Brow Blocking!! The “Pritt Stick” Method

Brow Blocking!!

This method is cheap, quick and simple.

The technique Is similar to all the other ways of blocking out brows and if you have used another method before then this will be familiar, however, to put it simply…

  • Brush the glue through the brows, ensuring you get it behind the brow and onto the skin, so that the hairs have something to stick down onto.

  • Powder thoroughly.

  • Repeat the above until you are happy with the result.

  • Cover your brow area in concealer and foundation and powder again.

The good thing about this method is that you can buy the products from most local supermarkets and craft stores so it will be easy to get hold off last minute. Compared to products like spirit gum and pros-aide it is relatively inexpensive. It is safe to use on the face and can be removed easily so no major safety precautions need to be put in place.

The difficulty with using pritt stick on the eyebrows is creating a smooth overlay without any bumps or hair texture showing through. I found with both of the practises that you could still slightly see the colour and texture of the eyebrow underneath. On my second attempt I tried adding more layers and although the brow became less visible, the product became harder to smooth down and left obvious bumps. This technique would be suitable for drag or fancy dress work as the subject is usually further away. However in comparison to professional industry images this technique (depending on your intended outcome) would leave too obvious brows for a close up, detailed, photographic shoot. I would not personally feel happy walking onto a set with my models eyebrows blocked in this way. However if the brows were to be covered afterwards like the image I have created above, then this technique would work well enough.

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Body Paint Demo

Body paint Session

As part of my 25 hours of experimenting and practising for this project I began by looking at the different techniques and products that can be used in body paint. The aim of this task is to understand how I can create my creature and which products will work best with my design. Polly began by showing us how patterns and marks can be made on the skin using almost anything you can get your hands on, by stencilling, spraying, sponging, blending, flicking and painting. The session made me realise how limitless this project can be in terms of design. Not only can the creature look like anything inhuman, but the process in which to create the creature is equally as wide. Polly showed the class a small amount of these processes and I now intend to develop my 

knowledge by using my time to experiment with materials and methods myself. I found it particularly interesting to watch how Polly used highlighting, contouring and shadowing on the models neck and collar bones to change the appearance. It shows that I can use many of the transferable skills I already know (including colour theory ) in my designs. My intentions are to continue looking at what kind of creature I would like to design, however I do not want to settle on a definite final idea as m


y experimentation may alter my choice. I came away from the session initially feeling quite bewildered at the task ahead of me and wh

ere to begin. Yet after a quick chat with Polly I have realised that I can find inspiration for this from a range of places including children’s stories, historical characters, artists and animals. ( just to name a few ). The next 

step of my design process is to look at previous examples of body art and places I can find inspiration from, I want my creature to ha

ve character and depth as I feel this could help portray a realistic effect. The creature can be anything inhuman, including alien / fan

tasy, animal, vegetable ( tree ), underwater, mythical. It can even be a mixture of all of the previous.

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We also had the chance in this session to practise using paints, sprays, glitter and stencils ourselves. In teams we used brown paper to stencil the human form and then had free reign on how it was coloured. This gave me an opportunity to see how hard it might be to blend colours and add patterns and layers on a ‘skin like’ texture. I found it harder to come up with ideas of how to change the appearance and the human form in a short period and as a team we changed our mind on the design several times. This did allow us to practise several ways of colouring though which was very helpful! I want to turn up to my next lesson with at least one pattern to follow and experiment with, this way I will have an aim and an end result using different mediums that I can compare against each other. I must consider my model, postiche and creative hair work, nail art, costume and how my final look will be photographed. I also learned today to think about factors such as body hair, breast size and removing the body paint. I will consider all of these in my design process and body charts.

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Sugar Skull Rush ….

This is my quick and simple step by step guide on how to create a basic Sugarskull.

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But first a liitle history…

What is a Sugar Skull?

Sugar skulls originate from the Mexican traditional holiday called “day of the dead”. This month long celebration honors and celebrates the lives of the living and those of the deceased. Rituals include dancing with wooden skull masks in memory of past relatives and building altars out of these masks which can be worshipped.

Small skulls made from sugar are decorated with the names of a dead relative and are eaten by family members.

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These skulls represented the dead souls which are believed to visit during this celebration.

Sugar skulls are becoming more and more common amongst the world of fashion make up and art, and this is my attempt.

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Start by painting your face (apart from your eyes) with a white cream make up or face paint.

I used white snazaroo.

Step 2

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Colour in the circles around your eyes with whatever colour you like.

For this I used a pink greasepaint which I sealed with a Mac pink pigment.

Step 3

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Shade in the crease of your eye to give the look more depth. Using a thing brush and a waterproof black gel or liquid eyeliner, start to create patterns around the eye and add ‘skull’ like features.

I used MAC Blacktrack eyeliner.

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Continue decorating your face with your eyeliner, look on the internet for pattern inspiration!

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Add some colour to your pattern, I chose to use the same colour pink I used around the eyes to keep it together. Shade some of your patterns to add more depth and contour tour cheekbones to give a drawn skeleton effect. 

If you want to add some glamour to your sugar skull you can stick gems and sequins onto your face aswell.

For my final image I added some flowers in my hair.

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As a make up artist my kit is constantly growing depending on what shoots and demands I have coming up. Christmas was the perfect opportunity for me to ask for certain products and accessories that aren’t always easily affordable. Following these initial images of my make up additions I will review certain products, brushes and make up artist essentials….