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Stage Makeup 8th Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0138405397
ISBN-10: 0138405395
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From the Back Cover

Key Benefit: A classic in the field, this book helps makeup artists and actors learn the proper technique when applying stage makeup. Key Topics: This easy, step-by-step guide is comprised of 20 comprehensive chapters covering all aspects of stage makeup application. Topics include: basic techniques as well as new methods and materials for all types of stage makeup; updated information on hairstyles and fashions. Revered as the stage makeup bible, this book includes listings of makeup colors from various manufacturers and color guides. Market: Makeup artists and others involved with making up people for the stage.

About the Author

Richard Corson (late) was the author of several fashion and makeup books. He taught courses in theatrical makeup in several colleges across the country. In 1972 he received the Founders Award (International Thespian Society) "in recognition of distinguished contributions to theatre and youth." His name is perhaps the most well-recognized in the industry.

James Galvan is an Associate Professor of Costume Design and Technology in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. Over the past twenty years he has presented workshops in such diverse places as Moscow and Hong Kong.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 8 edition (January 4, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0138405395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0138405397
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
While this book remains a "bible" in its field, my students complain about the price and the lack of color demonstrations. I was hoping the Ninth Edition of this book would have more color photos spread throughout the chapters, but the format has remained very much the same, with many of the same demonstrations and photo descriptions. The new chapters for film and television are a breath of fresh air and I applaud the new techniques aditions.
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For both the amateur and professional, alike, Richard Corson's "Stage Makeup" is an essential resource for both the makeup artist and the performer. In my 35 years of experience in the performance industry, I have found no other single resource that is so well illustrated and written. -Ed Thurber- Marlboro Theatrical Technology
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A plethora of books exist which discuss the techniques of theatrical makeup; Corson's work is undeniably the best of them all.

The first edition, published in the early 1940s, set the theatrical world on its ear. No more were performers advised that a faux wrinkle was effectively portrayed by a pencil line or that the physical characteristics of standard theatrical types--butler, old maid, Irishman, and so forth--were simple matters of formula.

The book would be a must-have if it explained only technique; it is its insistence that every character is unique and the product of any number of internal and external influences that makes it superb--and the one essential volume for every actor's personal library. Highly recommended
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I am a film-maker out of Ohio. I used to use Tom Savini's Bizarro, Grande Illusions 1, Grande Illusions 2, and Dick Smith's Do-It-Yourself guides....BUT, after meeting Tom Savini and learning that he considers this book his "bible", I checked it out for myself. WOW! This is the book to get for anyone interested in stage make-up or special effects makeup. It IS a little pricey, but for the information and detail, it cannot be beat. I consider this a companion to the ones listed above. Get em all if you can, but make sure you OWN this one!!!!!
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This is the bible of stage make-up. It has wonderful step-by-step pictures so you see the process. I loved the fact that there was no flowery language to complicate learning. It caters to the beginner and the professional. If you are serious about learning the trade, this is the investment to make. This was a recommended book for me in college and it helped give me an edge over my classmates. If you don't know where to start, or would like to brush up on your technique, this is a great resource.
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Format: Hardcover
We used this book for my Stage Makeup I and II class. It is very useful for beginners with chapters on different materials from oil based to water based, applying makeup including facial hair and wax features.
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I remembered this book from theater classes in college. I was surprised that so many of the pages were not in color and not printed on standard book paper. The first section is on a very thin paper, almost like a telephone book. I was shocked. The information in the book is good. Most all basics of makeup are covered. The prosthetic section has a lot of out-dated methods that still work but look very 80s sci-fi/horror. Overall it is a lot to pay for so little color demonstrations. If you are just starting out and need the basics of contour and shadow work, this book is handy. If you are looking for pictures, inspiration and color demos... keep looking.
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Long considered the bible of theatrical makeup, the author takes you through the step by step processes of designing makeup from the script onwards.

His color system is without peer, and is extremely useful to anyone trying to sort through all the products available.

Lots of illustrations, photographs, show how it's all done. Regardless of your status, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, this is the single best source of general makeup procedures to own.

The price may seem a bit steep, but it's well worth it. Nowhere else will you find such information organized and compiled into a neat package. And Corson's a heck of a writer: his philosophy of makeup creation and what it means for the actor is itself worth the price of the book.
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