Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Halloween makeup: creepy cracked doll

I've seen loads of people trying their hand at cracked doll face paints this year and have contemplated the idea of creating a 3D version of this for a while, it seemed like the perfect time to give it a go.

Cracked doll halloween makeup tutorial, 3d effect, horror, sfx
I've done simple doll makeups in the past but this year I really wanted to up my game and bring something original to all my Halloween looks. Here I have gone for an aged, cracked porcelain doll.

Cracked doll halloween makeup tutorial, 3d effect, horror, sfx

Cracked doll halloween makeup tutorial, 3d effect, horror, sfx

- I started this look by sticking down my eyebrows with my trusty gluestick as I do for most of the tutorials.

- With some moisturiser on my fingertips to stop the wax sticking to them I spread it onto my face in the areas I want the cracks to be. I smooth this out with both my fingers and a metal spatula and also rub some more moisturiser over the area to aid smoothing it down. It doesn't have to be perfect because a few lumps and bumps will only contribute to the aged effect.

- I now applied my white base, being careful to pat it on gently when covering the areas with wax. To make sure my eyebrows were blocked out I took a peach coloured concealer to them to counteract the darkness showing through and then another coat of the white.

- For the eyes I did a cream base first then built up the intensity I wanted using powder eyeshadows over this. I made sure to soften the edges using a fluffy brush and some white eyeshadow.

- Also using powder eyeshadows I added some ageing to the cracks with brown and yellow tones. Then marked in where I wanted the eyebrows to be. Switching to cream makeup I drew in the brows for real and touched up around them with my white base.

- I chose some eyelashes and actually used two pairs on top and one underneath to give maximum volume. One of the pairs on the top actually have tiny diamantes on them which I thought was a nice detail.

- I painted in geisha style lips and dotted on some freckles with another cream makeup before it was time to finish up with the cracks.

- I first ran a grey eyeshadow roughly over the cracks to begin to build up the depth, none of the shading on this area needs to be too precise because natural ageing is rarely uniform. Then with a water-based eyeliner (but you could use any liquid paint) on a very thin brush I could fill in all the cracks with a strong black.

- I finished the look by plaiting my hair and there's a lot of scope for what you could do costume and accessory wise.

- Pritt Stick glue
- Ben Nye FX wax
- Illamasqua Rich Liquid foundation
- Le Maquillage Professional concealer
- Kryolan Shimmering Visions palette
- Sleek eyeshadows
- Le Maquillage Professional Dirt palette
- Kryolan lipstick
- Eyelashes from Technic and Ebay applied using Duo surgical adhesive
- Kryolan water-based eyeliner cake

I hope you like this look, for a better look at how I achieved it give the video tutorial below a watch.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Afternoon tea at the Bingham

Last Saturday I spend a wonderful couple of hours with two good friends having afternoon tea. There's something about miniature foods (especially tiny sandwiches) that makes me everso excited. I've always loved a buffet dontcha know. I've only had afternoon tea / high tea about three times in my life but it's always such a treat and this one at the Bingham hotel in Richmond was the best one yet.

The place itself would be easy to miss if it wasn't for this little sign, it almost looks like a house from the outside but is actually huge inside with big rooms and high ceilings, not to mention gorgeous decor.

We were taken through to a beautiful room with huge french doors leading out to a balcony and allowing natural light to flood in. The large mirrors on the walls enhanced the size of the room further and a big fireplace topped with unusual plants and succulents was my favourite feature.

I was also quite enamoured with the enormous and unusual chandelier overhead that twinkled in the sunlight and felt far too posh to be sharing a room with me.

We were given a choice from about 12 different teas, of which I opted for my favourite, green tea. Our waiter was always on hand to top us up when we were nearing the end of a cup.

When our food arrived we joked that we could have eaten one of these each, but soon felt silly when we struggled to finish what we'd been given for the three of us. First up were four different flavours of sandwich, then onto the desserts and finishing with mini scones which were all wrapped up at the bottom. All of which were delicious!

The deserts are no doubt the most interesting aspect of the meal, but as I'm not usually too much of a sweet tooth I was worried I might not like many of them. Of course I was proven wrong there too, they were so good, especially the passionfruit macaron which I've been craving ever since.

We were fortunate to have a free voucher for the tea but I believe it usually costs £25 per person. That does seem quite steep but knowing just how filling and delicious it was I would definitely consider going back for a special occasion.

The mothership has her best friend over from Canada in a couple weeks so I'm off to search for other places in London that do afternoon tea and try and convince them that's something they really need to do, and with me of course!

I hope you liked this post, it's a little different to what I usually do, especially of late with my blog being bombarded with creepy Halloween makeup. Do let me know what you think if you've stopped by.

Monday, 27 October 2014

My editorial in HERO magazine

I had a lifestyle post planned for today but then I got way too excited to share some of my new, published makeup work. This was a shoot I did a few months ago now for HERO magazine with amazing photographer Lydia Whitmore. I had great fun creating 6 different zombie styles and making up our willing participants' hands, they then modelled gorgeous, designer watches by Cartier, Rolex and TAG to name a few with these awesome miniature sets.

Hero magazine, zombie hands, watch editorial, SFX makeup, Halloween

Hero magazine, zombie hands, watch editorial, SFX makeup, Halloween

Hero magazine, zombie hands, watch editorial, SFX makeup, Halloween

As the shoot happened so far in advance I have been excitedly waiting to see the finished shots for quite some time but I am so happy with how they turned out and so excited to see them in print. I reserved a copy at a WHSmith near the mothership's work for her to bring home tonight.

How do you think they turned out and which one is your favourite? If you spot a copy of HERO in your local magazine stockist be sure to have a flick through and have a better look.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Halloween makeup: Cheshire Cat

Three Halloween makeup posts in a row this week, I know, I'm spoiling you. (Or rather just geeking out!) Today's look is one of my favourites so far, it is still nice and simple to achieve whilst being very effective. 

Cheshire Cat Halloween makeup tutorial, face painted, sfx, big fangs, prosthetics
As revealed by the title I decided to recreate everyone's favourite Alice in Wonderland character, the Cheshire Cat. I mentioned in my DIY fangs post that I knew I wanted to do something with big teeth and worked backwards and I'm super happy I chose to go with this. It was pretty effective I think.

Cheshire Cat Halloween makeup tutorial, face painted, sfx, big fangs, prosthetics
This is your first taste of somewhat illusion makeup from me, with the fake eyes painted over my own. It's a popular style amongst face and body painters which I've been wanting to dabble in for a while. I'm also a big fan of combining painted and 3d elements making this a really fun one to do.

- I first prepped the teeth and ears, I won't go into too much detail, I posted a tutorial for the teeth here yesterday and the ears are simply fabric backed with card which I glued to a head band and added some paper wispy bits for detail.

- Moving on to the actual makeup I began by marking out where I wanted the main features to go on my face, the big mouth, eyes and nose.  I did this using a little water-based body paint on a thin brush but you could also do this with an eyeliner. I tend to go for a white or light shade which is easily covered later unless it's a wound in which I'll do it with reds.

- Using a gluestick I stuck down my eyebrows to give a smoother surface to paint on. I ran it across my brows then using a spatula, scraped lumps of glue off and pasted these on to fill in any remaining ridges.

- I painted in each colour in turn and let them dry in between to avoid mixing. With all my details drawn out this was kind of like a paint by numbers. I started with all the purples, moving on to the eyes which were white with some yellow over the top to create a more feline effect and finishing by blacking out the entire mouth area. This was to create the illusion that nothing is behind those big fangs.

- I also added some stripes and dots which I think not only helps embody the Cheshire Cat but aesthetically works pretty well.

- Now it was time to add the teeth. I stuck these using a two-part skin silicone, as the teeth are curved this worked better than glue so they could really get stuck in. I did the largest teeth first, working on the top then the bottom. I pasted on the silicone along the mouth line then simply pressed the teeth into it. Once all of those were done I moved onto each side, doing exactly the same but I had cut the teeth down smaller.

- For the very corners of the mouth I painted in a few more teeth using yellow over white again to slightly match the colour of the other fangs.

- I left the pupils til last and these are pretty self explanatory. Make sure you keep shutting your eye when doing these to ensure they line up correctly when closed. If wearing this makeup out I think I would be inclined to then set this part of the makeup with powder, even a black eyeshadow would do, or use a longer lasting product so they don't smudge.

- Finish your look with any accessories and a costume and you're good to go! You could also draw in some whiskers if you liked but I didn't want to ruin mine with one more element so decided to go without.

- Kryolan Aquacolour paints
- Pritt Stick glue
- Mouldlife Sculpt Gel
- Homemade fangs

I really hope you enjoyed this look, I'm pretty chuffed with it and it has been popular amongst my FB friends and on Instagram which is always lovely to see. I also recorded this look so head over to YouTube and give that a little watch.

If you want to easily skip to my previous Halloween tutorials this year just click here.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Halloween makeup: DIY fangs

Oh today was a very fun day, I filmed a new makeup tutorial which will go up tomorrow and I can't wait to share it with you all. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you might have spotted what well known character I recreated.

The makeup required some big ol' chompers so I set out to make those first and I thought this would be a helpful thing to share before you watch the main tutorial as I don't explain making the fangs in that. It's a nice and simple technique.

How to make Halloween Fangs
I started off with some standard fake nails which I cut into the fang shapes I required. I chose to use clear ones to retain some opacity.

How to make Halloween Fangs
I then painted these with a coat of liquid latex which I had pre-tinted with a dab of white acrylic paint and grey nail varnish. Again, I chose latex because it remains slightly transparent and I wanted that rubbery texture that would stay matte.

How to make Halloween Fangs
When they had fully set I could paint them, I chose to use alcohol activated paints which are water and smudge proof and are applied in washes.

How to make Halloween Fangs
Here are the three colours I used, I've numbered them so you can see which order I applied them in. Of course if you're not doing FX professionally you may not have access to these paints in which case you could use regular paints that you've diluted down, or even nail varnishes if you can achieve the appearance you want with them. There are however cheaper versions of these palettes here which I'll be talking about in another post soon.

How to make Halloween Fangs
Here is how they turned out! Using very diluted washes of colour I started with the yellow tone all over, then the black at the top and down the sides. Finishing off with a red on the tips. I waited for each coat to dry before adding the next colour so they didn't mix together. Obviously each time you apply a new colour the alcohol is going to reactivate the previous paint so it's good to be gentle and maybe have a practice first to see how the paints work. I love that they can give an almost watercolour effect.

Hope this was helpful for anyone looking to add an unusal, 3D element to their Halloween makeup this year. It is also a great was to create some horrible nails too. I look forward to showing you the finished look tomorrow!

Halloween Makeup: girl from The Exorcist

I've been wanting to recreate some popular movie characters and finally settled our possessed friend in The Exorcist, a classic. To give the makeup a little more scope I drew my inspiration from both the original film and Exorcist: The Beginning.

Girl from the Exorcist Halloween makeup tutorial, SFX, Horror

Girl from the Exorcist Halloween makeup tutorial, SFX, Horror

Girl from the Exorcist Halloween makeup tutorial, SFX, Horror
This may look complicated but is actually a really simple one and it didn't requite a whole load of different products.

- I began by pasting my brows down with a glue stick then mixed up some silicone and applied the first half of the wounds with a metal spatula. I only did half of them at first because I didn't want it to cure before I had time to get them perfect. I made these by applying a line of silicone first then using the thin edge of the spatula I drew the gash down the middle. Then I could smooth out the edges and add a little texture using a stipple sponge. Once I'd got that far I did exactly the same for the rest of the wounds. Then just before the silicone had set I used a cotton bud dipped in 99% alcohol to smooth down the edges a little more.

- I did the wounds first because the silicone sticks better to bare skin, then I applied my base over the top of everything. For this I mixed some of my white foundation by Illamasqua with a little light green greasepaint and applied with a stippling brush. The brows always need a little extra.

- Using a light grey I began shading around my eyes, the hollows of my cheeks and my temples, I also added some to my lips and then took a slightly darker shade in for more intensity.

- Next I used alcohol paints to colour the wounds as they work best on silicone, however they've very expensive so greasepaints would be a good alternative. I used a deep red inside the cuts then a very diluted shade around the edges. I also added some black to any areas I wanted more depth. If you wanted to dilute your greasepaints just simply scrape a little out and mix it with either alcohol or moisturiser to the transparency required.

- Continuing with the alcohol paints I used the black to outline the brow, eye bag and laughter line details, then shaded within these with a dark grey greasepaint.

- Lastly I used a red greasepaint under my eyes and added a bit to my lips with a little more grey.

- Pritt Stick glue
- Mouldlife Sculpt Gel
- Illamasqua Rich Liquid foundation
- Kryolan Supracolour greasepaints
- PPI Illustrator FX palette

This is definitely a tutorial that will be easiest understood by watching the video below, but if you have any questions about how to achieve it just give me a shout. I hope you like it!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Outfitted: skeleton dress

If you read my last outfit post you may remember I said I'd bought two new items, well this dress is the second one. I actually think it looks quite unflattering but I love the design so I had to share it anyway.

Outfit, skeleton dress, alternative style, lace kimono, halloween, horror
I think my main issue with the dress is the length, it makes my legs look really stumpy and given that I'm only 5'4, I really don't need to look any shorter. I also went for a size up so that it would be loose fitting but that's a mistake I always seem to make with ASOS and it's rather shapeless. Some alterations are in order for this one I think!

Outfit, skeleton dress, alternative style, lace kimono, halloween, horror
I've paired it with my lace kimono from Tesco which I bought in the summer and still absolutely adore, it was quite expensive for Tesco but I have gotten so much use out of it. The boots are one of the pairs I featured back in this post and are Firetrap from USC, whilst my necklace I found in the men's section of Primark a couple of years back for a quid, bargain!

As you'll have noticed I am a bit of a halloween / horror fanatic so this dress (and the sweater from the last post) kind of sum me up. I'm excited to wear them on my Halloween jobs this year.