Project 365; Day 29: Al & Bernie raised me. Awesome 40s Hair and Makeup, Right?

7 09 2009
Al & Bernie raised me. Awesome 40s Hair and Makeup, Right?

Al & Bernie raised me. Awesome 40s Hair and Makeup, Right?


Latest Fashion Shoot with Kirsten

2 09 2009
Fashion Photo Shoot with Model Kirsten

Fashion Photo Shoot with Model Kirsten

We had a shoot with the wonderful Kirsten and acityofindustry a few days back, and she gave us so many photos that we were left sorting through them for loads of time before we chose the two that you see here. We decided on a subtle smokey eye for this photo shoot, and we left the lips bare (nekkid lips!).  Scope out the photo and share your thoughts!

Yo – Want the inside scoop? …Listen up, kid

Makeup Sketches for Upcoming Movie Short

2 09 2009
Girl in a Coma Music Video - Say

Girl in a Coma Music Video - Say

Working on a short film by the talented Steve Acevedo, and – without disclosing any of the details – I thought I’d toss up a few quick sketches I did for basic makeup ideas.  Also pulled a few samples from the morgue (that’s a book of makeup references, not a storage unit for cadavers, dog).

I’ll toss up some photos and makeup sheets, along with some vicious surprises…!

In the meantime, check out some sweet Girl In A Coma vids, cin-eh-mat-0-graphed by The Fabulous Steve Acevedo!!

I got artistic with the framing for this Girl in a Coma Music Video

I got artistic with the framing for this Girl in a Coma Music Video

Oh – and, if you really loved me…Well, I guess what I’m trying to say is… Ya wanna wear my class ring?

Click through to see my sket-chez… Read the rest of this entry »

15 Tips for Under-Eye Circles

28 08 2009

how-to-heal-a-black-eye“Are you feeling ok?  You just look so…tired!”

Comments like that make you want to give people black eyes of their own?

Well, while you plot your revenge, skim over these 15 tips to reducing and covering under-eye circles and puffiness.

A little background:
The skin under the eye is the thinnest part of skin on our entire bodies at 0.5mm, so it’s no major surprise that it reveals all of our inner workings like blood vessels and toxins.

Lots of things can contribute to these circles, including:

  1. Lack of Sleep.
  2. Dehydration from sugar, caffeine, salt, and liquor.
  3. Allergies contribute to swelling and, as if that weren’t enough, you bruise those delicate little vessels when you rub your eyes to relieve the incessant itching…
  4. Smoking leeches nutrients, dries out skin, and can further aggravate your allergies.
  5. Wine – on top of dehydrating you and leaving you with a massive hangover (you lush), the sulfites in wine aggravate under-eye circles, and the levels of histamine found in wine might further intensify your allergies.
  6. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia which decreases the amount of oxygen that your blood can carry, leading to a deeper blue or purple beneath the eyes.
  7. Any medications or illnesses that restrict or increase blood flow can show up in your under-eye area.
  8. Lack of anti-oxidants in your diet.  Anti-oxidants help remove toxins and reduce water retention, while also restoring blood vessels.  Busy little bees, aren’t they?
  9. Stress.
  10. And, of course, genetics.

Yeah, yeah, yeah – so we can eat healthy, drink water and decaf tea and then put a chilled salad of leftover tea bags, cucumbers, avacado, and tumeric on our eyes while we think peaceful thoughts and solve world crises with our eyes closed…  But some of us would rather die with a wine glass in our hands, a cigarette in our dead lips, and makeup caked on under our eyes, so let’s just cut to the chase and discuss how to cover these puppies up, right?

  1. Pick a color that matches your foundation exactly, or – if you got it bad – a shade or two lighter.  Don’t go too light or you will give yourself a raccoon mask, essentially putting a marquis around the very thing that you were trying to hide.  A good place to test concealer color is in on a vein on your inner arm.  Think yellow if you’re a honkey, golden-orange if you’re in more of the bronzey or ebony spectrum.  Also play around with textures, keeping in mind that anything too dry is going to cake up and may be too rough for your delicate eye-belly, and anything with too much moisturizer in it will run into the fine lines and make you feel haggish.
  2. Moisturize – Your under-eye area has fewer oil glands than anywhere else on your face, so you really can’t over-moisturize this area.  Apply a rich moisturizer and let it sit for a few minutes.  Blot with a sponge or a single ply of tissue.  This base will allow for smoother coverage and will help prevent caking.
  3. Apply Concealer – With a concealer brush, gently stipple the concealer – ONLY where it’s dark – otherwise, you will end up where you started, with two tones under your eye.  Then, blend gently with finger – using your middle or ring finger will help you to be more gentle.  Again, let sit and gently blot.
  4. Apply Foundation – I know, it may seem backward, but if you are using a concealer that’s a shade or two lighter than your foundation, you will want to apply it beneath your foundation.  When you start working the foundation into the eye area, be sure to gently stipple it to avoid smearing or removing the concealer beneath.
  5. Mature Skin – If your skin is a bit more mature, lightly dip your finger in loose powder and gently trace it over the area.  You want to avoid over-powdering because the excess powder will settle into fine lines and look cakey.

For Puffiness:
Follow the same steps as outlined above only, before you powder, take a concealer brush and gently fill-in the shadowy line beneath the puffy area.  This creates an optical illusion that will bring that recessed line beneath the “bag” forward and help to even out your under-eye area.

You know some dirty secrets that I don’t know (or haven’t revealed)?  Add ’em in the comments!

Have more questions?  Let me know!

Want to show your love and infinite gratitude?  It’s simple really…

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Jackie-O Shoot: Scene and Makeup Sketches

23 08 2009

jackieoHey guys – working with Mr. Chad J. Wilson on a Jackie-O project, and thought I’d throw up some the sketches to let you guys in BTS (behind the scenes, yo).

Chad has a fascination with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and we wanted to do something different from a lot of the portraits we’ve seen.  We decided to take an “off-camera” (or BTS if you want to use the abbreviation of the day) approach with this project, exploring the more human perspective of Jackie-O, seeing her in her more vulnerable moments, private moments – a kind of moment we all know.  Not only was she in the spotlight as the First Lady and wife of an American Icon, but she had to deal with a rough day-to-day of rumored affairs and typical marital struggles.  On top of this, she survived the loss of three children (one miscarriage, one stillbirth, and one baby boy who survived only two days), and, of course, the very public assassination of her husband.  It goes without saying that she definitely had a lot to think about during those quiet moments.

We are in the midst of getting all of the pieces together, and I had a few rough sketches that I hope will help convey some of the scenes that we are trying to depict.

Jackie-O makeup005

This is a basic rough of the makeup that we are planning, though the scanning process messed with the color a bit.  Starting from the top, we have, of course, the classic Jackie O brows, underlined by some sculpting to help the model’s eyes look a bit more deeply-set like Jackie’s.  Then, where you see the small “H’s,” we will subtly highlight the inner and outer brow and cheek to help pull that area forward, creating the wide shape of Jackie’s brow and eyes.  Lay on some basic apricot shadow, blush, and matte lipstick, finish with some strip eyelashes, liner to round out the eyes, et viola!  Jackie-O!

JackieO004 To the left we have a rough sketch of one of my initial ideas.  Being in the public eye, Jackie often had to keep up appearances, hosting and attending social gatherings throughout all of her struggles.  I love the idea of her stepping away from the party into a quiet room to put her head in her hands while cigarette smoke settles in around her.  You’ll see this theme repeated often in this story.  The main room will ideally be lit somewhat dimly and warmly (tungsten), with a blue, moon-like glow (maybe some Kinos or a strobe flash) coming from the back room (left of center), silhouetting Jackie in her chair.

“A” represents the woman whose face we see in the bottom left and whose shoulder we look over to see woman “B,” whose line of sight will lead us toward the room where Jackie resides.  Here are CU (close up)’s of each of the two women: JackieO002JackieO001

This next image is another party scene, only this time, instead of being in the back room, she sits in plain sight, lost in thought.  The dotted lines separate different scenes (from top right clockwise): standing in front of a window, lost in thought, baby room in background – then, through the window looking back in.  The lower picture is her with the kids in a hotel room, lit mainly by a warm, tungsten bedside lamp directing the viewer to her, and receding into darkness with toys scattered on the floor.


Starting from left to right, we have an OTS (over the shoulder – I think just made that one up…!) shot of Jackie staring at herself in the bathroom mirror, preferably topless to enhance the honesty and vulnerability of the moment.  Top center is just a profile shot, next down is a CU of her face as she lays on her back, eyes closed, tears smearing down her temple, 3rd down is a CU of her mouth with tears smearing down, and finally a profile of the same situation.  The far right picture is her sitting in the window room again, nursery over shoulder.


So what do you guys think?!  Does it inspire any ideas in your mind’s eye?  What does it remind you of?  What else would you like to see?  Any requests for future stories?  Hit me up!  Let me know!  I love hearing from you guys…

….I don’t want to rush things, but maybe we could consider starting something up…??


19 08 2009


The fabulous Chad J. Wilson inspired me to play around with some Jackie-O styles, which turned into quite a delightful project.  You’ll have to forgive the redundancy of the model – I am my most available subject for experimenting and exploring new styles, what’re ya gonna do?

The hair was a super-simple tuck, easily improved by adding a few more tucks in that back layer.  The makeup was some simple reshaping and, of course, emphasizing the brows.  More thorough tutorials will commence in a few months, and I will be sure to include this one AND get some new faces for you guys.  In the meantime, just thought I’d share my latest experiment – enjoy!

The questions have started to flow in, and I will start answering them this week.  Give me a shout with your questions – I’d love to answer them for you!

Looking forward to it…!

Outakes from Circus Shoot

17 08 2009

The circus photos are coming up soon, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share some fun shots that we took at the end of the session. Just Alex being quirky – I’ll keep the photos coming as they develop!