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Written by Linda Palacios   
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 06:04

Making up the Show
Transitioning from a humdrum life to the set in a show takes more than just self-confidence and courage, so this local company helps customers take on the look of the act they're playing.

You might consider yourself somewhat of a makeup artist if you've mastered the smoky-eye technique with your shadows, liners and mascara. Smoky or not, this makeup application that prepares you for your life performance might not make the cut when it comes to the stage. That's where Theatre House in Covington, Ky., can help.


Since 1955 this local business has been providing the theater world with the props and supplies needed to "break a leg." Family owned and operated from the start, the Theatre House now serves as one of the largest theatrical supply companies in the world. Among its rolls of fabric and more than 6,000 stage items are stage makeup products.


The harsh lights on stages and sets demand that actors' makeup outlasts the performance of your average Cover Girl or Clinique products. Every day Theatre House offers the best of the best in stage makeup to meet the needs of performers.


With the spotlights shining, stage makeup needs to be thicker and bolder than the typical beauty line. The thicker property allows for better coverage under the scrutiny of the lights while protecting against sweat's destruction. Stage makeup's bolder characteristic preserves the natural coloring of the actors instead of washing them out. If applied correctly, the color variants can maintain the contours of the face and the tone of the skin.


092109BEAUTY2.jpgBeyond the ability to endure the heat and scrutiny of the bright lights, stage makeup also must be consistent. Actors need to maintain their character through their appearance, and an inconsistent product only would show differences between applications.


To uphold these characteristics, Theatre House carries Ben Nye and Mehron, both internationally recognized and two of the top brands of stage makeup. Both Cirque du Soleil and the Blue Man Group rely on Mehron's product performance to get through their own performances.


But stage makeup can go beyond the plays and shows to tackle your daily performances as a high-energy, active woman. Vanessa Hudgens revealed in Lucky magazine that one of her beauty secrets is Ben Nye's Fireworks Fantasy Wheel. "Once you've tried this wheel of creamy blushes, you can't live without it," she told Lucky. Even Aaron De Mey, Lancome's artistic director for makeup, relies on Ben Nye products to achieve his desired looks.


For more information about the Theatre House, visit the Web site at, call (859) 431-2414 or stop by their store at 400 W. Third Street in Covington, Ky.



Photos courtesy of Mehron

Makeup: Genevieve "Jinny" Houle


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