Archive | April, 2013

Eyebrow Blocking

18 Apr

Ok, just a quickie. I’ve been experimenting with brow blocking. Everyone has told me glue sticks are the best for this.

In this image I have used a really cheap glue stick, MAC Studio Line (high coverage) and a PAM Palette (mid-high coverage) + Ben NYE fair powder. The glue stick obviously isn’t good enough and the foundations barely covered at all! The powder didn’t even help.

This is also a perfect example of how i have freckles on half my face. Thanks Sunshine.

Left Brow: Cheap gluestick + swept MAC Studioline Right Brow: Cheap Gluestick + dabbed PAM Palette.

Left Brow: Cheap gluestick + swept MAC Studioline
Right Brow: Cheap Gluestick + dabbed PAM Palette.

Okay so I stepped it up in both areas… more expensive glue stick (more sticky, less slidey) and I have used Ben NYE Tattoo cover on top. I think this works great – it’s super thick and has ridiculously strong coverage – like a tar! It works quite well though, especially as I have almost black brows!

More expensive glue stick + dabbed Ben NYE Tattoo Cover.

More expensive glue stick + dabbed Ben NYE Tattoo Cover.

Here’s a rushed drag-like look for your amusement – it looks really ammeter but I don’t mind, just needs more practice (particularly my powder application over the real brows). I think we actually learn to do this properly in second year, though it’s not really an interest of mine.

Rushed drag makeup.

Rushed drag makeup.

Media Assessment: Tudor Period Makeup for Theatre

17 Apr

Today I did my Tudor for Theatre assessment, using the wig cage i created. This was my favourite bit and I loved crating the wig – though it did slightly make me want to go crazy at one point. I tried to use her natural hair to create a more natural look with the wig, keeping the hair well off the forehead to create a high appearance. The yellow feathers, whilst inspired by Elizabeth (the film) are way too yellow, they look quite comic. Though being for theatre, I suppose depending on the drama this could work, however, I don’t like them. I wanted to create a fan piece but could not find the fans in time, lesson: prepare in good time!

I got the dress from Ebay, it was £10 including postage but I doubt it will get used again! Maybe something to re-ebay. I think it works well though, it was originally used for a theatre company for period plays so it can’t be far wrong!

Tudor Hair & Makeup for Theatre. MUA Victoria Stansfield MODEL Jam Roscoe

Tudor Hair & Makeup for Theatre.
MUA Victoria Stansfield
MODEL Jam Roscoe

Tudor Hair & Makeup for Theatre. MUA Victoria Stansfield MODEL Jam Roscoe

Tudor Hair & Makeup for Theatre.
MUA Victoria Stansfield
MODEL Jam Roscoe

Tudor Hair & Makeup for Theatre. MUA Victoria Stansfield MODEL Jam Roscoe

Tudor Hair & Makeup for Theatre.
MUA Victoria Stansfield
MODEL Jam Roscoe

Tudor Hair & Makeup for Theatre. MUA Victoria Stansfield MODEL Jam Roscoe

Tudor Hair & Makeup for Theatre.
MUA Victoria Stansfield
MODEL Jam Roscoe

The makeup is satisfactory, I managed to find the balance between natural and theatre, carefully avoiding the realms of drag. I think I have improved with my theatre makeup skills, however I still have a long way to go. The only way I can improve this is through practice. I think I still need to pay even closer attention to how I am creating my period looks as I do think they still look quite modern and not ageing enough.

Since completing this assessment I have fallen in love with cream blusher! I love how it looks and blends. Obviously for day to day it may be more blended out and not as dark as this, but the technique is really enjoyable to do and i think it looks much more natural.

I think the lighting in these images is terrible and I need to stop shooting in the corridors – it just doesn’t work.

 

Learning to make a Wig Cage!

10 Apr

Last night I made a start on my Tudor wig!

Whilst in London, Grace recommended that  make a wig cage to go inside my wig to provide strong, easy and effective way of creating my desired style. I told her I had no idea how to do this and so as usual she was amazingly helpful and gave me a step by step guide on how to do this.

Step 1. Create lower base measurement with the thicker wire (in this case, the lower measurement is the circumference of the head)

Cage Making: Step 1

Cage Making: Step 1

Step 2. Create the main shape of the cage with the thicker wire. Use thread to attach the connections.

Cage Making: Step 2

Cage Making: Step 2

Step 3. Use thinner wire to flesh out the mesh and add support.

Cage Making: Step 2

Cage Making: Step 3

Step 4. Use thin netting to create the final cage shape, attach by sewing to the cage.

Cage Making: Step 4

Cage Making: Step 4

Step 5. Add hair to the cage – I wasn’t sure exactly how to do this and make it smooth so I’ve just sewn it in strips to the cage.

Cage Making: Step 5

Cage Making: Step 5

Step 6. Complete adding the hair to all areas so no wire or mesh can be seen.

Cage Making: Step 6

Cage Making: Step 6

Step 7. This would be adding he cage into the wig. It can either be pinned if wanted for future use in a different wig, or attached into it for permanent use.

Happy Slap Boutique – Product Play!

8 Apr

Recently I have begun to deal with testing, purchasing and stocking of the products we shall be using for Happy Slap Boutique; helping to arrange our kits for events and festivals.

Today I have been collating a list of our stock and what needs to be found and bought, some of which we will be able to pick up at the IMATS next month! This time we shall be taking a list (along with our personal lists), trying to get a distracted as little as possible by the many beautiful temptations. Following this we begun to compile our magic list.

I am currently stood in the kitchen, melting down an array of beautiful lipsticks into our newly bought (from UMAe!) Makeup Forever clear empty palettes; having just got back from London town. We collected some of our favourite colours from a variety of great brands, including MAC, Illamasqua and Gosh. I was going to take a picture of my lipstick covered arm for you but it has since been wiped away! We have a few more to buy as we are keeping our spaces for the most perfect pigments!

Thats all I have for you for now… sadly I don’t have any pictures to show you but I’ll be having much more fun with testing that I can show you in the future. I’ll keep you updated on some of the brilliant products we shall be using!

UMAe (United Makeup Artists Expo)

8 Apr

This weekend I took a trip to the United Makeup Artists Expo. in London.

This was kind of a smaller, less commercial version of the IMATS is promoted more towards makeup artists in particular. Whilst the variety in products available was much smaller and the demos were not as informative of differing from the ones I had seen at the IMATS, what I did enjoy was the fact that all the artists were much more talkative and I felt as ease to ask questions of anyone – even of those superstar idol makeup artists! It was great to really get to know more about these artists and I found a much more personal and alternate view of the industry could be found here.

It was thanks to Steven Murphy and PS Composities I was able to get hold of a free ticket! Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have been able to make it! The were doing some amazing sculpts and prosthetic pieces and it was really interesting to watch.

PS Composites Piece

PS Composites Piece

PS Composites Piece

PS Composites Piece

There were loads of body paints going on, however most not to my taste. However, I did like this one and although simple it gave me some great idas for pieces of my own!

Pretty Bodypaint

Pretty Bodypaint

Pretty Bodypaint.

Pretty Bodypaint.

Whilst I mention the smaller variety in products, PAM were there and they shall not be attending the IMATS! Sadly I did not have as much money as I would liked to have spend.. but when do we ever!

Another top brand to mention would be Ben NYE. Dana Nye even gave us a mix of samples to use following his presentation of a Demo by Helsinki Artist,  Miia Ollula (who was absolutely lovely!). I love the products of theirs I have tried but the presents he gave us as also fantastic. I’ll be doing a test and report post soon enough!

Makeup by Miia Ollula

Makeup by Miia Ollula

Hair and Makeup by an Artist at Ben Nye - I couldn't find out who!

Hair and Makeup by an Artist at Ben Nye – I couldn’t find out who!

Hair and Makeup by an Artist at Ben Nye - I couldn't find out who!

Hair and Makeup by an Artist at Ben Nye – I couldn’t find out who!

Overall I think it was a great event and will be back next year for sure, I think that next year it will be even better and there will be many more people. I’m also going to apply for the competition – I should have done so this year but didn’t think I was good enough. More confidence needed as I think I would have done well!