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Category: Preproduction

Week in Review

I’ve never felt the need to wear makeup, and only applied it rarely – usually focusing on eyes, because no one kisses my eyelids. I think some of it was because I was given the ability to wear makeup when I was 13 and just never had the desire. It was one of those things where it was available, I felt, to cover up the imperfections on my face and serve as a mask to hide the things that I should be ashamed of (or at least feel the need to hide). I subscribed to the reasoning that if people didn’t like me because I didn’t wear makeup or cover my acne, then I didn’t really want to be friends with them anyway. So I didn’t put any effort into either skin care or makeup. When I did start to wear makeup, at 17, it was because I felt the need for a mask – psychologically, makeup presented that option. So for much of my life I’ve equated the frequent wearing of makeup to wearing a mask. In a way, with filming that’s still true – but I never saw the creativity in it, just a barrier to hide imperfections or flaws behind.

The last week has shaken that theory. Instead of building a psychological wall, the face is just another kind of canvas – and makeup just another kind of medium. Over the week I’ve done lots of crazy shit with my face. I did this kind of heavy winged look with eyeshadow (which is sort of becoming my paint of choice, as I had no idea how versatile it could be with just adding a little bit of water to the brush), made designs and played with various kinds of eyeliner. I have black and sparkle pen, pencil and liquid eyeliner, and a purple cream eyeliner. I learned Tuesday, that my lines are straighter when I use cream eyeliner as opposed to the other kinds. I think it’s because it’s harder to move, so I can take my time on it and it won’t squiggle as much – I could however, do with the brush being less pokey.

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I’m going to be practicing character makeup this week – so due to spoilers and/or disaster and total failure, I won’t be posting the pictures of them. At least not for a while, so I can actually get it all down. I’ll probably write about things I’ve learned with the application though, so there’ll still be some stuff. ^.^ Today I cleaned out the studio from the holidays so we can move in there again.

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Makeup day 6: purple

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Today’s makeup is purple because I wanted to play with my plum eyeliner. Cream eyeliner is hard to get used to at first – mostly just the brush, but I’m actually better at putting that on than all the other kinds I’ve tried/have – so that’s good news.¬†When I was done with everything I powdered my face with elf’s high definition powder, and I think it’s going to be a staple for Hendstrom because it really does smooth everything out.

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Makeup: Day 4/5

I didn’t do anything on Friday due to my face starting to break out and rebel – today I’m waiting for my elf makeup to arrive and my wanna-be migraine to go away before I do anything that requires a large amount of concentration. The plan however, is to play with a lot of purple either today or tomorrow. I rediscovered that I have wash-out-with-shampoo purple hair dye that I’ll probably work in as well.

My package is in town, somewhere, just not delivered ūüėõ

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Day 3: Subtlety

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I meant to take the picture earlier (before the gloss wore off) and in front of the greenscreen, but I ate lunch and then the camera died. Browns and blacks – it matches my “I logged out for this?!” shirt that came in from jinx today. ^.^

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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.

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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.

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Caution: First Attempt at Character Makeup

character makeupFirst attempt at some kind of fantasy character makeup – using eyeliner and eyeshadow for everything, except some red lipstick. I know it sucks, but you have to start somewhere.

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