The Oscars Makeup

The Oscars Makeup is “Transformation Thursday”

I read this article today and wanted to share it with you guys, as it’s a little different to the normal “Transformation Thursday” that I delve into… It’s more about the skill of all the Oscar Hot Topic makeup for films which is why it caught my eye

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have

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As two oversized Oscar statues peered out at the capacity crowd from opposite ends of the Samuel Goldwyn Theater stage in Beverly Hills, one thing was obvious the Saturday before the 2013 Academy Awards: Make-up and hairstyling were the stars of the afternoon.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated make-up and hairstyling with an exclusive event dedicated to the Oscar nominees in the newly retitled Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling category.

This year’s honorees were Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel for Hitchcock; Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for Les Misérables; and Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Officially titled “Oscar Celebrates the Year in Makeup and Hairstyling,” the sold-out event included fans of make-up and hair artistry as well as many industry professionals, including Bill Corso, Michele Burke, Michael Westmore, Greg Cannom, Yolanda Toussieng, Deborah LaMia Denaver, Steve LaPorte and Trefor Proud.

“This is a wonderful time for these eight nominees to bask in their accomplishments and recognition,” said Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch Governor Leonard Engelman during his opening remarks as moderator. “Some of you in the audience may have contributed to these films and should be sharing in their glory. Today is a celebration of winners. Every nominee who steps onstage is a winner.”

Each of the nominees took the stage where Engelman, accompanied by a photo slide show, led a discussion about the process. A 10-minute video clip selection capped each presentation

‘Les Misérables’ Westcott and Dartnell described creating a beard for Hugh Jackman that was strong enough to survive multiple waves of water, creating prosthetic teeth with just the right shade of downtrodden Parisian yellow and what the duo described as the “Les Misérables haircuts.”

The decision to shear Anne Hathaway’s hair was made before Westcott joined the production, and she admitted she wasn’t completely on board with that choice. But both she and Dartnell said there was no hesitation about giving Hugh Jackman’s hair the look Jean Valjean needed as a prison inmate.

“We just went for it,” said Dartnell “Hugh had seen the concept drawing, and he was all for it. You have to be brave and go in and do what we had to do … We said to Hugh, ‘Just go out and buy a good hat,'” said Dartnell.

Westcott and Dartnell appeared to have the most fun with Helena Bonham Carter’s character Madame Thénardier. When Engelman began to ask, “This was an opportunity to …” Westcott quickly finished the sentence with, “Show off.”

For the Hitchcock segment, Berger, Montagna and Samuel were joined by the film’s director, Sacha Gervasi. He brought up how the original make-up was a little too close to home.

“They did a make-up where Tony Hopkins looked exactly liked Alfred Hitchcock,” said Gervasi. “It was wonderful, except nobody knew it was Tony Hopkins. I could have been doing it. So we tried to find a balance. Howard calls it a portrait. We weren’t really doing an impersonation, we were trying to do Tony’s version of Hitch.”

All praised the actor for his dedication to the character. “Tony would not leave the room until he was 100 percent,” said Berger. “He didn’t want to break the illusion. He didn’t want to come to set without the fat suit on. That’s the big reason I feel it was a success.” (AT RIGHT: Berger, Montagna and Samuel)

Gervasi said the make-up brought out Hopkins’ devilish side. “He took delight in going up to people as Hitchcock, especially those who hadn’t seen him, tapping them on the shoulder and going ‘Good evening.’ People would jump,” he remembered. “When Helen Mirren actually saw him for the first time, she went, ‘What the bleep?’ She was genuinely shocked.”

For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Swords King, Findlater and Lane were joined on stage by actor Graham McTavish who played Dwalin. He detailed his character’s complicated make-up as “a silicone cap, a foam cap and a piece for the nose and the bridge,” which took more than an hour to apply.

One of the biggest challenges for the team was taking slim actors who averaged more than six feet in height and transforming them into believable dwarfs.

“We had to squash them and widen them,” said Swords King (NEAR LEFT, with Lane and Findlater). “What we tried to do with the make-up was lose their necks. We tried to widen them [the actors] with hair.”

“We had to accentuate some of the features to create this illusion,” continued Lane. “We enlarged their heads and widened their ear spans, broadened their foreheads and enlarged their noses to create this squattish look.”

“We actually lowered their ears as well, so they were nearer their shoulders,” added Findlater.

Findlater said that every actor and most of the extras had to be wigged. Many characters had facial hair. And then there were those whose arms, legs and feet were also in make-up. “We literally had walls and walls, rooms and rooms of wigs, beards, eyebrows,” he said. “It was an incredible sight to see.”

Following the main event, which featured a question-and-answer session, the crowd adjourned to the lobby for a reception featuring displays of key make-up and hair materials from the films

“It’s just great seeing all these people that are really into the art of make-up,” said Montagna. “You don’t realize that there are so many fans out there who love it. I know when I was starting out, I’d give anything to be at an event like this. To be on the other end of it is really exciting.”

“I had no idea we’d have this big of a turnout,” said Lane before pausing to sign a program for a young fan. “I’m really impressed at how many people care about the intricacies of what we do. It’s a great event and a great evening.”

In fact, all the nominees were kept busy throughout the evening autographing programs, photos and whatever admirers put in front of them. “I’ve never done this before in my life,” exclaimed Dartnell as another fan approached. “I could get quite used to this.”

Makeup Tips

Makeup TIP Tuesday

As it’s the post – Oscars week this week, it only seemed right to give a couple of Red Carpet Tips to you all today

How can you make sure your lipstick lasts all night?

Use a lip liner. The liner acts as an anchor to the lipstick so it adheres and has a clean finish. Using a bit of face primer on the lips can work too and helps to ensure the wear of your color

How do you create your own Red Carpet looks at home?

The best way to recreate the looks from the red carpet into an everyday look is by picking one feature of the look and making it more simple. This helps tone the look down so it isn’t too much at once

Where’s the Rosey Apple of your cheeks?

Smile into the mirror and where the area of your cheeks becomes roundest… that’s your apple

Blend blend blend !!!

Make sure that you blend your blusher into your foundation really well, otherwise on mature skin, this will add unnecessary years to your face

Tap tap tap

When using a powder blusher, load up your brush with colour and ALWAYS tap the brush lightly before applying the colour to your face to knock away any excess pigment … otherwise you risk loading your cheeks with too much strong colour

What are your daily tricks?

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The Oscars 2013 Winners

85th Annual Academy Awards

So, it was the 85th Awards last night … and these were the Nominees and Winners (in BOLD)

Who would YOU have voted for??


Christopher Waltz
Christopher Waltz

Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Robert DeNiro – Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin – Argo
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained



Adam and Dog – Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole – PES
Head over Heels – Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” David Silverman
Paperman – John Kahrs

The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck it Ralph

Roger Deakins Skyfall


Django Unchained – Robert Richardson
Anna Karenina – Seamus McGarvey
Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski
Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
Skyfall – Roger Deakins



The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
Life of Pi: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
Marvel’s The Avengers – Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus – Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman – Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables – Paco Delgado
Lincoln – Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman – Colleen Atwood

Julie Dartnell and Lisa Westcott Les Miserables
Julie Dartnell and Lisa Westcott Les Miserables



Hitchcock – Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Les Misérables – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell



Asad Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys – Sam French and Ariel Nasr
Curfew – Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) – Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
Henry – Yan England



Inocente – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Kings Point – Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
Mondays at Racine – Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
Open Heart – Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Redemption – Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill


5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man





War Witch
A Royal Affair
Kon Tiki





Sally Field – Lincoln
Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Amy Adams – The Master


Adele Skyfall
Adele Skyfall


Before My Time – Chasing Ice, Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
Pi’s Lullaby – Life of Pi, Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
Suddenly – Les Miserable, Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublils
Everybody Needs a Best Friend – Ted, Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
Skyfall – from Skyfall – Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth



Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Chris Terrio – Argo
Tony Kushner – Lincoln
David O’Russell – Silver Linings PLaybook
David Magee – Life of Pi



John Gatins – Flight
Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
Moonrise Kingdom – Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Amour – Written by Michael Haneke


Ang Lee Life of Pi
Ang Lee Life of Pi


Life of Pi – Ang Lee
Amour – Michael Haneke
Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
Silver Linings Playbook – David O Russell
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Behn Zeitlin





Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts – The Impossible


Daniel Day Lewis Lincoln
Daniel Day Lewis Lincoln


Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight




Beast of the Southern Wild
Zero Dark Thirty
Life of Pi
Les Miserables
Silver Linings Playbook
Django Unchained

(The Telegraph)

Who would YOU have voted for??

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Oscars 2013


Boys and girls … Don’t forget to head on over to Facebook and Twitter to see what is going on today in the World of Hair and Makeup … Today is the Oscars so guess what I’ll be talking tonnes about?  Yup you gussed it…  last years best hair and makeup looks and later on, this years stunners!

CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!

Facebook or Twitter – Come and have a chat and let me know your favourite looks, hairstyles, makeup, dresses and celebs


Oscars 2012
Oscars 2012
Oscars 2012
Oscars 2012
Oscars 2012
Oscars 2012


Makeup News from NY Fashion Week

This is a great behind the scenes interview with Fashion Makeup Artist James Vincent – Fantastic Product and Technique tips and tricks … great article James

James Vincent NY Fashion Ween

James is responsible for the beautiful looks showcased at the International Makeup show, runways around the world and celebs like Lady Gaga and Jane Fonda just to name a few

Q: Can you tell us more about the trends that inspired you for the Ashton Michael Runway?

A: The theme of the collection was “Black Art” so I wanted depth and intensity while keeping it minimal. One of the easiest way to get this was using OCC lip tars because they are so intense in color.

Q: Did you do any highlighting and contouring on the models? If so what products did you use?

A: Yes, I focused on contouring with no highlighting for a more natural look. I used Kevin Aucoin Sculpting powder to achieve this look.

Q: What are your top  go-to beauty products?

(1) Kevin Aucoin skin enhancer foundation, which is versatile. You can get sheer coverage from it or build for a full coverage look.

(2) Lip tars are super versatile. You can use them on the eyes, lips and cheeks.

(3) Nars Multiples blush which gives you the right kiss of color to your cheeks.

Photo Credit:, NARS multiples at Sephora $39

Q: When watching some of your tutorials you speak a lot about how to achieve a great eyebrow. What do you think about the new eyebrow epidemic that’s taking over these beautiful faces?

A: The brows now are more full and fluffier but I do see that people are placing more attention on the eyebrows. You must know your product that you’re using and stay away from the ‘makeup counter’ eyebrow. We don’t see those on the runways so you must try to keep your brows looking modern in a sense.

 Q: What is your favorite eyebrow product to use?

A: Anastasia’s brow point, which is great for sketching in your brow and individual hairs.

Photo Credit: Ms. WhipAppeal

James keyed the show “Boy Meets Girl” by Stacey Igel as well. We got to see a new fun look from James that he created with fun colors.

 Q: What was your goal with executing the makeup for “Boy Meets Girl”?

 A: I wanted it to be fun and flirty with a pop of color, which reflects Stacey Igel.

Q: What is your favorite red lipstick?

A:  Well, I love ‘Lady Danger’ and ‘Ruby Woo’ by MAC. I also love Stalker by OCC but I grew up on red colored lipsticks from Revlon, which can do the job as well.

Photo credit:, Revlon Really Red lipstick can be found for under $8 uyour local drug  store.

(Everything Girls Love)


I can “high five” his red lippie choices as MAC Ruby Woo and Lady Danger are a staple kit “must have” for me too.  Great lippies which I would definately recommend for long lasting vibrant colour middle of the road price lipsticks

What’s your favourite Red lipstick?  Have you found one or are you on the contstant look out to find THE red?  Tell us below on Facebook!

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Makeup kit for the Morning After

The Best Makeup Kit for the Morning After

I saw this article today and thought of you guys :)  Or maybe it’s because I’ve had such a busy week that it caught my attention more than it normally would!?  Among the great ironies of female life is that the days when you have the time and energy to apply expert makeup are the days you need it least!  You went to bed at a reasonable hour the night before and you wake up well-rested and calm. You performed all three steps of your skin regimen and have no blemishes …

So the days when you wake up late, exhausted, and panicked, are the days when you most desperately need makeup – right!  On those days, women face a second irony: foundation, powder, and concealer — the most urgent makeup, the kind you need most after a late night at a place where you don’t have a toothbrush – are hugely inconvenient.  They are messy (check out my article with tips on how to apply your makeup on the move) and they require a variety of applicators, and are rarely packaged together for on-the-go use!

Which brings me onto the reason for today’s post …” Enter “Laura Mercier’s Flawless Face Book Portable Complexion Palette, which is the size of one and a half iPhones.  The magnet closure snaps open to reveal a large mirror, five types of makeup, and two applicators.  Two dense, yellow-toned “secret camouflage” concealers work well for dark circles, while a goopier “secret concealer” hides blemishes. The tinted moisturizer is solid (in the upper left of the palette, above) and is portioned generously enough to use some extra as a sheer foundation. It’s silky to the touch and is applied easily with a finger.  Finally, a pressed powder in the upper right comes packed with a sponge applicator to dust and blend the look”

Laura Mercier

… so are you interested?  Sounds ideal – right!?  I can say that it is a lovely compaq too and it meets a whole load of on the go requirements

On my way into work or touch ups for a night out after a long day of filming, this paltte is exacly what I need for a quick fix.  It’s compact, spill-proof and has a mirror!!!!!  Your makeup bus rides will never be so simple :)

Get ready for some Oscar Winning Makeup Tips coming your way before the ceremony on Sunday

Thank you for reading

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Get your Bond Girl look

Get the ‘Bond Girl’ look

With the release of Skyfall just 3 days away, what better way to spend the weekend than thinking about and looking at some of the gorgeous Bond Girls??

So I finally get to own the DVD! I think it’s even more special because both Ben and myself were a part of it.  I can’t believe that it was a year ago that we were filming – it seems like only yesterday :)  What an amazing movie and the Makeup and Hair design was stunning

So feast your eyes on some of the gils below and I’ll talk to you over the weekend about what you need to create your own Bond Girl at home

Have a lovely weekend

Makeup Like A Pro


Berenice Marlhoe Skyfall
Carey Lowell Licence To Kill
Halle Berry
Jane Seymour
Maud Adams Octopussy
Kristina Wayborn Octopussy
Miss Moneypenny and Severine
The World is Not Enough
The World is Not Enough
Ursula Andress Dr No
Tanya Roberts View To Kill


Valentines Day Makeup Tutorial Dita Von Teese

Learn how to do a Sexy Demure / Vampire Makeup

Dita Von Teese

For this look, think Dita Von Teese Burlesque …

Sultry and sexy and simply sophisticated

This is what you will need:

Liquid Eyeliner
Brow Definer
Light Eyeshadow
Mascara and / or false lashes
Red lipliner
Red Lipstick
Contour Powder

Sexy Demure


To start this makeup you need to apply a lighter base than you would normally choose but make sure that you blend it into your neck !

Sexy Demure
Sexy Demure
Sexy Demure
Sexy Demure

Next, apply your lighter shade eyeshadow over your entire lids upto your socket line

If you feel confident, apply a little socket line shading to add definition which you will see I have done very lightly in the photos

Next, taking your liquid eyeliner, pull your eyelid upwards and outwards to stretch out the skin on your eyelid.  This will give you greater control when drawing your eyeline.  Then starting from the middle of your eye, draw a line upwards and outwards to the shape that you want

Complete your the other eye to match

TIP!  Keep some cotton buds handy and wet the end with water if you make a misteake.  Avoid using an oily makeup remover as this will affect your ability to re-apply the liner

Next, apply your mascara or false lashes

Define your brows.  If you are dark haired, you will be able to go darker than I have with your brows to match your hair colour but beware all you blonde haired beauties as you will start to look like you have comedy brows if you go too dark!

Next, apply your lip liner and then your chosen red lippie

Sexy Demure

Lastly, apply your blusher and contour shading.  Apply your blusher last because the amount that you put on will be affected by your red lipstick!

Don’t forget your beauty spot if you fancy wearing one!


Try this beautiful and sexy makeup for your sweet Valentines Days :)

Let me know how you get on

Sexy Demure

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Valentines Day Makeup Tutorial Sexy Cheerleader

Cheerleader Makeup Tutorial

Hiya guys and girls

Are you all looking forward to Valentines Day?  Are you all planning something special either with your loved one or with your friends? Do you have your Valentines Day Makeup decided yet?

As I’ve been promising, I have been putting together some makeup ideas for you all

If you keep reading, today you will find out how to do a Cheerleader Makeup … Sound good?




For the Sexy Cheerleader, it’s all about your EYES and CHEEKS!  So you’ll need some key “ingredients”

  1. Light Eyeshadow
  2. Dark Eyeshadow
  3. Eyeliner
  4. Mascaraand / or False Lashes
  5. Brow definer
  6. Foundation
  7. Contouring Powder
  8. Blusher
  9. Lipstick
  10. Lip Gloss

    Start by applying your full coverage foundation.  I use Yves Saint Laurent Teint Radiance

    YSL Teint Radiance

    Using your chosen “light” eyeshadow apply all over your lid – use an iridescent one / glitter one – I used MAC Forgery and White Frost

    Cheerleader Makeup

    Using your chosen “dark” eyeshadow apply socket line shading – I used a mixture of black, brown, burgendy and orange to the depth of colour whilst keeping some vibrance in it! MAC Folie, Sushi Flower with Carbon and Black Tied

    Cheerleader Makeup

    Blend your chosen dark eyeshadows upwards and outwards towards your brow bone creating your smokey eye

    Define your brows – I used a MAC brow shaper powder but you can use what you like – pencil, powder, whatever you feel comfortable with

    Cheerleader Makeup

    Add highlighter to your brow bone
    Apply contouring powder under your cheek bones for definition – I use MAC Powder in Taupe

    Smile and apply your blusher to the apples of your cheeks – I used Lime Lily Cream Blusher in Princess

    If you need to, apply some Bronzer to your forehead, cheeks and bridge of your nose – I use Saint Tropez Bronzer Powder

    Cheerleader Makeup

    Select the lippie of your choice – I used Lime Lilly lipstick in Pixie with Lip Gloss over the top

    Lime Lily Pallet
    Lime Lily Pallet

So do you think that you might give that Makeup a go??
Let me know what you think!

Don’t forget to check back in tomorrow to find out how to create your own Sexy Vamp Valentines Day Makeup

Thank you for reading
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