Archive | October, 2012

Animal Testing & Cruelty

31 Oct

Having been vegetarian for almost three years now I have been vaguely aware of the fact that the world is full of cruel and disgusting people who feel they have the right to use animals for their own self gain and show no respect to the animals they are killing.

Rabbits strapped in for testing.

Although being vegetarian certainly helps the cause, I have had my eyes opened properly and I realised how much of this sick practice goes on in the world and I am ashamed to have been brought up in such a society. From this point forward I shall make conscious decisions about every product I buy, pushing to get rid of all animal sourced products in my life. As far as this blog is concerned, this also means within the cosmetics industry. I shall be back to talk about this soon, but in the meanwhile, please watch this video, and take note of the list of the evil companies that support hurting animals so they can make money.

More on this at a later date!

The sick people:

Avon / MARK
Mary Kay
Estee Lauder owners of MAC Cosmetics, Aveda, Origins, Bumble & Bumble, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Prescriptives, La Mer, Clinique, Jo Malone, and Flirt.
Johnson & Johnson owners of Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, KORRES, RoC, Rogaine, Lubriderm, Purpose, and Ambi.
L’Oreal owners of Maybelline New York, Garnier, Lancôme, Helena Rubinstein, BioMedic, Vichy, Biotherm, Shu Uemura, Kiehl’s, Soft Sheen-Carson, Redken, Matrix, Kerastase, Giorgio Armani, Inneov, Sanoflore, CCB Paris, Dermablend, The Body Shop, Skinceuticals, Ralph Lauren, La-Roche-Posay, and Yves Saint Laurent.
Procter & Gamble owners of Cover Girl, Max Factor, Anna Sui, Olay, DDF, Aussie, Camay, Clairol, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Ivory, Infusium-23, Pantene, Fredric Fekkai, Gillette, Noxzema, SK-II, and Zest.
Unilever owners of Dove, Pond’s, Vaseline, and Sunsilk.


Makeup for TV

24 Oct

Today the lovely Steph was my model for a makeup, designed for TV.

Unfortunately I don’t think I did very well at the task – rating between 1 and 10 , I would give it a 3 – although I do think I just scraped satisfactory for a first time go.

TV Presenter Makeup

Close up of the eyes.

The first photo is a little shadowed so I’ve added a close up of the eyes too. I tried to stick to using colour theory in my work, including browns with copper undertones and a warm but light cream colour, adding a little plum-brown under the eye to further push the contrast and make her blue eyes stand out. I need to practise using my left hand more as my blending on the left eye is no where near as good as on the right.

On trying to do my base, toning and blusher; my colouring became too orangey. The incorrect skin tone not only took away from her natural skin tone and made it look fake (due to too much coverage) but it also took away from the ‘pop’ of the eyes and lips. I managed to mess up the colour correction around the eyes despite doing it brill the other day – I’m not sure why so will need to speak to a tutor tomorrow.

I think my favourite part of this piece is the lips, I usually do the lips last, however this time I did them once I had completed the concealer and foundation. I like them because the lipstick colour which I had mixed myself) complimented both her eyes and hair. This is the first time i have used a lip liner, and i do really think it helps add to the definition of the lips.

This was meant to be for my media project, but I am certainly not happy with it and shall be stealing Steph again for another go!

Media Makeup Project – Semester One

19 Oct

Today I have been at home working on my project for media makeup, It’s split into 4 sections – TV, TV Adaption, Theatre and Fashion.

I’ve got my idea all sorted for fashion so I’ve been giving that a go! Got all my layout/formatting sorted so whilst im feeling less inspired this evening, i’ve been cutting out, sticking down and bordering everything up, reading for working on! I’m really happy with it so far. I did another Makeup Chart – this time with Ink & Watercolour, it went ok but I’m not sure I’m onto a winner yet in terms of materials.

Just waiting for a couple of bloods to come through in the post so I can do some reviews for my SFX project. Excited! I think next week I shall be having a day purely dedicated to blood!

So I don’t have any pictures of my project for you – that’s top secret 😉 But here a little piece of art I have done for you that I’m fond of!

Glitter & Trauma

Colour Correction

18 Oct

Today in media makeup we looked at colour correcting and colour theory in base makeup.

I chose to use greasepaints instead of standard concealers so i could try get my own colours and hoped the higher pigmentation would work better! Check out the picture below – on the left is the colour corrected skin and on the right is the skin without makeup.

LEFT Colour correction, RIGHT No makeup

It was a little nerving when i used the yellows and peach, however after lightening them up and blending them out, I think it worked pretty well!

I need to get more practice on this – any volunteers?

My First Face Chart

15 Oct

I just wrote a huge piece but my tablet deleted it!

Today I did my first face chart. I found a face shape I though was suitable to use for the rest of my year and adapted it so it had one eye closed, making it more suited for displaying the eye makeup. As an after thought, next time I shall also make her forehead smaller.

The makeup we were asked to do had to be based on cultures and countries. Due to being short of time before my next move, I chose to look at the simple yet versatile makeup of the Geisha.

I chose to create my face chart using a black fine liner, black sharpie and the makeup products directly. I found the application and blending process quite hard, however although the piece is not quite as I wanted in my head, it does display what I wish to do. Next to the image I have listed the products and brushes used to make creating the final piece easier and quicker to carry out.

During this semester, I am going to use a different media each time to create my charts, including CAD; enabling myself to find the materials most suited to my own method of working.

I will be carrying out the practical for this makeup tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Sneaky Experience

14 Oct

On Saturday 13th, I worked with the lovely guys from Sneaky Experience along with my great photographer Lara Armhagan.

The night was held at Left Bank in Hyde Park, a beautiful (if slightly cold) church with fantastic acoustics, serving perfectly for the bands that would play that evening. Whilst Nosferatu played on the projector accompanied by a 3 piece band including an amazing cellist,  I made up guests into a range of vampires, zombies and even a few cheeky glittery spiders.

Freshly Dead Zombie Girl

The night followed on with a screening of From Dusk Till Dawn by Tarantino another film which I have yet to see! Sadly I had my back to the screen for the majority of the night – next time I may have to bargain for a spot with a good view of the stage! The customers continued steadily throughout the performances including a burlesque act from penny which the crowd loved.

Me working at Sneaky Eperience!

Shortly after Penny`s act I unfortunately had to leave for work at Beaverworks, but I had so much fun at the event and it was great to meet such passionate people. I can not wait for the next one! Find more about Sneaky Experience by finding them on Facebook, their next event is on the second of February, my birthday weekend!!/SneakyExp?ref=stream&slog=1292833487&seq=676810584&rk=0&fbtype=65&__user=1626480023!/SneakyExp?ref=stream&slog=1292833487&seq=676810584&rk=0&fbtype=65&__user=1626480023


12 Oct

So far in the course I’ve been pretty obsessed with the SFX side off stuff, we’ve started off with blood and bruises. in our first lesson on 05/10/2012 we looked at bruises using a greasepaint bruise wheel. Originally I had thought I much preferred working with my fingers, but when it came to using a brush I found it gave me more control over what I was trying to achieve and it was great for creating a veiny look. I think overall to get the best effect, a combination of the two would be best as in some areas of the brushed bruise I feel the colouring is too intense for what i wanted and not blended out enough.

Three bruises created using greasepaint

In todays lesson we looked at using bruise gels. Having practised with these at home, I’ve got to say I really didn’t like them. I didn’t believe them at all, not even when my tutor put them on his own arm. After a bit of direction I warmed to them slightly, on building them up they do appear more realistic but I’m yet to be convinced. It was a bit of a pain how one gel would sometimes wipe away the other – but I suppose with practice I would be able to stop doing so unintentionally!

Bruise Gels

Four bruises created using bruise gels

Today we also made bloods, but I shall be posting more about that at a later date! Please feel free to comment/criticize 🙂