As an actor it is anything but uncommon to be asked to wear makeup, contact lenses or prosthetics. The problem that arises is when most people just assume they will be find wearing these items. Be safe and take these tips into consideration when asked to use any of these items.
It seems like common knowledge but many ignore the facts. Makeup contains chemicals that can cause allergic reactions or skin damage. Professional makeup artists use the best quality of paint but only you will know what works with your skin. Upon the first application, be honest. Tell the makeup artist if its bothering you in any way. Often times they can change the type of makeup used on you to avoid further issues. Be honest in the first place. Don’t tell them you’ve been in certain makeups before if you have not. These professionals only know what you tell them about your skin. Request a skin test. They will apply a small amount of makeup to your arm and let it sit for awhile. If no issues arise, this means you have no reaction to the makeup.
Theatrical contact lenses are not prescription based. These lenses may irritate your eye if you’ve never worn contacts before. These lenses are also not fitted specifically to your eyes. Contact lenses that do not fit right can cause many issues in the long run. Be safe and ask to try the lenses first. Do not merely accept to wear them for an entire day of shooting if you have no idea how they will affect you. Be sure to tell the costumers or specialists if you’ve never worn contacts before. they will help show you the proper ways to put them in and remove them. Don’t lose your eyesight over fear of asking questions.
Latex allergies are common and you may not even know you’ve got the allergy. Many prosthetics are latex based and can cause irritation. Just like with makeup, ask for a test. Always tell one of the costuming or makeup professionals if you’re experiencing any irritation.
Makeup artists typically ask if you’ve used these products before. Do not lie to them for fear of losing the role. These men and women are professionals and don’t want to hurt you. They will not know unless you are honest with them. Do not risk your health for a role, be honest and be careful.
Makeup in photo done by Joh Harp