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Eyebrow Blocking

29 Jan

Today as a class, in broken down groups we demonstrated to each other different ways of blocking out eyebrows; discussing the process, products and uses within the professional industry. The purpose of this task was not only to learn the obvious, but stretch our experimental abilities; questioning what was being asked of us and trying to formulate specific ways in which brow blocking worked for us personally.

I was in a group with Leanne and Emily, we split the task between us, sharing research, display and practical task. Prior to the presentation day, we did a trail run.

Despite our mistake in the size and cut of our eyebrow piece, we concluded that our process was the most successful in terms of visibility when done correctly. However, cap plastic application may not be required if dealing with a theatre production, as the detail will not be visible from far away. In reality, if dealing with a HD production, the actor would need to shave off or wax their eyebrows; as such small details would easily be recognised on the screen, rending coverup redundant.

Cap Plastic Application

Cap Plastic Application

Below you can see examples of the other groups’ work.

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Soap Application

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Wax Application

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Pritt Stick Application

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Pro-BOndo Application

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Sue Day: Silicone Painting & Hair Punching Lesson

12 Nov

Today we had a session with Sue Day, who works at Madame Tussaud’s. We have been working with Martin from Madame Tussaud’s for a few weeks now on life casting, however Sue came in to teach us about painting silicone and hair punching.

Using a ready made silicone piece (originally of David Beckham), we practiced colouring. We used a silicone/turps/oil paint mix, creating the consistency and colours ourselves.

I wanted to work with a “flesh” coloured piece so I could create a more realistic look, but instead was given a opaque red-pink piece. I instantly gave it  green wash to try combat the horrible colour; though not knowing yet how to use the paint, I did leave a few green dots – oops. Using the flicking technique with a stiff brush and light washes with a small brush, I built up layers of colour to create a human skin pattern, paying attention to where certain colours would lie in the skin, such as more blues for the thin eye skins, where veins would show through.

Colour Build

Colour Build

She then showed us how to punch hair, the actual punching is pretty easy.

All you need is a normal needle; cut the end off the eye so you have a fork-like implement, then mount this in a needle grip handle (the same one used for a knotting needle). Next push the hair into the silicone, the key is the angle and direction. You need to study how the hair grows out of the skin to ensure a realistic growth pattern,  keeping the needle very horizontal if you want the hair to lie on the skin surface, vertical if pushing away from the body.

We were meant to use curled hair (curled by wrapping straight hair around a chopstick and boiling), however I wanted to create old man eyebrows, which often are quite messy and stick out a lot, so I used straight human hair.

Initial piece, next to the finished piece.

Initial piece, next to the finished piece.

Next stage is colouring and punching our own silicone piece… stay tuned!

Media Assessment: Rich and Poor Edwardian Makeup for TV

8 May

Today I completed my rich and poor Edwardian looks for TV.

I have really enjoyed playing with hairstyles and have found my confidence in this area growing. Even though my styles may not be perfect, my design and technique development has certainly progressed. This course has actually made me like hair and wig making more as I find the dramatic and specific look a hairstyle can give is really satisfying – especially when it is more to do with design and research (along with ability) and minimal tools, rather than needing a reserve of 20 different powder colours as you would find with makeup.

I think I still need to develop my hair shapes and spend more time playing with different ideas specific to a period, in order to perfect and fully explain my thoughts in piece. I think by doing this I will gain much stronger skills and further confidence which in turn will benefit other areas of my work such as fashion pieces.

I am glad I managed to get outfits together as along with the hair, I feel they make up a whole outfit. I am gradually getting into more collaborative projects and working with those from different artistic backgrounds in order to create fully formed collective pieces, as I feel only by working with others can I progress in my work through building relationships and learning new transferrable skills.

Rich/Poor Edwardian Assessment. MUA Victoria Stansfield MODEL Jessica Louise

Rich/Poor Edwardian Assessment.
MUA Victoria Stansfield
MODEL Jessica Louise

In regards to the makeup, the piece was a little too flat and too well powdered; in particular the poorer Edwardian makeup. A poor Edwardian individual would be sweating more due to manual labour and perhaps heat from the kitchen. Other things I need to concern myself with more would be the eyebrows; the poor ones are much too thin and after direction from Lisa I made them bigger for the rich pice which proved to create a much more accurate. I need to also concentrate on specific colours an shapes of lip designs. On a more positive note, I’m really happy with the blusher; I think using a cream for period looks provides a much more natural appearance.

Edwardian Gibson Hair Practice & Development.

8 Mar

Yesterday I went into uni and decided to get my timing accurate with this piece or work – as for the assesment we only havd 90min for hair and makeup.

I managed to get the set in within 15min which is fine… however, following the style I’ve been intending on using it took me over half an hour and even then it wasn’t as I wanted it and looked quite messy – this wasn’t good enough and I decieded to adapt my hairstyle.

Using the information I have gained from creating the working document in Task 2 of my media project, I decided upon using a much simpler yet elegant and popular style. The design still includes a full head set, followed by backcombing of the roots, however, this time what I will do it pull all the hair back to the crown, taking it back into a large bun, using a doughnut for support and allowing for the volume and curls (last time I rolled the hairline inwards and used the remainding hair in curls to dress out the rest of the hair on the head).

After this furthur research, (including the watching of some Downton Abbey) I have also decided to take a softer approach with the fringe, allowing its to curl across the forehead from a side parting and drop by the side of the face. For my poorer Edwardian look I will keep this tighter as when doing manual labour or serving it may get in the way. In contrast, for my richer Edwardian look I will allow for a more curled and styled approch to reflect the time given for appearence but also to show the diminished need for practical solutions in fashions.

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Downton Abbey – Servants
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Here is super quick picture of the bun… it’s only half way tot he new style I will be using. I won’t be rolling the hairline in individually but I wanted to just have a quick go at using a doughnut before we had to leave. I’ll stick an example of the final hairstyle by the end of the weekend.

Quick development shot!

Quick development shot!

Quick development shot!

Quick development shot!

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20’s Makeup

20 Feb

Okay, so as practice makes perfect and repetition increases memory it would figure using every opportunity to use these methods should be taken.

I don’t wear makeup day-to-day. I like my own skin and am happy in it, however, this would be the perfect opportunity to practice a style of makeup every day. So, using my working document I will be doing a new look at least every other day.

Today was 20’s! Having super short 20’s style hair definitely helps the cause. Just some quick pictures for you:

Front View

Front View

Side View

Side View

Period Makeup: Elizabethan

15 Feb

Okay! So I have just finished shaving the side of my dreaded friend Chloe (hair-wise she has dreads, i’m not terrified of seeing her).

Seeing as I offered to do her hair for free, she owed me one makeup model session which I took straight away, practising my Elizabethan look.

Chloe in Elizabethan Makeup

Chloe in Elizabethan Makeup

I think it was good for a first try, I was scared it might look a bit like a Georgian look but having taken in what Lisa said about breaking down the features, I DO think i pulled it off. I even tied to make her hair look more Elizabethan style by curling up her dreads and pinning them to her head, followed by some pin curls around the face – bit messy but more authentic than her original hairstyle.

I paid special attention to the eyes and lips. I tried to block out her eyebrows, although it didn’t really work as I didn’t have the right tools available (NB. Buy for next time…) and then ensured she had thin, arched eyebrows.  I then created a heart shaped lip, trying to to use a vermillion shade, as the Elizabethans used the vermillion coloured pigment from Mercury Sulphide to aid staining of the lips.

Can’t wait to get some more research done and perfect all three of my period looks – even buying my own heated rollers & hot sticks tomorrow!

Topic Review – External effects of drug use on the body.

15 Feb

So, what have I learnt during this topic?

  • Tooth rot & blacking out
  • Creating a sallow and pale facial appearance
  • Creating the appearance of facial deterioration – such as the reduction in fat around the face, exposing the skull shape
  • Creating sores and spots using Tuplast & Rigid Collodion
  • Mixing and measuring greasepaint with IPA for a more translucent finish
  • Breaking up skin pigmentation
  • Development of vein application with a further understanding of depth and deterioration due to chemical imbalance
  • Creating dry and cracked lips
  • Working without foundation to create a very natural finish

Here is my final image from todays work of the (not quite so beautiful now…) Shona. Bless her, she had to run to her car like this as the parking had run out… I went for the whole before after thing like with with faces of meth. Haha. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXIhdC33NUE)

Before & After

Before & After

I think this worked pretty well. I’m really happy with my development in all areas and as with everything, more practise makes perfect.

Here’s some more images from today…

Track Marks

Track Marks

Track Marks

Track Marks

Veins

Veins

Track Marks

Track Marks

Dry lips with sores and spots

Dry lips with sores and spots

Facial Deterioration

Facial Deterioration

Facial Deterioration

Facial Deterioration