Film Effects and Beauty Makeup – which one?

What is a Beauty (aesthetic) Makeup? And what is Effects (prosthetic) makeup?

Morning everybody – how was your weekend?  Fun I hope?!

Smokey Eye

Mine was great.  I had a full glam evening out on Friday night (Ill tell you about the products I used later but here’s a little pic attached) and a chilled out rest of the weekend ready for a busy week ahead!

As it’s Monday, I thought that I’d start the week with a new topic… I thought that I’d talk about the cross over between High-street Makeup and Film Makeup because it’s 2 areas that I am fully involved with on a day to day basis!  I know that a lot of my friends get confused with some of the words that I use to describe the different makeups so I thought that it might make a nice Monday morning read for you all to check out the difference between 2 major makeup areas

As we all know I’m sure, Makeup goes further than making you look good on the outside.  I truly believe that if you embrace its power then it can help you to feel more positive on the inside too.  In terms of positivity, it’s about having added confidence in knowing that you look and feel great.  Looking presentable is just an obvious advantage.  Makeup is a very powerful tool as it can considerably change the way that you look.  Not all makeup will work to enhance your natural features and add beauty.  Aaesthetic makeup, aka beauty makeup will help you to do this, and prosthetic makeup, aka special effects makeup, uses a different approach.  Take a look at the photo of Ric Baker below for example

Makeup Artist Ric Baker
Rick Baker

If you don’t have any beauty makeup and want to buy some then get yourself down to a department store and start testing out some colours and products.  Take a packet of tissues with you too so you can wipe off colours and start again!  Don’t be afraid to use the back of your hand as a pallet too.  When you think of beauty makeup, you are familiar with lipstick, foundation, blusher, mascara, eye shadow… all of the products which are readily available to you – even in some of the major Clothes Stores now

On Thursday last week I talked about Movie Makeup Transformations.  Check out my article if you haven’t already as it will introduce you to some of the most recent Movie Makeups that have involved some form of transformation to take the actor to the character he/she will be playing.  This process often will involve some level of Prosthetic makeup application, which is usually known as “Effects makeup”.  Take a look at some movies, TV shows and theatre shows to get a treat for your eyes in some prosthetic makeup examples – they truly are works of art.  So, it is often applied to create a special / particular / chosen “effect” … not a term you should be using when looking to build up your beauty makeup dialogue!  Sculpting, moulding and casting techniques are used to create advanced cosmetic effects.  Some of the desired effects for the person wearing the makeup might be to age, grow, change shape or even change species through the clever and skilled application of prosthetic makeup techniques.  For instance, the character Mystique in X-Men

Rebecca Romijn as Mistique in X-Men

 

There is more cross over between aesthetic makeup and prosthetic makeup in terms of products used but less of a cross over in the products used to create prosthetic effects and those used to create a beauty makeup!  It might seem obvious but it’s useful to know the terminology and some differences between the two

Megan Fox celebrity Makeup
Megan Fox

 

So if you want that celebrity glowing look everywhere you go, like Megan Fox, don’t miss a trick… take your lippie but girls, make sure that you leave at home your sculpting kit! :)

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How to do contouring makeup like Kim Kardashian

How to do Contouring Makeup like Kim Kardashian – Step By Step guide by Makeup Like A Pro

 

Happy Friday everybody! Did you have a good week? I hope that you’ve enjoyed my posts and stuff this week – I’ve loved writing them for you all again!  What are your plans for the weekend? You got a busy one planned? I’m out this evening for a very good friends birthday so it’s gonna be quite a glam evening – hair, makeup, the full monte :)

Contouring Makeup

Contouring is something that ill be paying particular attention to… To my surprise, A LOT of women entirely miss this step out of their makeup routine.  It’s surprising really because a lot of women wear a full face of foundation daily which effectly creates a blank canvas.  And a blank canvas is by definition, without any shape. So by default, your face becomes almost shapeless – well, angle-less anyway

By adding contouring back in you’re adding back in those areas of definition. Simple right?

Contouring with Makeup

These are your key areas of definition you should be keeping in mind

  1. cheeks
  2. forehead
  3. nose
  4. jawline
  5. Chin
  6. Temples

Cast your mind back to school when you used light and dark to create shapes. That’s the basic premise of contouring. Think of it as a 2 pronged approach, which adds 3 dimensions to your face! Anything light stand out because anything light comes towards you

So you’ll need a dark powder and a highlighter. There are many ways to contour but the one I explain below uses a very dark powder and a light cream foundation for blending and you’re going to be blending the colours out so you can be quite flexible with what you use

For the dark powder I use MAC powder in Taupe for a lot of my on-screen and personal contouring but you can use anything dark that compliments your skin tone.  Stila Face Contouring Powder Trio Pallette is nice

For the highlighter any light powder / foundation / illuminator that suits your particular skin tone.  A shimmer cream often gives a nice finish but can look a bit odd if too much of your face is illuminated so be careful with how you use it but on the flip side can create more of an evening feel.  Luminizers are great too – smash box in prism is pretty cool.  Benefit moon beam is good if you want a liquid one – again be careful as its shimmery.  Kett cream foundation works really really well as its a cream foundation so gives a very natural finish

Ill be doing another YouTube video on Contouring to show you how so keep your eye out

Then you simply start by:

Using the cream foundation to illuminate your
  1. forehead – between your brows
  2. down the bridge of your nose
  3. chin
  4. under eye to top of cheek bones

Then with your dark powder start contouring

  1. under cheekbones
  2. along jawline
  3. outside corner of eye into temples
  4. temples
  5. a stripe down each side of your nose

 

Using a foundation brush and a foundation colour which is one tone darker than your natural skin tone, blend both the light and dark together!

It will leave just enough of the light and dark to give an overall appearance of contouring naturally

Voila!
Kim Kardashian Contouring

Do you think you might try doing that this evening?
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Makeup Transformation

Movie Making Makeup Transformations

Hey guys – can you believe it’s Thursday already!?

Hope you’ve all had a great week.  I’ve not been filming for once so I’ve had a chance to respond to all of your emails / requests / questions so thank you for those and WELCOME to all you newbies!!!  Please keep sharing and spreading the word

Have you all seen the feature film Chopper?  As part of Transformation Thursday I wanted to talk to you about Actors and their transformations for on screen performances and the lengths that they / makeup will go to make them into someone / something else that’s outside their own “ordinary”

Eric Bana

The film tells an intense story of Mark “Chopper” Read and Bana gains weight and loses muscle mass to play the part of Mark Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison

Eric Bana as Chopper

Aside from the non-physical effort Bana had to put into “become” Mark Read, there were obvious physical transformations that needed to happen – a hair cut, facial hair, tattoos and weight gain are just a few of the obvious things that he changed!  And what a transformation

 
I’m not sure whether it’s because I work for a living in transforming people in some way or another on a daily basis, but I become fascinated by transformations.  Whether they are on The Big Screen scale, or introducing someone to a new lipstick colour that they would never have picked on their own

Here are some more transformations for you to feast your eyes on

DONT FORGET …

There is endless scope for creativity to play a part in our lives on a daily basis but too often people get caught up in day to day “stuff” and forget to inject a bit of art into their day.  The idea of Transformation Thursday is to give you a little nudge (if you need one!!) to remind you that there are boundaries out there desperate to be pushed!  So go and give them a nudge – see what happens

Take a little step out of your normal makeup routine and see if people notice … do people look differently at you?  Do you act differently?

Do something different today …
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Pat McGrath Makeup Artist

… is one of my favourite Makeup Artists so I wanted to share this little nugget of her advice this morning with you all

“Fresh matte” …
… is how makeup GURU Pat McGrath described this seasons makeup finish backstage at Valentino …

So do you think that you might rock out this velvety texture or will you stick with Springs dewy finish?

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A little taster for you of one of Pats INCREDIBLE pieces of work

Pat McGrath Makeup Artist

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Putting your best face forward?

Putting your best face forward

Following on from my facebook post yesterday about how makeup is perceived, I read another interesting article today which I want to share with you guys. In a study, funded by Procter & Gamble, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute asked participants to rate various looks in terms of competence, likeability, attractiveness and trustworthiness

They found that when faces were shown very quickly, all ratings went up with cosmetics in all different looks
‘The women were judged as more competent, likeable, attractive and trustworthy.’

As the length of time increased that participants were allowed to see the images, participants showed that beauty and competence went up but trustworthiness – or honesty – soon suffered as cosmetic looks got heavier

Putting your best face forward

For all of their positive effects on looking and feeling good, large amounts of make-up soon started to negatively impact on the way people perceived an individual’s honesty

‘Dramatic make-up was no longer an advantage compared to when people saw the photos very quickly.’

As time pressure will affect automatic judgements, the authors pointed out that the results may have a bearing upon the way women should approach photos for ballots, job applications and dating sites

Interesting huh!

I’m (obviously) an advocate of makeup and it’s ability to empower women in a number of different ways but what do you guys think?

Message me with your ideas or post comments below. I got a few great replies from yesterday … A few of you said that you often wear bright lippie if you’re feeling low! That’s good to know! So ladies, if you see someone with bright lippie on, they might just be having a bad day so throw them an extra smile!!

What do you do when you’re feeling low?

Some of you said that your confidence increases when you have spent time making an effort on yourself… Do you think that’s because you know you’ve got your “best face on”?

Let me know!

Look forward to hearing more… And be brave… Post the comments below so we can all read them

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How to do Smokey Eyes TUTORIAL

How to do a Smokey Eye in 30 Seconds Tutorial

Happy New Year everybody!

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with plenty of partying!  I know that I did :)  How did your makeup go?  Did you try out any new ideas?  Have you worn a Smokey Eye to one of your parties?  Did you experiment with any new colours?  Let me know what you got up to!

Christmas Nails

If you’ve been keeping an eye on my Facebook or Twitter account over the last couple of weeks then you will see that I have shared plenty of Makeup and beauty ideas with you all… Have you tried any of them?  One of my subscribers, Diane did a fabulous job in re-creating a set of Christmas nails!  She used a nail art template and with a little patience, did a FABULOUS job!

On New Years Eve, you might have noticed that I put up a YouTube Video showing you all the 30 Second Smokey Eye… have you checked it out yet?  If you haven’t then take a look!  As this week draws to a close and you’re looking at getting back into work, then you might be running out of time and energy to glam yourself up before any last parties.  DONT PANIC!  Check out the video and you will be ready to hit the town with a glamorous evening Smokey Eye … in under 1 Minute!  Practice makes perfect so GET PRACTICING!

Thank you for reading and make sure that you stay tuned for some fantastic competitions coming up in the New Year, PLUS loads more great Tips and Tricks for all your Beauty needs.  If you haven’t already, sign up so that you don’t miss out on any of my posts… and share the Make Up Like A Pro love with all your gorgeous family and friends!

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COLOUR! Part 4 – Eye colours and The Colour Wheel

Welcome to Part 4 of Make Up Like A Pro’s week on colour!

By now you should be quite comfortable with the various terminology that is used to describe colour and the impact that colour has on every aspect of makeup, from a basic “beauty” makeup, to a casualty makeup

Knowing how colour works to turn on certain sensors in a person’s mind as well as knowing how it works on the face and body is a key part in understanding makeup in its entirety.  By learning the various aspects of colour theory you will uncover just how powerful colour is and this knowledge will assist you in getting the best possible results out of your makeup

I explained the reflectiveness of colour yesterday and the direct effect that it has on products such as eye shadows, blushers etc.  They each come in a “colour wheel” of colours that can be, amongst other things, metallic, shimmery, matte, shiny, sheer, and glossy

Makeup colour is often correlated to the colour of clothing that you choose – you only need to have a look at the front covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan to see examples of this!  Depending on the style of the shoot, the models always look their absolute best – polished and preened – and the makeup is always perfect.  The colour tones will complement each other, the reflectiveness will suit their skin tone and the “whole package” will be incredibly pleasing to the eye

Would you like to be able to re-create your own front cover magazine image on yourself?  I will impart some very useful pieces of information that will allow you to accomplish just that.  Stay tuned and read on!

It’s vital to consider your eye colour when deciding on what shade of eye makeup to go for.  Do you remember Tuesdays post when I talked about complementary colours and the effect that they have on each other?  Matching your eye shadow to your eye colour often gives a very monochromatic look which is why complementary colouring is so popular.  The most common aim when selecting any eye shadow colour is to enhance your natural eye colour

Read on as I unveil the best colours for you!  You will find product recommendations tomorrow, but today I will be talking specifically about makeup colours and eye colours.  Before you read on, cast your mind back to the colour wheel and see where your eye colour sits amongst the other colours …

Blue eyes

Part 4 Blue Eyes

Blue is a primary colour and sits next to green and purple on the colour wheel.  Orange is directly opposite it and is therefore its complimentary colour.  Cast your mind back again to yesterday’s post and the relationship that colours have with each other.  Blue and green and blue and purple are harmonising colours – they share a pigment and blend easily into each other.  If you opt for a purple or green eye shadow and have blue eyes, the result will be soft.  Blues can help blue eyes pop out if it’s the darker blue and used in moderation. Opting for a dark blue tone helps to bring out the natural blue tones in your eyes

If you are looking to enhance the blue of your eyes, they you need to pick a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel … like gold’s, oranges, coppers and browns.  To make them really stand out, go for darker shades of brown, blacks and charcoal.  If you choose a dark brown with a copper tone, you will find that your blue becomes much more prominent

Part 4 Bronze eyeshadow on Blue eyes

 

For a fun twist, wear a fuscia or orange on the lid with a touch of brown in the socket line.  This keeps your makeup “wearable” but it livens it up a little J  If you are keen on using blue and want to enhance the blue without being too overdone, then why not try a blue eyeliner in your waterline

Brown, camel, taupe, light purple, lavender, silver and grey are all great colours for eye liners and will really complement your true colour.  Grey, silver, violet or lavender are all good tones too!

If you are picking up the pace in your eyes with the colours that you choose, make sure you tone down your lips.  Try out a peachy brown or a pinky brown colour (it depends on your skin tone) and try something matte. Keep your cheeks natural too

Brown eyes

Part 4 Brown Eyes

Brown is a tertiary colour and is created by mixing other colours together.  Makeup that would work best for brown eyes will therefore depend on whether the brown is more of a reddish-brown or more of a greenish-brown (if you create brown by mixing red and green together that is).  Traditionally the colour wheel is set up so that the colours along the outside become more neutral as you move towards the centre, so essentially more brownish.  As I mentioned above, there isn’t a pure brown, as it is a combination of colours. So every brown would have a place somewhere in the interior circles of the colour wheel. To find its compliment you simply go to the brown that is across from it on the colour wheel. So a reddish-brown is the compliment of a greenish brown.  Another way to think of brown is it having a split compliment, for example it always has two opposites which are made up of the two colours that were mixed together to make it!  So, if you mix yellow and purple together to make the brown, then yellow and purple would BOTH be its “opposites”

A greenish-brown on the colour wheel is opposite to a reddish-brown therefore opting for reddish / coppery toned brown will make your green eyes jump out!  If you have reddish-brown eyes on the other hand, then a green or blue-green tone will make your eyes stand out the most.  If you have a lot of yellow in your eyes which is common with brown-eyed beauties, then a purple toned eye shadow will work wonders at bringing out your natural eye colour!

Part 4 Brown Eyes

It is valuable information in being able to discern what kind of brown your eyes are as it will allow you to pair it with appropriate colours!

Green eyes

Part 4 Green eyes

Although green is often associated with envy, there’s no reason that it should get a bad rep!  Green eyes are uniquely beautiful and fun to make up since different eye shadow colours can appear to alter their intensity.  Red and red-violet are opposite green on the colour wheel so opting for a plum or a lilac eye shadow will make your eyes really pop. Silver, blue or green could be too harsh for a green eye, unless you are opting to make a real colour statement!  Neutral tones, deep browns and gold or copper shades will also look stunning on you

As I’ve mentioned above, opposites attract when it comes to the colour wheel.  Bring out green eyes with makeup that is red-based so opt for raisin-coloured eyeliner and a plum eye shadow.  If your green eyes are close-set, separate them by using a lighter pencil, try mauve, from the inner corner to the middle of your eye.  The darker plum tones should be used at the outer edges of the eye.  If your green eyes are droopy, apply the darker purple at the inner eye and use lighter colours toward the outer edges.  And why not try a plum coloured mascara to really kick out the green?!

 

Part 4 Green eyes

Phew!  Are you saturated with colour information overload!?  I hope not. I hope that you now know what colours you should be wearing to best compliment your natural eye colour.  There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to makeup application but there are rules that affect how makeup can be perceived when it is on the skin and “sitting” next to other colours.  The effect that colours have on each other is quite spectacular and I hope that by the end of this Part 4, you will have built up your own catalogue of colour knowledge so that you are more equipped to make well-educated makeup colour choices

So what can I possibly talk about tomorrow?  What is there left to discuss to do with colour?  Don’t fear… tomorrow I will be talking about specific makeup brands and I will be recommending some fantastic makeup that you can try at home

Thank you so much for reading my post today and I welcome you back, in advance, tomorrow :)

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COLOUR! Part 3: Describing colour & the impact it has on your Makeup by Make Up Like A Pro

Welcome back to Part 3 of Make Up Like A Pro’s Week of Colour!

On Monday we explored colour in its broadest sense and I gave you a list of colours and the common emotion often attributed to them.  Yesterday I explained the role of the Colour Wheel and Colour Theory and the impact that it has on Makeup.  Hopefully you are starting to realise the impact that colour has on making Hair and Makeup decisions and that you are getting to grips with a little bit of the science side of it J

Today I am going to talk about how to describe colour using various properties: Hue, shade, tint, tone, brightness and saturation and how you can take advantage of these to create your own makeup effects

The chart below is an example of Tints, Shades and Tones using a Blue Hue

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The Hue is the basic colour group i.e. blue (in this example), green, red etc.

The top layer shows Blue Tints – a Tint is the hue plus white which makes the colour lighter and creates pastel shades

The middle layer shows Blue Shades – a Shade is the hue plus black which makes the colour darker

The bottom layer shows Blue Tones – a Tone is the hue plus grey.  The tonality refers to the lightness and darkness of a colour, for example in black and white photos tones are visible, rather than colour.  For example a light yellow and a light purple would have the same tonality and would therefore look the same in black and white

Brightness, also referred to as “value” describes how light or dark the colour is

Saturation tells us how the colour looks under various lighting.  For example when you do your makeup in the bathroom light and then step outside into the natural light, the makeup hasn’t changed but it looks somehow different.  The changed saturation gives us a different perception of the colours.  The greater the saturation, the more vivid the Hue

These colour descriptions all help to affect how the makeup I put on someone’s face will look on-screen.  For a Makeup Artist, there are various things that will impact how a makeup will look, such as the type of lighting used, the colour of the costume that is being worn and how the set (the area that we shoot in) is coloured and the reflective value of it

A little nugget of information that is vital to my job that I want to impart to you is that when you do a makeup in front of a mirror and it looks one way, when you get it on camera it may not be what is seen.  This is the same for you guys as I mentioned earlier, that when you do your makeup in front of your bathroom mirror it might look different to when you step outside into the natural light.  Just as I might have to make minor tweaks which are part of my job, you might need to make your own tweaks to yourself … such as taking down the amount of blusher that you have just applied to give a more natural feel in the natural light

With this in mind, have you ever thought about why you might notice certain colours more than others?  I am going to introduce some more colour terms that you will find useful when you are looking at, and describing your own makeup.

Warm colours and colours that are higher in value often get noticed first.  For example colours pertaining to red and yellow are considered to be warm and a bright red (a higher value, brighter red) will stand out and therefore get noticed by the eye much more quickly than a darker red

Cool colours and colours that are low in value are said to recede.  Blues and purples are cool colours and meet the eye more slowly than warm colours.  A dark blue which is less bright than a light blue would appear to recede from the eye

So now you are more familiar with how to describe colours, can you see how you might use this when it comes to applying your makeup?  Very often, the careful application of makeup means that we trick the eye by creating effects.  Look at the before and after photo below of Kim Kardashian

 

The photo is a fantastic example of exactly how this is done … by using the technique of contouring which uses highlighting and shading.  You can see that the darker areas under her cheekbones create depth and a darker or cooler colour is used here to create these areas of recession.  Alternatively, you can see the areas of highlighting on her cheekbones which create the illusion that the cheekbones are more prominent.  You can see in the “after” photo how her cheekbones look more prominent… through the use of careful highlighting techniques :)

As a rule of thumb which will be useful for you guys, to highlight or draw attention to a feature, use a warm colour or one that is high in value.  To create a shadow, or depth, use a cool colour or one that is low in value

Looking at the photo of Kim, you can see the very well-crafted contours and depth that she has created by using the basic colour theory!  There is nothing to stop you from doing this yourself. I will be writing a specific article on the Art of Shading and Contouring so make sure that you stay tuned.  Sign up to Make Up Like A Pro to receive notification of all my new posts so that you don’t miss out on anything!

The final element of colour theory that I want to mention today is colour reflectiveness and there are six common types of reflectiveness to be aware of.  Not all of these will be relevant in the application of Makeup, but you should be aware of the terms

Matte – this means that there is no shine so it can be opaque or translucent
Shiny – things that are shiny will have a gloss look
Metallic – these are highly reflective, bright and not see-through
Opaque – these are not see-through
Translucent – these are lightly fogged and barely see-through
Transparent – these are see-through such as glass

Can you think of some makeup-specific colour reflectiveness examples?  A matte lipstick would have a very different finish to a shiny lipstick.  Metallic eye shadows look great on some people but not on others, so being aware that there is a difference in those is crucial! A clear matte nail varnish for instance, looks great on a man as it does not have a shiny finish

So, after today’s article, does colour mean even more to you now?  Can you look at your face and start to notice the areas that you might want to highlight and those areas that you might want to darken?  I hope that you feel like you have more tools to be able to go ahead on your own and start to think about that

I will be giving you examples of some great makeup specifically for highlighting and shading so make sure you stay tuned!

Come back tomorrow as I finish with Part 4 and Part 5 of my week dedicated entirely to colour where I make recommendations as to what colours you should be wearing …

Thank you for reading

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