How to Use Makeup to Create a Tiger Face

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional makeup artist Roger Riggle shows how to paint a colorful tiger face, perfect 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.

    Roger Bennet Riggle: Hello, I am Roger Bennet Riggle and I am a professional licensed make up artist and I have been doing make up since 1985. Today we are going to concentrate on make up techniques for fantasy.

    Fantasy particularly for Halloween, since October is coming up, so today were going to concentrate on how to use face paints to transform your face and were particularly going to concentrate on creating a tiger today with those face paints.

    This is my assistant Vanessa Strickland and were going to start now with the list of supplies that you need to create this, which is extremely, extremely simple if you have everything that you need.

    The first thing that you want to get together is a selection of brushes. And these are usually pointed brushes with rather a long a nap on them, bristles in them.

    And the second thing that we want is a pellet, you can use a plastic plate, disposable plate, this particular pellet you can buy at a craft store and it has different wells in it and sometimes when you use some major color it has a large well in middle. Then you need your colors. These are colors that you purchase from a theatrical supply house or you can look in your yellow pages and find a local theatrical supplys store.

    Today when we create a tiger, Ive picked out these colors one is a rust color one is a kind of a yellow ocher it is not a pure yellow, its a darker yellow. Theres an orange here and then of course white and black. Know that when ever we use black in a makeup design, it always pops your design and it pops the colors that you use.

    So black is a very good color for accenting and highlighting your designs. Heres a little pile of water and you need water because these are water-based make ups and you can wipe it off your hand, you can clean up your face etcetera, etcetera. These are sponges, particularly called hydro-sponge and they are very loose pored and they easily pick up the liquid makeup, when you pour it in your pellet.

    This is a black pencil and when we get on the basic colors of the tiger which will be the rust and the whites then were going to take pencil and we will just draw in our designs on the face, so its much, much easier for us to paint the design on to the face. This is an astringent, this particular is astringent is witch hazel is which you can get at the drugs store and also cotton pads and we will be cleaning the face very quickly with those, just so we have a nice clean surface for which the make up to stay on the face better that way.

    And then its optional but I think wigs are very, very transforming for face and so you may want to go to a Halloween supply shop and you might want to look for a rather inexpensive, effective wig for your design. When you doing an animal specially it recreates, fur and as you know animals, most animals dont have ears on the sides in this particular case a cat has the ears on the top so this helps to recreate the ears on a tiger and also at a hide the human ears on the sides, so its very-very transforming. And well be using at in our final design.

    Now the first thing that I really think you should do and makes your life simple is to find a picture of what you want to create. It can be any thing it be any kind of character, it can be any kind of animal and its very important for you to find a picture, so that you know where the coloring happens on the face and that you can look for certain animal traits, that will help you make that will help make you look like that animal.

    Then I also have these blank human face designs and this is a wonderful little chart, because youve got the human face and then youve got list over here of the products that you might need. So, that helps you combine everything that you need before you get started and then you can take a colored pencil or magic markers and you can kind of copy this picture and transfer it on to your facial design which may end up looking something like this.

    This is not specifically a tiger, but this is a cat design for the production of cats that I did about three years ago and each design was drawn with a colored pencil the other thing is if you mess up you can just Xerox another copy its good to have two copies to start with it at least. Then you can redesign your face and get it to look much more like what it is that you want when you are done with that.

    So at this point we will begin to lay on the basic colors of the tiger, which you can see in this picture it is basically a rust orange, theres a little brighter orange and yellow that we might incorporate and the white. So you really want to take your facial design and you want to lay in the big basic colors first and draw in the details later.