Laura Shipman MUA

Makeup for musicians and performers



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!


Mask Making


I’ve tried running my mask twice now, in foam and gelatine. The mould didn’t fill properly either time, which suggests I need to move the injection hole. I’m going to drill another one at the tip of the nose, moving it down from between the eyebrows. This should help the product get around whatever is causing the problem.

However, I will not be running the mask in gelatine again. Although the translucent red looked really good the weight, even as a half mask, was too much. If my client wore the gelatine mask for a performance it might break or tear.

I tried painting the mask white, like the face paint my client wears. However I don’t think it looks as stong as the red, but I do like the silver highlighting. I’ll try and bring that in to the full face piece when I have one.

Practicing Paint

I wanted to be able to practice painting my mask, before I ran my foam piece. To do this I ran slip latex pieces – which is where liquid latex is brushed in to the mould. This gives a rough version of how the piece will look, but it doesn’t fill all the space in the mould the way foam, silicone or gelatine would.

I tried both clear latex that I painted red and red latex. I definitely prefer the results I got with red latex. I had a harder time contouring the painted red piece, the paint got quite muddy.

When I had the red latex piece I also tried adding in the spikes my client asked for, to see how well they stood out. Attaching things to prosthetics or masks can pull at or distort the piece, but because I’m using plastic spikes they’re very light. That minimises the risk of damaging the piece.

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.


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!

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:

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

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

Lipstick: Illamasqua Growl

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