Monday, 29 April 2013

Theater's Natural Beauty

The base make-up on all the Vontrap children was applied the same way.  I had to remember that although this is theatre make-up, the end product still needs to look angelic to the audiences eye. (They are supposed to be children after all.) Using a technique I learnt from the 'You Tube' vloging sensation 'Goss Makeup Artist'  I was able to create this look. I urge you all to watch this as it was actually meant for day to day wear. However I adapted it for the theatre by using darker/brighter colours and heavier, deeper foundation.

After applying the base, I added extra highlighter and blush to add a dewy, youthful effect to Liesl's skin.

To create a naturally larger eye I used the Benefits 'Big Beautiful Eyes' contour kit, retailing at £24.50.
This allowed me to contour an incredibly natural smokey eye that would widen the eye and emphasize the lash line.

Never forget forget when doing theatre make-up to darken up areas like brows, lash lines and outline lips so they are visible to an audience sitting far away.

A Seriously Glam Thespian

I loved doing the make-up for Elsa because it was so subtly different to all the other girls make up. It gave me the chance to steer away from the natural dewy look and get creative with seriously smokey eyes and contouring. Elsa is a glamour gal and her make-up had to reflect the fashion of the time, along side her wealth and style.
After applying foundation two shades darker than the natural skin tone, I went on to do some major contouring around the cheek bones and forehead area. A blonder (and rather draining) wig had to be placed at the end so I took the bronzer quite low on to the forehead area to add as much colour and depth to the face as possible.

The 50 shades of grey smokey eye I created truly captured the late 1930's era with the classic blues gradually getting deeper into the grey and even blacks.
Much of this look was created using Urban Decays 'Naked' palette,  retailing at £36.

Light blue was added along the lid of the eye to begin. As the eye I was working on was hooded, the brightness of the blue would pull the lid to the front making the eye look more open. A medium blue was then added above and through the eye to create a base for the rest of the deeper eye makeup.

The next step was to take the grey Gunmetal from the Naked palette and place it in the out corner of the lid. Once enough product was applied it was then blended through to the centre of the top of the lid. this created a shadow that made the hood of the eye disappear.

To deepen the corners of the eye, a small amount of Creep black from the Naked palette was applied to the outer corner and blended slightly. If this look was recreated for a real life scenario I would probably skip this step as it is mainly for the audiences benefit.

A fine line of Virgin white from the Naked palette as used to highlight the brow bone.

Going back to Creep, the top and bottom lash lines were shaded to create the effect of thicker lashes.

False lashes were then added. I must take a moment to express how much false lashes are a benefit to theatre actresses. With all the existing make-up it's so much easier (and if applied properly less irritating) then mascara. False eyelashes are quickly removed with a cotton bud of moisturiser (or a good cry) as opposed to the constant rubbing and wiping of make-up remover to get mascara out of those lashes.

Once those brows were thickened up, I was then able to go on to the blusher and lips. I used coral instead of a deep red as Elsa is a lady and would go for elegance over brashness. It was also important to consider that the patriotic reds weren't the height of fashion until 1940 and The Sound Of Music was set in 1938. 
I applied the coral blush just above the contour line and took it slightly down towards the jaw. It was important to keep the blush off the apples of her cheeks as this technique is actually used in film to make a character look older (and thats the last thing you want to do to an actress).

The hair had to be pinned as flat to the head as possible so the wig would sit flat to the head. This became quite a challenge as my client had rather a lot of hair.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

The Sound Of Music

 Hey fellow Bbloggers,

Sorry to all, I have not been keeping up to date with my blog.  There is a very simple reason for all this. My life is spiralling into worlds of future success. I'm being pulled all over the country and hopefully it will all be revealed soon. For the time being I am able to catch you all up on my latest projects.

I have recently completed a full seven day week doing twelve hours shifts at the salon and theatre. The musical 'The Sound Of Music' the place 'Repton school theatre in Derby' the company 'Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group'.

What a performance it was! The set was outstanding and the quality of singing was nothing short of professional. Again the lovely director I worked for, had thrown me in at the deep end. With double casted children, microphones that had to be concealed in the hair and little ones that didn't know their mascara from their blusher brush.

As always I thrived on the challenge and set to work. Tech rehearsal was like a who's who of hair and make-up. I needed to explain the research and process to the clients, tell the children why they had to have pretty plaits instead of mohicans and adjust any little mistakes such as, too bold a lipstick shade or not dark enough foundation.

Dress rehearsal ran slightly smoother. After collecting feedback from the director and other partners in the company I was able to iron out timings of clients and perfect hair extensions ready for opening night.

The next few blogs will contain the details on hair and make-up and hopefully give you guys some tips along the way. Take note that my photos have not  been edited this time so your getting the raw reality of the theatre.  Follow me and find out more.