Make-Up Design



The student may choose any play from the list announced by the State Board of Directors each September on the Florida State Junior Thespian web page.


  1. Student must present three renderings which can represent three different characters and/or the same character through several appropriate changes. For the purpose of this assessment, hair and teeth are considered makeup.

  2. Each rendering must be executed in full color AND displayed on a 10" x 15" white display board. The display board cannot be mounted on any other surface. All faces must be 10" from top of the head to the chin. The base of the figure should be 3" from the lower edge of the board. A human face may be traced and/or used as a template upon which the makeup design may then be demonstrated. Each design should be the student’s own work.

  3. The board should be labeled in the following manner:
    Upper Left hand corner: Name of the show and author.
    Upper Right hand corner: Name of the character, act, and scene.
    Lower Right hand corner: Student's name and troupe number.

  4. Each design should be accompanied by typed directions for applying the makeup using a 3-dimensional technique and a concept statement that should include script references, revealing how the design reinforces the traits of the character and how the design utilizes the use of highlight and shadow. If research is involved, indicate the sources.

5. Only one student may be involved in creating the designs. No collaboration is permitted.

6. The student must present a justification of the designs. Note cards may be used.



  1. Each room will be provided with one 4x4 card type table, which will not support standing weight. This is the only permissible furniture.


  1. Interpretation – Does the design visually reinforce the mood, style, character and theme of the play?

  2. Execution – Are renderings executed with precision, clarity and attention to the human form?

  3. Presentation – Is the designer able to justify the significant design elements in terms of characters and script used?


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