My lesson for the talented students at Swindon college.
I had a great day teaching at Swindon college. The day was focused on fashion make-up. Starting by discussing my background in Fine art and a powerpoint presentation of my portfolio going through what I did to create each look.
I gave a demo then held a workshop so they could do make-up on each other.
For their main makeup workshop I wanted them to get an idea of what you do as the key make-up artist on a catwalk show; for this the key make-up artist works with the designer and key hair stylist to take inspiration from the collection. I acted as the fashion designer explaining my inspiration, which was the painter Paul Gauguin.
You don't have to be too literal when it comes to transcribing the painting you can pick out colours and textures of paint or just what you know about the background of the painter and the environment that he was working in. When working with a designer you have to be very in-tune with the look they envision, they sometimes don't want the makeup to distract from their collection. Also modern catwalk makeup tend to focus on one element for the face, whether it be the eye or maybe just the lip. I wanted them to think about using products creatively and in an unexpected way eg a lipstick on the eye. Skin is very important, the trend at the moment is not heavy or overdone but still with coverage in all the right places.
To help them design their look I provided face charts courtesy of ProCharts - www.prochart.co.uk.
These are amazing to use as you can apply the make-up straight onto them; as a makeup artist they are useful as you can plan looks before shoots, or for appointments to show what you used on your clients. I like to use a creamy product around the eyes to help the makeup adhere to the paper and for a strong color pay off, for this I use MAC fast response eye cream. A tip for blending the edges of the shadow is to use a matt white eyeshadow as it is the same colour of the prochart and make it appear seamless. For the lashes I usually use a calligraphy pen, which I have been informed that procharts will start selling soon. It's a good idea if you are working on deeper skin tone to mimic this on the prochart by using a warmer powder and adding in the contours of the face.
At the end of their workshop I chose a few of the looks that stood out to me and gave them some make-up goodies as a prize.
A big thank you to Ellie the course director for getting me involved! x