Oh man, oh man. This is too much fun!
Not only is it fun to walk out of the bathroom and scare the life out of my mother, but special effects makeup in general is so much fun. Maybe it’s due to my fascination and love for makeup, but there’s nothing more fun then listening to good music and turning yourself into a work of art. Even if that art is worthy of a horror film.
This week I did not have the opportunity to meet my mentor in person, but we were able to FaceTime this week and talk game plan. Since getting my hands on all the right products has been quite the challenge, this week we chose to work on the basis of most gory looks: skin tones and bruising. Bruises and complexion looks can be created simply with eyeshadow, lipstick, and whatever you may have on hand. Easy peasy. Ashley explained to me that wounds and blood catch the eye, but bruising and skin tones make it look real. She’s got a point! A dead person wouldn’t look quite dead without the right complexion, and a wound wouldn’t look quite right without irritated skin. Learning how to make realistic bruises creates a good base for forming scarring and wounds in the future. The photo’s attached are from the best look I created while practicing some bruising with nothing but eyeshadow and lipstick!
Now, an update on the modelling situation: I got WAIT-LISTED. But it’s not the end of the world. The February interview schedule was fully booked before I could bat an eye, but March is here and I couldn’t be happier. Numa also emailed me AGAIN telling me they wanted to make sure I got a spot in for March and that they would make sure this time works out. As much as having to anxiously wait SUCKS… I am so thrilled that that emailed me again and are still giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait!
Back to the mentoring side of things. This week was more hands on learning, therefore most of my questions to Ashley were product and technique based. We also were able to connect and share stories with each other. One story in particular which really stuck with me was about how Ashley used to create art using makeup on canvas. She said that this wasn’t just because she loved makeup, but because she said that she didn’t need paint to create art on a canvas. Just like I don’t need certain products to be able to create realistic effects. Not only were her stories relatable and interesting, but they were also encouraging and comforting.
For the next week, I am definitely going to work more on my bruising and skin tones, as well as continue shopping for products like latex and fake blood (one which doesn’t stain my skin!) This week I also am hoping that I can meet up with my mentor, and work on some effects with her at my side. I also need to address the criminal record check with her once again. As much as I hate having to bring it up with her all the time and feel like a pest, I don’t want to repeat last year where I never got it in!
That’s all for now blog, I’ll keep you posted (literaly!)