A couple of weekends ago, I spent creating so many different looks which were such fun. Creating looks for a photo shoot, wedding and a formal meant so many different looks with all having one thing in common. The skin was to be the hero.
This weekend all started on Thursday for me, as I prepared a young sweet lady to attend her Year 12 formal. She was a non-makeup wearer with a heart of gold. The added bonus was meeting her dogs and my gosh they were adorable. Samantha doesn't wear makeup very often if at all so we planned a look that was simply elegant but still had the glam look, this was subtle but still made an impact.
I created eyes that whereof soft pinks and purples (don't think 80's purples, it was much more subtle than this) with a nude matte lip. For this look, I focused the attention on Samantha's amazing and beautiful eyes. With a thin eyeliner and false lashes with those soft colours on the eye, it brought her dress to life as well as her eyes. Samantha's hair needed to embrace the messy look her already curly/fuzzy hair was. Poor Samantha she is one of those who goes fuzzy when it is humid and this day the storm clouds were rolling in during the afternoon.
The full list of makeup products I used for Samantha's makeup look.
Face and cheeks
Friday comes along and I get to work on a photo shoot. This time my model is Mexican and omgosh she is stunning sweet and lovely. The theme of the shoot was summer relaxed with a touch of glam. I started of Azul's makeup with a soft pink shadow and a more nude lip. As the outfits changed so did the makeup with more intense eyes and then lastly a darker lip. Azul's hair was simple with a curl to create flow, framing and a softness for the images we were to create. Although I don't have the full set of images yet I can show you one look with a beauty shot.
For Azuls makeup I used the following products.
Face and cheeks
As Saturday rolls around I get even more excited for the weekend. It is a client wedding day and the sun is shining. I headed off to Aberdeen which was just over 1.5 hrs drive away from my studio. Arriving at the venue was a delight it was a very old house with such beauty with plenty of hands helping the bride and groom set up the entire event as this was a DIY type of wedding.
A country style wedding with a touch of class was the order of the day so I set on getting the bridesmaid ready for the wedding with makeup and hair. I just loved the simple but elegant makeup I created which seems to have been the weekend makeup theme. Soft pinks and false lashes with soft curls, with the wind we ended up pulling the sides back to reduce the hair in face issues during the important times of the day.
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Bridesmaid products used for both hair and makeup.
Face and cheeks
The bride was just a delight, and a pleasure to meet. After rushing around all morning and being asked a million and one questions I sat the bride Emily down and said to all the helpers that she is requiring a drink and some food while she relaxes in peace to get ready. This is my favorite part of a wedding, getting the bride to sit in my makeup chair and just relax and enjoy some pampering before the chaos of the wedding day begins. I make sure she has some food and a drink just a small one to enjoy whilst relaxing.
Emily was a complete delight as she relaxed getting pampered and as she glimpsed a guest walking past the window the nerves and the realness kicked in and she was just adorable. Emily's hair was similar to her bridesmaids with a slight twist to the pulled back look. I added a fishtail braid to one side.
Bridal makeup and hair products used to create this look.
Face and cheeks
This was one hectic three days of work and boy was it a lot of fun and I loved every minute of it, with my highlight of the 3 days being the smiles on my clients face when they got to see their final looks in the mirrors. For further images of each look click on the links or go to the gallery page. To book in or make an inquiry feel free to contact me.
Dreams do come true!
Special effect makeup I must say is one of the coolest things I have ever done. I never thought I would enjoy creating gore, but here I am telling you I LOVE creating gore with makeup. SFX is something I seem to have picked up rather quickly and easily.
A few months ago I did a class on special effects and I had the best time learning all about how to create different prosthetic and different kinds of makeup that you wouldn't see in most magazines.
I first learnt all about theater makeup and how to age someone using creams and OMG it is very dramatic and full-on but so much fun to do. Aging a face is so much fun and easy I took to it like a duck to water. I got to work and created this amazing effort. Forgive the model he wasn't overly liking the idea of being aged by makeup but what a champ he let me do it and take some images of it. Now when you view the images keep in mind that you would normally see this from a stage under massive amounts of lights from a distance.
I have also learnt how to age using latex and this was just as much fun a few more steps a lot longer to apply but, the results where just outstanding. I managed to pick this up just as quickly and easily. My model for the day was just amazing a young 24 year old who I made into a 70 year old. This was not the easiest thing to do but I achieved it and I was rather happy with the results. The image below will show you the results of the effort. The time it took to apply and to remove was a very long process but, the results were worth the effort.
Other SFX techniques I have learnt over the week have been cuts and bruises and again I can not express how much fun I had using makeup and special effects makeup to create the below looks. I actually started to get queasily towards the end of the cut application that is how realistic it was coming, i don't do well with open flesh at the best of times. Blood I can handle fine though.
Bruises was just as fun though did take a little more planning and thinking to have it be believable once the I had finished. I had to think about the age of the bruise where I had the impact and how big the impact was. After all this was decided it was quite easy and just required a gentle hand to help blend the makeup to have it believable I hope you like the results I created.
As you can see I have had a great time so far learning Special Effects. I have more to learnt more since I first started to write this blog which I will share another time. Keep your eyes open for more special effect makeup. Please feel free to contact me or leave a comment and I will get back to you.
Dreams can come true!