For this post I took an informal poll of the dressing rooms at North Shore Music Theatre to find out what everyone's favorite products were. In truth, it was a ruse to blab about my favorite new product, Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt (see below). But I was interested to hear what products others couldn't live without. A few of the products were mentioned more than once, so I did some research online, and I've posted the results here. Try these out on your next contract, or swing by Sephora for samples! I would love to hear your favorite products in the comments.
This shit changed my life. I didn't realize that putting soap on my face and rinsing it off was so stressful, but it is. I hate when I buy expensive cleanser, only to see makeup on my face cloth and wonder if there is any left on my skin. Not so with Bliss Makeup Melt. You put it on your face, leave it on for three minutes, and when you rinse it off, the water runs clean. My face feels clean, smooth and well nourished.
This mild cleanser was used backstage at Mary Poppins on Broadway and on tour. My ensemble track included eight full-beat makeup changes, and Cetaphil saved my skin. While I recommend Bliss Makeup Melt at the end of the day, I recommend this gentle cleanser for anyone playing a role requiring more than one makeup change.
Mac arguably makes the best makeup for professional actors. Everyone knows that-- or argues about it. But while I love my Studio Tech and Studio Fix for the quality of coverage it provides, my friend just recently introduced me to Mac's Pro Longwear Foundation. With up to 15 hours of continuous coverage, this is the ideal product for anyone doing a show that only requires one full beat. The website promises that it will adjust for "environmental conditions," which we take to mean a spotlight, an eight-minute tap number, or a heavily air-conditioned theatre.
Guest blogger Katharine McDonough swears by this primer. ("It's the BEST. Your eye makeup will go nowhere.") Click on the link: it's on sale for $10! (Down from $20.)
A little bit of this goes a long way. This pore-minimizing primer makes skin look glorious. Philosophy claims it will give you an airbrushed look without... well, the airbrushing. Perfect for those of us developing fine lines and wrinkles. (And aren't we all?)
This "innovative serum" imparts "an elegant veil of warm color." (I mean, who writes this stuff? Note to self: quit job.) Theatre people use it for contouring when you're just going for definition and not going for anything crazy. This is another fave of Ms. McDonough. It's got an SPF of 30 in case you decide to wear it in the sunshine.
This is a favorite not just of bicoastal actors, but of Allure Magazine, who gave it a Best of Beauty Award for 2015. While the hair and makeup department probably has makeup sponges they can give you, $20 will buy you an "edgeless, non-disposable cosmetic sponge applicator" that will change your life. After all, you can buy the most expensive products possible, but if your application is unprofessional, you might as well buy your shit at Duane Reade.