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Behind the makeup of Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk'

Behind the makeup of Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk'

Looking at the finished product — a blue-hued otherworldly creature with lightning-quick, graceful movements — it's hard to imagine that just an hour before, Lisanna Ohm appeared to be a normal human.

But in that relatively short time, Ohm has transformed herself into the Tipani chief from "Toruk — The First Flight," the live production by Cirque du Soleil inspired by James Cameron's movie "Avatar." The show will be performed at Royal Farms Arena from Thursday through June 12.

The role requires Ohm to apply her own makeup, a process that involves a lot of contouring, the...