Using cream makeup.

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A friend was surfing the web and ran across a blog saying how terrible cream makeup is to use, how it melts, runs or even cracks and it’s difficult to remove. My answer; this blogger was simply either using poor product or did not know how to properly apply the makeup. Cream style make has been used by professionals, especially in theater, for many years and is the preferred makeup still today. This makeup is different than face paint as it doesn’t simply apply with water and a brush and clean off with wet wipe but used properly can be a great new makeup to add to your kit. Let’s take a look at proper application and use of cream style makeup.

Use professional product: As always I can’t stress enough the quality of your product will effect the results of the make up design. Using the inexpensive tube makeup can give you less than desirable results, so stick with quality brands like Ben Nye, Mehron, Kryoaln or other pro brands for a pleasing outcome.

Why use cream instead of face paint? Although face paints have amazing coverage, pigment and opacity, the cream makeup still has greater ability to completely block out skin tones showing through the makeup, cream can be easier to blend colors, when applied properly is more water resistant and tends to be more smudge proof. The big factor is that when lit with harsh stage lighting the cream makeup will look better than face paint, face paint can get washed out.


Old age makeup.

Old age makeup.


This entire old age makeup, aside from the beard and hair, was done with cream style stage makeup and holds up under hours of shooting for a film. The smaller photo is the same actor without makeup.

Application process: 

Step 1. Using a sponge or your fingertips, apply the makeup to the area of skin to be covered.

Step 2. Pat the makeup into the skin with fingertips, this will smooth out the makeup and push it into the pores to help cover the skin fully.

Step 3. Use a setting powder dust the makeup and allow to sit for a moment then remove the excess powder with a soft brush.

Step 4. You can now add in any details, lines wrinkles and the like with a brush and corresponding makeup.

Step 5. Repeat powdering steps after every new layer of makeup or you can do the entire makeup job and powder at the end.

Results can be amazing when products are used properly, as always practice makes perfect. Makeup effects such as our old age makeup can be accomplished with a professional stage makeup kit.

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