while you sleep can lead to collagen breakdown and acne. Summon all your willpower to stay awake a little longer and remove your makeup. You can find makeup-removing wipes at the store to take off the majority without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Some people will use baby wipes, thinking that they are gentle on the skin. However, baby wipes often contain alcohol and can leave your face bare and dry. Look for wipes with soothing ingredients like aloe.
Finish off the removal process by washing your face with a high-quality cleanser. Dr. Ted Lain carries types for every face, from foaming cleansers to betahydroxy acid cleansers. Many Broadway stars suggest washing your face twice after a night of heavy makeup to insure that all of it is off. Whether you wash once or twice, be sure to follow up with a soothing moisturizer. Dr. Lain’s Daily Antioxidant Moisturizer, for example, contains a form of Vitamin C that encourages collagen production and reduces skin sagging or irritation.
The Next Morning
If you follow these makeup tips from Broadway stars and Dr. Lain, you can wake up the next morning with radiant, healthy skin. Try these strategies on Halloween and every day. After all, you don’t need a special occasion to start taking care of your skin.