As a makeup artist, I can never look at a movie, TV show, magazine or photo the way that others do. The first thing I see is the makeup application and what is either great or not so great about it. I’m constantly analyzing my work along with other artists. Everything from the eyeliner to the undertone of the foundation… and I’ve been seeing one face in particular that I’ve been meaning to chat about.
One person I’m fascinated with in the public eye is Donald Trump, and his signature orange skin tone with the pale white underneath his eyes. He almost feels like a caricature because his look is so… unique. Now, a makeup artist in show business only has a couple of minutes for “male grooming” which is basically just a more masculine way of saying “camera-ready makeup and primping for men.” I’m talking 10 minutes to get the job done, only equipped with as many items you can carry in your little on-set bag. Often times you’re also stuck doing makeup in dark, uneven lighting backstage.
Some people have speculated that the “oompa loompa” look that the presidential candidate sports is due to relentless tanning bed visits, some say it’s a consecutive bad makeup job. I’d like to believe the former. Regardless, I’d like to talk about how to correct it using color theory.
Here’s what you do: take a look at the color wheel to find the color that is opposite to the color you want to get rid of. You can cancel out or neutralize any color by applying the opposite color right on top of it. In Donald Trump’s case, he has a bright organge/red tone to his skin. I would mix some blue/green into his foundation and lightly apply enough to neutralize the skin. To even out the eyes, I would take a concealer that matches his skin tone (not the stark white naturally found underneath his eyes) to blend everything together. Either way, his look is very signature and memorable, which maybe works in his favor as someone in the public eye.
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