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 licensed professional makeup artist, and this is our model today, Vanessa Strickland. We are designing a fantasy face specifically for Halloween, and we have chosen the tiger design. We are putting the final touches on the tiger design. The last thing that I want to do is to lay in the whiskers on the tiger. There are two techniques of doing this. One is to just take your brush and mash it on to the face, and make little circles, like that. This is really enough to simulate the whiskers on a tiger. The other thing that you can do or you can do both is to take the tip of your brush and just pull quickly and pull the whiskers out of those spots. So, one or the other or both can be used in technique. The last thing that we will do is to put on the wig. Dont forget that the wig simulates the fur and the hair of an animal, and also covers up the human ears. This spiked wig, this is why I chose this, helps to simulate the fur and the ears on the top. Now, when youre putting on a wig, its always good to have your model take their two forefingers and put them up in front of their hairline, like antlers. So, Im going to ask Vanessa to do that. She is going to hook her fingers right into the front of the wig, and were going to lay it right on the edge of the hairline, you dont want it too far forward on your forehead. Then while she is holding that, I pull it down over the back, and I guess you saw that we did have her hair up in a ponytail, and if you dont want your hair to show at all, you can put in up in a bun. She can let go. Basically, I will take the wig, and I can spike it up like that if I want to. I have taken gel before and swirl it around my fingers and actually made the little ears in there, and you can take some hair spray. We will show you real quick, and you can just spray it really heavy. A little gel helps make it work as well, and we can actually form ears into the wig, so that indeed she has this characteristic of a cat, a lion, a tiger, a cougar, any one of the members of the cat family. I think a wig is a very important feature in a makeover, because it really does transition the person almost totally. There you have it. We have created and implemented a tiger for Halloween.