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Good Morning Starshine… “Hair” Mini Project…

Saturday 5th March 2016

Over the weekend I volunteered to design the makeup for St Christopher’s school mini production of the musical “Hair”. The show is set in the 1960’s and revolves around the “hippie” movement involved in protesting the Vietnam war and nuclear disarmament. The musical itself opened on Broadway in 1968 to rave reviews, being at the forefront of controversial musicals as the show includes, drug use, nudity and sexual scenes. What brings the musical to life is the bright colours and patterns we regularly associate with “hippie” culture. I tried to recreate this in my design, opting got paint wings below the eye that extended to the end of the eyebrow to signify the hippies alleged “free spirit” from the sociatal pressures of the time.

I initially planned to use corresponding colours like purple and pink, but thought it would be quite interesting to mix them up to suit each actors outfit, for example using blue and yellow with a white dress with blue trim.

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Amelia (pictured above) played Sheila in Hair, a loving leader figure of the hippie tribe, determined to better things for women everywhere. I wanted the colour to reflect her personality (as well as her costume) using cool tones such as yellow and a teal blue, thoroughly blended together to create a bright and serene sense of calm about her. These colours contrasted wonderfully with the blossom pink blush, creating a soft rainbow of colour on her face. She too had the painted wings under the eyes, but the strokes curved into spirals to compliment her kinder and softer personality. The pink blush was applied to the apples of the cheeks in a circular motion and with a heavy hand to echo the beauty trends of the 60’s. Lips were kept bare as that was another feature of makeup design in the 60’s as well as the lack of sculpting on the cheeks.

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Although not a named character Bella (pictured above) sung the famous song “Aquarius” at the beginning of the piece. The song encompasses the feeling of light and hope, at the forefront of the Hippie rebellion, and so I wanted to reflect the rebellious nature of the song in her makeup. I found that using face paint (in this case pink) as an eye base was super effective as I was working with cheap eyeshadows that would cling to her eyelids. This also made the eyeshadows easier to blend, which was advantages as I was working with four different shades of purple and pink. Even though sculpting the face wasn’t prominent in the 60’s and in the original shows makeup design (due to the “natural” theme in the show) I took the pink eyeshadow into the bridge of the nose to make her face a look a bit thinner and more angular. I added white dots in a swirly pattern over the face again to suggest the drug trips that these characters frequent throughout the show.

Overall I was very pleased with the colours and the the way all the eye makeup turned out. I struggled with the lines under the eyes as I was working with a thin eyeliner brush that proved too thin to create one smooth line under the eyes, which was my aim. However, I made the line as thick and as pigmented as I could, going over it repeatedly to achieve a “thicker” effect. Next time I try working with fuller lines I hope to acquire a thicker brush and a less watery face paint, as both proved difficult to master.

Thanks for reading,

Lucy:)

 

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Help me Obi-Wan… Princess Leia First Attempt

Saturday  27th Feb

Today I looked into Makeup in film from the 1970’s, particularly in film. With Star Wars being the at the forefront of Hollywood in 1977 I wanted to explore the designs of Special Effects Makeup Veteran Rick Baker and try and recreate them.

This is the reference photo I used:

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This is my first attempt at Princess Leia’s iconic look:

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I tried to bring out the pink tones I could see while watching the film, that didn’t appear strong in the reference photo. I noticed that I didn’t make my blush strong enough, that is used in Princess Leia’s look to accentuate her youth and innocence. I plan to try this look again later before my final piece to get the colour tones and levels of eyeliner more prominent.

I used:

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Soap and Glory Mascara

MAC Lipstick

Urban Decay Black Eyeshadow

Benefit Hula Bronzer

Sleek Brow Duo

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Everybody wants to be a CAT… First attempt…

Wednesday 17th Feb

. Today I experimented with makeup from CATS The Musical on my younger sister, implementing similar designs to that of the original cast, to get a feel of the makeup techniques and products I used. After reading several interviews where the cast of CATS talked about applying their makeup, confessing that it takes only 20 minutes per show to become a cat. In a particular interview with a performer who was playing Grizabella, who noted that “the most important thing in this cat makeup is/the muzzle part.” Reading this I decided to make the muzzle part of the makeup more prominent by outlining it with strokes of brown, black and white face paint. 

I used:

Paradise Face and Body Paint Palette, Black, Brown

Elf Blush Palette

L’Oreal Superliner

Makeup sponges and a round tipped paintbrush

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*I learned that the sponges do not create an even layer of face paint, as it is water activated the more you apply, the  more it rubs off. The next time I try using this face paint I will use a brush and see if the coverage is more opaque and even. I also realized that the look needed a lot of white paint to highlight certain points of the face such as under the eyes, the cheekbones and above the brow bone.

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First Look at my Extended Project…

“The Effect of Makeup on Stage and Screen.”

Thursday 11th Feb

. I have chosen to explore the topic of Makeup design and its effect on the creative industries, which i wish to explore trough many iconic looks over the last 50 years of works on both stage and screen. Today I wrote up a “First Look” document, defining my research plan and method, the question I am proposing to answer and my interest in this topic. I have included a time plan on a separate document, which starts w/c Feb 15th, with the secondary research phase. I also outline what I want to achieve and what shall be included in my final artefact. I found it difficult to form a research method and strategy as I don’t personally know any stage makeup artists who I can get the answers I need from. However, in order to combat this problem, I have written to current Makeup artists working in shows on the West End such as The Lion King, Wicked, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, whom I hope will reply with the answers I need.

Extended Project – First Look