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! :)

Makeup Like A Pro

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Julie
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Do you have any makeup tips for women my age (49)? I find the older a person gets, the harder it is to apply makeup. Also, I need your expertise on what kind of FULL coverage foundation to use. What would you recommend? PS: I am following you on Twitter as well…… HELP!!!

Lucy
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Hey Julie – welcome and thank you for following!
It’s true that you do have to adjust your makeup slightly as you get older, just as you do from winter to summer and vice versa so it’s just a matter of course :) I have to mix my slightly darker summer base with a lighter one to get the winter shade that I need so I’m making constant adjustments too.

With regards to your question, what are you using currently? Ideally you should be going for something that is hydrating and lightweight with an SPF built in. Do you use primers underneath your base? Doing so will make it sit for longer during the day and I think that you would see the benefit of using one. MAC Prep&Prime Skin smoother base visage works well under your foundation. Creme De La Mer The Treatment Fluid Foundation offers a medium light weight coverage that sits beautifully on older skin. If you find that Medium coverage is not sufficient you can apply concealer to the areas that you would like to provide more cover to. MAC Mineralize foundation Satin Finish is also good and gives a dewy finish.
I hope that helps
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Lucy, Makeup Like A Pro
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