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 Bennet Riggle: Hello, I am Roger Bennet Riggle, I am licensed professional makeup artist and this is our model today Vanessa Strickland and now were going to lay in the basic colors to create a tiger face.
The first thing that I want to do is to take a cotton pad and then an astringent and I am just going to put a little of the astringent on the cotton pad and I will just rub this all over the face. This helps to really, really clean the face and to get off any excess oil on the face. This is a big help in making the make up stay on for you through your whole Halloween night.
The next thing were going to do is laying the basic color and when you take the hydro-sponge that we talked about earlier and I am going to start with the orange on the tiger and I am just going to dip this sponge into the liquid makeup and Ill tap the excess away in the middle of the pellet. Then with the picture of the tiger and or the design that I have drawn to prepare myself for the face, I am going to lay in the rust orange first.
Youll see on a tiger that he basically has or she has a triangular surface there on the forehead and that the nose is rather mostly orange itself. Down to the upper level and I use a patting technique we call it stippling pat-pat-pat-pat makes it look nice and even for you.
Then I can create and put patches of color where ever I want. It seems to be a little orange in the corners here and I am going to make sure I fill in all the skin, so that none of the natural skin tone indeed shows, okay. Thats it with the orange now I am going to take the white and do the same thing, dip the sponge in, give it a little tap in the center so I dont have excess makeup.
I am basically going to fill in the rest of the areas with the white. Now tigers dont really have eyebrows, so I can go ahead and just color over the eyebrows with the white. I can work the white into the orange, so that you can make a different color. The white and the rust orange can indeed make a third color, its good to blend your colors. Going to grab a little more makeup? If we want, to we can also do the neck. Part of transforming yourself is that the whole skin looks like the animal character that you are trying to portray.
So Ill put a little white down in here and I can just grab the redness of the orange and I can lay in some color there as well. And if I want to be creative I can lay in a third color lets take a little bit of orange, sorry yellow to make it look a little bit more interesting. So I can lay in a little yellow in between these patches of color just to give it more of a dimension.
I always say when you use two colors youre kind of two dimensional and when use three or more colors you get into three dimension. Now Ill add a little yellow to the neck, okay and that is the basic color of the face. I can take the triangular part of the sponge -- look up to the ceiling -- and I can fill in the color underneath the eyes. Again you want to try and color in all the skin.
And almost as soon as you are done its dry enough for you to start drawing in your design.