So it's that time of year again !! All the ghouls and ghosts are coming out to play - accompanied of course by the obligatory van loads of slutty nurse zombies - and for this one glorious day the population goes fancy dress and makeup crazy!! I love Halloween - especially in London where alas, I am not... So this year I decided to mark the occasion by testing out some makeup ideas, inspired by the MAC Halloween Competition. This year Makeup FX legend Rick Baker (whose work has earned him a staggering 12 Acadamy Awards!!!) created three different looks using MAC products and challenged everyone to emulate their favorite in their own style. Amoung the three is a gorgeous 'Monster's Bride'' inspired of course by the Bride of Frankenstein :D Rick did a wonderful beauty makeup embellished with painted stitches which he gave dimension to through the clever use of shading and highlighting, all topped off with a fantastic deadlocked wig.
I spent a while pondering how best to emulate this without directly copying it and ended up deciding take the Bride and put her into a comic book world. I spent a day getting everything ready - making a huge painted headpiece to use as the iconic striped wig and painting up a canvas with Tesla coils and bolts of lightening so she had a fitting background. In doing the actual makeup I ended up deciding to move the stitches - though I absolutely love Rick's placement of them I thought they'd end up getting lost in my shadowed areas so instead I let run parallel to the black and then follow the contour lines on the nose. The whole thing was so much fun to do and has already given me a tidy little stack of ideas for future shoots :D
Halloween is undoubtedly one of the best times of year (especially for makeup artists) and it's looming very very close! I've been playing around with paints and ideas to use this year - gaining inspiration from a few sources - one being the MAC Halloween Face-Off and the stunning work of artist Jason Obernuefemann. Here are some recent creations for you to enjoy - if there are any ideas that you'd like to see translated into a makeup contact me and I'll have a play!
Have been sorting through my photos and came across a couple of face paints I did last Halloween and forgot to share! How silly of me....