Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Beauty Basics

Sometimes everything really does come down to basics. While I love creating really fantastic looks that push the envelope, making women (and sometimes men) feel beautiful is really what being a makeup artist is all about. Following this theme, I have decided to post some of my favorite beauty makeup looks that I have done in the recent past.

In this first image I took inspiration from one of my favorite accessories, my burgundy-pink leopard print scarf. I blended a complimentary lip color out of MAC Cyber, and MAC Russian Red. I completed the look with a dark smokey eye and false lashes. My model told me that this look made her feel like Jessica Rabbit!

My second look used NARS Mediterranee, which is one of my favorite eye shadow duos. The two colors really work together to create a look inspired by a soft sunset. To pull the look together, I used a peach toned blush and a peach toned lipstick. I find that by choosing a cohesive color scheme you instantly bring the look to the next level.

My third look was a prom shoot done with Hair Stylist Trish Stadnyk, using soft pinks and natural tones to bring out our model's natural youth and beauty. With younger women, less really is more for a beauty look so I only used a light foundation and my favorite highlighter Highbeam from Benefit to really make her glow.

More beauty looks to come in the coming months!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at jordanj.moore@gmail.com or jojeffrey.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

The Making of a Cyborg

From start to finish, a detailed makeup doesn't just happen, as much as I would like to pretend that I can pull something like this out of thin air. So I decided to post here how my concept of a cyborg came about. The first step was to choose inspiration. I wanted to create a sci-fi character, so I looked back to some of my favorite science fiction films. After going back through my top choices in films, I settled on the 1984 film The Terminator. I loved the idea of creating my own version of a cyborg based on the designs from this film.

After choosing my inspiration came sketching out my own version of what I wanted my character to look like. Most of the time we can use pre-made face charts in order to sketch a design out. However, I really like working on my character from start to finish based on the model's appearance. I was lucky in that I had worked with my model before and already had a feel for her appearance and how I would make it work for my vision.

After creating my sketch, I did a breakdown of how I would approach this look. As I have not yet had any experience with prosthetic appliances, I knew I would have to paint the whole look on. But I did get to use a little bit of wax build up to really "sell" the look.

1 - Do a brow block. I blocked out one eyebrow using wax so that no hairs would show through the paint.
2 - I drew the design on my model's face with a white eyeliner, to see where my placements would be. I really worked with her particular face shape, making sure to emphasize the high and low points on the face.
3 - Wax build-up around the edges, to give it dimension. To really make the cyborg half of her face look as though it was beneath the actual skin.
4 - Painting. I used the Make Up Forever Silver Aqua Color for the metallic sheen, as well as Ben Nye cosmetic paints, and Kryolan cream makeup.
5 - Adding a little bit of Ben Nye "Thick Blood" around the wax edges to show what would be between the skin and metal.

It was really important to do a practice run of my makeup first, so I had the opportunity to practice on a fellow classmate!

The great thing about doing a character makeup is that I get to create a story to go with it. I decided to create the following story about my cyborg:

Sam 56 is one of 100 identical cyborgs created in a secret military base specializing in robotics and cybernetics. On an off-base mission, one of the cyborgs loses control, so Sam 56 is forced to take her out by removing important circuits and wires.

In the final photo you notice that I made sure to show some metal showing through on the knuckles to show that she had sustained slight damage there as well, and she is holding silver wires that she ripped out during the battle.

The final product I am really proud of! I can't wait to create more character makeups that allow me to really alter the face of my models!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at jordanj.moore@gmail.com or jojeffrey.blogspot.com

Monday, 7 March 2011

Alley Editorial

I have a confession to make: I am horrible at styling hair. Absolutely horrible. They tried to teach me, but let's face it, it is not my strength. Which is why I jumped at the chance to collaborate with hair styling student Trisha Stadnyk for a series of shots. The first look we did was an editorial style shoot that was shot in the alleyway outside of the Robson campus of Blanche MacDonald. The look involved a strong smokey cat eye with harsh edges. There was no softness to the makeup, which is why I like the contrast of the soft hairstyle with it.

I contoured the cheeks slightly, and used my favorite highlighter Highbeam from Benefit cosmetics. My favorite black to use on the eyes is NARS Cosmetics' Pandora, which goes on smooth and true. I also use the NARS Smudge proof eyeshadow base, which always means less touch up work for me to do later!

I got to do several other shoots with Trisha, that I will be posting here over the next few weeks!

Jordan Jeffrey is a Canadian makeup artist who believes everything that can be conceived of can be created. She can be contacted at jordanj.moore@gmail.com or jojeffrey.blogspot.com