Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Red lips and more Holiday makeup tips.

Lindsey Holder, The Savvy Assistant, interviewed me for her blog and I wanted to share it with you here. Since I couldn't figure out how to just cut and paste it or "share" it, I decided to just re-write it. Pain in the tuckus but there's some good tips for the holidays, so it's worth it.
LH: Red lips are always perfect for a Holiday Party. What tips do you have in creating that perfect pout and do you prefer certain shade of red over others?
KG: I love a good red lip! It can look exciting, festive and sexy. The biggest issue with red lips though is that the red can bleed or fade very quickly. I do have some good tips to make the red last longer on your lips. You are going to "layer" with different products. Think of it as painting a wall! When you paint a room you start with a primer, then at least 2 coats of paint right?!  So, in our case, apply your foundation on top of your lips as a primer. (layer 1) Powder lightly with a no color powder. 

Then apply a lip pencil in a similar shade to your red lip color. After creating the shape you want, go ahead and lightly fill in the rest of your lips with the pencil. (layer 2). Now with a lip brush apply your red lip color. (layer 3). 
Next, with a powder puff or sponge pat a no color powder over your lips. Pat only or you will smear the color. (layer 4) OK, now it looks and feels way too dry. So add a very light coat of your red lip color to make it look dewy again, but not too much or you're back to square one! (layer 5)
There are so many shades of red that I really can't pick my favorite. Just make sure it coordinates with your outfit and looks good with your skin tone. Try different shades and see what you like.
LH: What trends are you noticing now? Cat eyes, neutral shades, bold eyes or something else?
KG: What I love about makeup right now is that anything goes. I think if you are going to do a red lip then let it be the star and keep your eyes simple. You can use glitter for a kick but keep it in soft tones. You can add a cat eye with liquid black liner too for a bolder eye and it will work well with a red lip if the lid is neutral and soft.
LH: Most Holiday parties start after a long days work. Not everyone has the time to go home and freshen up. What ways can one freshen up from day to night?
KG: Going from a day to night makeup is all about intensifying your makeup. For example, add liner and fake eyelashes to your eyes, a bright fun lip color or a touch of glimmer to your cheeks or eyes. 
If you are tired, add a touch of white powder eye shadow to the lid of your eyes or a white eyeliner pencil to the water line of your eye. It will brighten you up and make you look awake. 
Be sure and check out more great tips from The Savvy Assistant! 
Happy Holidays, 
xo, Kim

Friday, December 2, 2011

Art imitating Art. Tattoo transfers that look like real Ink.

I was working on a film called Albino Alligator around 1995. Matt Dillon wanted his character to have a tattoo. He couldn't decide what he wanted so I took him to a tattoo parlor on Sunset Blvd. I asked him to look at all the walls covered in tattoo designs and choose one from his characters point of view. It was actually alot of fun and helped him decide.
The only transfer techniques we had available to us back then were a bit of a process. Some tattoo parlors would make you sheets of tattoo designs on carbon paper or you would draw your design directly on the actor's skin. Either way was extremely time consuming if he/she worked everyday for months or even years in the case of television.
You can still get carbon tattoos or make them yourself if you want. It's a good technique to know and I still use it on occasion. It's also a good idea for "trying out" a tattoo design that you may want to get on yourself permanently.
To make your own, place a sheet of carbon paper (carbon side facing down) on top of a piece of tracing paper. Draw your design on a sheet of white paper and place on top of the carbon paper. Trace over your design firmly and it will transfer through the carbon paper to the tracing paper.
Cut around the design and after rubbing a glycerine based deoderant on the skin (I always use Mennen Speed Stick), place the design face down and press firmly.
Go ahead and use some 70 proof alcohol and lightly erase the purple toned carbon ink away. It will leave a light tracing on the skin. Be careful not to erase it too much. Then using a tattoo pen or alcohol based makeup, paint over the purple with whatever color you want it to be. To make it look aged, use an orange toned powder (like Ben Nye's Coco Tan Powder) lightly over top.

Carbon paper tattoo example, KD 151 tattoo pen, Skin Illustrator Classics tattoo color pots, Reel Color tattoo palette
The funny thing is that after the camera test, Matt realized that the process of applying a tattoo this way everyday was going to take way too long and he decided that his character had gotten a tattoo but it would never be visible. 
Which brings us to modern times and Tinsley Transfers.
Christian Tinsley developed a technique that really did revolutionize the way film and tv artists apply tattoos. 
I love working with the people at Tinsley Transfers. It's great that I can either design a tattoo myself, pull reference from the internet or use their stock tattoo designs. Be sure to get permission to use a tattoo design you find on the internet. They can make the tattoo look any age or color. Sky's the limit really. The process to apply it is so simple and fast it always feels like cheating! But in the film world its all about time and money, so it's the way to go. I'll explain how to apply at the end of the blog.
Example of a pre-made "Stock" Tinsley Transfer that you can buy individually. 
First, I'll give you a few examples of some Tinsley Transfers I've used over the years. I'm really proud of this first one and it has special meaning for me because my dad and I designed it together.In the film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle the script called for a facial tattoo on a Mongolian man in a bar. That's all it said. After researching Mongolian culture, my Key, Tammy Ashmore and I found some great reference to Mongolian dragon lore. I had an idea in my mind that the Mongolian would be bald and this dragon would be perched on his head, wrapping around to the front of his face. The man would be smoking and a puff of smoke would look like it was coming out of the dragon's mouth. I made some preliminary drawings and then asked my dad, Richard Greene, who is an amazing artist, to take a stab at it. It was really a treat to get to collaborate with him! Next I sent the actor to get a full face cast over at Tinsley's and have the design turned into a transfer. I absolutly loved how it worked out.
Dragon tattoo design and after application
Next is a simple tattoo on Minka Kelly. The story called for a key from a gang she belonged to as a young girl. The initials of the gang started with 3 C's. I designed the key so the handle would look like 3 interconnected "C's" in an old world style. I emailed the design to Tamlyn at Tinsley Transfers and I asked her to age it 7- 10 years by fading the color and blurring the edges a bit. I think it worked out really well. 
Minka Kelly Key tattoo
Most people realize that when a scene calls for an actor to jump off a building or do a back flip while karate chopping the opponent that it is usually a stunt man doing the action.  What I don't think people realize is that if the actor has either his own real tattoos, or transfers, that his or her double has to have them too. 
This was true for the leading man Justin Theroux and half the Henchmen on "Full Throttle". Justin and I came up with 10 or so tats for his arms, chest and back that related to his character. He only had one real tat at that time. I love collaborating actors, helping them create a character. It's one of my favorite parts of my job.
Anyway, his stunt double had to have matching tats applied everyday in case he was needed. Most of the actors playing Henchmen had their own real tats and we had to photograph each of them and have transfers made for their stunt doubles. 
Justin Theroux and his stunt double with matching tattoo transfers preparing for a scene with Drew Barrymore
There are other folks that make tattoo transfers now and they all apply basically the same way. 
With a pair of small scissors you cut the transfer out from the sheet, peel off the plastic cover and place face down on the skin. Then you simply add water on a puff or paper towel for 30 seconds and the image will slide off and adhere to the skin. Powder with no color powder and seal with a sealing spray. It takes about 3 minutes per transfer unless it's really large, like the dragon tattoo, which by the way was one large piece. Still, it only took about 20 minutes to apply and came out looking amazing.

For more information on custom or stock tattoos from Tinsley Transfers please go to their web site. Christien has a full team of experts including Tamlyn Berry and Mike Mekash who have helped me out many times over the years.
Christien also won the technical achievement Oscar award for his prosthetic appliance transfers for "The Passion of the Christ". (I'll go into prosthetic transfers in a future blog.)
Me applying the dragon tat

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Congrats to the Winner of my Holiday Contest!

Congratulations to the winner of my holiday contest chosen on Nov 30th, 2011! You have won a Premier bag and an Essential bag of your choice.
Everyone else thank you for playing and know that you will automatically be entered into any future contests by remaining on my Kim's Friend List (Newletter). Stay tuned...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Look at the amazing deals on Holiday Makeup Collections I found!

Every year I buy myself Tarte's Holiday makeup box. It's such a great deal and I just have to have it. It's practically a compulsion. So this year as I was shopping on line to buy 2011's Tarte kit I noticed that there were a lot of different holiday kits everywhere! My heart started racing a bit and I had to calm myself down. So, basically I'm sharing about the kits I found that I want from the brands I know and love. I'm not sure which ones I'll get. I'm hoping by sharing with you I'll be able to decide!

I'll start with Tarte. This years Holiday palette is called The Starlet Makeup Vanity ($505 value) for $52.
It comes with 24 eye shadows (matte and shimmer), small size mascara and primer, 2 blushes, bronzer and a shimmer powder in a really pretty mirrored makeup vanity. I mean, really, it's insane how much you get for $52. And I don't have one that is mirrored...

Stila has a really cool looking palette for Holiday 2011 called Dream in Full Color Palette. It's a $366 value for $39. It has 29 eye shadow shades, 7 cheek colors, a smudge stick and a 12 page step by step look book. Great price, looks really fun. Choices, choices!

MAC is offering Holiday '11 face kits. $59.50 Inside a cute and festive bag you get a double layer brow/eye shadow/blush compact, Lipglass and 3 glitter-handled brushes. It comes in cool or warm tones. I don't have any glitter brushes guys and I do love sparkle! 

This next one is really elegant. It's Christian Dior's Holiday Eye Palette - Celebration Collection. $46
The classy tweed mirrored compact with iconic bow and charm details includes smoky brown and beige eyeshadows, cream eyeliner and a highlighter. I would feel really fancy pulling this out of my purse to do a quick touchup at a party. Hmmm....
Lancome paired up with Kate Winslet for a really special holiday 2011. Kate is the ambassader for the Golden Hat Foundation, a non profit to raise funds to better the lives of children living with autism. They have put together a holiday collection "that brings to life the spirit and message of the charity". 
You should go to Macy's web site to get the specifics. The Golden Hat Collection includes Le Lipstique LipColouring Stick with Brush (you can choose from a number of colors),  L'Asolu Roughe Advanced Replenishing and Reshaping Lipcolor (also avail in a number of colors), Le Vernis Devine Lasting Color & Shine nail polish and Gloden Hat Illuminating Smoothe Powder. I have some very close friends who's children are autistic and buying this holiday collection is a wonderful way I can support them. I really love when celebrities like Kate give back. Way to go Kate!
Oh no! I want them all. I'm still not sure what to do. What about you?! 
Happy Holidays!
xo, Kim

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A new hair styling tool by a top movie hair stylist!

Since I work in the movie business, I get to work with some amazing hair dressers in the same trailer. If time allows, I sometimes get my hair cut or colored or styled by some of these wonderful artists. One of the hair dressers I'm talking about is Linda Flowers. Linda came up with a pretty fantastic idea a few years back and told me about it. We all have great ideas but not everyone follows through. She did. And good things came from it. 
Linda invented the Top Styler. It's a revolutionary (and I don't use that word loosely) new hair tool. What it comes down to is that you curl your hair with these heated "C" shells. You simply wrap your hair around your fingers, clamp the "C" shell around the hair, and when you take them out you have great curls that last a really really long time.
Linda Flowers and Scarlett Johansson
The Top Styler heating unit with "C" shells and accessories
I pretty much use them myself everyday. It takes a bit of practice at first (you pro hair stylists will laugh at that because it will seem so easy) but I had to play a little to get used to it. Even if you don't put them in just right it doesn't matter. Your hair will still be curly and look good. I'm really fast at it now and I get them in my hair in about 3 minutes. 
example of long waves
example of sexy messy curls

What else can I say, you should try the Top Styler. It's new and fun and different. 
You can buy them at or on QVC

Friday, October 14, 2011

Quick tip: My favorite tweezer.

As a woman, doesn't it seem like we are constantly pulling out our hair? Not just figuratively speaking!
I mean it. It's practically never ending. Since it is such a big part of my beauty routine a really good tweezer is imperative to me. Not to mention for my clients. I discovered Anastasia's tweezers a few years back and I love them. They just really grabs those little hairs. They're made in Italy and were custom designed by Anastasia. If you don't know her products, you should. She's an expert at everything eyebrow. Her product line is expanding too. I noticed she has lip colors and foundations but I haven't tried them yet. Oh, I just noticed another hair growing out of my face, so I better go tweeze...again. Bye for now.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hickey's suck. How to hide that love bite.

Ok, so you had a bit too much fun and got yourself a hickey or two. You have to go to school or work. Now what?! I've actually had to cover quite a few hickeys on actors over the years and I have a few good tips for you. 
Example of a hickey
Hickies can last up to 2 weeks. They follow the same cycle as a regular bruise. They start out red but can quickly (as soon as 5 hours, but can be longer depending on the individual) turn a purple/blue color. Eventually (a few days to a week) they will turn a mixture of yellow and yellow/green and then disappear completely. 
So what does that all mean to you. You need to have a few different products to cover the hickey as it changes color. 
Certain colors will nuetralize other colors. 
So, when your hickey is red cover it with green. When it's blue/purple cover it with yellow or yellow/orange. As it turns yellow and yellow/green cover it with lavender.
Here are a few product options to try. You can buy a kit or individual colors. It's up to you.
Neutrilizer colors by Makeup Forever, Ben Nye, Physicians Formula and Joe Blasco

After applying the corrective concealer, apply a foundation color that matches your neck on top of it. Note that your neck color is usually lighter than your face.
You don't want to have a circle of makeup that will give you away so make sure to blend your edges by feathering out the makeup. Finally, apply a no color powder to set the makeup.
You can also use the same nuetralizer products and colors to cover things like bruises, pimples and under eye discoloration. Just follow the same rules for color correction I told you about above.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Match this Makeup: Rose Byrne in Get Him to the Greek

In "Get Him to the Greek" Rose Byrne's character Jackie Q is a pop star and is seen in a number of music videos in the film. The makeup designs for Rose's character were unique in that many of them were her character Jackie Q made up for her music videos.
Rose Byrne in a scene from "Get Him to the Greek"

First, as always, I wanted to come from the character Jackie Q's point of view when designing Roses' makeups for the music videos. I also wanted the designs to be funny and add to the comedy of the film.

In African Child, Jackie Q believes in her heart that she is a humanitarian and doesn't get that the video is outragious and controversial. I decided that Jackie Q wanted to look like an African princess. I made her dark tan with bronze eyeshadow, cheek color and lips and insanely large feather lashes. Melissa Yonkey, the Department Head Hairdresser, made a wonderful wig complete with beads and braids. 
On that note, in all of the looks I'm talking about today Melissa did the hair. I've been so lucky in my career to work with some amazing hair stylists. There is nothing better than a good collaboration between makeup and hair.
The music video "Aftican Child"
This next look is from the music video "I am Jesus". I gave her a soft innocent looking makeup to contrast the sexual and purposely blasphemous content of the video. We were all laughing to the point of our stomachs hurting while shooting that day. It's really funny because it's so wrong. 
The music video "I am Jesus"

When I saw the set design, characters and costumes for "Supertight" I kept thinking it looked like Vaudville meets the Titanic. I decided to put Rose in an exaggerated 1920's makeup. When I finished it just didn't seem weird or interesting enough. I dug through my "Glitter Kit" (a big box of all sorts of fun stuff I've gathered over the years) and found these Indian bindi body gems and cut them up to make bottom lashes. Melissa rocked another amazing wig and we had our character!

The music video "Supertight"
The video "Ring Round my Rosie" is so naughty which makes it rediculously funny. Leesa Evans, the costume designer, put Rose and the girls into these sexy little corseted outfits. When we saw the photos of what they were going to wear Melissa had a fantastic idea to put them all in different colored Elizabethan wigs that she and her team styled. Genius! 
I jumped on board and gave Rose makeup from the Elizabethan period but with a modern twist including a Swarovski crystal beauty mark. I asked my makeup team to put blue, purple and green blush and eyeshadow on the dancers to match their wigs. I wanted them to look like strange colorful flowers surrounding Jackie Q. 
The music video "Ring Round my Rosie"

Rose is a true professional and a wonderful person. She gave us free reign to be creative and respected us artistically. I really believe that her trust allowed our creativity to flow and some great things came out of it. 
You can see the videos on You Tube and Funny or Die. Just so you know, they have adult concepts and language in them.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Corrective makeup - The Hooded Eye

I happen to have hooded eyes. I used to be ok with them but as I've gotten older they really make me look tired. And you should see them after a 15 hour day! My eyes look closed, even when they're not. Ok, I'm being dramatic but bottom line is I'm very familiar with this specific corrective makeup. 
I drew some quick sketches this morning to give you an idea of the difference between an Ideal eye and a Hooded eye. Ok, don't get your panties in a bunch about the word "Ideal". I'm not saying that a Hooded eye is bad or not beautiful because there are, for instance, a number of actresses that have this type of eye and are considered beautiful.  However, there is an "ideal beauty" that exists. I think it's scientific or something. It spells out what the human being finds to be the most appealing to look at. I feel like Brooke Shields won "Ideal face" once. 
Examples of Hooded Eyes: That's Blake Lively on the right.
 I don't know who did her makeup, but it's pretty. That's yours truly on the left. 
Drawings and info by Kim Greene
I personally think that the differences we all have make us the individuals we are but, that said, I really don't want to look tired either and while I'm at it I would like my face to look thinner and younger and...
I digress. So, as I was saying, below I've shown you the technique to help the hooded eye appear less hooded. 
You can use any color you want but it's best with a hooded eye to use matte makeups on and above the crease area because shimmer acts as a highlight vs. a shade. Feel free to use either matte or shimmer products on the highlighted areas just above the lash line. 

Meredith Jessica who has her own blog called Pigments and Palettes asked me about doing makeup on a Monolid eye and this same technique will work on a Monolid eye as well. You create the illusion of a crease with shadow and highlight. 
Examples of:  Monolid eye without makeup and Monolid eye with makeup.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Quick tip: Glitter Removal

Anything that sparkles makes me happy. I love glitter but it's not easy to remove! Whether it's one little guy or a whole lot of um, there's a simple trick to getting it off. Scotch tape. I wish there was more to say, but that's it. Scotch tape. 

Glitter removal with Scotch tape

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Update Q & A

I answered a couple makeup questions under "Comments" instead of writing a full post. So if you are interested go to the You Got a makeup Question? I Got an Answer post.
I'm not sure that was the best way to do it but It's Saturday after a long week and it's how it played out.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Truth about Cold Sores

I've noticed that quite a few people on my set have cold sores right now. I wanted to be able to help them and give them some sound advise about treatment options. So I did some research on line. Cold sores are very common and I thought you guys might like to know too.
Here is the info I gathered and organized into a q and a format to make it easy to read.*

Cold sores are blisters on the lips and the edge of the mouth that are caused by an infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
You may not develop cold sores when you are first infected with HSV. If cold sores do develop when you are first infected, they may be more severe than in later outbreaks. During the first outbreak of cold sores, the blisters may spread to any part of the mouth.

After you become infected, HSV remains in your body and may cause cold sores to return throughout your lifetime (recurrent cold sores). Most people have fewer outbreaks as they get older.

About 6 to 48 hours before a cold sore is visible, you may feel tingling, burning, itching, numbness, tenderness, or pain in the affected area. This is called the prodromal stage.

Some common triggers that cause cold sores to return include:
Sunlight exposure
Stress or fatigue
Other infections, such as a cold or influenza.
Food allergies
Dental treatment or injury to the lips or gums
A lowered immunity system

Yes. The blisters of HSV-1 contain the virus that causes cold sores. Without proper hygiene, this virus can be very contagious. This is why it is important if you have cold sores to wash your hands often, especially after you may have touched your face. Do not share cups, utensils or makeup products with another person during an outbreak.
Replace your toothbrush after the cold sores have crusted over and again when they are gone completely to help prevent a reoccurrence.
DO NOT touch a cold sore with your fingers. The virus can be transferred to other parts of your face or body quite easily. They are also highly susceptible to secondary bacteria infections. Use a clean q tip or tissue to apply medications and do not double dip.

Cold sore blisters usually break open, weep clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after a few days.

Treatment with medicines depends on whether you are having a first outbreak or a recurrent outbreak or are trying to prevent future outbreaks.
When treating a first outbreak of cold sores, oral antiviral medicines may reduce pain and slightly improve healing time.
For treatment of recurrent cold sores, the following medicines may reduce the severity and duration of the outbreak:
Topical creams or ointments, which are available with or without a prescription, can reduce pain, itching, and healing time.
In some severe cases, a doctor may prescribe a drug like acyclovir (Zovirax), which may help shorten the length of the outbreak but should be used when the first symptoms (such as burning or itching) begin. These medicines have little effect after the sore develops.
Oral antivirals may also be taken daily to prevent recurring cold sores, especially in people who have frequent and painful outbreaks.

Complementary medicine
No complementary medicines have been proved to be effective in the treatment or prevention of cold sores. But several complementary treatments are available if you wish to try an alternative way to ease your symptoms.
Vitamin C, lysine supplements, and lemon balm are examples of complementary treatments that may provide some relief during a cold sore outbreak.
Zinc oxide topical cream may reduce the duration of an outbreak.

There is no cure for cold sores, nor is there a cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV) that causes them. Most cold sores will go away on their own. But medicines may slightly reduce the duration of cold sores and sometimes prevent a future outbreak.

*WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

News flash! Men aren't perfect! But at least they can look it.

This post is inspired by two questions I got from Meredith Jessica and Anonymous. (That may not be his or her real name. I'm just guessing.)
Meredith asked about tips for doing natural makeup on men and Anonymous asked about filling in eyebrows with an alcohol based makeup like Skin Illustrator.
First of all, do male actors need makeup? News flash!  Men aren't perfect.
And people want their movie stars to look good, not real.
On the other hand they don't want to know their actors are wearing makeup. 
So how do you make a man look flawless but appear to have no makeup on?
I always start by making sure they have clean, toned and moisturized skin and that their facial hair is groomed. Often this includes creating a facial hair design that is appropriate for the character. 

Facial hair examples on actors I did on various films.
Standard types of razors in my kit
Recently I have been using tinted moisturizer or airbrushing makeup on men. 
Tinted moisturizers: La Mer, Laura Mercier, Smashbox
For either technique I first spot treat any pimples, discolorations or redness with a concealer like Amazing Concealer, Joe Blasco's special corrective colors, Judith August products or Ben Nye Mellow yellow.
Joe Blasco corrective colors, Amazing concealer,  Ben Nye corrective sticks, Judith August Killer cover
Tip: I leave a bit of natural under eye discoloration because I think it looks masculine and also helps to create a no makeup look. 
Tip: When using a tinted moisturizer stipple over the concealing products instead of pulling back and forth otherwise you can pull them off. 
TIP: To make your own tinted moisturizer simply mix your favorite foundation with a facial moisturizer.

I also really like airbrushing men for a natural look. The trick is to not use too much product. I also personally prefer water based airbrush foundation. If they sweat or it gets wiped off it's easy to reapply without worrying about a line of demarkation. 
A couple of my favorite brands for airbrushing are Graftobian and Dinair.
Examples of Dinair and Graftobian kits. Both companies have a full range of products sold separately as well. 
I use a no color powder to set both the tinted moisturizer or the airbrush makeup. 
Hair grows in weird places as men grow older. Have a tweezer and blunt nose scissors at the ready for wayward hair on ears, in noses, and growing up the neck or back.
TIP: For thick chest, back or leg hair that needs to be thinned use a thinning shear for a natural look.
Thinning shears
Eyebrows should be groomed as well. Trim any long hairs and pluck individual hairs if he has a unibrow. Don't over trim or pluck. It will look too feminine. Leave some hairs between the eyes. 
Older men tend to lose eye brow hair or the hair turns grey. To create a darker or stronger brow try an alcohol based makeup like Reel Color, WM Creations or Skin Illustrator. All of these products are activated with alcohol and last a long time on the face even through sweating. To create individual hairs use an eyeliner brush and for coloring the hairs that are already there apply the product with a disposable mascara wand or spoolie.
Alcohol based/activated makeup. All brands come in a full range of colors for a variety of needs.
Additional Tips:
-Make sure and apply the makeup on ears, back of neck and down front of neck. 
-Don't forget to put makeup on his hands to match his face if needed.

Again, thanks Meredith and Anonymous for your questions. I hope I shared some good tips and advice you can use on any man in your life. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Senna's Form a Brow Kit

Senna has a lot of really fantastic products but my absolute favorite is the Form a brow kit.
Why? Colors, colors and more colors. For instance not every blond has the same color of blond hair. There's platinum, honey, strawberry blond to name a few. Senna has a number of kits for different hair colors and within those kits are three choices. You can blend colors to get the perfect color for you. I own all the kits so no matter who sits in my makeup chair, I'm ready! There are 5 Kit choices: Ash Blonde, Blonde/Redhead, Neutral, Salt N Pepper and Dark.
Senna Form a Brow kits
The Kit also comes with 2 mini brushes. One to apply color and the other to brush it through the hairs for blending. 
It also has 4 different stencils: Fine, Natural, Full and Xtra Full so you can create the perfect brow shape for you. 
I always use a setting gel to lock in the color and shape. Senna has a unique brow fix that actually adds fullness to your brows as well. It comes in clear, golden brown and taupe.
Senna Brow Fix
If you prefer a longer brush handle Senna has a great dual sided brow brush that has an angle brush on one side and a spoolie brush on the other. 
Double Brow Brush

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Drew Barrymore in Ever After. Getting made up for the ball.

Poster of Ever After and a scene from the film

So, I'm in the South of France prepping for the film Ever After. I was hired as Drew Barrymore's personal makeup artist. 
We all know the story of Cinderella. Poor girl, mistreated by her step mother & step sisters, meets a boy, falls in love, finds out he's the prince, freaks out, goes to Leonardo De Vinci to do her makeup for the ball. WAIT!!!! WHAT?!! Did I read that correctly? 
THE Leonardo de Vinci paints her face in the script??!!
Ok, well, better pack up my stuff and head on back to America. I'm a good artist but I'm suppose to do makeup as if I'm one of the world's most celebrated Masters? The dude who painted The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, carved David?! 
Drawing of Leonardo De Vinci, The Last Supper, Mona Lisa
Ok, after a few deep breaths & a good hearty glass of red wine I pulled myself together. 
Drew loves butterflies and wanted me to paint a butterfly on her face to go with the butterfly wings on her dress made by Leonardo in the script. I remember my first go at the "butterfly makeup" perfectly. We were in the kitchen of the 13th century house that Drew, Barbara Olvera (her hair dresser), Gwen Stroman (her assistant) and I shared. We had so much fun in that house and I have wonderful memories of those days. Here is a shot of that first makeup test along with a swatch of the fabric from her dress that wardrobe gave me for reference. You'll notice that both sides of her face are different. I was trying 2 different color options in this test.
Preliminary "Butterfly wings" makeup test and swatch from ball gown.
Turns out, however, according to the film's research department that the real Leonardo never drew a butterfly. He did draw birds and for accuracy sake the dress would have bird wings.
Leonardo De Vinci drawings of wings and flying machine

Well, that changed things for me. The producers said "No butterfly makeup. You can't do a butterfly makeup with a bird wing dress."
Back to the drawing board.
I had to design a makeup that would make sense with the costume and look like it was made from natural products from the time period (like gold dust, oil paint and fruits) I decided Leonardo was going for a  sheer, golden, shimmery "mask" in the shape of non specific wings for Cinderella that night. With crystals added for some 16th Century bling.
Drew Barrymore final makeup for the Ball
You can't really see it in these photos but I used bronzes, silvers and golds around her eyes starting with deeper tones in the inner corners of her upper and lower lids, graduating up to lighter and lighter tones toward her temples and down over her cheek bones. I matched the shape of her dresses' wings and added Swarovski crystals following the shape of the upper wings. I used a sheer tint on her lips to look like crushed raspberries.
Painting like De Vinci is a ridiculously tall order and shows you some of the crazy stuff that gets thrown at us when we sign up for a film. But you do your best and keep moving forward. Did I pull it off? Well, I'm no Leo but Drew told me she felt like a princess that night, so for me, it was a job well done.