now time to put my face on

Today, Cirque Du Soleil came to Chapman University and they are going to be teaching a bunch of workshops this weekend! This is the first time they have done something like this, and I’m so lucky to go to a school with such privileges. My roommate Rachel says she’s “super fucking excited!” because she wants to work with Cirque du Soleil one day. She wants to be a performer in it, so this is a really great opportunity.

I just got back from a makeup class with Scott Clish, the assistant costume designer of Cirque’s show “O” in Las Vegas. He started off giving a condensed history of makeup. It dates all the way back to the Egyptians who used it as a form of vanity as well as protection from the sun. He showed us how far we’ve come and all the different factors that changed makeup  throughout history, such as lighting on stage or when films began. It was so interesting to see how something that once was nothing has developed into such an articulate art.

I wanted to talk about makeup because some feminists believe that makeup is society’s way of saying you need it to look beautiful. Personally, I like to play with makeup. I don’t wear a ridiculous amount like some people, but I think a little makeup is harmless. From this workshop, I also realized how vital makeup can be especially when it comes to performing. During shows, I know that us dancers put on makeup to make sure the lights don’t’ wash us out. But for Cirque, it enhances their character so much and makes the audience believe they are in another world.

If you are trying to build up your self esteem, don’t cake your face with makeup, please. Way too many girls look like clowns because of all the cheap stuff they throw on their face. You don’t need the extra details on your face. Yeah, you can put on a little but don’t depend on it. Try going a few days without makeup, and when a special occasion arrives try experimenting with a little eyeshadow and mascara. I’m not saying that you need it to look pretty, but it can give you a confidence boost every once in a while. But remember, you’re gorgeous naturally and makeup is more for fun than a necessity.

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2 responses

  1. I am so excited that Cirque Du Soleil is here this weekend! It’s such a great opportunity for anyone who has any little bit of interest in the performing arts. Today I took the dance warm-up class and the dance improv class and it was fantastic! I love learning new ways to grow as a dancer and perform to my greatest ability. I agree with you when you say that dancers need to put on that much makeup because they are trying to make the audience think they are in another world for the slightest second. It is very important for dancers to be outside of theirselves when they are performing and to play a different character. The eccentric makeup definitely does help with this aspect, but that’s because these dancers are playing a character. When we are in public we don’t want to put on a show or play a character so we shouldn’t be wearing these amounts of makeup that look like we are.

    October 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm

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