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Working on a Professional Film Crew

Hey y’all,

EnumclawFilmLogo3.1-03I’ve been crazy busy, and haven’t written here in a while. I thought today I’d share a bit with you about my crazy busy-ness, as I found it very educational and interesting. Everyone else has their own stories to tell about our work these past weeks on the “Enumclaw Film”, as we call it, but mine is rather lengthy just because I was doing so many different things for both pre-production, and production.

A few months back we Polings and Swets volunteered on a local historical film project. We’ve been talking about it off and on, as you may remember. Well, we’ve finally shot the film! I’ve been doing a variety of different jobs on the project. These are my “official titles”; things I will be credited for in the credits of the film and on IMDB:

  • Hair and Makeup Lead
  • Associate Producer
  • Locations Manager

I also volunteered to handle social media and the blog for the project, which included designing a logo, and writing a lot of the information the public would see about the project, and now, posting pictures from the production on Facebook etc.

Hair and Makeup

Our makeup and hair setup for day 1.

Our makeup and hair setup for day 1.

I originally signed up to be the Hair and Makeup Lead. Whew! It sounded like such a big job! I was kinda scared, very excited, and still nervous up until the very last person was done. The director assured me that even though I didn’t feel qualified for the job, she felt I was because she knew I would focus on details, and do tests to learn the things I didn’t already know how to do (like apply crepe beards and moustaches, and do temporary hair coloring).

After my original assistant fell through at the last minute, I found an assistant on Craigslist who was much better at makeup than I was. We devised a system where I did the hairstyling and FX makeup, and she did most of the other makeup. It worked wonderfully, and I felt much more at ease having someone who has a lot more makeup experience under their belt do the majority of the looks. It also made it much easier to churn out finished actors because we could both be working on the same person at once: she on makeup, and me on hair. Or, we could work on different people, then have the actors switch chairs. It was an awesome partnership that worked really well.

This is the crepe beard I applied.

The infamous beard!

I learned a lot, not just about makeup, but preparing for something like this. I learned how to go through the script and be able to translate what the director was seeing into specific notes and looks for certain actors. I learned how to make a budget and what kind of things you need to think about buying when you have to do a lot of people’s hair and makeup in a sanitary way. I learned how to clean and pack “my kit” in a way that makes it easy to get what I need really fast, keep things clean and organized when I have to move from place to place quickly. I also learned how to estimate how long it would take for each person to go through my department, so that the Assistant Director could make sure they were there early enough for us to work our magic. πŸ˜‰

I had a few heart-stopping moments, like when the main actor who I was supposed to put a beard on (I scheduled 3 hrs for him) showed up 45 minutes late and the schedule had to be completely re-arranged so that I could get it done. It was nerve wracking, and the beard kept having issue after issue, and finally, I had to take him down to set with a beard I was very unhappy with and had worked for a really long time on. It turned out okay, because the heat and a couple of costume changes calmed down a lot of the issues with the beard and it looked good for the rest of the night, but I was just sick in my stomach for a while because I thought it looked so bad.

I had some wonderful moments too, where everything turned out so perfectly, in spite of my inexperience, and I had a little internal squeal of delight that I got to work on such a cool project. πŸ˜€

Associate Producer

A few months ago, the Director noticed that I was really good at organizing and keeping track of details, so she hired me to schedule the casting. This seemed like a fairly simple job, so I said, yes, and dived right in. Right away, I found out why they hire someone specifically to do this job. As soon as the casting announcement was posted, I was sending and receiving probably almost 100 emails a day, cataloging actors, scheduling them a time slot at the audition, answering questions, sending them little bits of script to prepare… It was a monumental job! Then came the audition dates, and I needed to make sure everyone signed in correctly, got us all of their information, and got their questions answered. It was fun!…. and I was tired.

Epic vintage car-ness. Photo credit: Micah Swet

Epic vintage car-ness. Photo credit: Micah Swet

This eventually fell under my “Associate Producer” title, because I went on to handle a lot of other details, like helping to find classic cars and trucks for the film (which Micah eventually took over, and did a SPECTACULAR job with), filtering through resources that the community was offering in terms of props and costumes, and finding and communicating with last minute extras. Basically, The Producer is the person who gets everyone what they need to do their job, and this can be as big as finding and hiring members of the crew, or as small as bringing extension cords. As the Associate Producer, I handled a lot of the details in making sure each department actually had what they needed when the 3 days of production started. And yes, I brought extension cords…. and a few power strips.

Locations Manager

Filming Miss Ostregard. Photo credit, Micah Swet

Filming Miss Ostregard. Photo credit, Micah Swet

A couple weeks before production started, the Director hired me for a second job: Locations Manager. Technically, this is a very producer-y kind of job, and on small films like this, The Producer usually handles it. My job was to contact all of the places, large and small, that we wanted to film at, about 13 in all, figure out who the owner was, make sure we could film there at the day/time we needed, and make sure they were comfortable with us being there. I was on the phone pretty much ALL day for a couple weeks, as locations we had planned on fell through, and we had to find new ones, and owners were not returning phone calls. I learned a TON about talking to people on the phone, and having a friendly business-like presence when talking to strangers.

Filming a scene in front of an old church, that is now a private residence.

Filming a scene in front of an old church that is now a private residence.

Another part of the Location Manager’s job is to make sure that each department gets their questions answered for each location. For instance, the camera and lighting crew needs to know if they can plug their equipment in, the sound crew needs to know if they can turn off any noisy things in the background (a big problem when filming in restaurants), the art department needs to know if they can take things off the walls and re-dress the room to fit our set needs… I needed to make sure we could use the bathroom at EACH LOCATION! It was my job to figure out where we could park in the downtown areas, where we could store our equipment, where we could eat, and where we could go to the bathroom (which is an issue when you are planning on filming in a field for more than half the day). The more I got into this job, the more I realized how big and important it was!

At the last minute, I also learned that it was my job to make sure that there were signs everywhere so that people didn’t get lost and that actors and extras knew were to go for wardrobe, hair and makeup. This was a big job in-and-of itself, and my brain was already overloaded with everything else, so Micah became my right hand man in this area. Together we made sure that people knew where to go, that the toilet paper never ran out, and that the buildings we used were clean and locked up before we left.

In Conclusion

Is it weird that I learned a ton about beard and moustache grooming? ;)

Is it weird that I learned a ton about beard and moustache grooming? πŸ˜‰

I used up a TON of note paper and was juggling more lists than I’ve ever written in my life- the upside being I learned how to organize massive amounts of information in new ways. I feel re-affirmed in my hair and makeup abilities, especially in the hair department where I had quite a few vintage looks that consistently turned out wonderfully. My feet hurt like crazy with the 12+ hr days, I got up crazy early and went to bed crazy late, and I practically lived out of my van for 3 days.Β I don’t think I’ve ever exuded more brain power in my life, but I had so much fun!

I think Producing is something that I am good at, something I have been naturally (and unknowingly) preparing to do for several years now, and something I’d love to try doing again. I had fun meeting and getting to know the filmmaking professionals who worked with us, and I hope I made a really good impression on them by working hard, being prepared to solve problems that no one else had thought of, and being ready for everything that got thrown at me with a ready smile and a good attitude. I have a secret (or not so secret now) hope that the contacts we made doing this film will turn into work on other fun projects in the Seattle area. πŸ˜‰

I’ve done way more with this film than I was originally planning to do, but I feel like this opportunity was something the Lord hand-crafted for this time in my life, as well as the rest of us Poling’s and Swet’s lives. I’m sure they’ll be writing more about their experience on the Enumclaw Film, and I’m VERY sure we’ll be excited to share the finished product with you when it comes out in early 2014.

Thanks for reading this monstrous-long post!

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles,

Rachel

P.S. If you haven’t already, take a sec and “like” the facebook page for this project. I’ve been sharing lots of cool pictures and there’ll be news about the premiere, etc.


Experimenting with Fake Beards – Crepe Hair

Hi everybody,

Before I get started, I just wanted to mention: Happy Memorial Day! To those who have served their country in the armed forces, to those who have died to protect the freedoms that we enjoy in the USA, you have my deepest gratitude and thanks.

Well, Monday snuck up on us again this week. We all had a late night last night going to see the new Star Trek Into Darkness (which was supercalifragilistiAWESOME!) and talking about it over pizza afterwards.Β Nothing super exciting has happened with Evasion this week, but I did do something fun that has to do with movie-making, so I figured now is a good time to share it!

One of the other films we are involved in this summer is a short film celebrating the 100th birthday of a little town nearby named Enumclaw (where the Swets live) funded by the city arts council. Several of us have official positions in the film (very exciting), mine being the Hair and Makeup Lead. Part of the plot of the movie involves going into the past, and a few of the characters need to have very full beards and some super moustaches. Meaning, I need to learn how to do fake hair, stat! This week, the director gave me some supplies, and Max volunteered to be my first victim *evil scheming face here*. I learned a lot, there are several things I didn’t do quite right, and I’ll be practicing some more before we shoot, especially in the moustache area.

I’m not going to give an in-depth tutorial this time. I think I will let the pictures speak for themselves. I’ll just give a little background about the supplies I was using:

1. Crepe hair: a wool, which is usually used for beard and moustache prosthetics. Comes in lots of different colors. Usually, two or more colors are used because it makes the beard look more realistic.

2. Spirit Gum: an adhesive. Kinda smelly. Very sticky. It is advisable to use a spirit gum remover solution, rather than just ripping the beard or moustache off.

3. Silver gray: a liquid for putting silver in the hair to make the model look older.

4. Random other: Fingers. Moist towellettes for constant cleaning of said fingers. Toothbrush or disposable mascara wand for applying the silver gray. Scissors for cutting and trimming the hair.

Let the pictures begin!

Presenting, Maxwell Swet, as we all know and love him, to grandpa and weird-hobo-guy-with-gun!

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How to apply a crepe beard

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Crepe beard with Maxwell Swet

Well, that’s it folks! As always, please leave your thoughts below; we LOVE to hear them and eagerly await the email saying we got a new comment. πŸ˜‰

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.


Makeup Test #3 – SCARS!!!

I recently got a certain something special in the mail from Amazon, and was very eager to test it out! We’ve been talking about one of our characters having a scar on their face, so I’ve been researching how to do realistic, but simple scars. Whilst doing said research, I came across this product called “Ridgid Collodion”. I watched a couple of tutorials on youtube about using it, and sure enough, it looked to be the product for me!

Here’s some reference pictures I looked at to give me something more than my imagination to go by.

And here is one of the tutorials I watched to learn about how to use it.

So, now it’s my turn! Forgive the quality of the upcoming pictures- I took them with my iPhone in my poorly lit bedroom. πŸ˜‰

Picture 1: Me, on a bad hair day, with clean skin.

Picture 2: I put on a base- a tiny bit of foundation mixed with moisturizer so that it was really translucent, a little bit of concealer under my eyes, around my nose, and on a couple red spots, a hint of a really light eyeshadow to make my eyelids look less puffy and a really light brown powder lining my eyelash line to give my eyes the slightest bit of definition. A dusting of a very light peach blush and a little bit of mascara completed the base. I was going for a non-made-up look – this is called “no-makeup makeup”- Β and I think I succeeded. πŸ™‚

The rest of the pics: I put a little bit of “dirt” around on my face, just like I did with Lizzy and Annie in previous posts, then I began the scarring process.

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When I first opened the little bottle of scarring liquid, my first thought was, “WHEW! This stuff smells like the dickens!” And it does! It’s very important not to get it near the eyes, and I was tearing up a little bit just being downwind from the smell when I was working on the scar above my eye.

I tried two different kinds of scars. One with a red base, and one with a white base. Guess which one is which. πŸ˜‰

For the one on my cheek, I used a red lip liner pencil to draw the line of the scar, then covered it with at least 15-20 coats of the ridgid collodion. Each layer made my skin tighten and depress more and more. It’s really hard to tell from these pictures, but I really had quite a divot in my skin!

For the white-based scar over and under my eye, I used a line of really light foundation, but I accidentally made it too wide to start with. Also, I wasn’t really ready to sacrifice my eyebrow at this point in time for the scar to go all the way through, like it would if it were a real healed wound, so the look of a continued scar over my eye socket just didn’t really pull itself off.

Needless to say, the red one turned out way better, and I will definitely go with a red base, should we use a big scar like this in our film.

I then coerced a couple of siblings to take some photos of me with our dSLR, which is one of the cameras we will be shooting with. I think the scar translated wonderfully!

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For those of you who have not met me in person… here is a little introduction into the many faces of me. ^^ πŸ˜‰ Only kidding! I’m only crazy… half of the time.

Things I learned:

OH MAN. Does this stuff smell. You get used to it after a while, but that first whiff is enough to bring tears to the eyes.

It takes quite a long time to do a large scar. I spent a good hour layering and waiting for it to dry. The bigger and deeper the scar, the longer it takes.

Since the ridgid collodian becomes about the consistency of a toenail when it’s dried, it’s a good idea to not put it in a part of the face that moves a lot (like your smile line, which is right where I put mine πŸ˜› ). Eventually, it’s going to separate from the skin around the edges, and the more movement of your face, the faster it will separate.

In another tutorial I watched, which was rather long-winded and lengthy, I learned that it’s not a good idea to create a scar, peel it off, and make the same scar again the day after. The reason for this being: when you peel the dried collodian off, it takes a bunch of dead skin cells with it, which is fine. BUT, if you apply it too soon after, when you peel it off again, you are ripping off skin cells that your face actually needs. Doing it too often can lead to some weird things like a dry patch, discoloration, or a more permanent slight scarring look than you intended. This is going to be interesting using it in a movie. I shall have to plan carefully.

Let me know if you have any comments or questions. I anxiously await the arrival of comment notifications, so don’t be shy.Β ;)Β Until next week!Β Ciao!

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.


Makeup Test #2

I’ve been doing more makeup tests whenever I have the time. I’m learning a lot more about techniques for different kinds of wounds that are a little closer to how they will actually be in our film.Β I did a test on my sister, Lizzy, soon after my test on Annie. We were also watching the Super Bowl at the same time, and I was going rather slow in between watching the game, and eating pizza, and in the process, we lost our rather small window of time in the afternoon where it’s light outside. (It gets really dark really early in Washington State during the winter.) The pictures from the photo shoot are a little grainy because of how dark it was, but you can still see a bit of what I did. πŸ™‚


The Base

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I did a very similar base as I did on Annie. I made a couple mistakes, the most notable of which is picking a powder that was too dark for lining her eyes with. It made her look a bit too “made up”, which is not what I was going for. Woopths.

I also wanted to put on any liquid latex I was planning on using before I put on her foundation. That way, I could make sure the latex was covered with exactly the same color as the rest of Lizzy’s face. I forgot about that, (woopths, again!) so I settled for putting on the latex bits before I set her foundation with transparent powder (notice how she’s just a tad shiny).


Wound Prep

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Picture 1: I took a tissue, took it apart so that it was 1 ply instead of 2, ripped off a bit of it and rolled it into a very tiny log. This is going to give some depth- make it look like Lizzy’s skin is separated up near her hairline.

Picture 2: Using liquid latex like glue, I draw a line where I want the cut to be and place the tissue roll I made on her forehead.

Picture 3: On the “downhill side” of the (now stuck) tissue, I put a few layers of latex doing my best to get it super thin at the bottom so that it will blend into her skin.

Pictures 4-5: I dotted liquid latex on her temples and on her cheekbone. I wanted it to seem like she hit her head on a rock, splitting her skin, and also like she fell down or was dragged over something rough like a rock or a tree, scratching and bruising Β the side of her face.

After I applied the latex, I powdered her face, setting the foundation, and put on a tiny bit of blush and conturing powder, just like I did with Annie.


Blood and Dirt

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For dirt, I burned the end of a wine cork (purchased for a few cents at the thrift store), and when it cooled, I spread a bunch of the charcoal on my fingers and smudged Lizzy’s face. I also used a little makeup sponge with some brown, dark green, and dark purple eye shadows to get more a more textured dirt and bruise look around the “wounded” areas.

I used a very small brush and the same makeup sponge to layer on blood gel and the darker eye shadows to give the cut depth and the scratched areas texture. I really liked the effect!

That bottom picture is me putting on the finishing touches just as a touchdown was scored, so we both were looking at the screen in the next room. πŸ˜‰


Photoshoot

We hurried out during halftime to go do a quick photoshoot outside. Like I said before, we kinda missed our daylight window, so the pictures ended up being a bit grainy and dark. We still got some epic shots though!

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There were some things I disliked about what I did with Lizzy’s look, but on the whole, I was really happy with it. I was especially pleased with how well the wound on her cheek turned out, and how well I was able to get the latex for the cut on her forehead to blend in. Her hair covered it up a lot, but it still looked really cool. The one on her chin wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t bad! If anything it really made it look like her whole face must be in pain. *hiss of pain* Yowch!

I was kind of thinking I should time how long it takes me so I can start practicing on working faster, but the Superbowl went and ruined that plan. πŸ˜‰ I’ll have to make a point of doing that one of these days.

More to come!

And that’s how the cookie crumbles. πŸ™‚


Film Makeup Test, Part 2 – The Blood and Dirt

Continuing on from my last post, I’m now in a position to apply the fun stuff: Blood and dirt! πŸ˜€

This is how Annie looked at the end of the last post:

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Parents, please be advised that in this post, detailing how I made the wound, may not be appropriate for small children who do not do well with a little blood. Previewing may be in order. πŸ™‚


Blood and Dirt

IMG_2095Now that I have the base ready, it’s time to mess it up. πŸ˜‰

Liquid Latex

I took a tissue and separated it into one thin sheet, taking it from a two ply tissue to one really thin ply.

I ripped off a little bit and rolled it into a little log.

Taking a small paintbrush I didn’t care about, I drew a line of liquid latex onto Annie’s forehead.

using liquid latex for wounds

Before the latex dried, I put the little rolls of tissue on top of it, sticking them to Annie’s head.

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I layered a few more coats of latex over the paper rolls, doing my best to blend it into her skin.

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We used a hairdryer to help the latex dry faster. (Impatient us) It’s already starting to look cool and yucky.

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When it was dry, I tried to blend it in a bit more by using a sponge to dab some foundation on the latexed area. I realized too late that I should have worked with the latex before I put on her foundation. It was much harder to match the exact shade, plus it did some other goobering I was disappointed about. Nevertheless, I went on and did my best to cover up the little mistakes.

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I decided to move on to the dirt next. Taking a wine cork that I had burnt the end of with a lighter, I rubbed the charred end on my fingers and rubbed my fingers on her face putting some streaks on her cheeks and on the sides of her nose. I tried to put more “dirt” in the places on the face where it would naturally accumulate more, like the sides of the nose, by the ears, and on the temples.

I also took a makeup sponge and chopped up the end with scizzors. I then used it to dab eyeshadow in the colors purple, brown, and green in the wound area as well as a few of the other “dirty” places.

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Taking that same chopped up sponge, I dipped it in a little blood gel and sponged all around the wound area. This helped cover up the end of the latex-covered area quite a bit!

Taking the smallest brush I have, I traced over the top of the raised bump with several layers of blood gel. At this point it still didn’t look right, so I tried Β adding some little spillover veins on the sides. This immediately helped a lot, but I got them a little too widespread and spidery. Max said it looked too “zombie-like”. πŸ˜‰

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I added some scratches on Annie’s cheek by lightly tracing the lines with a red lipliner pencil, then going over it with some brown eyeshadow mixed with the blood gel. I tried to make parts of the scratches thicker and darker than other parts, because I know that scratches like that are not usually even lines. However, I think I got them a little too thick. It still looked pretty good.

I finished everything off with a few more pats of “dirt” with the different dark colors of eyeshadow.

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Silly Annie kept giving us her “dead look”. With all her wounds, it was very creepy. πŸ˜›

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Time for a photoshoot!

Time for a photoshoot! Annie was a very good model. I was scared she was going to attack me with the stunt knife. πŸ˜‰

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In conclusion,

I was very happy with how this first test turned out!

Here are some things I didn’t really like:

1. I mixed the foundation a little too light. In my next test I will not be afraid to go a bit darker.

2. The blood gel is a little too bright red for my taste. I would like to figure out a way to make it a bit darker so that it doesn’t look so fresh and fake.

3. The scratches on Annie’s cheek didn’t look very 3D; they mostly looked like red lines. I need to try some different techniques.

4. I didn’t plan beforehand what kind of wound I wanted to make, and so this wound isn’t really one that could happen in real life (that I know of). It seems to be some sort of a cross between a cut, a scar, and a burn. Next time, plan beforehand.

5. The paper was a bit too thick. Next time I’ll make the paper smaller, if I use it at all.

Another test will be coming soon!

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below! If you have any questions about the products I used, I’d be more than happy to answer them!

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

~Rachel


Film Makeup Test, Part 1 – The Base

Welcome to my first blogpost here on Behind Our Scenes!

I’ve been interested in makeup for a long time, and recently I’ve been taking steps to advance myself in skill, hopefully getting to the place where I can create some fairly good looks for photography and film. I’ve been doing lots of research and buying lots of new tools and more expensive makeup. This movie project with my siblings and friends is providing me with a really cool opportunity to explore the world of film and fx makeup, specifically small wounds and dirt. I’m looking forward to it!

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The finished look.

Being as excited as I am about this project, I couldn’t resist doing some tests. I’m still learning a lot and the best way to learn makeup is to practice, practice, and practice some more. I finally have enough supplies to start practicing some of the things I’m going to be doing (or potentially doing) in this film. My lovely sister, Annie, agreed to be my very patient model. She did a wonderful job (hugs sis!). Annie is going to have a part in this film, but her look will probably be very different from the one on the right. This is just a test of various materials, and a learning experience for me.

Without further ado, I present a picture-full documentation of my first foray into facial cuts and dirt.

Parents, please be advised that part 2, detailing how I made the wound, may not be appropriate for small children who do not do well with a little blood. Previewing may be in order. πŸ™‚


Setup

A small metal pallet to mix colors. It is easy to sanitize.

A small metal pallet to mix colors. It is easy to sanitize.

I brought up all of my supplies from my dimly-lit room up to the dining room where there is a big sliding glass door that lets in a lot of light. I wanted to make sure I was applying the makeup in the same light that I would be photographing portraits in later.

As part of my new learning process, I’m learning about sanitary makeup practices. When doing makeup for several different people, it’s different than just doing it for yourself. Being sanitary creates a few more steps in the process of putting on normal makeup.

The basic rules are:

1. Sterilize everything after usage

2. No double dipping

There are various new habits I’m learning to abide by these rules, i.e. setting aside used brushes and using a pallet to mix colors and pour liquids onto so I don’t have to dip a brush in a bottle or in a color more than once.


The Base: Clean Face

Here is my lovely model Annie, before any makeup is applied. I had her wipe her face with a cleansing wipe to get rid of any excess oils or leftover makeup.

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Eyes

The first thing I did was work on her eyes. I like to do the eyes first so that if I make any mistakes, or powder gets where I don’t want it, I can easily clean it up without ruining anything else.

I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion first, then used several colors of matte (not shiny, sparkly, or pearlized) brown in her eye crease to give her eyes more depth. I also dusted her eye lid and browbone with some matte white powder to give them some highlight. Using a dark brown, I lined her eyelash line to make her eye more defined.

At this stage it looks too dramatic; Β it looks like I got the colors and the shapes too dark and stylized. While they are a little more dark than I was thinking they would be, once the rest of the makeup was applied, it looked right.

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Foundation

Using my new Graftobian foundation pallets (which I am LOVING, btw), I start mixing foundation to try and match Annie’s skin tone perfectly. I like to sort of “water down” the foundation with moisturizer. It helps with the “caked” look and makes it more sheer.

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I mixed three colors of foundation.

1. An average color matching her skin.

2. One just lighter to give highlights

3. One just darker to put shadows where I wanted them.

The best place to test colors is on the jaw line because I can then make sure that the foundation blends into the neck without creating weird lines. *yikes*

In the picture below you can see the three colors I mixed.

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The matching color went on first, starting in the middle of the face and going out, being careful to blend into the neck and ears. NO LINES!

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Then the darker color went on the areas of the face I wanted to appear more shadowed: the temples, under the cheekbone, down the sides of her nose, and a little on the jawline. This will help her face to appear slimmer, more chiseled, or give it more definition in the camera, whichever way you want to put it. πŸ˜‰

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The lighter color went on the areas I want to stand out a little more. They are mostly the opposites of where I put the shadows: on the top of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and up into the middle of her forehead. I also used the light color to go over the dark circles under her eyes one more time and over any red spots that the first color didn’t cover all the way.

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After blending the colors into each other nicely so it looked natural, with no streaks or lines, I finished off the foundation by taking a big fluffy brush and dusting Annie’s face with finishing powder, or my poor-woman’s version of finishing powder, baby powder (wonderful stuff!).

This step is important because it makes the makeup stay where I put it, and it also takes away the shiny-ness. Cameras make anything shiny extra, extra shiny, so making the model or actor’s face matte is very important (unless you want them to look shiny for the purpose of the scene, i.e. because they are wet).

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Finishing Touches

I took a powder foundation that is just darker than her skin tone, and went over the same places I put the darker cream foundation. I just felt it needed a little something extra. πŸ˜‰

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I put a light dusting of blush on the apples of her cheeks and groomed her eyebrows a little bit with the eyebrow brush. This helps to get any loose powder or foundation out of the brows, and in a subtle way, helps make the face look more natural.

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The last step for the base was mascara (with a disposable wand, or spoolie, as they are more commonly known). Annie’s eyelashes love to point straight down, which does not bode well for her cheeks staying mascara-free, so I curled them with an eyelash curler first.

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Ter-der!

The finished product with a tiny bit of lipstick (that was the wrong color so we took it off later).

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So far so good, with a few mistakes that I’m nitpicky about but probably nobody else will notice. This is only the second time I’ve mixed foundation, so I’m still learning how to do it. I got it a little lighter than I was hoping for, but it turned out to be a good thing in the end because it helped Annie look cold, hungry, and scared for the final look.

The interesting part with the blooooooood comes in part two, which will be written as soon as I can find some spare brain space. Stay tuned!

Please tell me your thoughts, or ask any questions you have in the comments below. If you would like to know more specifics about the products used, I’d be more than happy to answer your questions.

And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

~ Rachel