Let me preface this by stating that my knowledge of theatrical make-up--let alone make-up in general--is very limited. This feeling was only enhanced upon entering IMATS--one of the nation's largest make-up conventions. Thank goodness for my friend and guide, Jessi, without whom I would be hopelessly lost.
I was immediately fascinated by the stunning display of cosmetic talent in the form of fully made-up and costumed models. The following are entries for the "student competition".
(This one in the feathered cape turned out to be the winner.)
And others, such as this very tall and glamorous drag queen.
But the most fascinating projects would have to be these, in which a model would sit in a chair for hours (often in nothing more than undergarments), while the artist meticulously painted the entire body. One could watch, leave to shop different tables or attend a seminar, then return hours later to view the progression.
We visited the table of a brand called "Bloody Mary", and had the pleasure of meeting Bobbi, the line's creator. Years ago, she was offered a job working on the Titanic film. James Cameron informed her that she would need to come up with a product that would withstand the rigorous drowning scenes required for the film, and that if the make-up began to run at any point, she would be the one swimming out to fix it. Needless to say, she successfully formulated a product that was able to withstand the water, and it is now used in the military as facial camouflage for divers. Bobbi obtained permission from 20th Century Fox to re-print 100 copies of the Titanic call sheet, which she graciously signed and gave to us!
(Side note: there are some fascinating wardrobe notes here!)
I managed to bring home a small bag of products, as Jessi would not see otherwise. Now I just have to figure out what to do with them!