“Azurite” its my very first look created in 2015 – and first of the series looks, made with range of crystals that I ordered recently. So here for you – details, planing and all about creating Azurite.
PHOTOGRAPHY – MARIAN WODZISZ PHOTOGRAPHY
MAKE-UP & DESIGN – ME, DOROTA MUA
I planned carefully look as an edgy 3D beauty avant-garde with textured neck and decolletes.
I ordered new paints Cameleon – Celadon and Global – Neon blue to match neck gradient to the crystals.
Make-up Artists normally keeps own private make-up kit separate from professional kit – And also I keep separate my everyday kit of the professional. Even if I am in need of using my professional kit then I follow all hygienic rules the same way as for clients! Some MUAs divides this to kits more strict or less. BUT In my creative work there is no way for experimenting and testing new products on my models!
So let me explain why is so important in work MUAs to try new products on yourself (and especially when you use variety and multiple products in creating your look):
- application method – find best application method for desired look (sponge, brush or other?)
- drying time – how long you need to wait till product is set? This is important if you hire studio per hours!
- how its behave – is colour,coverage, texture is correct(as you expected)? is it chipping, sliding on skin, is it holds well?
- how long-lasting it is? it is key factor in planning shooting time
- if you apply few different products, few layers – is it look right or is something going wrong? don’t experiment this on shooting day or on your new model, if you never tried new products! this saves time and avoid mistakes if anything would go wrong. Some products using together may give odd texture, lower coverage, turn cakey etc. – Imagine you shoot with key photographer – would you dare to say: I thought this would be different??!
- how to remove all from skin? Have you checked your pigments, glues, face-paints, gel liners?? How easy/hard is it to get it fully removed?? – this products may stain skin badly and could be hard to remove! – make sure you know how to protect skin of your model and how safely remove product, traces of glue, and avoid marks and stains on the skin!!! (no matter is it TFP or paid model! Safety and respect to your model skin on first place! Imagine if your model have paid work next day and must look absolutely perfect next day!)
- allergy reaction?? Yes, it’s hard to predict, especially if your model is from place more away…but even this could avoided >Post samples of your products by post. For me it’s mandatory if I use sfx products, strong make-up adhesives.
- knowing your product well will help you in further work and saves your time during photo-shots.
So that why I often test details for most of my creative looks on myself!
Face paints only – Cameleon Celadon and Blobal Neon Blue and both mixed together.
In this case My test left strong staining on skin by Cameleon! I had literally one day to find solution or exclude it from look as there was no option t0 live marks on model skin. Solution – layer of make-up, powder and setting spray as a base layer done great job! no marks left!
And in this point I had a little disappointments too… I bought face paints from http://www.thefacepaintingshop.com. I tried to get in touch with shop for advice regarding colours, staining, and choice of brushes – sadly their support tab not working at all. I messaged also on facebook – no response either. So sad, because many big brands have fantastic support and fast response if advice needed!
But I have to say big thank you to my fellow MUAs from Facebook groups that are always ready to help and advice! Especially to Stacey Kilpatrick from Face Paint Northern Ireland.
Layer of eyeshadows/pigments applied over painted gradient.
So basically face paints works here as a base layer to boost the colour.
Matching all colours to crystals .
Applying glitter and crystals – you need to find own best method of applying it each product – depends of products you using and what was used for your base layer (e.g hair spray, glitter glue, aloe vera gel, lash glue, sfx glues etc).
Mix of some products make cause much faster chipping of face paints of the skin.
3D crystal Appliqué (sorry for quality – so far took photos only with my mobile)
What is it actually?
NO, it’s not headpiece, it’s more appliqué that was applied by sfx glue to the models skin.
What is this made of??
Black carbon paper used as a base. All stones ware glued by glue gun – layer by layer. Two days before shooting I used Sculpt Gel (ABC) as a thick layer (cream stuff on the base, see photo bellow) – I applied appliqué on my forehead to create correct angle and position. Thin layer of Sculpt Gel was also used as a glue on shooting day – it’s far easier to remove than lash glue…