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, licensed and professional makeup artist and this is my model Vanessa Strickland. We are talking about how easy and effective it is to use an airbrush. Now, in this segment, we are actually going to spray on the airbrush foundation and I will show you exactly how easy it is. It s extremely effective and it s really, really easy to do. We are going to take the airbrush and this is a top feed airbrush as opposed to a bottom feed and we have already checked our makeup and its viscosity and I have picked a light tone for Vanessa because she is very, very fair. I am going to put in just about half of this little cup of foundation, because we are just doing the left side of her face, so that I can really show you the difference in the airbrush. We are going to take the little black cap and we are going to press it on top of the cup so that we do not spill any of the foundation while we are doing the application. Again, the airbrush diaphragm is plugged into electricity and I am going to hit the go button and the airbrush now is running and I am going to do a light spray over her face. You want to stay about six to eight inches away from this face. If you get it too close, it will get too wet and start to drip. If it s too far away, you don t really get the right application and you will learn very quickly, how easy it is to stay about eight inches away from the place, the face, excuse me and apply the foundation makeup.
So, here we go. I can actually show the client that the air is coming out, I push down the pistol and the air comes out, but the makeup does not and then, as I pull the pistol back, you maybe able to see or not see the spray coming out, but I am actually spraying the foundation color on her skin and I just keep it rolling and rolling and rolling. It actually smells good too. We go along the front of the nose and you can see it getting a little wet. I also will do the ears a little bit, because the ears are quite red and I also do the neck because you do not want a really big substantial difference between the color of the face and the neck and the chest area which will be rather white.
At this point, I need to let this dry just for about 30 seconds to a moment. So, while that is happening, I will take the cleaner, I take the cap off of the air gun and I drip the cleaner into the cup and I will grab a paper towel and I just spray the cleaner through the airbrush. We hardly ever have problems with the airbrush, but you will have problems with the airbrush if you don t clean it. If you let this foundation dry in the airbrush, you are going to have the beginnings of clogging this tiny, tiny hole that the needle goes through. If you run the cleaner through it right away, you will almost never have any trouble with your airbrush.
I will show you once again. Just put the cleaner in the cup, pull your pistol back and you spray the cleaner right through the airbrush and that not only cleans the cup, it cleans the needle and it cleans the little, tiny hole at the end of the airbrush, good. Now, this foundation looks to be dry to me already. Again, I will take the rice powder and a brush and I am going to do just the lightest brush of this powder over top of the foundation to set it. I will do the ears, I do the neck. Again, you do not want too much powder. You just want to set your work. So, we have concealed the face, we lightly powdered it with the rice powder, we put the foundation makeup in the airbrush and we sprayed Vanessa s face with the foundation and we set it lightly with the powder as well. We cleaned the airbrush while the makeup was drying, so it makes your work go extremely fast and very, very easy. Now, we will put the finishing touches on Vanessa s makeup.