Tag Archives: Make-up

I can work with Minor Mogul after all! Yay!

I was able to contact Damian and let him know that we are able to stay and that I can work on his feature film after all if he still wants me. He said he does, yay!

Hopefully we’ll be able to meet up one evening this week and talk about what he’s after with regards to the characters make-up looks. We discussed it a little at our first meeting and I’ve created some looks on face charts and piled together some tear-sheets from magazines of looks that I think would work well for what he’s after.

Lets see what’s decided :-)

Intensive Filming! Minor Moguls! Dance Troupe Make-Up!

Last weekend was taken up with filming a short promo video for an American charity.

I was the official Hair and Make-up Artist for the young star. One look was tired and messy, the other all youthful. As usual I don’t have any images I can put up due to non-disclosure issues and what-not, but it should only be a few weeks before I can actually link to the video :-) It’s supposed to be getting shown at a big, (possibly) star studded event at the end of April down in LA. Exciting!

I just hope I did a good job!

Also, a quick update about my meeting last week with the producer, Damian from Minor Mogul. The meeting went well and we spoke about the project at hand, the characters, what we’re both looking for from each other, etc, but I had some bad news in my personal life and it looked like we may have been heading back to the UK pretty quickly (we’re able to stay, though) and so had to contact him afterwards to say I couldn’t help on this particular project. It does sound like a great project and I hope to get to work with Damian in the future as I love the way his mind works. He’s a funny guy too, which is always good to be around :-)

On a new note, a friend of mine has joined a small dance group here in Vancouver and she asked if I would help with the make-up when the perform next. Of course I said yes! It should be a chance to go quite creative with the make-up and have some fun! That isn’t until June, but we’re going to get together next week to have a chat.

I love YouTube!

You can find anyone and anything on YouTube!  I search it for tutorial videos from business entrepreneurs, make-up artists and episodes of 1980′s cartoons (ah, the memories! Thunder, Thunder, Thunder Cats…) ;-).

Someone I found recently is a MUA based in the UK called Wayne Goss. I love his videos as they are full of useful info about professional quality products, which products you can save a few pennies on and great tutorials. (He’s not exactly an eyesore either ;-))

I’ve popped his show-reel into this post as I feel I should share him with the world. Hope he doesn’t mind! Ah, heck, he’s on YouTube so he’s abviously not shy ;-) Check him out:

InMyKit.com

Inmykit.com has had a face-lift! There are more products and descriptions from professional make-up artists and a new layout. Check it out for advice on products for your kit, Pro or otherwise.

Below is an exerpt from the site:

“ABOUT IN MY KIT
In My Kit was launched in 2005 as a guide to assist new makeup artists.  Building your first professional makeup kit can be very expensive and given the endless product choices…very confusing.

KJ’s PROMISE:
The products reviewed and recommended on IN MY KIT appear only after their performance is approved as pro quality by a cross-section of highly respected, working Senior Pro Artists around the world. We compare notes at industry events, by phone, by email, on social networks and industry forums.
Everything from moisturizer to mascara, lipstick to lipgloss, drugstore to specialty store. This is a guide to the best basics, outstanding new technology and some all-time favorites that are still best in category.

VERY IMPORTANT
Consideration for placement on this website will never be based on Comps or Sponsorship from any manufacturer or distributor. Quality control is also VERY important and products appearing on this website are periodically checked for consistency.  Companies that alter existing formulations in a way that compromises or lessens their product’s performance will be removed from the IN MY KIT website.

EXTRA! EXTRA! Most of the companies featured offer Professional Makeup Artist discount programs when you present the correct credentials.”

Another Year In Canada! :-)

Greg’s work is able to sponsor him to stay and work for them for another year, which means we get to stay in Vancouver for a bit longer!! :-)

Vancouver seems like a great place for us both with regards to work. Greg has a job he enjoys, in a city he likes, with great weather in summer (always nice) and I will hopefully get some more work experience on projects in the area. There are a few web-sites such as Craigs List where people can advertise the tv/film/photography projects that they need help with, so hopefully I’ll be able to find some things to work on in my spare time and build up my portfolio :-).

The only problem with being able to stay is that we can’t leave Canada while our visa applications are being processed, which means I’m not able to visit family and friends back home for another few months. So sad, but at least we can now time our home visit for the time when my pregnant sister is due ;-)

Ups and downs, swings and round-abouts!

New MUFE Kits!

I’ve been having another look at make-up kits that could be great to build up on and so obviously I had another look at the Make Upkits For Ever kits on offer from Make Up For Ever Pro. When I first wrote about them there was only two available….

…there’s now SIX!!!

There’s the Basic Kit in warm or cool – Each retail for $243, only $121.50 as the kit – Great for personal use (mix your own perfect foundation shade!) or to add a little Lux to your kit ;-)

Warm contains: HD Foundation #117, HD Foundation #177, HD Powder, Aqua Lip 5C, Glossy Full #0, 3 Color Compact (Empty), Refill Shadow #156, Refill Shadow #98, Refill Shadow #103, Smoky Lash Mascara, Aqua Eyes #0L, Crystal Pouch – Vanity.

Cool contains: HD Foundation #115, HD Foundation #178, HD Powder, Aqua Lip 5C, Glossy Full #0, 3 Color Compact (Empty), Refill Shadow #156, Refill Shadow #29, Refill Shadow #111, Smoky Lash Mascara, Aqua Eyes #0L, Crystal Pouch – Vanity.

The Essential kit – Could make a nice Bridal starter package, with some good neutral eye-shadows and a shade for all seasons – Retails for $737, only $368.50.

Contains: Concealer Palette #1, Concealer Palette #4, HD Powder, 10 Color Palette (Empty), Refill Shadow #00, Refill Shadow #35, Refill, Shadow #102, Refill Shadow #164, Refill Shadow #41, Refill Shadow #28, Refill Shadow #162, Refill Shadow #17, Refill Shadow #166, Refill Shadow #4, HD Foundation #115, HD Foundation #155, HD Foundation #17, HD Foundation #117, HD Foundation #128, HD Foundation #177, 5 Lipstick palette #15, Smoky Lash Mascara, Aqua lip 3C, Aqua lip 7C, Glossy Full #0 (clear), 4 Color Compact (Empty), Refill Shadow #85, Refill Shadow #49, Refill Shadow #5, Refill Shadow #48, Aqua eyes #0L, Aqua eyes #2L, Double Sharpener, Crystal Pouch – Large.

The Comprehensive Kit – Comes with a handy satchel style bag – Retails for $908, only $454.

Contains: Double Barrel Sharpener, Makeup Bag, HD Primer #0, Concealer Palette #1, Concealer Palette #4, HD Foundation #115, HD Foundation #155, HD Foundation #178, HD Foundation #117, HD Foundation #128, HD Foundation #177, HD Powder, Smoky Lash, Mascara – Black, Lengthening Mascara – Brown, Transparent Mascara-Brow Fix, 10 Color Palette (Empty), Refill Shadow #00, Refill Shadow #35, Refill Shadow #102, Refill Shadow #164Refill Shadow #41, Refill Shadow #28, Refill Shadow #162, Refill Shadow #17, Refill Shadow #166, Refill Shadow #4, 4 Color Compact (Empty), Refill Shadow #85, Refill Shadow #49, Refill Shadow #5, Refill Shadow #48, 5 Lipstick Palette #15, Aqua Lip Liner 3C, Aqua Lip Liner 7C, Glossy Full #0 (clear), Kohl Pencil – Black, Aqua Eyes, Eyeliners #0L, Aqua Eyes Eyeliners #2L, Eyebrow Corrector #0, Eyebrow Corrector #3.

The Mastery KitRetails at $1,114, only $557!

Contains: Double Barrel Sharpener, Brush Cleaner, Faux Lash #15, Moisturizing Lip Balm, Sens’ Eyes – Makeup Remover, Pure Water -Cleansing Water, Mist & Fix – Makeup Fixative, HD Primer #0, Concealer Palette #1, Concealer Palette #4, HD Foundation #115, HD, Foundation #155, HD Foundation #178, HD Foundation #117, HD Foundation #128, HD Foundation #177, HD Powder, Compact Shine-On #3, Compact Shine-On #6, 10 Color Palette (Empty), Refill Shadow #00, Refill Shadow #35, Refill Shadow #102, Refill Shadow #164, Refill Shadow #41, Refill Shadow #28, Refill Shadow #162, Refill Shadow #17, Refill Shadow #166, Refill Shadow #04, Smoky Lash Mascara – Black, Lengthening Mascara – Brown ,Transparent Mascara/Brow Fix, Kohl Pencil – Black ,Aqua Eyes Eyeliners #0L, Aqua Eyes Eyeliners #2L, Eyebrow Corrector #0, Eyebrow Corrector #3, 4 Color Compact (Empty), Refill Shadow #85, Refill Shadow #49, Refill Shadow #05, Refill Shadow #48, 5 Lipstick Palette #1, 5 Lipstick Palette #2, 5 Lipstick Palette #8, Aqua Lip Liner 3C, Aqua Lip Liner 7C, Aqua Lip Liner 9C, Glossy Full Lipgloss #0 (clear).

The Creative Color Kit – There are two prices for this one, a 50% off price and a 60% price. I’m not sure how you get the 60% off price or if it’s always that price and the 50% one is there to simply show that you’re getting an even better deal than usual (if you know can you let me know so that we’re all in the loop ;-))!? Either way it’s still a great offer! – These colours are really bright and vibrant, so good for a bit of body art or fun special occassions and nights out – Retail is $261, 50% price is $130.50, 60% price is $104.40.

Contains: Empty 10 Palette, Refill Shadow #2, Refill Shadow #18, Refill Shadow #75, Refill Shadow #99, Refill Shadow #53, Refill Shadow #159, Refill Shadow #92, Refill Shadow #9, Refill Shadow #72, Refill Shadow #149, 12 Color Flash Palette, Crystal Pouch Small.

The Brush Kit – A nice selection of brushes to start you off or add to your current brush kit - Retails at $280, only $140.

Contains: Kabuki Powder Brush, Complexion Brush #30N, Concealer Brush #7N, Large Eye Shadow Brush #12S, Small Eye Shadow Brush #10S, Crease Eye Shadow Brush #15S, Blending Eye Shadow Brush #17S, Eyebrow Brush, Lip Brush #4N.

I haven’t been able to find a UK equivalent which is unfortunate. If you know of anywhere that sells similar kits of MUFE then I’d love to know about it! :-)

Book Review: The Ultimate Sales Letter

The Ultimate Sales Letter, written by Dan S. Kennedy.

I read this in my continuing attempt to educate myself in “all things business”! Love it! It’s straightforward, has lots of examples from real companies and has several free perks (such as resources that usually cost around $1000!!). For obvious reasons it aims more at people who have a product to sell, but it seems as though the basic principles are transferable to those of us with services (make-up application) to sell too.

This (3rd) edition of the book was published back in 2006 but there is a newer edition on Amazon right now for £8.99 with the following blurb…

“In this new edition of his top-selling book, author Dan Kennedy explains why some sales letters work and most don’t. And he shows how to write copy that any business can use. Among other things, he provides:

  • Completely updated text and examples
  • Great headline formulas
  • New exercises to spark creativity
  • The best way to use graphics

Kennedy is the most successful, highly paid direct-response copywriter in the country. In this book, he shares his step-by-step formula so everyone can write letters that will nail the sale.”

I’m thinking that I may not need actual “sales letters” in the beginning (?) but there is so much information, even in this older edition that you could take into account when creating your website, developing some advertising strategies and perhaps when writing thankyou letters to previous clients (in hopes that they will refer you to others or use your service again themselves!). Perhaps a sales letter would be invaluable when creating resumes and sending out portfolios to potential clients ?!

A fascinating read and I think it’s definitely a resource that will end up on my shelf in the “references” section for years to come :-).

I’d be interrested to hear from anyone who’s read the new edition! Looking forward to finding out what perks and freebies he’s thrown in this one ;-).
Below I’ve included a link through to the 2006 edition and the 2011 edition in both hardcopy form (proper books!;-)) and for the kindle. It’s good to have options. :-)


Book Review:Makeup is Art

Hurray for husbands! Mine bought me a fantastic Christmas present in the form of “Makeup is Art”, a book designed to help teach professional makeup techniques and show you how to be creative and original! It’s written by a host of people and the Creative Directors are Jana Ririnui and Lan Nguyen from AOFM (Academy of Freelance Makeup).

I haven’t read the whole thing yet, only flicked through a couple of times, so I guess this isn’t really a true review, but I had to let you all know about it as it looks incredible! It starts off the same as any other makeup artistry book, telling us how important skincare is and moving onto primers etc. but then the images turn into Art! You get beautiful clean beauty shots, taken through recent eras and trends and then comes the really fun stuff. There’s glitter, colours galore, and some great body art (you should see all the bling!!;-) ).

At the back of the book is a Q & A section with questions such as “How does a new Makeup Artist get an agent?”, “What is the best way to build my kit?” and “How does a new Makeup Artist build up their portfolio?”. There’s a few pages that are dedicated to brushes and exactly what each one is typically used for (useful when you have a set of 23 and haven’t used some because you’re not totally sure what the hell they are for, haha!).

I honestly could go on for ages, but I’ll stop myself here. The front cover gives you an idea of what you’re getting!

Where to Save on Make-up Brushes

Okay, so the general idea for professional make-up kits is to buy the best quality you can find and afford, but the same doesn’t nessessarily apply to make-up brushes. There are times when you don’t need to pay 25 quid for a single brush!

After asking around, in forums and pestering working MUA’s that I meet, I’ve found that you don’t have to spend a fortune on every brush in your kit which is a great relief seeing as most MUA’s buy a LOT of brushes! It seems that there are some you can save on and some you should splurdge on. For example, the word is that we are better off buying decent foundation brushes as we will get better results, but we can save on lip brushes as they all work pretty much the same way (1.50 pound brushes at EyesLipsFace.co.uk here I come ;-) ). Kabuki brushes are best to splurge on, but you can find some really affordable eye shadow brushes in all shapes and sizes. Personally, I’d advise buying a decent crease brush but other than that brushes from the likes of CrownBrush, Avon and even my E.L.F travel kit are standing the test of time for me.

If you want to work in Special Effects Make-up then your brushes will probably get ruined quickly from the various glues, bloods and pastes that you will use, so don’t worry too much about buying from MAC or the likes. You can even find paint brushes that are affordable and good enough quality to use!

I just wanted to put this little post together because I know how daunting it can be to look around at all the brands and prices of brushes, trying to figure out which ones are “the best”. I’m lucky enough to have people in my life who have already been through all this and so I want to let others know that there is room for savings. Starting out in Make-up Artistry can be expensive enough without having to buy a load of expensive brushes when you don’t need to.

Shop around! Do your research before commiting to anything! :-)