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Laura Shipman MUA

Makeup for musicians and performers

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March 2016

Wolves Don’t Sleep: Gig Pictures

The pictures from the Wolves Don’t Sleep gig.

I kept the makeup simple, partly to keep with Steev’s style and partly because simple and graphic is always a good choice for stage. It’s easy for the crowd to see and easy for cmera’s to pick up.

 

Steev: Face chart

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Getting prepped to do makeup for Steev of Wolves Don’t Sleep, for their show at Nottingham Rock City this Saturday.

I’m going to use waterproof eyeliner and Kryolan greasepaint to make sure the makeup lasts through the performance.

Mask Project

This is the project I hinted at in my last post!

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be making a performance mask for Varski.

This is still an early stage in the sculpting process (about 6 hours in), there’s still a lot of detailing and refining to do but I’m really happy with the direction I’m going in. The hard part was resisting some of the intricate sculpting details I wanted to add in that would be invisible from a distance, especially during a stage show, and might block or limit the size of the nostril hole, which is a big concern with a singer.

I’ll be moulding on Thursday, so with any luck I’ll be trialling paint next week!

Fiberglass Insert

I have a new project underway that I’m really excited about (details to follow soon), because it’s giving me a chance to break out my prosthetics skills again

I made my positive out of fiberglass, because it’s cheap, lightweight and strong. Also, if I want to make my finished piece out of foam latex, the fiberglass can be baked in the oven.

A fiberglass piece is made of 2 layers; a gel coat and layers fiberglass matting soaked in. resin. Usually the insert would be white, but I didn’t add as much silicone pigment as I thought to the gel coat.The advantage of a white insert is that it makes it easier to see the shape of the sculpt you’re working on, especially if the chavant (sculpting clay) you use is green.

Now it’s time for me to start sculpting!

Single Cover Shoot

Some early shots from my shoot with Sylwia KittyFly of Diamond Velocity, for her solo single cover (coming soon).

We agreed to go for a dramatic, red and black look that would suit Sylwia’s personal style and flatter her fair skin. These colours also co-ordinated nicely with the wardrobe Sylwia had chosen.

At the shoot we had loads of fun experimenting with different clothes and hats on the day, while the photographer tried out different backgrounds and lighting set ups.

The look is actually very similar to My Go-To Look, but amped up with a strong cat-eye and big false lashes.

Product List:

Base:
Foundation: Illamasqua Skin base 6
Powder: Illamasqua Translucent
Blusher: Illamasqua cream blusher in Rude

Eyes:
Brows: Illamasqua Brow Cake in Gaze
Black Eyeshadow: Kat Von D Shax
Red Eyeshadow: Illamasqua Ensnare
Base shadow: Kat Von D Lateus
Highlight: Kat Von D Liberatus

Lips:
Lipstick: Illamasqua Growl

Product Test: Ben Nye Clown White

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This was my first test with my new Ben Nye Clown White. I’m definitely¬† a fan. It covered really well with a minimal amount of product, and even a light coverage gave a really good colour. The product also builds well; I was able to apply thicker layers to create the effect of teeth and it visibly shows up in the photo.

My only concern with the product was that it did pick up some of the areas where my skin is a bit dry at the moment, however this doesn’t happen too badly.

The Rest of the Look

I used black and red Kryolan supracolour to complete the rest of the look. The black is a bit patchier than I’d like – I should have powdered with black eyeshadow instead of translucent powder.

My Go-To Look

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My go-to look for a night out is a deep red lip and a red and/or black smokey eye. this is partly because red brings out the green in my eyes, partly because I think bold make up suits me and partly goth reasons.
You’ll find as you read the product list that everything in this looks is from one of two brands: Illamasqua and Kat Von D. I’m a long term fan of Illamasqua, both their products and their brand. Also, in all my customer experiences with them they have always been very friendly and helpful, including emailing me a list of their vegan products when I needed it.
The Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye contour palette I bought for it’s matte shades. As much as I love shimmer and glitter they’re not always the way forward, and this product put an end to my long search for a neutral, matte palette.

The most important thing about any smokey eye look is blending, with a clean, soft brush. I used one to blend the red and black together and then a different one to blend the black in to the base shadow and under the eye.
I also think it’s really important to go eyes then foundation with a look like this. There’s nothing worse than beautifully applying foundation and then ruining it with dropped black eyeshadow!

Product List:

Base:
Foundation: Illamasqua Skin base 6 and 8 (Mixed)
Powder: Illamasqua Translucent
Blusher: Illamasqua cream blusher in Rude

Eyes:
Brows: Illamasqua Brow Cake in Gaze
Black Eyeshadow: Kat Von D Shax
Red Eyeshadow: Illamasqua Ensnare
Base shadow: Kat Von D Lateus
Highlight: Kat Von D Liberatus
Mascara: Illamasqua Masquara in Raven

Lips:
Lipstick: Illamasqua Growl

 

 

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