Costume Makeup – Applying a Prosthetic Latex Piece

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional makeup artist Roger Riggle demonstrates how to use adhesive to apply a latex prosthesis to the face.

    Roger Riggle

    Roger Bennett Riggle has been a licensed, professional make up artist for over 20 years. He began at Kinetic Artistry, a theatrical supply house in Takoma Park, MD. During his 10 years there, Roger managed the make up department -7 different lines; sales, consultation and artistry.

    Roger has hosted numerous Washington, D.C instructional seminars for area artists; everything from beauty and photography make up to Halloween transformations and special effects make up techniques. Roger worked for over 10 years as the make up artist for Tom Radcliffe, a leader in headshot photography at the Point of View Studio also in Takoma Park, MD. Roger applied the photographic make up to thousands of actors, sports celebrities, musicians and opera singers.

    Roger specializes in Halloween make-overs and the transforming of personalities for diverse, special events. In addition, Roger has created special make up effects for disaster simulation used in the training of nurses, doctors and EMS personnel. His credits include triage exercises at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport, for the Secret Service, and for the UHUHS military training facility. Roger has also designed for numerous theatrical productions which entails researching and articulating the authenticity of period styles.

    Roger has a degree in drama from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and, since 1978, has choreographed, directed and produced numerous operas and musical theatre productions. For eight years, Roger was the Associate Producer of TheatreFest, theatre-in-residence program, at Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J. Roger has worked with many celebrities including: Leslie Uggams, Susan Lucci, Debbie Reynolds, Kim Zimmer, Pattie LuPone and Betty Buckley. Roger has directed operas at the annual Amalfi Music Festival in Italy . He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Roger is the make up consultant for Parlights, Inc. in Frederick, MD, a leading theatrical supply house for the greater Washington/Baltimore areas.

    Hello, I am Roger Bennett Riggle. I am a licensed professional make-up artist, and our model with us today, is Vanessa Strickland, and she is in the elementary phases of becoming a Werewolf for Halloween. In this segment we are going to do a Werewolf using a prosthetic, which is a fake piece thats applied to the skin, and I am going to show you exactly how to apply it. This is the Werewolf nose, and it has the teeth in it already, and it's made out of latex. This is a latex piece. So, we are going to hold the nose up to her face, okay, and you can see where we can bend it in around in her nose, and the scalloped edges, which are kind of paper thin, are the parts of the prosthetic that we want to adhere to the face, okay? And I've got it up just about as high as I can, so, we will take the white pencil, and I am going to outline exactly where I want the edges of this prosthetic to fall, so, I know where to put the adhesive. Ill come around this side, good. Now, I have an outline of exactly where that piece goes, so that I know where to put the adhesive and I dont really get too much adhesive on. You want enough adhesive to hold the piece, but again, you dont want to put on too much adhesive all over your face, because, you have to remove it with the Spirit Gum Remover, okay. This is the Spirit Gum bottle, application bottle again, and dont forget, I like to wipe the edges so, it doesnt drip, and dont forget, you do not want to get this in your models eyes. So, Im going to ask her to close her eyes, and Im going to very gently use the wide side of the brush to paint a line of Spirit Gum, probably, about a quarter to a half-inch wide.

    Then, as we discussed in the Modeling Wax Wound Segment, we want to work oxygen into the Spirit Gum, so, that it becomes, maximum sticky, okay? So, you take a finger, I usually take my ring-finger, because I am going to need my other forefinger, and middle-finger to help put the prosthetic on. So, I am always smart to use the finger far away from my maneuvering fingers, so, that once it's ready, and when it's ready, you have to move quickly, and you can see her skin. See her skin sticking to my finger, thats when it's ready, thats when it's nice and tacky. Then you are going to hold up this prosthetic, pretty much get it where you want it to go, and push the edges in from the bridge of the nose, down to the sides, and we did very well.

    The Spirit Gum really is pretty much exactly where I needed it to be, so that all those edges get pushed down. Then I usually go along with the pencil, or the tip of a brush, and I will keep pushing and pressing those edges down, until I feel like they are rather firm. The nice thing about these prosthetics too is that many of them are made for you to be able to drink, especially, if you go out on Halloween, take a straw with you. You can drink a drink out of a straw, a soda, water, whatever, and you can eat and you can talk. Usually, when you wear a full mask, you cant really function, you cant see well, you cant eat, you have to take the mask off. So, it's nice to create a mask on your face with the use of little pieces made into prosthetics, which you can apply to the face. Open your mouth. There, since she can open her mouth, and she can eat, and drink, and da-da-da-da-da, okay? Now, the next thing we do to help conceal the edges and make them look even thinner and more like skin is to apply the Liquid Latex. The piece is made out of Liquid Latex, so, this is a wonderful product to blend the prosthetic piece into the skin. I pour a little bit of the Latex on a paper plate, a plastic, disposable plate or at the little palette that I have from the Art Supply Store. The non-latex sponge, I am going to dip into the latex, and as I've showed you before, we are going to use a stippling technique. So, you want to pat, you dont want to rub this Liquid Latex. You want it to kind of stick, so, you are going to stipple it on to the edges of the prosthetic, just like so. Stipple, stipple, stipple, stipple, stipple. This also creates an extra adhesive, because it's actually now glowing the outsides of the prosthetic and blending it into the skin. The one thing that I must caution you about Liquid Latex, you do not want to get Liquid Latex into hair, you do not want to get liquid rubber into hair. It doesnt come out very easily at all. So, I am going to avoid going underneath her eyes here, because her eyelashes are in the way when her eyes are shut. So, I can disguise that with make-up. Okay, when the Liquid Latex dries, it is clear. Now, they do make latex in different colors. You can get it black, you can get it red. Let's say if you are doing a devil on a devil nose, maybe you want to do a Liquid Latex in red. They make it in flesh tone, which is this color. It's kind of got a slightly pink tone to it, and they make it in clear. It looks white but it dries clear. But basically, the flesh and the white both dry relatively clear. So, we are going to give this Liquid Latex just a couple of minutes to dry, you can also take a hair-dryer, and if you are very careful and hold it far away, you can accelerate your work by drying the Liquid Latex with the hair-dryer. You want to be careful not to burn the person, of course, and you can do multiple layers. The more layers you do, the more it disguises the edges. So, we are going to wait for this to dry, and then we are going to apply the color and the design of the Werewolf on Vanessas face.