Costume Makeup – Finishing the Werewolf

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional makeup artist Roger Riggle completes the werewolf with a wig.

    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.

    Hi, I am Roger Bennett Riggle, I am a professional licensed makeup artist, and this is our model, Vanessa Strickland, although at this point you would hardly know it. We have put on all the colors and the detail in her face. The one thing that I do want to add, and it's a nice little trick for when youre playing someone whos sick, someone whos drunk, someone whos frightening, scary, zombie, is that you can take just a little touch of red, or it could be a red pencil, and a brush. Look up, and you can paint a red line underneath the eye to give it kind of a sickly and scary look. Close. If I want to, I can add a little red along the upper part of the eye just to give it a little bit more of a scare look. So, the red kind of gives a little bit more scary, bloody feeling. Take a powder brush, one with a long bristles on it, and actually dig like this, dig like, dig, dig, dig, dig, dig, is the technique, and you want to dig. This lifts that extra powder off of your makeup, and this digging technique prevents you from messing up your design. You can see where the color is coming right back through, and were in very good shape with the Neutral Set Powder, that has no color, that is setting our bright and dark colors. The last thing were going to do is add a wig. I think wigs transform a total face more than anything else, and especially when youre doing animals, it helps to hide the real, natural ears, and it also gives a fur-like quality to a beast in this case, or if you are doing an animal that has fur. Again, I ask the client to put up their forefingers, like little antlers. If you ever have questions about a wig, the tag is always in the back, thats how you know how to put on a wig. They will hook their fingers in there, and while theyre holding that I will pull the cap of the wig back to the back of the head, and to release their fingers. I never like too much hair in the face, so you want -- I always pull the wig back to the hairline. Then from that point on you can just wear the wig, you can tease it, you can style it, you can hair spray it, you can form ears in it, if you want, with some gel, and some hair spray. You can do anything you want with it. But in this case I actually think that it's better just kind of wild. You can see where now Vanessa -- if you want to go back and look at the beginning of the film, actually is just totally, totally transformed. It is a total transformation. Thats what I look for at Halloween is that you actually go out and nobody recognizes you, you become another character and nobody knows who you are, and thats the fun of Halloween, and in this case of being a Werewolf type animal at Halloween.