Appleton, Wis. -
You may know her as the Wicked Witch of the West, but in "Wicked", Elphaba is just a school girl who happens to be green. The role is played by Alison Luff, who says she enjoys the added color.
"At first I didn't feel anything like myself," she says. "I didn't think I looked like myself at all, and now sometimes I don't think I look like myself without the makeup."
The whole process takes about 25 minutes before the show, and another 20 after to remove it.
"You always have a bit of a green tint to you unless you shower twice in a row," says Luff.
The makeup is applied by Christina Tracey - whose been the makeup artist for five years.
"I never get bored," she says. "I love it."
She uses professional foundation by MAC, placing it on Luff's face, chest, and hands. But unlike the common perception of a witch, the idea is to create beauty.
"It's very soft, it's very natural," says Tracey. "In the design it's inherently beautiful."
"A lot of people view the Wicked Witch of the West as who they saw in the movie," says Luff. "But really that's the perception of how everyone else viewed her."
It's a complicated role, and one Tracey says she enjoys helping create.
"The makeup kind of takes on its own life depending on our moods and where we are and what we've done," she says. "it's kind of our time to catch up with each other. and prepare her to go out and perform.
And once Luff takes the stage, it's on to a new kind of magic...
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