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Dame makeup

Dame makeup

Makeup for pantomime dames

My idea for dame makeup is to aim to look like a scarcely believable woman! Here are some tips.

  • Heavy eyebrows will need an application of eyebrow plastic to hide them and camouflage makeup over them if they are dark
  • Choose a pale base colour you would use for ageing. G1 or W1 will do the job.
  • Use a heavy application of cake makeup to give an artificial look to the makeup.
  • If there is a beard shadow, use camouflage makeup first to hide it. Choose a colour to match the base.
  • Blusher and lipstick should be bright and matching.
  • Use a black eyebrow pencil to draw in some eyebrows.
  • Eye shadow needs to be dramatic. Bright blue is the fallback or choose a colour to match the costumes.
Eyebrow plastic 25ml
Use a sculpting tool to pick up some wax and work it gently on your thumb to soften it. If you are covering thin brows, just smooth them down in the direction of hair growth with the rounded end of the sculpting tool. For bushy eyebrows, raise them up with an eyebrow brush and work the wax into the hairs against the direction of growth before smoothing them back down. A bit of some cleansing cream on your finger will smooth the surface down and blend the edges. Then dab with a sponge to create a skin-like texture. You can cover the wax with cream makeup as it is, but use some Grimas antishine first if you are using water based makeup.
Makeup sponge round for water based and cake
Makeup sponge round for water based and cake
Eyelash GR106 Lush Dusty - full black max 20mm
Big black bushy eyelashes for panto dame or drag queen
Eyelash GR155 Gloria - pink swirled wings with feathers max 30mm
Pink and black swirling lashes with feathers