Costume Makeup – Applying Liquid Latex

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Special effects makeup expert Roger Riggle demonstrates how to apply the liquid latex.

    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.

    Roger Bennett Riggle: Now we are going to switch to a process that I have not shown you earlier, using liquid latex and how to create some texture with liquid latex for your Halloween costume makeup. Now we can use the liquid latex right over the molding wax.

    It gives the molding wax almost a skin like texture. So we pour the liquid latex into the pellet and we take a non latex sponge, triangle and again we are going to the stippling technique. So we dip into the latex and we pat, pat and we stipple.

    Now what I am going to do is to stretch her skin like this, I want to stretch the skin up and away from the wound. And then I am going to create some liquid latex plashes in here and I am going to coat the whole molding wax with the liquid latex like I said it gives the skin like texture.

    Don't forget that the liquid latex also gives it another kind of adhesive quality. So, that is where we are putting liquid latex from the molding wax onto the skin. And this will give us extra texture.

    Now what I am going to ask Vanessa to do at this point is to hold her skin up like this, up on that side. Now I am going to get the other side; we use the new corner of this sponge. I need to lift up this side and lift up that side and hold it tight again. We are going down from the eyes, kind of in a downward motion along there, just to get some texture going in there.

    Again I am going to coat the molding wax with the liquid latex. Can use the pellet, knife, uh! sticky, sticky and a little down on to the chin; good. Okay what we are going to do is let that dry for about two minutes and then when we come back we will apply the color to our art work for our joker Halloween costume.