Costume Makeup – How to Create a Werewolf

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional makeup artist Roger Riggle shows how to paint a scary werewolf face for a Halloween costume.

    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, my name is Roger Bennett Riggle, and I am a professional licensed make-up artist. I have been a make-up artist since 1985. I own a company called Faces by R & R, and we supply make-up, consultations, on-location shoot, make-up labor, and things like that through our company. So, we turn to fantasy make-up, and Halloween today, and we are going to shoot a series of make-up techniques, simple enough for you to be able to do, and to actually transform your face into a Halloween design.

    Now, we are going to move into applying prosthetics. Prosthetics are really fake pieces of skin. You can get scars made out of prosthetics, you can get animal features made out of prosthetics, you can get ears, pixie ears, pig ears, devil horn, devil noses, there's a whole array of products that you can get that are pre-made, and many of them are pre-colored for you as well, which makes your job easier.

    So today, we are going to create a Werewolf. A Werewolf for Halloween, and we have a Werewolf prosthetic. An example of some of the prosthetics that I was talking to you about, these are pre-made and pre-colored, and this is a Werewolf piece. This is the nose, and it already has a muscle quality to it. It makes a very, very, three-dimensional, and face changing way to do your face with a prosthetic. So, we will be applying the Werewolf nose, and it looks like this when you open it up. You can see that its three-dimensional, it is hollow inside, the outside is already painted brown for you, and it already has some menacing wrinkles in it, and it has already got the teeth in it, and its got the nose, very much an animal nose, which we had tried to stimulate in the tiger video that we have already shot today, okay. The other products that we are going to need for the Werewolf, of course, are some Werewolf colors. Here is an array of colors that we have chosen from light to dark. Make sure that when you do an animal face, and you are using dark colors, that you are very careful of the dark colors, because you lose a lot of detail when you paint something totally dark. Lets say you are going to do a black bear, well, if you paint your face totally black, you are going to look like you have a black face. Its not going to look like a bear. So, you really have to think about your lighter colors first, and less of your darker colors when you are doing animals. So, here's an array of light, and dark and browns and of course, we always want to incorporate white and black, as we had discussed when we created the face-painting tiger.

    Again, the astringent with the cotton pad is very important for having a clean face before you actually start. We will be applying a lot of the cream colors with the non-latex sponge, and we will also use the non-latex sponge for a new product that we are going to introduce to you in this phase of design, which is Liquid Latex, and liquid latex is a wonderful product. You can make scars with it, you can tear up tissue paper, and put in Liquid Latex and let it dry, and put another layer, etc.

    , etc. Liquid Latex is liquid rubber, and it's wonderful to play with, and it helps to disguise the edges of the prosthetic. So, we will be showing you how to use Liquid Latex today. Of course, as we showed you in the wound sequence, we need an adhesive, and in this case, we will use the Spirit Gum Adhesive, and whenever you get Spirit Gum, please dont forget to get the Spirit Gum Remover, because you need to remove the Spirit Gum when you are finished. It's very important to get the remover along with the Spirit Gum, and they come in different sizes. If you are doing something small, you can get them in little, small, one ounce bottles, up to very large bottles. Like you can get the Spirit Gum in a quart size, if you want to, okay? And a white pencil.

    A white pencil again, is important for outlining the prosthetic when you put it on the face, so we know exactly where the adhesive goes, and we dont have too little adhesive, and we do not have too much that we have to remove later. Okay, this is basically all of the products that you do need with the exception of maybe a baby wipe, or this is the Blue Mist Make-Up Remover that we had talked about before because, you do want to be able to remove the make-up. In this particular design, we are not using water-base; we are using cream-base. So, you need a baby-oil, or make-up remover or a non-scented baby-wipe to remove the make-up.

    Okay, we've gone through all the products that we need to apply a prosthetic and now we move the phase of actually adhering the prosthetic to the face.