Harlequin Stage Look

Harlequin Makeup Look

Harlequin Makeup Look

The Harlequin is characterized by his checkered costume. This character originated from an Italian performance troupe in the 16th century and became very popular in England and France. The character Harlequin was a light-hearted, nimble servant often acting to thwart the plans of his master. His main interest was to win the love of Columbina, with wit and resourcefulness, often competing with the sterner and melancholic Pierrot. Harlequin was a bit devious so he was sometimes depicted with a mask. Many Villain characters later used this prop for drama. Without his mask he was often shown with a tear as he wept for Columbina.  This stage makeup look is perfect for creating a Mime or Harlequin performance face. Be sure to click on highlighted products to view.

These easy steps will show you how to get the perfect Mime Face:

Step 1. Wet White Pigment Paint and using a foundation brush dipped in a little water, paint face until skin doesn’t show through. Leave eye lids bare.

Step 2. Enhance eyes with Mode Dion 5 Color Pro Pallet eye shadow. Use Black in outer corner, Burgundy Define 2 tone just above and across crease and cream Highlight color just below eyebrow. Create flush and drama with red toned cheek color in Stage Red at the outer eye bone. A little shimmer in the inner eye corner and brow arch will help add dimension to the eyes. Use Mode Dion Shimmer Pot

Step 3. Line across lid and sweep up at the outer corner. Line across lower lashes and sweep down at the outer corner leaving lines apart. This creates an old fashioned “fishtail effect”. Mode Dion Eye Liner Brush will give you the ultimate control.  Apply White Eye Pencil in between lines to keep eyes looking wide. Using dry Burgundy eye shadow line over and just below lower line to round eyes and create a smokey effect.

Step 4. Apply Stage Red cheek color high on cheek rounds to flush.

Step 5. Line lips with Russet lip liner than lipstick to create a stronger lined lip look. Apply red lipstick over liner to enhance fullness. A smaller “rose bud” lip is often shown.

Step 6. Paint a tear drop using the black eye shadow applied with a wet liner brush and fill in. Create reflection by applying glitter glue at reflective point of the tear and add a few glitter sparkles to help the drop look more realistic. Silver Glitter works well for the reflection. Use same black eye shadow to line up from brow and below from center of lower lid down. A little glitter on the lips and at the center of eye lids can add more drama.

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