Thursday, February 14, 2013

Match This Makeup. Megan Fox in "This is 40"

I was the Makeup Dept Head on the film "This is 40" and Megan Fox was one of my characters. I'm not sure what I expected but Megan is not only gorgeous but turned out to be a really funny and interesting person. 
Let's chat about her makeup. I know you may be saying "She doesn't look like she has any on. Why are you even doing a post about this?" First of all she does have makeup on. It's subtle and correct for the scene. I think the biggest mistake people make is to over do makeup when it's not needed. With Megan in this scene I felt like my job was to enhance what was already beautiful about her and hide any small imperfections. 
I did have a number of a challenges in the scenes where Megan is swimming in a pool. I knew we would be shooting for hours and hours and she would be in the water most of the day. 
The scene calls for Megan to look natural with a no makeup look. Megan is ridiculously beautiful but like most of us she does have blemishes and her skin was a bit ruddy.  I needed to find base products for her face that would cover any blemishes or ruddiness and look like she had flawless skin. They also had to be water proof or at least water resistant. 
I ended up for this scene using Revlon Colorstay in Ivory. It stayed really well. I needed to touch up occasionally but it was a good choice and looked really pretty.  
The spot treatment I used was Judith August's Killer Cover. The product has castor oil in it which makes it water resistant and perhaps even water proof. I used the lightest tone in the wheel "Ivory".

You will notice that I used mostly cream makeup on Megan because it tends to stay on better when wet. 
I used La Prairie Cellular Radiance cream blush in "Berry Glow". This color looked perfect on her naturally pale skin tone and gave her just the right amount of flush in her cheeks. I really love how it looks on her in the film and in the photo above.
On her eyelids I used MAC's Paint Pot in "Ground Work". It's a long wearing cream eyeshadow in that perfect mid tone neutral taupe that doesn't look like makeup but still gives the eye good definition. 
I used Dior Show Black out water proof mascara. On her upper and lower lashes. 

On her lips I used Korres "Wild Rose" Lip butter. It's a lip balm that gives a rose tint to the lips. It has shea butter in it too so it's great for chapped lips. 
I used Senna's Sketch a Brow pencil in Dark Taupe on Megan's eyebrows just to fill in areas and to define the arch. 

Megan also has a number of tattoos and all of them needed to be covered and stay covered in the water.  We shot the pool scenes for a number of days. 
I had a few different people help me cover her tats on different days but I came up with the formula that we used. We made minor adjustments but basically this is what worked. 
We started with Pax Paint. It's basically colored glue which is why it stays so well. The only issue would have been if the water was warm which would have pulled it off. Fortunately the water was cold! 
The key is to stipple a number of colors in layers. Tones that together will match the skin tone. We used Olive 1, Ivory, Mauve Blusher and Highlight N 36-L.
This isn't a lesson in PAX paint application so I'm sorry that I'm not going into great detail on this. Perhaps I'll do a separate post on PAX application. 
Next we lightly applied ERA spray makeup over top in "R2" and then sealed with Ben Nye Final Seal. 

Yes, there were plenty of touch ups on those days when Megan was in the pool but it payed off. She looked very pretty and character correct and you can't see one single tattoo. (except the fake one that I applied for her character). 
If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comment section below! 


  1. Thank you for sharing Kim! She is beautiful!

  2. Hey Kim! I was wondering about how you applied the fake tattoo. Did you use an alcohol activated palette because it will stay when in water or was it something else? thanks for your time, you are amazing!

    1. I used a Tinsley Transfer. See my post "Art Imitating Art. Tattoo Transfers that look like Real Ink." Then I Final Sealed the heck out of it! It's good to have and alcohol act palette around to fill in if it starts to come off though. Also, if the person is in water all day or in the rain etc reapply the sealer a few times during the day. Thanks for the comment! Kim

  3. Hey Kim! great blog :) I was just wondering how you applied a fake tattoo on meagan. Did you use an alcohol activated palette or something else? Thanks for your time, Im glad I found this blog through melissa street you guys are the best!

  4. I forgot to mention the name of the PAX paint I used. It's SURPRENANT PROSTHETIC PAX . You can get it at
    If that link doesn't work just Google Naimies and search for Surprenant Prosthetic pax.

  5. Thanks for the post Kim, love this!

  6. Kim, what other setting sprays do you recommend? I have Ben Nye too, and I feel this is one the best I used for oily skin, and just setting the makeup itself. Does it make the makeup waterproof also? Thanks!! ;)

  7. OMG!!! Megan Fox is really pretty.. I wanna know her make up style, in this sense, I might look like her also.. lol!!
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  8. Love this post, Kim! Pretty please do another Megan "Desi" look for us....something maybe a little more made up? You've got a great eye and touch and work really well with people's coloring/features.

  9. Awesome post, Kim! I personally would LOVE a detailed post on PAX as a tattoo cover if you ever get the chance :)

    All the best!

  10. Wow!.. superb blog!..... always amazing & great information...

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  11. Brilliant post! I'd love to learn more about pax paint and covering tattoos as I've been struggling with that one and have tried to make and apply my own pax as i cant afford to buy it professionally. Thanks for the amazing post and looking forward to reading more.

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  13. Thanks for sharing this Miss Kim, Revlon Colorstay is a nice product.
    ~Pauline @Kallony

  14. Thanks for the informative post, Kim. Your makeup is beautiful. How do you apply the Killer Cover: brush or finger?? and do you use IPA to thin it out ever? I was lucky to be sent one from Judith August, because they're not easy to come by in South Africa...I'm hoping our main film makeup distributor decides to distribute them. I've use this cover wheel with and without alcohol, but would like to know your prefered method, please. Thanks! Natasha in Cape Town.