Saturday, 27 October 2012

Corpse Bride Make-up for Halloween Party

Tonight I did a corpse bride makeup for a friends halloween party, took pictures below. Tell me what you think :)

Close up shot of makeup
                           -eyes shut

Close up shot of makeup
                                              - eyes open

            Complete outfit

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Make-up Tutorial Ke$ha We R Who We R

Comment, like, tell me what you think :)

25/10/12 - Summative Character Assessment

Today I did my summative character makeup assessment on my friend Ashley Elder, went really well, passed :) and she loved it :D

Then after passing the summative assessment I practiced one of the characters for our fundraiser: 
All in all, a really good day :D 

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Task 10 - Tutorials and Fundraiser

Two tutorials on make-up that are relevant for what we're currently doing in class:

This involves making latex pieces which she sticks to her face using spirit gum, adds make up to and submits it for a Nyx competition. She made it to the top 12 but sadly didn't win.

This is a character make up of a female vampire, love the way she uses the fishnet tights to create the pattern on each temple as well as her use of colour. Amazing - she's my favourite make up artist on youtube :)

Fundraiser pictures to follow, can't wait for Halloween - next Wednesday :)

Task 9 - Dress The Pirie's!!

2 Weeks ago, our team (Lisa, Kate, Eva and myself), decided we were going to dress the Pirie's up as the Nightmare Before Christmas' Jack, Sally and Zero.


Task 8 - 23/10/12

Plays/musicals/operas on at the following theatres:

1) Tron Theatre, Glasgow:
2) Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh:
3) Citizens theatre:
4) Traverse theatre:
5) Theatre Royal, Glasgow:
6) Kings theatre, Glasgow:

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Character maeups - 10th and 11th Oct '12

Over the two days I did two character make-ups, one on Maryanne, and the other on Shannon.

Maryanne was a stiched doll:

Shannon was a scary skull/clown:

Appreciate any comments, leave them below :)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Task 7 09/10/12 Liv Free is the best SFX make-up artist I've found, she's works from Lincoln, UK she does fashion, bridal, sfx and is a professionally trained hair stylist.

Special Effects

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Hair Dressing 02/10/12

Tuesday we did hair dressing, where we styled each other’s hair based on a style from a magazine or book.

I styled Imogen's hair based on a curly hair shot from a magazine, it turned out more retro/1930-40's than the modern picture, but I was happy with it nonetheless.


Shot from magazine



Imogen with 3 small traditional rollers.






Imogen with full head of small traditional rollers.






Imogen – End Result

Character Make-ups 04/10/12

Today we did more character make-ups - this time it was Barbara's turn to be witchified :D

Blue witch today - involving tonnes of moisturiser, Grease paint and photos.

Was pretty impressed with myself - she was certainally wicked looking (by the end of it of course). Though it took me a bit to get the shading right, in the end it turned out good.

Barbara certainly got her revenge with me though:
Next week we do our pre-assessments and we're allowed to do ANY halloween-based character we can research/come up with!!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Task 6

The History of Media Make-up

Make-up was traditionallwhite powdered wigs with curls on the side and a pony tail in bay used by men as opposed to women. Thinking back to paintings done in the 18th and 19th centuries, our own George Washington and his contemporaries wore ck, as well as white powder on their faces and red rouge on their cheeks and lips. European royalty including King Louis the fourteenth of France and King George the third of England set the fashion. After smallpox swept through Europe and left many people with pox marks, the French elite covered these scars by painting large, black beauty marks over them. Some even painted the symbols of hearts, clubs, spades and diamonds in red or black over the scars, as playing cards was the main social event in the evenings. This was considered extremely fashionable at the time as electricity had not yet been invented, so there was no television or radio to provide entertainment on long, dark evenings.

After the French revolution, as society turned to a more utilitarian way of life with less distinction between the classes, excessive make- up went out of fashion, especially with men. It symbolized decadence and that had been overthrown. Then, just after the turn of the twentieth century the motion picture industry began.

It was discovered that with the powerful lights they used at that time, the actors looked washed out and drab. Therefore, make-up had to be created for male and female actors to even out the skin tone, add color, enhance features and create drama. And then like now the general public idolized movie stars and wanted to emulate them. This created a retail need for cosmetics and the beginning of what is today one of the largest earning sectors in market history. Women are continually fascinated by cosmetics and the promise they hold and can't seem to get enough of them. It's understandable, as for the price of a tube of lipstick they are buying the hope of glamor and excitement. And for about $12 that dream is cheap at the price.

The 'bright young things' of the 1920's flaunted short bobs, pale skin and red lips in the shape of cupid's bows. In the late 1920s and 1930s the eyebrows were often shaved off and painted on again with an eyebrow pencil in a half moon shape. The fashion for the wealthy was pale skin, to show that you didn't work outside. Only the working classes and outside laborers got tan. From the 1960s on it was the opposite. Pale skin indicated people who worked inside in offices or factories whereas, a suntan showed you were wealthy enough to vacation and jet set for most of the year. Of course when it was discovered that excessive exposure to the sun caused premature aging and skin cancer, the dark tan look faded from popularity.

The days of Fred Estaire and Ginger Rogers dancing their way around glamorous nightclubs came to an end with the onset of World War II. Men went to war and women took over their jobs in factories, to keep the country going. Women no longer had the time or money to spend on fancy make-up, so the natural look became popular. In the 1940s eyebrows were left full and the desired patriotic look was more earthy. Women wore trousers for the first time, since they were doing mens work. Even the top designer at the day, Coco Chanel, designed trousers for women for the first time. So not only was the utilitarian look necessary for the average woman, but Chanel made it fashionable on the Paris runways.

Hollywood continued to create icons that ordinary women emulated. In the post war 1950s anyone could purchase make-up at cosmetic counters in department stores and they did. Wearing make-up was no longer dictated by wealth or ones place in society. The cosmetic industry has continued to grow and it is a larger market today than ever before.

Task 5

Make-up Product I could not live without!!

BH cosmetics 120 colour palette, so many colours so little time!!!


With 120 colours, you cannot go wrong with this! Colours for every occasion, they're high pigmented, although they don't work too well without a base to apply them on - so make sure you have a good tacky primer on your eyelids first before applying the product. With a primer, you don't need much product - use the bare minimum and you get brilliant colour - this way you can build it up as we all know it's much easier to add than take away!!

Could you live without this?

Task 4 02/10/12

Top 5 examples of make up in films I love:

Xmen - Mystique Make-up Artist: Ann Brodie

Shaun of the Dead - Zombies, Special Effects Make-up Artist: Waldo Mason

The Lord of the Rings - Uruk-Hai, Prosthetics Make-up Artist - Richard Taylor
Carrie - Carrie, Make-up Artist: Wesley Dawn

E.T - Extra Terrestial - E.T., Make-up Artist: Jim Gillepsie

Top 3 Wigs in Film or TV
Captain Jack Sparrow - Pirates of the Carribean, Chief Hair Stylist: Matin Samuel.
Peggy Mitchell - Eastenders, Hair Stylist: Kate Roberts
Samara - The Ring, Wig and Hair Stylist: Sylvia Nava
Two plays in the UK that use wigs.

Task 3 02/10/12

1. What were your expectations on starting the course?

To learn how to apply make-up, sfx make-up, and character make-ups.

2. What are your initial thoughts on JWC and the Media make course?

Thought it was really good, however I'd prefer to spend more time on sfx makeup and cut short hairdressing for LD.3. What is your funniest moment of college life so far?

Making Imogen look like she's part of a Domestic Abuse helpline TV advert in SFX makeup!

4. What is the most interesting thing you have learned or learned how to do so far?

How to do halloween character makeup :)

5. Who is your make up idol?

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6. Why do you want to be a MUA?
It's always been something I've wanted to do, love doing make-up seems to be the right road to follow :)