How to make a personalized face chart for makeup


Yesterday I talked about why one might use a personalized face chart. Today let’s talk about how you can make your own personalized face chart. I always loved doing face charts. I never feels like work to me.

Face charts are a great way to demo colors and various looks before having the talent sit for you. It can save you time, money and  a lot of frustration.

How to make your own face chart

  1. Take a picture of your actor where the face fills the frame. Make sure their hair is pulled back or otherwise combed away from the face. I like to use  one where the actor is turned very slightly off center
  2. Enlarge the picture to 8 1/2 x 11 and print but leave a little space on the sides for notes.
  3. Using tracing paper, trace the actors face. You want to basic outline of shape, eyes, lips, etc…. No need to go into a lot of detail. This should be a line drawing because you will be using it as a starting point to create other looks. If  you trace lightly, like I do, you may need to go over the lines again, one last time when you are finished. Using a light box is very helpful when tracing.
  4. Copy completed trace.
  5. Add lines for notes on the side or underneath the face.
  6. Copy face chart with lines.

Viola! You have a personalized face chart you can use over and over again!

Please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think. If you have a makeup or special fx website, I would love to hear about it.

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