In film and TV make-up, the make-up artist tries to make every pore of your skin appear clean and clear without giving a painted look. As in film and TV, the face is magnified on the screen and one can easily see all its details in close up. However, when make-up is done for the stage or theatre, it is done keeping some different things in mind.
Theatrical make-up is often heavier than the make-up done for TV or film, as there is a considerable distance between audience and actors, so heavier make-up is applied to highlight some particular features and make them prominent according to the demands of the role, which some actor, or actress has to play.
It has been observed that people often make mistake when applying make-up for some theatrical performance and they make it thicker rather than heavier. The purpose of applying heavier make-up is to provide some stronger definition by using suitable colours.
Theatrical make-up is considered one of the most important parts of some theatre performance, and that's why there are some specialist make-up artists who make it certain that the actors who perform some role in the play are presenting the right picture of the character and conveying it in a right way to the audience. Therefore, make-up artists really play a vital role to make some character natural and according to the demand of some scene or situation.
For TV or film make-up, the makeup artists don't have to focus on whether the applied make-up is visible to the audience or not. However, for theatre make-up, they have to be very careful, as they have to make some character's make-up visible even in the last rows of some theatre.
The kind of make-up, which is used for theatre make-up, is also different from the make-up used for TV and film. To make colour more visible in severe kind of lighting, this kind of make-up is particularly pigmented.
This kind of make-up also has brighter colours and looks a lot more vibrant than some other type of make-up. Similarly, theatrical make-up is quite hard and it does not come off even after lots of activity on the stage. It happens seldom or never when some character have to come backstage to fix their make-up.
Though theatrical make-up artistry plays a vital role to make some play or character successful, it's not a highly paid job like modelling or acting. Most of the times even some specialist make-artists get a meagre percentage of what a model or actor can earn. These are the skills and the created network of the make-up artists, which decide their worth. If you also want to be a professional make-up artist, you must keep this fact in mind that it is a difficult job and one requires experience of many years to be a master of this art and earn some good name in this field.