Catching up: The World Bodypainting Festival

Hi there! If you’re still following this blog, it’s been a while, but hey, I wrote ages ago that I would no longer apologize. So, where to start?

This happened in the summer, in July 2017. I travelled to Klagenfurt, Austria, and was there for the WB Academy and the festival.

It was the best thing I could have done. I loved it so much, and I wish I had gone before, because it was exactly what I needed.
Everybody I’ve met there, I love these people, the fellow artists who do this as their life, their profession! And on such a level that I would never be able to compare to, but it’s so inspiring and educational. I’ve learned so much from all of them, and the atmosphere is just so warm and welcoming. A definite recommendation to other starting artists in bodypaint and special effects!

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Day 1 consisted of me arriving and exploring the town a bit, and in the afternoon I was able to go to the registration desk where I met the organisation, including Alex. I also made my first friends here, at the desk, this were Gina and Cara. We went to a meetup in a bar at night, for all the first arrivals, where we also met Catríona.

Also, I just sat down with really great people, Alex Hanssen, Rudy Campos, Yvonne Zonnenberg and Gert Leeftink to name a few 🙂

Day 2 was the first day of the WB Academy. My first workshop was a two day workshop with Alex Hanssen on EVA foam for cosplay costumes. Very interesting, Alex is great and I really really want to do more with cosplay once I’m done with my master degree!

Day 3 was a continuation of the EVA foam workshop.

Day 4 would have been another two day workshop, but, I was the only person to apply for that. They made it a private workshop for just 1 day instead, but I couldn’t do that on day 4, because my model was still on her way to get to Austria 🙂 So, the organisation allowed me to pick another 1 day workshop for day 4, which became Bodypainting basics with Riina Laine. This too, was quite an experience for me, it was very good to learn some of the basic understanding and even as someone who’s painted before, it’s just a really good workshop. I had a lot of fun, and during the week I met so many people, I was able to get myself a last minute model too! Mario, thanks again 🙂

Day 5 was the private workshop with Yolanda Bartram in Special Effects, making a fantasy creature! This was amazing! We worked with prefabricated prosthetics of foam latex, and I learned how to blend them a lot better, working with professional materials and all. It was awesome! Also, then we painted a costume on. Femke, thankyou so much for coming all the way to Austria with me, you were the best I could possibly hope for ❤ It was so much fun, and basically it was just me and Yolanda jamming together. I loved it.
The photo of Femke standing near a statue with a little girl even made it into the booklet!!

Day 6 was the first day of the festival. I had this day to myself, to walk around and buy materials from all the vendors. I got a set of stencils, new paints from DiamondFX, some new stuff from Mehron, kabuki brushes… And I had a lot of fun!

Day 7 was special, Gina and I were invited to help out with the contest as assistants for Lucas Bures and his wife, Helena Skuhrovcová, from the Czech Republic. It was very cool to be in the tent and be able to help out! They were both competing for the World category of Airbrush bodypaint. They allowed us to be part of the team, to be part of the festival, and it was really helpful to discover what it was like, participating as an artist. I went to the judges with Helena as well, and so I was able to see the full process. Thanks again, Helena and Lucas, for having us!

Day 8 was also very special, as I was asked by Rudy Campos (yes, the man from Skin Wars) to be his assistent. Thanks Rudy!!!! Rudy was an artist for the World category of Special Effects. It was so cool, being part of the artwork we created. Rudy also taught me a lot that day, and it was just really awesome working with him and Anastasia.

We didn’t win the awards, but the experience is something so much better. I have this whole ‘family’ of bodypainters now, it’s a group of people that I don’t need to explain myself to, people who do the same thing but even crazier. It’s so fantastic to finally have gone here. I really wanted to go again in 2018, but, some other news, I’m going to move. My boyfriend and I will move together to another apartment in May, and we will likely be out of money in July 😀

All I can say now is, thankyou to everyone who was part of this incredible journey. We will meet again!

Love,

-M.

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Catching up: Makeup for the Deep Blue Sea

In June, I did makeup and hairstyling for the theatre play ‘the Deep Blue Sea’, written by Terence Rattigan. As a cast and crew, we had a lot of fun putting it together! Yet again, I would like to thank everyone involved 🙂 A special thankyou goes to Dawn Bullock, our director. Her vision and passion for this piece was amazing and she guided all of us. I am so proud to have been part of this production and I wish Dawn the very best of luck and happiness, as she will go on to her next adventure portraying Rebecca in ‘Tanz der Vampire’ in Vienna!

For this play we had a group of young actors, with half of them playing characters that were over 30. The play is set in the ’50s, meaning the hairstyles had to look accordingly.

The most challenging character to do was Mrs. Elton. That was so much fun, this was the second old-age character for me to create, yet this had to be realistic. And then there were the characters that were not that old, so it was completely different from the cartoonish Dr. Elzimuth.

This time I was also there to do makeup for our trailer, which you can watch here.

All of the photos posted in the album below are taken by E.M. Hes Photography and ha.dos photography.

If you want to see all of them, please check it out at our event page on Facebook!

Enjoy!

 

Love,

-M.

Avatar makeup

It’s a while ago now! But before Christmas, I had a request of a friend, asking me to help him with his costume. It was for a party, and he was willing to go all out. I suppose he came to the right person! 😊

He wanted to be like a character from James Cameron’s Avatar. We discussed the details and decided to try and make the nose shape and do full upper body makeup. 

I started with the nose, because I had to make it in advance. The technique I chose was latex, mixed with flour, applied on my foam head, Charlie. 

We had a fitting session, because Charlie didn’t have the same nose as my friend. After some adjustments we had our nose! 

I finished the edges with some nose putty where needed, the rest is latex. The edges are something I really want to learn more about! 

Then I added pointed ears, painted him blue, added contouring, stripes, eyemakeup, and he had gotten a wig, contacts and accessories. 

We had a lot of fun and his party was a success!
Love,

-M.

Halloween 2016

By now it’s December, so I’m running way behind on posting this. But, those of you who follow my other social media like instarainbow, are able to see all the snaps I take with a phone 🙂

Halloween started early this year! I was planning with our party hostess in the beginning of September, I think.. She told me the theme ideas she had, and it became an ‘Enchanted Forest’. It’s a beautiful theme, very broad, you can do basically anything fantasy, I really enjoyed it! 😀

It was also very early in the season that I settled on a general idea of what I would want to do with this theme. This year we really wanted to succeed on having a squad of people that actually kept their costume in line with the theme and we did! But I wanted something that would be better than last year.
I woke up in the middle of the night and started sketching, so the sketch below in the album is that original idea. Once it was set on paper I was focused on finding out details on how to accomplish things,  the hair structure for example. But this was the plan from the beginning and I didn’t wander astray!

So what is it that I am? I was inspired by the ‘children of the forest’ from the Game of Thrones TV show. I wanted something like that, but with wings, elf ears, and a less I-was-literally-attached-to-a-tree kind of look. More of a magical look. A tad more fancy. But on the other hand, I didn’t want to be a fairy, I was going to be an evil, depressed version when it came to costume. I did obviously have a party and smiled and whatever, but the costume was intended as Evil Fairy.
Conclusion: I was a Forest Child, along with the rest of the girls 🙂

My friends and boyfriend are also shown in the album. The girls were dressed as a Fawn, another Forest Child That Walked Out Of The Forest With Moss, there’s my friend I did makeup for who’s sort of my Evil Fairy Sister, and my boyfriend was Robin Hood with scratches that I made.

The day itself was so much fun. My entire hair/makeup took over 6 hours. I love this. This is commitment!
And there was my friend, who was able to help out a little with painting my back, we had a really lovely day, then we all did makeup together at my house and we had pizza, and it was a really good day 🙂 Then we went to the party and I was tired AF because I’d been up since early and just exhausted from the whole day haha!

But it was a good Halloween year. This is what I live for.

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For the occasion, I had dyed my hair (!!) with a colouring shampoo. It’s not permanent, it washes out after three washes or so. It was fine! My hair is not damaged and it’s back to normal now 🙂 Hairstyle: Sansa Stark.

I used scarwax to create a broader bridge of the nose and a strong browline. These edges were not blended perfectly like the professionals do it, but for me, this was my best attempt so far. Gotta start somewhere. Oh, and I created gills on my arms. I don’t really know why, I wasn’t a fish. It just was cool and went with the look.

Paint: Mehron, obviously. Yes, I was wearing contacts. I also used some powder products, most of those would have been Sugarpill, Sleek or BHcosmetics.

Costume: The top was a simple top that I shredded. The skirt was made by myself. The wings were made from scratch by myself using wire and kitchen wrap (iron it so it melts) and everything with leaves is also just crafted with leaves that I got at some shop.

If I missed anything, if you have any questions, let me know! Enjoy!

Love,

-M.

Preview: character dr. Elzimuth 

Last weekend was our rehearsal weekend. This means the cast and crew go on a weekend trip together to do rehearsals, run-throughs and we try the costumes. Including makeup.

Here is my first full rendition of dr. Elzimuth, an old, nasty professor, played by a young Italian guy. 

I’m very proud of this. Everyone is quite satisfied with how it turned out. And ofcourse it was a lot of fun to do! 

You have seen the bald cap before, I showed a proces picture a while ago. It’s wonderful to see it all come together in real life, after all the planning:) 

To see this character in real life, come to our show! It’s in Groningen from October 6 – 8 in the Usva. It’s going to be a lot of fun! 

Love, 

-M.

Cherry skull

Here’s some doodling that I have on my face right now, on a nice lazy Sunday morning 🙂

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All credit goes to Vanessa Davis, I love her Instagram and she inspired me to recreate on of her makeup designs. You can find her as the_wigs_and_makeup_manager. She’s awesome 🙂

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Products used:

  • White cream makeup as a base
  • Black eyeliner by Sleek
  • Red, black and white bodypaint by Mehron
  • Green bodypaint by Bruynzeel
  • Green eyeshadows from the 120 pallette 2nd edition from back in 2010 by BHcosmetics

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I am really into finding fantastic things through insta these days! 🙂 This was a nice doodling session that took about an hour and a half maybe. Exactly what I needed today. Gosh I love painting.

Enjoy and have a nice Sunday.

Love,

-M.

Photoshoot “Lisa”

Back in the end of March or beginning of April, Wouter and I worked together for another photoshoot. This time, we had a model that Wouter brought in, Lisa.

We planned things a little bit last minute and since I have a lot going on with work etc., I wasn’t able to prepare and plan a lot involving the makeup. What I knew was that Lisa wanted some normal photos without the crazy makeup, and after that Wouter wanted to do something with rigid collodion.

That’s what we did! The makeup changed and was added during the shoot, we really used the try-error-change something-try again- method.

Photographer/retoucher: Wouter Oud
http://www.woutoud.com/

Model: Lisa Verwoerd

MUA: Yours truly

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Me in action!

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Sidenote, it was definitely about time that I downloaded all the retouched material and upload something on this blog.. The delay? Don’t even remember..

Anyway, this has been added to my portfolio. All other fun had been recorded through Instarainbow *click*, because I have actually captured snapshots of what I did lately. The official publications on here are coming soon. Not promising anything ofcourse 😉

Love,

-M.