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RISE Fashion Show

Yesterday was the RISE Fashion Show at the Roadhouse Community Centre!

It was a great evening and I met some lovely people, including a model named Jazmine and the Key Make-up Artist Jacqueline Parker who did a great job designing the two looks we were to re-create on our models and organising all the Hair Stylists and Make-up Artists on the evening. (Jacqueline also put together little goody bags for everyone as a thank you for helping out, which was a lovely touch :-) ) I also bumped into a Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist that I met at the Nygard show, Elena Ismail. Always nice to see a familiar face!

The looks were quite simple to recreate as we were provided with photos and a small step-by-step guide on creating them. The first one was a smokey eye with pale lip, the second a natural eye with a gorgeous dark berry lip. We were told to just bring along our brushes and brush cleaner as the make-up we were to use was being provided for us by a company called Sappho Cosmetics. I’d never heard of them until this event, but I did really like their eyeshadows and bronzer!

I don’t have any photos as yet, but there was a professional photographer and videographer there photographing and filming the whole show and there are a few photos up on RISES’s Facebook page, but not of all the models or the whole show. Hopefully they’ll have the video up soon and I can link through to that for you!

All in all a fun night for a good cause promoting thrift and recyling :-)

Nygard Fashion Show

Last week there was a fashion show put on at the Nygard store down along Marine Way and I was there to help out as one of the Make-up Artists.

I could only be there for the early show, which was a shame, but I got to meet some great people (and win an Orchid in the raffle, haha!). I did make-up on a couple of customers and while I was doing that the two other Make-up Artist’s (Elena Ismail and another lovely lady I don’t recall the name of, sorry!) did the make-up for the three models (it was just a small show).

There was a photographer there, called Jennifer Strang, who was taking photos of everyone from customers to hair stylists and she sent a few photos out for people to show around. I think you can see more on her website, but here’s a few of us MUA’s a customer I did the make-up for, the organisers…

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).

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Spam

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…” ;-)

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…

Make-up for VISI last night

If you’ve ever been to the UBC campus and found you way around easily then I applaud you! That campus is bigger than my home town of Whitehaven, I’m sure of it. I knew it would be big, but I got such a shock at the size of the place that I got all disorientated and to be honest, a little bit lost (oops!).

I eventually found the Frederic Woods theatre where the VISI (Vancouver International Song Institute) were to perform with the kind help of complete strangers and Diana Sepulveda the Costume Designer for the show.

I wasn’t the only Make-Up artist they had fond to help, so a couple of quick make-overs later I was all done. They wanted a subtle “dead” look for the singers who were performing “Spoon River”, so I used a mixture of pale cream foundation, black and brown eye shadows with a little bit of red under the eyes and plenty of pale powder to set the looks.

Next theatre show

I was passed on some info about a theatre show at UBC (University of British Columbia) that was looking for make-up artists to give a helping hand, so that’s where I’ll be tomorrow evening from 6pm until the show is over. It’s a one night musical show called “Spoon River”.

I’ve never heard of but I get to make 7 people look dead, so I’m looking forward to it ;-)

Stand-in MUA for the Morning

I stood in for Karin Shoji today on a shoot for a local hospital. The filming is for an information DVD which I think gets given to patients who are about to have surgery (from what I heard the presenter saying ;-) ). I did natural make-up for four people, each with different skin tones and features, then Karin arrived to take over and continue for the rest of the day. I’m pretty sure there were more people to be done later in the day as well whom Karin will be looking after.

All in all I learnt a few things, received another call-sheet (which are good to use as proof of working status to get memberships and discounts, etc), I got to use some of my new products (Mehron Touch Up Anti-Shine for example) and my confidence is growing.

I also got to use my new make-up belt which I bought second hand but is in great condition (I love Craigslist! ;-) ) It’s a MAC brush belt which obviously looks good but it is really functional too and holds all the things I need it to hold! I do like the convenience of a belt, but having to look passed my (reasonably sized) chest to see what brush I’m picking out is a bit of a pain, haha! A belt definately saves on bench space which can be an issue on set, but given the option, I think I prefer having everything laid out in front of me on a table/work bench as this way everything is in sight. Maybe if I hang the belt over a shoulder and wear it like a bag it might feel a bit better for me, what do you think? I’ve seen other MUA’s wear it that way.