Laura Shipman MUA

Makeup for musicians and performers


May 2016

Product Review: Nyx Lipsticks


Left to Right: Jumbo pencil in Maroon, soft matte lip cream in Transylvania, Liquid Suede in Stone Fox and Vamped Up


The texture is really smooth and creamy so it applied very easily. There is a bit more red in the colour than I was hoping for but I still like it. The pencil is also long wearing, I tested it when I was working in a bar. This meant it had to last for 8 hours, with eating and drinking, and it survived with only minimal wearing.


A matte, liquid lipstick in a non-drying formula. However, because of the liquid consistency if your lips are already dry this lipstick doesn’t apply as easily as the pencil. It does pick up chapping, but not as badly as other liquid formulas. Tested under the same conditions as Maroon it did just as well.
If you like a a dark, vampy, purple/red then this is a great cheap option.

Stone Fox:

Once again I’m a fan of the colour and consistency, and I love it any time a brand gets daring with their lipstick colours. Howevere the last on the Liquid Suede isn’t as good. It needs more retouching than the other two. It’s not terrible but I wouldn’t be confdent wearing it in a situation where I can’t keep an eye on it.

Vamped Up:

When I first saw this I was confused about what it was meant to be. It’s a very sheer black pencil, designed to transform a natural lipstick. It’s basically the day to night of lipsticks. It’s a good idea, but it can be a bit tricky to apply. It doesn’t always give an even finish, and it doesn’t always go well with the colour it’s applied over. I haven’t tried this yet, but I imagine it would be quite difficult to apply over a creamier base too.


Aggy G: The Photos

I’m thrilled with how my shoot with Aggy G turned out! The metallic paint caught the light so well and I think the whole visual is really strong. The hair, makeup and styling all come together to create a cohesieve character. I also think the images and memorable and different – which is ideal for promotion.

I’m glad we tried different locations, and I think it’s interesting how the stone backgroud reminds me of Game of Thrones but the plant based backgrounds make me think of Lord of the Rings. I’m definitely taking this as a lesson on the power of the background to effect the feeling of an image.

This dragon armour project took a lot of time and work, but I’m really glad I did it. This was my first attempt at costume making and I’m really happy with how it turned out. This is an area I definitely want to pursue more. Sewing has never been my strong suit, so I’d better get out my mum’s sewing machine and find some classes!


Mask making 2

I moved the injection hole (as mentioned in Mask Making) to the tip of the nose. I’m so glad I did, because I finally got a full mask! There’s only one small hole, which I’ll be able to patch.

I think the hole was caused by not sealing the original injection hole.This reduced the pressure on the foam as it was being injected, and made it more difficult to fill the mould. It also wasted product, becasue a lot of foam escaped from the hole instead of filling the mould.

Once the hole is patched I need to trim the mask down and paint. It’s so close to done now, I’m really excited!

Aggy G: behind the Scenes


I’ve got Aggy made up and in costume. The crescent moon is a throw back to an anime I used to love, Sailor Moon, but I kept everything in black and silver to go with the armour. I chose plaits for the hair both because I think they suit the look and because I love the way plaits look in ombre hair. The black maxi dress was used to hide any holes in the scales, and once it was cut to length the extra fabric made a great cover for Aggy’s festival wristbands.

It’s off to the park to shoot! I’m lucky that just across the road from my house is a park with lots of different possible back drops. There’s all kinds of plants and trees, bridges and a rock garden. My only worry is the sun (as much as I’m loving the beautiful weather) it can make taking photos a lot harder.

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