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Happy Slap Boutique @ Rumpus – Shiny!

10 Apr

This weekend I worked with the ever wonderful Happy Slap at Rumpus in London.

The theme was shiny, and oh boy – do Happy Slap Boutique know how to do shiny!!

Ross

Ross

We bought about 17kg of glitter, and by the end of the night, every happy person in the place was covered in the stuff. It’s still happily trailing its way around my clothing, house, housemates, my cat and generally anything I have come into contact within the past few days. It’s a good job I like glitter.

Photography: Michael Marks

Photography: Michael Marks

On the night we had our performers in bald caps (it never ceases to amaze me how good people look in bald caps – particularly glitter covered bald caps.), we also did some collaborative body paints which was a new experience and also lots of fun, it helped eradicate that feeling of getting too intimately obsessed with a piece when on a tight time schedule, moving onto the next person as and when needed.

As usual, I can’t wait for the next one! Find us at Beaverworks for Beaverfest and the Rumpus Mega Event in June!

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Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stansfield

Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stansfield

Glitter Bath

Glitter Bath

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Halloween!

30 Oct

So, it’s pretty much every makeup artists’ favourite time of year – Halloween! I’m back in London and very happy about that.

I thought I better get this post started now as I’m sure there is going to be a lot going on from now onwards. Its going to be a week filled with fun, friends, work and plenty of makeup.

Lets start with this awesome video by Happy Slap Boutique, based on one of our Boomtown Characters. Tickets for Boomtown go on sale tomorrow, don’t miss out!

WEDNESDAY

I’m just off to meet Grace in Brixton for a video she’s working on – more on that later.

I’ve noticed a few MUAs doing the 31 days of Halloween, based on films. I totally missed this and am gutted as I need the practice – I’ll be doing it next year for sure. All is not lost however, next month I’ll just do my own version; 30 days of Sci-Fi maybe? Perhaps I can come back to the horror in a few months.

Okay so I’m back from Brixton now… the place we went was beautiful, it was called Cafe Cairo and it was FILLED with treasures! It was lovely, I’d love to go when it’s actually open and have some food there. The band (named Teddy) were lovely and oddly familiar (although I’m not sure why anything is “oddly” anymore) – I think theres some festival meetings gone on somewhere. I did some nail based assistance but I can tell you no more. Music video out december – I’ll add the link up on my wordpress.

Cafe Cairo Shoot

Cafe Cairo Shoot

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Cafe Cairo Shoot

Cafe Cairo Shoot

check them out here: http://www.cafecairo.co.uk/visit-us.html

I was going to enjoy the delights of London tonight, however, seen as we got back late and it’s reading week (so I’m actually meant to be home doing work instead of in London), I thought it best I get on with some uni work – so responsible.

Plus I’m out tonight with friends for Halloween fun in Camden tomorrow night…

THURSDAY

Today is Halloween!!

I had two makeup jobs today, number one was working for Henry’s in Green Park, making up the bar staff for their shift. This was a pretty easy job, general skulls, zombies and pretty witches with webs on their cheeks. It was quite nice being in Henrys again, it felt quite at home – I used to work for TCG in Leeds, working at Squares and Henrys quite a bit.

Job number two was for Civilised Mess, working for Cirque Le Soir – though it was prep work so I didn’t need to go into the club. Instead we worked at Lizzie’s new lovely house in Dalston with some tasty food. We applied prosthetics and painted up Lizzie and Gemma for the doll act. Grace gave me loads of tips to improve my application which was really helpful as we haven’t had chance to do much of this at uni yet (NB. slapping prosthetics covered in medical grade glue onto someone’s bum cheek is certainly funny but not really the right way).

The makeup took about 4 hours in total so we didn’t get home till 11pm. I was meant to go out to an event but it was sold out (and I ended up working longer). Having got home and finally accessed the laptop i realised I had to make the decision to stay in so I can get to work tomorrow! It’s okay, I’ll celebrate halloween tomorrow night. If I don’t have more work.

Makeup: Victoria Stansfield

Makeup: Victoria Stansfield

Dollys

Dollys
Makeup: Victoria Stansfield & Grace McComisky

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Halloween gash!
Makeup: Grace McComisky

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Post-act
Makeup: Victoria Stansfield & Grace McComisky

Oh and by the way I have seen some pretty AMAZING videos by my fellow friends and colleagues at Happy Slap Boutique and Civilised Mess today! Very inspiration and coming to you very soon!

FRIDAY

Friday’s job didn’t start until 5pm, so I spent the majority of the day doing essay work. I would have liked to have done some postiche but I didn’t have any netting! When the time to leave rolled around, I set off to meet Grace in Maida Vale to paint up six guys going to Pacha. They offered us Gin and tickets to go with them but there was barely time to stop with the amount of painting needed to be done. We did some quick skeleton/muscle paintings with lots of cuts and slashes and they set off to their night.

The boys before they went out.

The boys before they went out.

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Following a week of work, i finally went off to have some fun of my own with the lovely Lizzy Bee, going to a party at a warehouse space in Hackney Wick. We walked home the morning after to Homerton and spent the saturday carving some pumpkins.

Our creation.

Our creation.

SATURDAY

Having caught up with a little sleep I rushed back to Wood Green to pick up my kit, then onward to Oxford Circus to work for Cirque Le Soir, making up their performers for the night. Cirque Le Soir is a luxury basement club, with only one room but it’s really winding and oddly shaped so makes for a good space.There is also loads of nooks and crannies for performers to set up, scaring anyone that dares to come round their corner. They have other exclusive venues in Shanghai and Dubai, hosting a range of acts that bring something different to the clubbing scene and and attracting celebrities such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Usher and many more.

My talented friend Steph (Aurora Starr) working at Cirque Le Soir Dubai

My talented friend Steph (Aurora Starr) working at Cirque Le Soir Dubai.
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Check the club out here:

http://cirquelesoir.com/

I worked with two other makeup artists creating a range of ripper victims, slashed up girls, zombies and beauty makeups. All the performers were really lovely, I’d like to work with them again. I would have liked to have stayed longer and check out more of the night but I really was too shattered to do anything except sleep.

Zombie!

Zombie!

I finished work around 00.15 and managed to catch the last tube back home to Wood Green, filled out my invoices and then crashed.

SUNDAY

Sunday is home time. Having part-recovered from the previous few nights adventures and realising I’ve barely eaten with all thats been going on, it’s time to go home and get ready for uni tomorrow.

I think this halloween has gone brilliantly and I definitely made the right choice to come down to London for it. I’ve also decided I want to live in Hackney when I move down here. I like the area and feel at home; I seem to spend most of my time around there! Unless i get into uni, then I’ll have to be close to that!

Goodbye London, goodbye halloween. I’ll be back at the end of november to go see Circus of Horrors!

Teaching Makeup

29 Oct

Recently I have found myself teaching lots of people bits of makeup; be it people who are generally interested in doing makeup, do face painting at events, or performers seeking to improve their act.

Initially, I was cautious of sharing, cautious of adding competition to an already saturated industry. However, I quickly came to realise that what ever you want from the world, is what you should be giving yourself – why stifle happiness, progress and art when you can help spread it! I think having positive faith in the world and the depth of people is important, in fact it’s a view that is vital to my mental well being. Look after the world and it will look after you.

So, recently I’ve been teaching both John Godbolt and Sophia Weatley (Bella Trix) some performance makeup, so they can do it themselves when on the job. The simplest of tips can make something so much better! In return I’ve been receiving stilt and hoops lessons – and I am improving for sure, it’s exciting stuff! I’ll be posting videos up as soon as I can get something good (or at least entertaining) sorted.

Here are Jon’s makeup efforts from last week’s lesson:

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Makeup by John Godbolt

Makeup by John Godbolt

Makeup by John Godbolt

If anyone ever wants help with something they enjoy doing, please just get in touch and I will be more than happy to help. I have found Facebook is a great way to ask for/give advice!

Anyway. I think all I’m trying to say with this one is don’t keep your knowledge all locked up and to yourself. Spread it around as someone did for you and you’re sure to find yourself and your world much richer for it.

Saturday News

29 Sep

Last night I worked with Happy Slap Boutique at an 18th birthday party in the north. This was like no other 18th birthday party I’d been to – there was no expense spared here! Champagne and canapés were rolled out, and the free bar was flowing. The décor was really pretty and Happy Slap boutique’s edge made it magical. Our performers got ready and the Boutique was set up.

Decorating!

Decorating!

My circus inspired makeup.

My circus inspired makeup.

Working the boutique at this event was quite nice, the atmosphere was calmer than our usually hectic schedule, plus the food was great, the drinks were tasty and the kids were really up for glitter and motifs, it’s nice making people happy and drawing people out of their shells. I finished around midnight and headed over to Leeds for some post work fun with a few of my briefly visiting London loves.

Jason, raving it out!

Jason, raving it out!

In other news, I have always had it in my mind I want to perform on stage – I’ve danced at the end of Slamboree gigs before, and even though a small part of the show I love seeing the faces on a crowd, it’s a massive adrenaline shot and the energy a crowd can give is immense. So my target: next festival season, perform an act on a stage! I also hope to use my skills in performance to get into festivals, rather than working on stalls/set up.

To get me started the wonderful Steph Lamey (Aurora Starr, Surefire) has given me a pair of stilts and will be teaching me fire eating and body burning. I’ll also be starting at the gymnastics society in Leeds in order to start working on my acro skills (theirs no acrobatics place in Leeds!), not only this but I am getting hoop lessons from the spectacular Sophia Whitely (Bella Trix). I plan to dabble until I find my particular calling! All I want to do with my life is work in film doing makeup and in the circus performing and doing makeup; I have no doubt I will make that dream happen.

FESTIVAL SEASON 2013

21 Aug

TO BE COMPLETED

So last time I posted about a festival it didn’t get finished, so I’ve combined Glastonbury into this one, and moved all that I wrote about Isle of wight up here too. To save time, trouble and effort I am going to write about all my summer fun in one action packed post.

So, this summer I have worked at:

Isle of Wight Festival: 13th-16th June (Isle of Wight)
Glastonbury: 26-30 June (Somerset)
Kendal Calling: 26-28 July (Lake Districkt)
Boomtown Fair: 8-11 August (Hampshire)
Beacons: 16-18 August (Skipton)
Shambala: 22-25 August (Northamptonshire)

I was planning on doing Outlook and Dimensions in Croatia but sadly my passport will not be returned on time! So lets go with the magic I did experience…

Isle of Wight Festival: 13th-16th June (Isle of Wight)

I attended Isle of wight festival with the Tattoosh crew, a spray art company based in London.

It was great to learn how the airbrushes worked and have time to fine tune my stencil work, plus the guys i was working with were lovely.

I don’t rate the festival majorly, but my highlight was getting to see Hackney Colliery Band live, I love those guys – their version of Africa makes me cry with happiness every time with the memories those notes bring. The other fantastic edition to my experience was seeing Tankus the Henge play again. I’d seen Tankus once before back in Leeds and actually bought their CD, so I thought it worth going to have another listen! We ended up drinking after hours with them and visiting a nice lake on the last morning – this pretty much saved the festival for me, it was so much fun.

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

Working Hard! :)

Working Hard! 🙂

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

The I.O.W Tattoosh Stall

The I.O.W Tattoosh Stall

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

Glastonbury: 26-30 June (Somerset)

This was my first Glastonbury and I’ve gotta say i loved it – the size was nowhere near as intimidating as i thought it would be (although i didn’t really go to any of the main stage arenas!). Again I worked with Tattoosh however I found their work model did not really fit me so sadly this was the last time I would work with them.

I still got to do some awesome makeup though! The picture below is backstage of the Hell stage in Shangri-la, body painting Delia (Happy Slap Boutique) for a Slamboree performance.

I spent most of my time in Shangri-la and the Commons and got to see lots of amazing sights thanks to some special friends! I cant wait to go back next year, hopefully working more in performance and paint and working less hours so I can see more of the festival! It’s going to be awesome!

Body painting Delia for the Slamboree performance on the Hell stage at Glasto.

Backstage body painting Delia for the Slamboree performance on the Hell stage at Glasto.

Kendal Calling: 26-28 July (Lake Districkt)

This was my first festival of two with Happy Slap Boutique

Murphy and I getting serious professional. Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Murphy and I getting serious professional.
Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Lizzie West

Photographer: Lizzie West

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
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Dressing up is fun :)

Dressing up is fun 🙂

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
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Boomtown Fair: 8-11 August (Hampshire)

This was the second festival i did as part of Happy Slap Boutique

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Lizzie West

Photographer: Lizzie West

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Photographer: Michael Marks
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Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
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Beacons: 16-18 August (Skipton)

I chose to do Beacons this year as I wanted to try my hand at something slightly new, and gain a wider knowledge of work  surrounding my own field.  I worked with Eye of the Storm, a stage management company run by some friends. I was originally meant to do Outlook and Dimensions festival with them – however due to needing to renew my passport and not being able to get it back in time, i had to give it a miss this year.

So at Beacons I assisted in managing the Red Bull stage, this was loads of fun and I liked putting my people management skills to use and to practice. My stage manager was really helpful and I managed to learn much more about how a sound engineer works with their equipment. I also got a nice lesson from my friend Dan (Happy Slap Boutique) who was managing the neighboring stage.

My highlight of this festival has to be watching Bonobo from the pit, it was so, so beautiful and the light show was gorgeous. I hope to be working with Eye of the Storm much more next year!

Shambala: 22-25 August (Northamptonshire)

Shambala was my final festival of this year – I have been offered places at Bestival and Over the Moon but I think thats it for me now – I need to get back in ‘real life’ mode so I can get the second year of my makeup course finished!

Shambala is such a beautiful festivals, the atmosphere is so calm and everyone is so willing to chat and have a good time, there is no ego about this festival, just pure friendly fun. Komodo Clothing stall gave me an entry route in, however i find myself extending beyond my hours. These guys appreciate good workers and good people; not only feeding and clothing them but ensuring payment for work.  They are a fantastic family and I hope to stay intouch with them as not just work partners but true friends.

Happy Slap Boutique: Rumpus Vol. 16

22 Jun

I haven’t been able to update this post from images only in a while, so I shall elaborate briefly!

Once again I had the pleasure of working with Happy Slap Boutique at Rumpus. The theme was greatest stories never told, and our room hosted the unhappily ever after chapter of this magical event. Surrounded by blood stained books and a skeleton chandelier, we created a stage of gruesome performances and filled the room with the kind of funky bass beats you can’t help but dance to.

Happy Slap welcomed some new faces to the team, including the enthusiastic Mr Daniel Focker who amazed us with great performances and awesome gymnastics – he even had the bouncers filming his backflips!

As always, I cannot wait to play out at the next Rumpus and explore with all the amazing creature that attend – until next time!

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Michael Marks

MUA: Victoria Stansfield PHOTOGRAPHER:

MUA: Victoria Stansfield
PHOTOGRAPHER: Michael Marks

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MUA: Victoria Stansfield
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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.