First day of shoot

Tomorrow is the first day of the short artist film with Eddie :-)

We’ll hopefully be able to finish the Angel, Mermaid, first phase Eddie and second Phase Eddie. The make-up on first phase Eddie is really easy and will take no time at all, but the other two will probably take a good hour each as there is a little bit of prosthetic “out of kit” stuff to do with the Angel and we have to create a tail for the Mermaid. Second phase Eddie will be quite difficult as I’ve never done anything like it before but I’m really looking forward to it! I will try and remember to tke my camera with me this time, haha.

Wish us luck! :-)

Artist short film

I was asked to help out on a short artistic film being shot over the next few weekends and with the theme being mythical creatures…

…obviously I said yes!

The piece is very personal for the director and we’re meeting up on Tuesday to talk it over some more. I’m excited that it’s a fantasy theme as it means I get to play outside the limits of everyday make-up and have some fun with colours, textures and a few out-of-kit effects. Again it’s low budget but I see that as a chance to be creative and find strange ways to create the things we want with what we have and can afford.

I think Eddie (the director) said he wants everything done and edited by October 18th, so if it all pans out (which it will!) then I’ll have another little video to put up here for you all to see :-) Yay!

Evening with MAC

I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life recently which means I haven’t really been up to much with regards to my makeup career (the film was on hold for a while and should be starting up again soon), but I did have the chance to go to a MAC evening (complete with wine and canapes!) a couple of weeks ago. It was a night to show professionals all about whats happening with Autumn/Winter trends this year and how to re-create them and teach them to others.

It was a really good evening. Very casual with a friendly atmosphere and a few new products to “show and tell” and lots of behind the scenes stories. We were also given an A/W photo book with images of what the MAC artists have been doing on the catwalks (for the likes of Alexander Wang, Chloe and Moschino to name a few). The photos are all unprocessed so we can see exactly what was done in its raw form and have simple style explanations.

The books themselves are usually only available to the press, so I’m feeling a little smug right now (although its obviously just left overs from shows at the beginning of the year, but I dont care ;-))  The looks that are hot right now are called Mod-ernist (see A/W 2011 David Koma, Donna Karan and Jaeger London), Disco-Tech (see A/W 2011 Vivienne Westwood Red Label, The Blonds and Jean-Pierre Braganza (love love love!)), Tough-Love (see Betty Jackson, Richard Nicoll and Prapal Gurung) and Amber-Gris (see A/W 2011 Norman Ambrose (love!), Kenzo and Mary Katrantzou).





It is incredible the amount of spam you’re greeted with when you don’t check your comments for a week or so, hahaha!

One week without a computer and I come back to 350 spam comments that need deleting. A host of comments aimed at people who don’t exist and haven’t left the comment that they are supposed to have, or comments on the Start Date For Filming post that wonder “why don’t all people know of this product”, haha.

I don’t mind accepting the ones from websites or blog that are related to Make-up or anything similar, but I’d much prefer that their comment was on the lines of “Hi, Thought you might be interested in my blog/website, check it out…”. At least it would look a little more natural on a make-up based website than “I agree the Kia car company has its merits…” ;-)

Soft brushes

I cleaned my brushes and used the tip in the video about olive oil to help soften them, and it worked! My brushes range in quality and price (I even have a couple from the dollar store which make great concealer brushes since they’re synthetic with a little firmness to them) and I wanted to see if I could get the not-so-soft bruches feeling a little nicer (I’ve hardly used them recently and they were just going to go into my personal collection instead of my professional collection).

Suprisingly it even worked on my synthetic brushes. They are all sooo soft, its fantastic! I had to wash them twice after leaving them covered in oil for a few minutes but that wasn’t a problem. I highly recommend this tactic :-)

Thanks BeautyNewbie ;-) I couldn’t put the video itself up on here as the “embed” option isn’t available but you can just click here to link through.

Wedding Make-up

We’re still filming but the days are intermittent, so I said yes to helping out a friend this Saturday with a wedding party of ten :-) Apparently they had another MUA, but they can’t do it any more and Andrea thought of me, which is nice!

It’s down in Surrey (B.C.) which is a bit of a pain to get to for me with all of my kit, but it will be worth it and it will be lovely to spend the morning with a bridal party. They’re always so happy! With it being down in Surrey I’m thinking I should definitely look at what to take in my kit with a “less is more” approach, or I’ll never be able to cart it all down there, ha ha.

So excited :-)

First shoot day!

It was a nice, easy first day for me on Monday, in a low-light room with basic make-up looks for one young woman and two young men.

I was put into a small cubby hole with flickering lights and a tiny shelf on which to put the make-up (on top of a nice, clean towel of my own of course). It was fun, and I figure I’m bound to work in worse places as build my portfolio ;-) I got to see two young ladies that I met at the make-up rehearsal and then I got to meet the three young men which play the leads across from the women. I can’t remember all their names but I’ll make a note of them when we next shoot and let you know who they are!

Our next shoot days are outside, with the young ladies, so more concentration needed for those looks ;-) Although we had a rehearsal day for their make-up I’ve had a word with Damian and decided to modify (read: change completely) the looks we tried. It was, after all, only a practice day to see what worked and what didn’t so mods are to be expected. We all want the characters to be realistic and suit the looks we give them, so these mods are a good thing!

As soon as Damian allows me to put up photos from on set then I’ll show you what we’re up to, so stay tuned for more…