Monthly Archives: January 2013

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2013: The year I inevitably become a makeup artist (and have so much fun)

It’s funny how life kinda throws things at you that then propel you into something you kinda wanted to take up, but didn’t have a huge need to. Without spoiling anything – I need to learn how to do a lot more makeup, a lot more things with it, and I need to learn it relatively quickly (okay, not really, but it’s more fun).
During my early teen years, I avoided makeup like the plague because I saw it very much as a mask. I didn’t start wearing it until I was 17 because at that point, psychologically, I felt the need to wear a mask, and I took comfort in it. Although my skill was limited to knowing where things go, and applying blush in a circular motion along the cheek bone whilst smiling, it was enough to use for “every day” wear (in reality, I rarely wear makeup due to my oily skin and feeling lazy). I have a basic knowledge of makeup and application, though doing anything too creative and I wind up with what happened a few posts down.
Fortunately, for filming, I didn’t need to do anything extensive – within the world of hendstrom makeup just needed to accentuate the natural features and not do anything fancy, which is well within my comfort and ability level.
With this episode, I want to be a little more ambitious with one of the new characters we’re introducing, and it’s important that this character looks a certain way.
Last year, I started putting together a rough makeup artist kit, because it’s handy to have better and not 5-year-old cosmetics for filming. I think at this point, I’ve probably spent around $120 on makeup and supplies. E.L.F. is my favorite ever. I discovered that Target carries them, and I’ve been stocking up there because I don’t feel bad about spending money on makeup when it’s good quality and inexpensive.

$22  (2 kinds osfmascara, 1 eye liner, primer, foundation, matte powder, makeup remover)
$22 (2 kinds of mascara, 1 eye liner, primer, foundation, matte powder, makeup remover)

I’m building my kit as I go, buying things I think I’ll need for my specific project – I bought a box, and prior to that I inventoried all of the makeup that I own.
ALL the makeup
ALL the makeup

The majority of the makeup I own is eye focused. I have a full set of brushes (I think) very old lipstick (except for the three in the pen shaped tubes), and all the non-elf foundation is at least 4 years old. It all works still, except for the two really old mascara tubes in the foreground; those are clumpy.
I bought a case, because they had the pretty lace caboodle one at Walmart and sorted everything into it.
Makeup Case
Makeup Case

Today, the book I ordered “A complete guide to Special Effects Makeup” came in along with tattoo pens.

Which brings me to my final point(s). Upon reading and flipping through the book this afternoon I learned something that forever changed my researching. A phrase, a makeup that is commonly used is called greasepaint. And that, my dear friends, was the key to finding all the blogs and tutorials I was looking for this whole time. Upon further reading, I’ve concluded that I don’t need it in my makeup artist kit just yet, so instead I went to eyeslipsface.com and $27 later, I have (hopefully) all the tools I need to complete the new character’s look, plus some red lipstick (to replace the old, going one) and a plum liquid eyeliner just for me because it was like $3 and I couldn’t resist, it just called.

I have decided, that with the discovery of blogs and tutorials, and new makeup coming in, I’m going to attempt to learn how to apply it creatively, try different things, and hopefully get good enough at it so that the new character doesn’t suck. Whether or not I post the pictures on here every day, I don’t know – depends on how much I botch it up in the process, but it’ll probably at least be on instagram.

In which I buy lots more makeup

We’ve been working on preproduction for Hendstrom a lot lately – I’ve drawn out some costume alterations, put together a list of costume thingies I need – and, as you can see in the last post, started trying crazy stuff with eyeliner. I’ve decided to invest in tattoo pens instead, because 10 minutes in the sink isn’t as fun as it sounds. Tonight, we braved the cold and quelled our stir craziness and stopped by Target so I could pick up some more makeup to experiment with.
I ended up with 2 kinds of mascara (well 4, but 2 tubes), eyeliner pen, face primer, foundation that is (hopefully) lighter than my skin tone, and makeup remover cloths – all for $22 because E.L.F. is the best ever and I don’t feel bad buying loads of makeup – because it’s good makeup and way less expensive; perfect for low/no-budget filming and preproduction!
Our notebooks are filling up with pictures and plot lines and rough set designs. Earlier this month, we started a vlog tumblr (vlogblr?) of our preproduction process and what we’ve been working on – we’ll be releasing another one later this week, so if you’re keen, follow hendstrom.tumblr.com because documenting is fun!
Work is ending soon which will give me time to expel some of this creative energy into doing ALL THE SEWING. I’m looking forward to it, honestly. And playing with face makeup. I have a book I’d like to order along with the tattoo pens that should hopefully help with the makeup-artistry.
Interesting thing about being a very very indie filmmaker, is that you have to balance everything that goes into a film yourselves. You have to build the world, write the world, fill the world, film the world, light the world, and dress the world all by yourself with whatever resources you have or can hack together. It makes you realize why exactly there are so many departments on movies: art teams, painting teams, makeup, costume, lighting, DP’s, AD’s, sound, noms, everything. Because it’s hard enough balancing all that for a handful of people, let alone hundreds.
Thing is though, this is an all encompassing art form, and I love it; that’s why I vlog, and draw, and pour everything into preproduction, and act, and watch Alex edit it all together.

I may have to start doing a series of blog posts on preproduction makeup, as I attempt to learn how to do it.
Unfortunately, I spent most of my teen years avidly avoiding makeup like the plague, so my ability in doing anything creative with it is…wanting. But I can pretend it’s all paint, right?

General Update and Rambles. Lots of Rambles.

I’ve been planning for SDCC, and setting aside monies to fund it, and Pax East. My brain space feels like it’s been constantly running, and all week I’ve felt on the verge of crashing. Surprisingly, I’ve been more creative this week (unsure if it’s because, or in spite of) than I have in months.
Over the weekend I put together a dream catcher to balance out this space above the dresser (that I moved for reasons).

Dream Catcher

Alex and I have been brainstorming like mad and working on re-writes to Hendstrom and a completely new direction, which has been both good and hard. I’m happy with where we’re taking the new episode, and can’t wait to actually get started on it.

I’ve also been playing Dragon Age 2, which has occasionally lead to hearing Varric’s voice in my head while trying to work. We’re wrapping up at the warehouse; the last odds and ends always seem to take the longest.

My brain is exhausted – so many things, all the feels. Sometimes I just want to curl up and not go anywhere, or think. I’ve had a few moments where I feel like I’m on the verge of tipping the scale and passing the barrier anti depressants have been constructing. But I haven’t yet, and those moments are fleeting – which I think means that 1) they’re working, and 2) I’m learning better thought patterns and ways of dealing with the feels.

My intention was for this to be more eloquent, but apparently I used all of it up on Tuesday.