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Slava’s Snow Show & The German Market

21 Nov

Today I finally endeavoured to attend the German Market! After two years of deliberation, I bought a salt lamp (this may be the longest I’ve ever taken to make a decision, it must have been an important one.)

John & I enjoying the Market.

John & I enjoying the Market.

They had a lovely carousel, however there was not time to play on this occasion, as after a single mulled wine we headed off to Sheffield to see Slava’s Snow Show at the Lyceum!

This was a great chance to catch up with a few friends that I don’t get to see much outside of work related events! Plus the show was absolutely brilliant, it was beautiful and I really enjoyed all the acts. I liked the way there wasn’t particular story line, more the observation of the clowns happenings and emotions. At the end they had these huge plastic balls and balloons, I actually hit a women over the head in accidental childlike excitement trying to grab them (sorry!)

The costumes and makeup were simple but quaint, and certainly worked in promoting each clowns personality and sentiments.

My favourite act in this performance was actually my least favourite act in the Cirque Du Soleil Show! In the Allegria show I just did not have a clue what was going on, in the Slava show, during the same performance I was feeling so much for the main clown, I had total emotional involvement with the scene!

Bubble Snow!

Bubble Snow!

I won’t spoil it for you by saying anymore, it is definitely worth seeing, I would go see it again. I adored the balance of dark moments and laughs, based on visual rather than audio. There is much to be said about silence.



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!


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


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…


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


Makeup: Victoria Stansfield & Grace McComisky

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Halloween gash!
Makeup: Grace McComisky

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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’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.





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.


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.

Check the club out here:


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.



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 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:


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.

Cirque Du Soleil – Alegria

27 Oct

I can’t believe I forgot to write about Cirque Du Soleil.

Managing to get a ticket for £30 thanks to John Godbolt, on 23/10/13 I went to see the most beautiful mind-blowing circus!

We ate in town then met friends for a couple of drinks while we waited for the enormous queue to go down. This is the first time I’d been to the Leeds arena since it opened in July this year. The outside of the building is pretty cool with its changing lights, though it’s light green-blue paint job leaves much to be desired. Inside feels quite like a warehouse – which I like, though I wonder if any of the rooms I didn’t see were plush in contrast.

The set up of the room we entered for a performance felt instantly like a bigtop space (although missing some colour in the decor obviously…) The set for the performers was beautiful though, with 4 exit/entrances, a sloping platform, secret trampolines, fire lit bandstand and projection lit surfaces.

The first half was fantastic, and I’ve got to say they had the funniest clowns I’ve ever seen, the one with orange hair had me in stitches. I won’t spoil any punchlines for you – all I’ll say is I never expect clowns to make me laugh but these guys were great.

During the interval we went to the merch shop, I was pretty disappointed with the designs, none really suited me so I saved some dollar. Although I did pick up a program as it was full of amazing costume and makeup inspiration.

I loved every single one of the performances, my favourite being the double contortion act, trampolinists and beam acrobats. After a couple of weeks of feeling lost, this certainly gave me the inspiration and kick that I needed. I would recommend seeing this show to anyone!

Old Age Makeup for Theatre

11 Mar

This was a hard one. Theatre/large stage makeup is so hard to get right – everything seems so wrong up close but once the model is at a distance the makeup seems so subtle!

Model: Eve Kearney. Old aged makeup for theater - first attempt.

Model: Eve Kearney. Old aged makeup for theater – first attempt.

I just used greasepaints and a bit of setting powder for this one – it could be developed into a character further by adding makeup to the now aged face.

I think this went ok for a first go… though it does make me laugh at how ‘bad’ it is. She reminds me of an old aged lego person.

Lego faces - no blending here!http://i.ebayimg.com/t/LEGO-LOT-OF-12-ASSORTED-CASTLE-MINIFIG-HEADS-VARIOUS-FACES-WITH-MUSTACHE-/00/s/MTM3M1gxMjE0/$(KGrHqF,!n8F!IhHh9zuBQPUOLg98w~~60_35.JPG

Lego faces – no blending here!

This is something I need to have another go at. I don’t think I’ll be using it as part of my final sfx piece for this semester as its really technical and really easy to get wrong, something that I will get beter at long term though for sure! I think the lines are ok… I’d rather use powder to shade out the face shape though as greasepaint just never seems to work right for me… it either blends out too much or it is too strong and fake looking!

Hopefully one day I’ll be on the level of the makeup artists such as  Fionagh Crush, who worked on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)!

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)http://willblogforfooddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Historical Hair Setting (Tudor)

14 Feb

Today we did heat setting again, I’m not that good at it yet but I really enjoy doing it so I know I will be eventually! Once I get this overpaid tax refund back this weekend I will be buying my own heated rollers and hot sticks so I can get to work on perfecting my period looks. Plus I think they will come in so handy at the festivals when we are making up our characters.

Ok so today I set off with Tudor hair again as I’m wanting to get this assessment out of the way first. I jumped at Megan to get a long haired model and then realised her hair is actually as short as mine – about 4″ and she has extensions in. However, as usual I carried on regardless and challenged myself to get the rollers in and do the set.

Megan's Elizabethan styled hair.

Megan’s Elizabethan styled hair.

This final image is done literally nothing like I was planning – for a failed piece I think I turned it around well! Due to the position of her extensions and awkwardness of the short hair it was so hard to get into rollers and then equally hard to section, backcomb and style. So I just winged it. I grabbed some cheap hair bits out of the cuboard and popped it into the sides.

I think it’s quite a messy piece as you can see clips at the back and rolls are not as tight as I would have liked, but in all honesty I think I did pretty well to say the shape you see is twisting the hair round in unnatural directions quite a lot. I do like my overall shape and it is much closer to how I will be completing my final piece.

Points for final piece…

  1. Don’t get someone with extensions, try get someone with long natural hair and a long fringe.
  2. Make sure to set all the hair for maximum volume.
  3. Eradicate stray hairs for a pristine finish.
  4. roll hair tighter at the back, taking from the nape and tucking it into the back for a better shape (I would have done this had her hair not been so short).

I stole a feather out of the cupboard (temporarily, I put it back!) which looked great however it would not go central so I grabbed a brooch and used a slide to attach it to the front of the piece. I think the overall effect works however I do need to start producing my final head piece. I would like to use some sort of chain of peals or something too.

Whilst not exactly the hair style I am going for, here is a little more headdress inspiration from Queenie, a characture of Queen Elizabeth I from the TV series Blackadder II (1986).

Hyde Park Panto/TV Adaption Assessment (Media) – Semester One

17 Dec

On Saturday I was a very busy makeup lady! I did makeup for the Unity Day Hyde Park Panto (afternoon and evening performances) along with the help of Lara who was brilliant! It was great to practice my theatre makeup, it sunk in much more how the depth of highlight and contour needs to be really strong – even for a small-medium stage performance, (I was sat and the back and although I could see the coour of their ‘skin’ well, it could have done with being a bit more contrasting). This was done last minute and with no planning – In future I would like to do much better designs.





The panto itself was quite entertaining and I found a liking for sherry during the interval. It was great to work with a range of children and adults and I’d definitely like to do it again next year! I then had an after party at my house and lots of the lovely panto people came over which was great as I got to spend a bit more time with them!

In between the performances, the AMAZING Lara also modelled for my Makeup for a TV Adaption Assessment. I decided to look at dancing on Ice an followed my standard TV Assessment teachings ensuring good colour correction and base coverage, I am quite happy with my piece and in person Lara looked absolutely beautiful! (even if she wasn’t used to wearing quite so much makeup!). I curled all her hair so she looked more styled for a glamourous performance. The only points for development I would pick out would be slightly stronger contouring and better blending of the eyeshadow.

Thanks to Scott Salt for being awesome and pretty much dropping everything to take good pictures for me too. My camera and I fell out.


Makeup for Reality TV show Dancing on Ice.


Makeup for Reality TV show Dancing on Ice (close up).