Further Media Makeup & Postiche – Week 11 (Semester 2) of Year 2 Makeup Artistry & Special Makeup Effects

My exciting, challenging and eventful 2 year course is now coming to an end so this will be my final blog post for my further media makeup module!

This was an exceedingly busy week, mostly spent preparing for my assignment deadlines and giving 100% in each task so that I was happy with everything. In particular, I had 3 photo-shoots to complete (one being creature design for prosthetics) and the other two were my art inspired image by Valeria Kuts plus my music album cover image inspired by artist Nicki Minaj.

The main objective behind my art inspired facial design was to create my own unique version using the ying yang symbol, whilst sticking to materials that Valeria Kuts used such as face paints, but to create a twist offering a noticeably different image.  By adding 3D gems to my design as well as extra effects such as a contact lens and false lashes I wanted to create an illusionary effect. Fortunately, I have had good practice using paints (Snazaroo) throughout my final semester in my creature design module. This provided me with ample practice to feel confident in my application of facial painting. What I particularly love about using the Snazaroo products are that not only do they dry very quickly but the black and white shades are extremely effective. In addition I used professional, fine artist brushes that were exceptionally good for obtaining the precision I wanted. My practice sessions were very pleasing in that I learned exactly what worked and what needed improving. For example, I discovered that the adhesive stick on the gems were not good enough therefore I opted for Duo eye lash glue which yields perfect results. The false eye lashes I originally purchased also proved to be inferior, therefore I bought more expensive lashes with a noticeably superior quality which will be perfect for the final shoot. 

As for my music album cover inspired image, one of the main reasons I chose to base this look on Nicki is that her whole image is so bold, colourful and vibrant which represents the image of a perfect Barbie doll. From the contrasting yellow to blue shades of her makeup and hair, to the boldness and dramatic effects of her makeup application, I was inspired to create my own personal doll that she could use on the front cover of her next album. It is not just a question of having the doll like makeup, but having the fullness of face with big cheeks, a little doll’s outfit plus taking the lifeless doll’s pose into consideration. My intention is to be very creative and produce a doll instantly recognisable as Nicki. My makeup designfor the final shoot will be crazy, wacky and as colourful as possible to represent my chosen artist. As Nicki is an extremely successful, talented and wealthy artist this image of a plastic lifeless doll is a tongue in cheek humorous version of her which reflects her big personality perfectly.

Naming the album “Dollybird” is another humorous touch as it is a retro name for a sexy glamorous dumb woman (especially blondes, for example Marilyn Monroe) but Nicki has proved beyond all doubt that a woman can be both a flamboyant blonde and an exceedingly successful, multi talented intelligent woman with a Bohemian (not traditional or sticking to normal rules) style.

Having almost completed all of my portfolio looks, I am feeling confident with my achievements so far. One of the most important factors that I have learned is that there is always room for improvement and no-one should ever become complacent in any place of work. Creating new designs demands high concentration and much practice. There are so many competitors in the makeup artistry field that a new portfolio has to be of a very high standard to compete with long established successful makeup artists. My portfolio will be professionally judged and I will fully accept all criticism, learn from my mistakes and build on all the sound advice given to me.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog posts as much as I have enjoyed writing them. Thank you for your loyal support.


Prosthetics – Week 11 (Semester 2) of Year 2 Makeup Artistry & Special Makeup Effects

Unbelievably, my 2 year foundation degree is coming to an end therefore this will be my final blog post for the creature design module!

During this week I worked long and hard finalising assignment deadlines and giving 100% in each task until I was happy with everything.  This included a practice run of creature body painting on my classmate during class sessions and also on my chosen model outside of University hours. With practice, I am finding this challenging design less worrying especially as working from my design charts makes it so much simpler than working freestyle. Although I was happy with the initial trial on my female model with regards to some of the design, I also felt that some shapes scattered around the body were not quite right, therefore I decided to purchase and use a stencil (in the design of a lizard skin) on my male model to see if I could obtain a neater finish. The stencil was much smaller than it looked when I ordered it, therefore this was a disappointment, furthermore, the fact that it was made of plastic and was very bendy made it extremely difficult to work with. However, on the positive side I liked the fact that it gave me ideas of different shapes to work from especially as working freehand takes much longer which is frustrating when covering the entire body. In addition, I discovered that when painting, the stencil gets covered in paint, then when you place it on a different area of the body it leaves trails which could prove annoying, however it worked for my design as the skin colouring is not even so all of the different details and textures worked very well together to create a realistic lizard’s skin.

Later in the week I worked on my model’s outfit which consisted of a pair of plain black boxers (nothing else). My aim was to blend these boxers with the skin so that they are not noticeable. As the boxers had a black base, I used my stencil to paint on green and yellow shapes, followed by a white sponge texture to match the skin. I love the prosthetic tongue that I purchased and think that it completes the look perfectly. Although it held on very well, my model said it felt uncomfortable and coped very well by keeping it in whilst the photos were taken. The images below show my design on my female model (unfortunately, I was not able to take images of my chosen male model).

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I feel both confident and fully prepared for the photo shoot. I have ample paints coupled with good quality brushes, sponges and accessories. This design takes approximately 3 hours to complete and I intend to take photos throughout the application.

In my future career this design would be perfect for specialist makeup such as Halloween or fancy dress.

Further Media Makeup & Postiche – Week 10 (Semester 2) of Year 2 Makeup Artistry & Special Makeup Effects

Further Media Makeup & Postiche – Week 10 (Semester 2) of Year 2 Makeup Artistry & Special Makeup Effects

This was both a very exciting and busy week for me as I had 2 photo-shoots booked on Tuesday 16th April, on top of my class sessions. These two looks included my traditional and vintage bridal images which were crucial … Continue reading

Prosthetics – Week 10 (Semester 2) of Year 2 Makeup Artistry & Special Makeup Effects

Prosthetics – Week 10 (Semester 2) of Year 2 Makeup Artistry & Special Makeup Effects

This was the first week back after Easter break and I felt under pressure coupled with nervous excitement as there were only a couple of lessons left before the big day of producing my final creature design piece. I planned … Continue reading

Elf Makeup

Elf Makeup

Over the Easter break I made sure that I was fully prepared for my last term at University which involved creating my portfolio looks. Having noticed that my kit has recently become very low and that most products needed topping … Continue reading

Helena Rubinstein Skincare & Makeup Range

Helena Rubinstein Skincare & Makeup Range

I have not heard much about Helena Rubinstein or her products so I was very intrigued to receive a gift set as a Christmas present which included three different HR (Helena Rubinstein) products; an eye makeup remover, mascara and an … Continue reading

Dr.Organic: Organic Moroccan Argan Oil

Dr.Organic: Organic Moroccan Argan Oil

Finding perfect anti-ageing products is a struggle for everyone. I have always had an interest in researching for anti-ageing products in various beauty/makeup stores, making enquiries and trying different products. However, my search stopped during work experience in December 2012 … Continue reading

Working with the Photography Students

I have recently been in touch with the photography students at Bradford College as my Photoshop lessons and portfolio building task is coming to an end. For this reason, I crave the opportunity to work alongside a professional standard Photographer who can assist me on three shoots that I need to complete. The Photographer I require needs to have previous experience with photo-shoots and be happy to work in the bridal/glamorous area of makeup (ideally someone wishing to pursue a career in wedding Photography). They must also know how to use Photoshop (much better than I can) furthermore, their skills must include being able to alter the lighting and contrast, smooth the skin, brighten certain features and change the background in images where required.

After seeing the fantastic results a friend of mine created using her skills in SFX makeup coupled with the help of a photography student named Clinton Lofthouse, I was intrigued to find out how this was produced and if I could achieve  something similar for my line of work. Therefore, I contacted Clinton to enquire if he had the time to help me with my work or if he could recommend another photographer that could be of help. He kindly informed me that he would love to have helped, however like most students he is inundated with work including shoots with other people that requested his help at an earlier date. This was disappointing; however he did offer to contact another student that may be interested named Rachel Bennett who has not only experience in many bridal shoots but is also very competent in using Photoshop which is ideal. Clinton did mention that if Rachel was not able to Photoshop any photographs at my request, then he would step in which was exceedingly kind of him.

Fortunately, Rachel did contact me requesting information on my exact requirements and I was praying that she would say yes! Luckily for me, she was very happy to help and we have made plans to produce at least two photo-shoots which I am hugely excited about.  This agreement will come to fruition as soon as possible after the Easter break when we can confirm dates and times suitable to both parties. The remaining challenge for me is I now need to get my models and costumes confirmed for the appropriate times.

As Rachel has been so kind and helpful, I would like to promote her services by promoting her Facebook link:-