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Photos for the RISE upcycling website

I thought I’d give you a little more information about the RISE movement since this will be my third post about it in as many weeks, haha! You can link through to the website here and check out the clothes (and my natural, youthful make-up on the two lovely models ;-) )

There’s a lot of really nice stuff to buy, so head on over and have a look (I really like “smoking” and “beaches”). You can check out more information about the collections and designers too! Here’s the blurb from their website:

“The Movement

Inspired by the eternal life-cycle of the Phoenix, RISE is a social enterprise committed to fueling mass market demand for used and upcycled clothing.

All RISE pieces are made from Ashes (donated clothing).

By creating high quality, designer outfits from these Ashes, RISE strives to redefine how the vast majority of society views buying second-hand. Basically what we’re doing is bringing sexy back to thrift.

RISE is not only dedicated to sustainability, but also to youth empowerment and the creative arts. 100% of RISE pieces are designed and created by local youth fashion designers. Through RISE, young designers have an opportunity to explore their creative skills in a professional environment, and to make money doing what they love.

Our logo – The Red Feather – allows those who wear RISE to proudly communicate their beliefs and association to the movement, in style.

Now after over a year of designing and creating our spirited collection, RISE is ready to launch.”

More pics from Tia Toshazuki

The very talented Tia Hoshizaki sent the rest of the final images from the Yukata shoot.

I wasn’t expecting to receive so many images, so this is wonderful! It might take me a while to decide which ones I want in my actual portfolio as obviously I don’t want too many of the same image, but they are all great photos :-)

What do you think?

First images from Ian Redd Photography

Yay! :-)

Ian Redd sent me the first edited images from my test shoot the other week. This is Megan, the lovely actress who stepped in at the last minute when my first girl couldn’t make it (a massive thankyou to Megan for that!!):


The first look for Megan was a simple, classic cat eye (inspired by the 1940′s/50′s), heavy contouring of the lid with a taupy brown and a bit of natural lip stain on her mouth. I filled in her eyebrows a bit but messed them up a little too as I like the contrast between the clean winged cat eye and the messy hair of her brows. I also used very long lashes from MAC ( I foget which style/number) on her top lashes.

The second look was slightly inspired by the 20′s, dark eyes and pouty cupid bow mouth, but I winged the smokey eye out a bit to suit Megans face and gave her a messy red pout. There’s red over her eyelid and into the inner corner of her eyes for a slightly vampy addition, and added lashes just below her bottom lash line at the outer corner for extra drama (again from MAC, Yay for Pro Discounts!! ;-) )

Whilst doing more research about what kind of images to put into a make-up portfolio, I came across a post that said to stay well clear of “headshot” style images. These probably come under that catagory (which makes sense as Ian is a popular headshot photographer), but I think they’re nice images to start me off, and the whole shoot experience was great practice. Of course, I’ll continue to find more projects to work on and continually add to/change my portfolio (both online and hard copy).

More images still to come of Megan and of Clarissa :-)

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 :-)

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 :-)

Last day!

So today was the last day on the production and it’s so weird. I received a thank-you gift from Elizabeth (I haven’t bought hers yet but I know exactly what I’m buying her ;-) )which was the Make Up For Ever Professional 12 Flash Color Case that we have been working with on this production, which is great as it has sentimental value and loads of great memories attached to it! She wrapped it in paper which had her kisses on it and those of one of the actors, which is just so Elizabeth :-) It’s a good little palette that I’ll refill with things once all the colours are gone, although you can get so many faces out of each colour. A friend of Elizabeth said that he used the white for 10 Kabuki faces (the white Geisha face) and he barely scratched the surface! It has a creamy texture and so is great for blending and spreading out so you only need a little but you do need to use powder to set it so that it doesn’t move or crease, especially on the eyes. Fantastic gift, and great addition to my growing professional kit!! Thankyou Elizabeth!

As for the day itself it was a really light day and I left early as I have to go earn some pennies at work in a couple of hours. Over these last weeks on set I feel like I’ve learned so much, mostly about being a professional MUA but also about how life is when working on a production. Granted, this was a small production and I’m sure there are many differences between this and others but it has been a great experience working around the set and watching things work (and break, and be fixed or adapted ;-) ). I don’t think I could have asked for a better introduction and for anyone who is thinking about getting into make-up for TV or Film I think you should really get out and hit the smaller productions (even student productions) to get a feel for things and gain experience, then work your way up. But that’s just my opinion!

Kind of a sad day in a way, but what an experience!

A found a review for the Flash Colors on you tube and thought you might like to see it, especially if you don’t know the product I’m talking about…

Last Weekend on Set

I’m so sad :-( This is the last few days of shooting! We’ve been saying goodbye to some of the actors since last weekend as they have finished all of their scenes and it’s strange to think it will all be over soon. Obviously we all hope it isn’t totally over and that it will be picked up by someone and we’ll all be asked back to work on it, but for now it’s almost done! I’ve met so many great people and feel as though I’d really feel at home doing the make-up for Tv or film on a permanent basis. Obviously it’s not as easy as simply making up my mind and I might end up in bridal or fashion, but for now it’s a start and I can push forward from here.

I can’t believe how much fun these last weeks on set have been, or how much I’ve learned from Elizabeth about make-up for on screen and about being on a set. I’ve been really lucky as she’s kind of taken me under her wing during all of this and has been so patient, teaching me and introducing me to products (some of which I’d never heard of, most of which I’d never used!) and techniques. Today she showed me how to create bruises with the bruise wheels from Kryolan and Ben Nye, so that was fun :-). There are more colours in the Kryolan wheel but we’ve been using the Ben Nye under eyes to make some of the people look tired. Useful little things (and very affordable!).

I sincerely hope this isn’t the end for the production, even if it goes on without me (which it probably would as that’s how things go). I really think it’s a great idea and think it’s worth being given a chance to prove itself. Sorry. Still not allowed to tell you what it’s about . You’ll be the first to know when I am though ;-)