Check out my product review videos for Fall/Winter 2015 from some of my favorite makeup brands: Too Faced, Urban Decay, Kat Von D, Elf, NYX and MAC.
You've probably been wondering why I have been making a lot of makeup instruction videos since I am a photographer...
I've always been a secret fan of makeup. I've been wearing makeup for 30 years now and have learned a lot. I've fluctuated between being lazy about my makeup, and ruthlessly meticulous. Over the course of those 30 years, I have been heavily influenced by various subcultural and even pop cultural influences. When I first started playing around with makeup, I was probably 10-11 years old and wanted to look like Madonna and Cyndi Lauper. I moved between all of the '80s and '90s pop cultural influences, through the glam/heavy metal scene, the alternative/punk/grunge scene, the techno/rave scene, the goth/industrial scene throughout all of those years. My style and makeup have been heavily influenced by those subcultures.
During the early '90s through today, I have been a professionally trained fine artist and photographer. I've taken everything from drawing, painting, fashion design, textile design, photography, color theory and more. As technology grew and expanded, I learned more and more creative things. Mind you, when I was in high school and looking into college and careers -- we didn't have mobile devices, the internet or social media. Those things would come later and I found myself jumping in head first. For instance, I became a 3D content creator and fashion designer in the virtual world of Second Life for a few years.
The modern workplace comes down to having a bevy of transferable skills. When I am doing makeup and body painting, I find myself drawing upon those painting, drawing and color theory classes I took in college, plus thinking about the digital designs I did in Second Life. This is giving me the necessary experience in video filming and editing, which is something that I have not had a lot of experience with, but I hit the ground running and am learning new techniques.
Over the course of the 2014-2015, I was attending grad school for a MFA in Studio Art and my concentration was on photography. I began working on an ongoing project called Makeup & Materiality with friend, colleague and artist Britt Gen. Together we worked on conceptualizing high-end alternative beauty portraits. Unfortunately, I lost my job and had to withdraw from graduate school for the time being a couple of months ago. One of my goals for this summer was to learn more about the craft of professional makeup and bodypainting. I am learning at my own pace and doing research on various techniques. Learning makeup and bodypainting is also fueling my self portrait series as a creative outlet.
I have a lot of makeup brushes, some of which I had no idea what they were for... I'm sure we have all been in that situation before or have used brushes for other purposes by mistake. In this video, I will go through all of my brushes and what they are used for.
In this video, I experimented with NYX's Eyebrow Cake Powder for Dark Brown hair and Eyebrow Push-up Bra. I have decent eyebrows considering that I dye my hair black, they are of course lighter because of my natural hair color. I've had them waxed and dyed in the past, but I never liked the outcome, as it drew too much attention to my eyebrows. Normally, I do not pay much attention to my eyebrows when I am doing my daily makeup or makeup for a photoshoot. I have to say that I actually liked the outcome. Some people go way too crazy sculpting, plucking and drawing in eyebrows. I think it is safe to say that I am a convert and that my poor little eyebrows won't be ignored anymore.
In this video, I will demonstrate using NYX's color corrector palette. The palette has six color correcting concealers that can be used with your regular makeup regimen.
This video will show you how to work with combining different types of bodypaint and makeup to create a look using gold bodypaint and glitter for the first installment of my new self portrait project. The project will be ongoing and will mesh together my experiments with makeup artistry, video blogging and photography.
This video (while a little bit on the long side) will demonstrate some basic techniques for doing blacklight makeup and body paint. Before you start applying the blacklight makeup, you should apply foundation first. Check out my video on Highlighting and Contouring for some additional tips on that technique.
In this video, I will be demonstrating UV or blacklight reactive hairspray and nail polish. Blacklight suppliers do sell UV reactive fingernail polish. I tested out using a combination of a few different nail color types that I had laying around my studio. I used pearl ivory, magenta and clear. I added a generous amount of UV reactive neon glitter to the nail polish and applied a top coat.
This video tutorial will show you how to style your hair for blacklight photography or events focusing on using UV reactive glitter, hair gel, body paint and hairspray. Kryolan also sells blacklight hair gels and sprays, this technique will do if you are in a pinch and don't have time to order supplies online.
This video provides the (literal) foundation that you should start with as a base for any type of makeup look or blacklight makeup and body paint. There are numerous variations, most of which correspond to the shape of your face and other facial details. In this video, I am using a few different skin tone cremeblend sticks, but you can use regular foundation, powder, bronzer or highlighting/contouring palettes. The key to highlighting and contouring is being able to mix the appropriate base foundation, since most people don't have off-the-shelf standard skin tones. I recommend getting a base color and one or two shades lighter and one or two shades darker.