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Should actors know how to do their own make up in this case?

In my day job, I work in a factor and there was a freak accident where one of the machine's malfunctioned. Long story short, a large piece of metal tore my face, and I think I am going to have a significantly large scar. I don't want it to affect a film project I am currently acting in, as well as it have it be the reasons I don't get other future parts, later on.

So I was thinking I would learn to do make up so that when after the wound has healed, I can hopefully, expertly apply make up to cover it, so it won't be a problem, when coming back. What do you think? Is learning make up with or for that, or do you think it would be a problem, even so?

Re: Should actors know how to do their own make up in this case?

I was in an accident a little over six years ago and ended up in the ER with a total of 11 stitches in my face -- 9 along my cheek and 2 in the lower eyelid. I also had multiple bruises, scrapes, and was told that I was lucky I didn't break my orbital bone. I suspect I may have slightly tweaked my nose, because it has looked a little bit different ever since.

Anyway, as soon as the stitches were out, I started applying 100% vitamin E oil at least twice a day, everyday. This helped a lot, and now, many years later, I still have a scar but it's barely visible and the skin texture is much smoother. I think it's a good idea to learn how to do your own makeup anyway -- I have skin that's far paler than most, so I learned to do my own makeup and find the proper products -- but a good MUA will know how to help you out. When my scar was still healing, I bought a tattoo concealer, which covered things almost entirely, but you can find many full coverage concealers specifically meant for film/theatre.

I hope that helps a bit! If you want to learn makeup, it's pretty easy these days because there are tons of tutorials on Youtube.

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