So super sorry that this post is overdue, but work and life and all those other lame excuses got in the way. So while I procrastinate cleaning my room, I’m gunna write a blog post 🙂
What have I been doing these past few weeks? Well just really basic stuff, in fact to the point where is was getting boring. Every face chart we were doing looked the same.We are now (finally) moving on to some really cool stuff, but I’ll start from the start I guess…
This week we learned corrective eye techniques, so basically how to make down-turned eyes look less downturned and so on, and more importantly what not to accentuate. Very important, but a lot of it is just making sure you work on a variety of clients and sort of feeling out what works and what doesn’t. You can see straight away when something isn’t right. We also learned a few basic makeup techniques this week, like a colour wash eye, blush, mascara and curling lashes (which is completely daunting, and mascara is this worst thing ever to apply) and were handed our very first assignment, which focused on an industry overview and different peoples roles within the film/fashion/beauty industries, which lead us into the second part of the assignment; a speech on a randomly selected person of interest and their role etc within the industry. I got Kate Moss. More on that later.
This week we learned socket, glamour and smokey eye techniques, plus the application of individual and full bar lashes. I have to say, this had to be the most hilarious week ever. Most peoples smokey eyes were absolutely hilarious! Just so full on, and I don’t think many of us were used to having so much makeup on. Then individual lashes, oh my gosh… I was in tears from laughing so much, pretty much the whole lesson. For those of you who don’t know, individual lashes are like little tufts of lashes, knotted together at one end. Basically you dip the knotted end into lash glue and nestle them between the natural lashes. It gives a really natural effect, but are quite tricky to apply the first time. If you have too much glue on the lash, it can stick to the lower lid when applying and glue the eyelids together, which happened to the model we were working on. We were told to let the client know before hand that it may be a little sticky when they go to open their eyes so that they don’t freak out if it does happen. So we got our model to try and open her eyes, and they were nearly completely glued together which was funny enough in itself. But to add to it, when we finally did get her eyes open, we had accidentally glued some of the lashes to her lower lash line, and OMG you had to be there, or I should have taken photos. Hilarious. That’s all I have to say.
We handed in our assignments and presented our speeches this week. I haven’t done a speech in YEARS, and it was so different from the formal speeches I had to do in high school and art college that I felt a little bit lost. Kate Moss I found was quite difficult to do. She didn’t really have to do anything to get into the industry, and whilst she is an incredibly influential figure, I kinda wished I had got a makeup artist or something like that. We were all so tired that day too, but luckily there were many lolly handouts and we were all on a sugar high by the end of it. We also worked on improving our face charts this week. Face charts for makeup artists are like patterns to dressmakers. They are like a rough copy and a set of instructions so that anyone can do a look that you’ve designed. They are also good for makeup trials, and pitching ideas to potential clients. Here’s one I did for a makeup on a friend for a ball, and then what it actually looked like on the client:
As you can see, it just maps everything out. I love doing these, it’s like colouring in for adults. And mine are no where near as cool as some I have seen lately. They can be absolutely hectic!
This week we had mature age and oriental makeup practices on actual models, not on each other. My lovely mum traveled down from Gympie and spent a ridiculous amount on parking to be my model. Makeup on mature skin is a lot more difficult than it looks, I really struggled with this one, and the products were not helping. The foundations exaggerated fine lines and separated on Mum’s skin and the eye shadows all came out really red toned. She didn’t like ANY of the lipsticks (which I don’t really like them either so fair enough) so we ended up using her own. She was also not impressed by the fact we had to draw her eyebrows on, but I think I will just not make them so dark if I have to do it again. I unfortunately had two oriental ladies back out on me so I didn’t have a model for that. But we were taught this really odd technique for their eyeshape which I have never used or seen used before. Luckily I have done my oriental friend’s makeup several times so I already have some experience in that area. She is also supposed to be my model for the assessment, so if she backs out on me I may kill her (if you read this Sarah, you have been warned). We also started colour fashion photography, which is basically a glamour eye. Nothing too special there.
We did Black & White Fashion Photography this week, basically the same as colour, but we just have to make sure that the lip colour shows in the photo, and that the contouring is strong but well blended. Then we moved on to bridal, which was HEC-TIC. It had to be so precise and so perfect, we got a lot of constructive criticism that day and felt a little bit down after the lesson, because it was hard. The demo look was a little deceiving as well, because it was quite full on. I think if I had my makeup turn out like that on my wedding day I would cry. She advised us against nude lips, but all the wedding magazines I have looked at over the years (and there are many of them) had the brides in a pinky nude lip. I don’t know, I guess it all comes down to personal preference really. We also started our fashion catwalk block this week, which is super fun and hectic. Basically they are trying to cut our working time down from an hour and a half to 45 minutes. It’s insane, but we also get a lot more free reign here too. We have a brief we have to create based on a theme due next week, which we then have to apply to a model in 45 minutes and then give a brief overview on your inspiration and how the look fits the brief. I still haven’t decided on the theme and it’s due in 4 days time. Freaking out a tad.
(Products from top: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette, MAC Mineralize Liquid Foundation, MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundations for my kit and Nars Orgasm Blush)
Also after writing this I realised that is has been 6 WEEKS since I wrote about the course, I’m so sorry, and slack haha. But in the past 6 weeks, I have done 2 makeup jobs, and have another this week, started buying new things for my kit (*cough cough* and maybe for me, see above), worked a ridiculous amount, ordered some business cards and have only been home to visit my family twice (and one of those was for like 4 hours only 😦 )
It has been insane, but fun. I love it.
Till next time xx