Saturday, 28 September 2013

The Princess and the Frog Inspired Makeup Look



The Princess and the Frog (2009)

When Disney create a new musical or a new Disney princess everyone is like WOAH, hold up a second.  Even I was, and I almost went into strike mode because I was thinking I am not having this and she, whoever she is, is not joining the ranks of Cinderella and Belle.  However I finally got around to watching the film and was very pleasantly surprised!  The directors of this film are also responsible for Aladdin, Hercules and The Little Mermaid, so on learning that fact I love this film a little more.  I've also just learnt that Anika Noni Rose is the voice for the soon to be princess (I didn't just spoil the ending it kinda gives that away in the title).  Anika has previously started alongside Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls so on learning that fact, I love this film even more!

I wanted to create this green makeup look because I wanted to create a natural makeup look with highlights and contours all drawn in.  When I say natural I mean nothing is exaggerated crazily, and it this was all in a true to colour skin tone, then the makeup would look quite flawless.  It felt a little strange to be using green to highlight and contour and I had to keep reminding myself that I am actually covered in green makeup!

Tags: disney makeup, disney frog makeup, frog makeup, the princess and the frog makeup, disney princess makeup

Makeup products used:


SNAZAROO BRIGHT GREEN
OPI SIT UNDER THE APPLE TREE (LIGHT SHEER GREEN) 
ANDREA FULERTON DOT AND FLICK BLACK NAIL ART
COLLECTION 2000 GREEN WITH ENVY
ILLAMASQUA PRECISION INK IN SCRIBE (WHITE)
MUA EYE SHADOW IN 5 (LIGHT GREEN)
MUA EYE SHADOW IN 2 (PEARL WHITE)
MAC MASCARA IN ARMY OF AMAZONS (WONDER WOMAN COLLECTION) 
88 ORIGINAL PALETTE COASTAL SCENTS
MUA POPTASTIC EYE SHADOW PALETTE

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

War Z Inspired Makeup Look



War Z (2013)

About twice a week I look on the Apple trailers page and see what the latest trailers are.  By doing this I'm normally once of the first to see upcoming films, and I was so excited for War Z!  I thought I'm definitely seeing this, can't wait for it to come out, why is it taking so long, then my wait was over.  I never got around to seeing it, maybe I would if the cinema was closer to me, and seeing it would involve less effort on my part.  I like the way people portray zombies in different ways and from the looks of the War Z trailer, director Marc Foster has succeeded.  Marc is also known for directing James Bond Quantum of Solace and The Kite Runner, and when a director is able to capture a truly emotional story and an action film, well, when he comes around to combining the two you know he's for a winner.  Plus Brad Pitts in the film so that's sold it to me! Yet I still haven't seen it...
Talking about other zombie films, Resident Evil is the type of film series that creates quantity rather than quality, they clearly have an audience so maybe it's just the case of supply and demand.  I guess War Z is the only other film that matches this zombie genre, especially in a similar way to one another.  For example Dead Bodies portrays zombies in a totally different light, and a little less scary than either films.  I think if Zombies were actually real, then all they would be are rotting paralysed bodies, but that wouldn't sell any films!

The main material I used for this shoot was aqueous cream, a cream used for multiple reasons, such as a moisturiser.  I used to use this a lot because I suffer from eczema.  Now a lot of people have this to different extents, some grow out of it, others just get an occasional rash.  It's taken me years, in fact all my life to come to the stage I'm at now, which is getting very little eczema each year.  Eczema will appear anywhere on my body I start scratching and very little people know I actually have it because I've built up my will power to not let it get to the point of showing.  It got to a ridiculous stage once in the last year of college on a place back from LA.  I was rubbing my foot on my shoe on the flight as the air con on flights is so dry, and my skin was killing me.  It got to the point where it was just a dull ache and when I got home I found out I had cut into my skin about 4mm in depth and about the size of a large Brazil nut.  Not nice eh?!  Obviously it took forever to heal but that was the same process I had be going through all my life.  It wasn't until my second year of university where I could go in bare feet and not be covered in cuts.  It was so strange, a month ago I walked along a sandy beach and it felt so wrong till I realised this was the first time I had been on a beach where my feet weren't covered in eczema, and I didn't need to hide them because I didn't want people seeing them.

I've literally just mad a complete post now about my feet, fun eh?! I didn't mean to share that with you but I'm glad I was able to because people think they know what's going on with people, but they really don't.  Something that you take for granted isn't always something that someone would and should always be wary of this in everyday conservations.

Tags: zombie makeup, world war z makeup, brad pitt makeup, resident evil makeup, dead bodies makeup, horror makeup, halloween makeup, dead makeup, blood makeup, fake blood, ideas for halloween makeup, ideas for zombie makeup

Makeup products used:

SNAZAROO BRIGHT RED
MAC FACE AND BODY IN A13 WHITE
SNAZAROO WHITE
OPI WHITE SHATTER
OPI I LILY LOVE YOU (SHEER DARK GLITTER PINK)
OPI PRINCESSES RULE (SHEER GLITTER PINK)

Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Mask Inspired Makeup Look



The Mask (1994)

I was so obsessed with this film, I loved the idea of wearing a mask to transform you into a different person, and I guess it's actually what I do here.  If any of you have ever dressed up in drag or fancy dress you kinda know what I'm talking about.  You feel like a different person and you get you extend your personality in a way that you want.  Sometimes I feel more comfortable when I cover myself in makeup and suddenly I'm staring at a reflection that matches how I really feel.  It's just another reason why I love to create these makeup looks, sometimes it acts like therapy for me, and I really do notice a change in myself when I have a long gap in creating these images.

Back to The Mask, it's the sort of film I love, but I've never got a around to buying it on DVD.  In fact I have no idea what the DVD even looks like, and I guess we can all relate to that.  I mean, do you own your favourite movie?  I do, mines Moulin Rouge, but I know a lot of people have their favourite films, yet don't own them.  Then it begs the question, what makes it their favourite? Maybe it's only their favourite because they've watched it once and it still feels fresh, and it's stood the test of time because you haven't watched it years later.  On multiple occasions I've watched Moulin Rouge back to back, sometimes one normally and the other with a commentary.  How many times have you watched your favourite film? And then think have you watched another more often?

I'm happy with how this shoot came together.  I wanted to have a plain canvas on my body and just have makeup on my face and the contrast works, especially for the chosen film.  I chose this image because it was slightly more masculine and I created a makeup to match it, almost an army print.  My body seems quite vulnerable, but my face in is full warpaint and it's this which makes me think I can take on the world.

Tags: the mask makeup, green face makeup, army makeup, camouflage makeup, camouflage army makeup, mask makeup

Makeup products used:


MAC FACE AND BODY IN C1
MAKEUP FOREVER HD FOUNDATION IN N117
MAC MASCARA IN ARMY OF AMAZONS (WONDER WOMAN COLLECTION) 
MUA EYE SHADOW IN 5 (LIGHT GREEN)
88 ORIGINAL PALETTE COASTAL SCENTS
ILLAMASQUA LIPSTICK IN APOCALIPS
SNAZAROO BRIGHT GREEN

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Gladiator Inspired Makeup Look



Gladiator (2000)

Who would have thought Ridley Scott directed this movie too? And wait, Sigourney Weaver isn't in this movie?! Not that I would have mind, I do love that woman.  This makeup look pays homage to Ancient Greece and all those Gladiators that lost their life's in, I guess you could say in vain really.  Thank god we don't live like that now because I'd last all of 1 second!  So this film came out in 2000, which means I was about 10 when I watched this film.  I'm pretty sure this film is a 15 so it looks like I'll have to turn in my parents for letting me watch this film... It's been good knowing you guys.
Yet again I can't remember much of what happens during this film, apart from the scene when his family are all hung in a field.  You see THAT I remember, anything else? No.  Actually I can remember the fight scene at the end.  So a note to all you parents, you might forget these little details, or allow your children to play 15 or 18 games without a care in the world, but this stuff sticks.  And that song, 'Now we are Free'... such an amazing emotional song.  The remix is even better, maybe, I'm undecided.  All this talk makes me want to crank out the film and start watching it!  However I think we have the VCR version so that's helpful!

I'm really happy at how this turned out, and I hope people like it too.  I do all these shoots because I want to, and it's always a bonus that people like them too!

Tags: gladiator makeup, ancient greek makeup, greek makeup, gold makeup, gold leaf makeup, gold makeup leaf, gold lipstick

Makeup products used:

GOLD HAIR SPRAY
SNAZAROO METALLIC GOLD
MAC REFLECTS GLITTER IN REFLECTS BRONZE (WONDER WOMAN COLLECTION)  
ILLAMASQUA LIPSTICK IN FLICKER
MUA HEAVEN AND EARTH EYE SHADOW PALETTE
MAC CARBON EYE SHADOW
MAC POWDER BLUSHER IN BUFF
MAC ZOOM LASH MASCARA IN ZOOM BLACK
MAC STUDIO FIX IN NC25
ZOYA GOLDIE
OPI GOLD SHATTER
CLAIRES GLITTER COAT

Monday, 16 September 2013

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Makeup Look



Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

I had two options for this film, create one based upon the original film or one of the Tim Burton version.  Truthfully I prefer the Tim Burton 2005 version but hey!  I think the name 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is a better title, but then I love 'Pure Imagination' and I'm a sucker for a good musical number!  Maybe the first film should have included Charlie in the title since the boy who played him never acted in another film.  In fact this was the only film he has ever acted in so If you were hoping to see him in something new, well, your going to be disappointed.  Maybe charlie never left the Chocolate Factory...

For this look I drew inspiration in the gold from the golden ticket and this is represented on the nails and as body art.  The teal hair pays homage to the controversial Umpa-Lumpas, (I think teal would have looked much better on them) and I edited the photo to give a contrast between light and dark.
In previous posts I have always said I love things that turn something happy and innocent into something that is much darker and both of these films do this perfectly.  I would love to see a horror version of these films, but then again horror film scare me so I probably wouldn't watch it!  As I said, where is 1971 Charlie?

Tags: charlie factory makeup, chocolate makeup, umpa-lumpa makeup, film makeup, tim burton makeup

Makeup products used:

SNAZAROO ELECTRIC PURPLE
FUDGE GLITTER BLAST MULTI COLOUR 
GOLD HAIR SPRAY
BARRY M FINE GLITTER DUST 22 (BLUE)
BARRY M FINE GLITTER DUST 92 (TURQUOISE)
BARRY M NAIL VARNISH 308 BERRY ICE CREAM
ZOYA GOLDIE 
BARRY M LILAC FOIL
OPI DS TEMPTATION
MAC STUDIO FIX IN NC25
MAC REFLECTS GLITTER IN REFLECTS BRONZE (WONDER WOMAN COLLECTION)  
ANDREA FULERTON DOT AND FLICK BLACK NAIL ART
MUA POPTASTIC EYE SHADOW PALETTE
MAC TECHNAKOHL LINER IN GRAPHBLACK
MAC AMBIENCE EYE SHADOW
MAC BISQUE EYE SHADOW
MUA EYE SHADOW IN 2 (PEARL WHITE)
MUA EYE SHADOW IN 9 (MATTE PURPLE)

Friday, 13 September 2013

Ghostbusters Inspired Makeup Look



Ghostbusters (1984)

Who ya gonna call?.  Ok lets not break into song... First there was Ghostbusters, then Ghostbusters 2, and now rumours are that we will soon turn these films into a trilogy with a third film! Are you excited? Do you care? To be honest I can't remember seeing Ghostbusters all the way through, in fact I really have no idea what the films is about, and when I say that I mean the storyline, i'm not that blonde!  This makeup look was initially inspired by another film and while I was shooting I thought, this just isn't working out how I wanted it.  I then thought about the different elements I had used and decided the best way to go forward was to cover myself in green paint and hope for the best.  Hope away I did, and I turned the makeup look into more of a living art piece.  I thought oh god now I need to decide which film this can be, I looked at the green slime, I looked at the lighting marks on my face and then the light went off in my head.

I think sometimes in life you start off expecting something, or how somethings going to work out.  In this instance it didn't, but it didn't stop me from going down another path.  Sometimes you just need to pick yourself up again and work out all the other routes you can take and act on it, take that leap of faith because the chances are you won't have much a fall if that other route doesn't work out either.  This leap of faith paid off for me, and I've ended up with a really successful image.  Sometimes things work out, other times then don't, but your never find out until you take that chance.

Tags: ghost makeup, ghostbusters fancy dress, ghostbusters makeup, slime makeup, evil ghost makeup, green paint makeup, ghost fancy dress, ghostbusters cosplay

Makeup products used:
SNAZAROO WHITE
ELC READY MIX PAINT (GREEN)
ILLAMASQUA FALSE EYE LASHES
MAC STUDIO FIX IN NC25
SNAZAROO ELECTRIC PURPE
KROYLAN SPIRIT GUM
KROYLAN EYE BROW PLASTIC 
SNAZAROO WAX
KAT VON D LOCK IT TATTOO CONCEALER LIGHT 18
MAX FACTOR PAN STIK IN NOUVEAU BEIGE 13
OPI DS TEMPTATION 
OPI WHITE SHATTER
88 ORIGINAL PALETTE COASTAL SCENTS

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Order of the Phoenix Inspired Makeup Look


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

I would say this was one of my favourite Harry Potter films, there was just so much going on!  The book however was a complete nightmare.  I loved reading the books because it was in Hogwarts and it followed Harry, Hermione and Ron during their time there, and I guess I could relate more to this because I was in school, and so were they, and life was all good.  Until this book came along.  It just went on and on and I got up to about the 4th chapter and they still wen't in Hogwarts?!  I got so bored and I wasn't interested in all the other stuff going on so I stopped reading.  Months and months went by until I thought i'm going to give it another go.  I couldn't put the book down, and as soon as I finished I read the next one in about 2 days, and the other in another 2 days.  That whole week was Harry Potter mad for me and I was totally submerged in the books.  My whole family were thinking what is going on, because I like to read it the most random positions ever.  My favourite place is probably the stairs, but I also love reading upside down, is that strange?!  Maybe that way the information goes into my brain quicker? Or I'm a complete loon and need medical attention.

I have always loved the idea of a Phoenix rising from flames, and I loved the way the Phoenix was portrayed in the film, of it reaching a certain age, turning to ash, then being reborn.  This is something I can really relate to.  I often go through stages of feeling quite destructive and when it reaches a certain point I try and reinvent myself for my own sake and sanity.  I guess this is how Vanity Nightmare at the Movies was born!

Tags: harry potter makeup, phoenix makeup, bird makeup, fire makeup, flame makeup, mythology makeup, mythology creatures makeup



Makeup products used:
SNAZAROO BRIGHT RED
SNAZAROO BRIGHT YELLOW
SNAZAROO WHITE
SNAZAROO ORANGE
MAC REFLECTS GLITTER IN REFLECTS BRONZE (WONDER WOMAN COLLECTION) 
MAC MIXING MEDIUM
ILLAMASQUA PRECISION INK IN SCRIBE (WHITE)
ILLAMASQUA FALSE EYE LASHES
88 ORIGINAL PALETTE COASTAL SCENTS
MUA POPTASTIC EYE SHADOW PALETTE

Monday, 9 September 2013

A.I. Makeup Inspired Look



A.I. (2001)

Directors tend to go unnoticed most of the time.  Some slip trough such as Quentin Tarantino and Baz Luhrmann, but none are more recognisable than Steven Spielberg.  It's really interesting sometimes to do some research after you've watched a film and find out who directed the film and what else they have directed.  Liking or disliking a film comes all down to who directed the film and you may find that alot of the films you like or dislike were made by the same person, and maybe you can save precious hours later by choosing the wrong film to watch!  Having said that, directors can be very hit or miss, so discard everything I just said!  The film lost out to Lord of the Rings for an Oscar that year and only won a few awards, such as BFI and 4 Saturn awards.
I think this may have been the first dvd we bought for our player and I still have a quite vivid memory of the film.  I can't remember much of the storyline at all, but I do remember how depressing the whole film felt.  It's such as sad story, it really comes down to a boy being disregarded from his family and it has a real sense of feeling unwanted.  Steven Spielberg is able to create an incredibly emotional story by pulling all media elements together and it's what makes him a great director.

The lighting for this image looks very different depending on what device you are viewing this on, it looks almost completely black on my macbook here but my sony vaio shows it up a lot brighter.  So I apologise if you have some issues viewing this image, or others from this series.  At the end of the day these images aren't meant to concentrate of the makeup looks i've created, it's the overall image, so it's not exactly a bad thing that it's harder to see on some devices!

Tags: alien makeup, steven spielberg makeup, robot makeup, a.i. makeup look, a.i. makeup, film makeup


Makeup products used:
SNAZAROO BLACK
ILLAMASQUA LIQUID METAL IN PENOMENA 
OPI SPARK DE TRIOPMPHE
MISS SPORTY BLACK
OPI BLACK SHATTER
ILLAMASQUA PURE PIGMENT IN BREATH
BARRY M FINE GLITTER DUST 4 (LIGHT SILVER)
BARRY M LIPSTICK IN 37 (BLACK)
STARGAZER WHITE GLITTER SHAKER
STARGAZER SILVER GLITTER SHAKER
MAC CARBON EYE SHADOW
MAC POWDER MINERALIZE EYE SHADOW IN CINDERFELLA

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Jack Frost Inspired Makeup Look



Jack Frost (1998)

Jack Frost, seen the film? Me either, maybe I have, I can't remember, lets move on.  As I mentioned before I haven't seen all the films, and even then I've create a makeup look from an idea I've had in my head.  I wanted to create a Jack Frost makeup look, and if this was directly inspired by the movie then you would be looking at a giant white snowman, and thats just not my style!  This is my idea of how Jack Frost may look and I'm actually really happy with how this look turned out! I went to Brighton pride earlier this month, and Illamasqua had i'm guessing sponsored the event somehow?  The details aren't particularly interesting to me, but what I did find interesting was the fact these lashes were part of the free bag they were giving out! So hello free lashes!  Iv'e purchases Illamasqua lashes before and they never let me down, and neither did this.  All i can say is i'm glad they either produced too many or didn't sell because it meant I could grab my hands on a pair!

I'm the sort of person who likes to make the most out of a situation that may arise, and I think thats a really good ethos to live by.  For this look I wanted frosted/crystallised lips so I weighed up some options.  In the end I decided to buy sugar candy that is normally used for cakes.  Cakes/Lips are the same thing to me ;)  Thinking about it now I wish I stayed in that aisle a little more as I could have picked up some items for my other shoots!
Inspiration can come from anywhere and why not from Sainsburys!?

Tags: jack frost makeup look, winter makeup look, xmas makeup, christmas makeup, snow makeup, ice makeup, blue makeup, glitter makeup, blue glitter makeup, nail art

Makeup products used:
SNAZAROO ELECTRIC BLUE
FUDGE GLITTER BLAST SILVER
MISS SPORTY BLACK 
BARRY M FINE GLITTER DUST 22 (BLUE)
ILLAMASQUA PRECISION INK IN SCRIBE (WHITE)
ILLAMASQUA FALSE EYE LASHES 
MUA EYE SHADOW IN 2 (PEARL WHITE) 
MUA EYE SHADOW IN 8 (TURQUOISE)
MUA EYE SHADOW IN 31 (BLUE)
ILLAMASQUA PURE PIGMENT IN BREATH
MAC TECHNAKOHL LINER IN GRAPHBLACK
MAC FACE AND BODY IN A13 WHITE

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Alien Inspired Makeup Look


Alien (1979)

Today is the start of 20 makeup looks themed on 20 films, and kick starting these images is Alien!

Everyone has their own memory of Alien, some have seen the whole film, others might have just seen the clip of the Alien bursting out of John Hurts stomach.  Nice eh?  Little did John know that over 30 years later he would actually be an Alien, (Doctor who is technically an Alien right?).  So I thought these posts can talk about a mixture of topics such as film facts, the makeup process and whatever I feel is relevant to each post!
I have always combined music and makeup together as music is one of my biggest passions and I have wanted to theme looks around films for some time.  I'm such a movie geek, along with everything else of course, but movies are on the same level as music videos, it's the visuals and sound which turn it into a visual masterpiece and it creates this deeply emotional environment.  I'm the sort of movie watcher who needs a pitch black room and complete silence, and preferably a large screen to get even more submersed in the 2D image your watching.  I haven't actually seen Alien, of course I've seen the stomach scene, but I've also seen the end.  I took media studies in college and we had to analysis the end scene of Alien.  My teacher was very passionate about the film, in fact all the films we had seen and although he knew what she was escaping from, all we saw was Sigourney Weaver trying to escape from a spaceship for no reason at all.  And yes I know she was trying to escape from the Alien, but to this day I still don't know where in space they were, how many crew she had, or how the Alien got onto the ship.  I guess I watched a PG version of the film as it just didn't feel very scary at all.  I guess if you take something out of it's context it doesn't, for example putting the alien in the middle of care bear land, and the only question people would be asking there would be which is scarier.

Tags: alien makeup look, ridley scott makeup, space alien makeup, alien special effects makeup, space creature makeup, sci fi makeup, skeleton makeup, skeleton alien makeup

Makeup products used: 
MAKEUP FOREVER HD FOUNDATION IN N117
ILLAMASQUA POWDER EYE SHADOW IN VICTIM 
MUA EYE SHADOW IN 9 (MATTE PURPLE)
ILLAMASQUA PURE PIGMENT IN BREATH
CLAIRES GLITTER COAT 
MUA POPTASTIC EYE SHADOW PALETTE
SNAZAROO BLACK 
SNAZAROO ELECTRIC BLUE
SNAZAROO WHITE 
SNAZAROO ELECTRIC PURPLE
OPI DS TEMPTATION  
OPI OGRE THE TOP BLUE    
ANDREA FULERTON DOT AND FLICK BLACK NAIL ART