Audition Makeup

Knowing what makeup to wear to an audition can be tricky. You want to look natural, but not like there isn’t anything on your face. Different types of auditions call for different amounts of makeup. Auditioning for an opera or musical? You’ll probably need a more full face of makeup. Auditioning for a small theater? Go for something a bit more “fresh faced.” It also depends on the type of character you’re auditioning for. Most importantly, you want to give the casting director a clear idea of what you look like.

I start with foundation. I love the Pro Filt’r foundation, from Fenty Beauty, in the shade 210.  I take one pump on the back of my hand and put it on with a foundation brush. I only use a little because I don’t want it to look like foundation, and I only need a bit to even out my skin, and cover my dark circles. It’s great because it has buildable coverage, so if I’m going for a more full face look I can add more.

Then I go in with a brow pencil. I use the NYX micro brow pencil in Espresso. I try to keep it pretty natural since I have thick eyebrows to begin with. I just fill in the gaps and define the shape a little. If I’m going for a young role or an ingenue I’ll go a little lighter so I don’t look as severe.

Next are the eyes. There’s a lot you can do here depending on your preference. For most auditions I go for no eyeshadow, winged liner and lots of mascara. I think that’s the easiest way to enhance your eyes. I use the Revlon Colorstay pen liner in black, and the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara. Sometimes I’ll go for eyeshadow if the character I’m auditioning for is particularly glamorous or promiscuous, or if I’m doing a more formal opera or musical theater audition. I don’t wear false eyelashes to auditions, but freak what you feel.

To contour or not to contour? If the person I’m auditioning for is young, and/or I’m doing a minimal makeup look, I don’t contour. For a full face I’ll just do some light contouring because I still want to look natural. I have a moon face and I think casting directors need to know that about me. If I do decide to contour I use the Wet and Wild contouring pallet in Dulce de Leche

Blush and highlighter vary from look to look. If I’m trying to look younger I’ll use pink blush, and if I’m just trying to look “fresh faced” I’ll use a more neutral color. One time I heard that if you put a little blush on the tip of you nose it makes you look younger. Not sure if that’s true, but I usually do it anyway, just in case. A blush I’ve been using a lot lately is the Milani Rose Powder Blush in Blossom time Rose. For highlighter I definitely go super natural. I really love it, so I alway add it in there, but a shimmery stripe on your face can be distracting. The amount of highlight is directly correlated to the level of glam going on on the rest of my face. My absolute favorite highlighter is the Mary-Lou Manizer from the Balm.

Lips are last! I always go for a neutral pink lip color. If I’m wearing a full on lipstick, I’ll go for a matte formula. Usually, though, I go for a lipgloss. The Fenty Beauty one in Fenty Glow, is gorgeous. I also like the Cherry Balm Dotcom from Glossier, because the color matches my lips natural pink color.

The absolute most important thing is that you feel comfortable. These are just suggestions and it is absolutely ok to do whatever kind of makeup you feel best in.

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