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.

HALLOWEEN PART 1

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HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last night was pretty cool! I went to a party of the theatre society and damn, those people know how to dress up! It was a very good night, though I was tired from also working all day, and I knew I would have a VERY long and busy day today, because it’s finally arrived: It is Halloween today! 😀

Please note that these pictures were for yesterday. Today I am planning on something entirely different…
I went as my Elven character Ireth, in full costume ofcourse, but you’ve seen that before. I used the video of Lex for the makeup, so all credit goes to her!

  • For the white foundation I used a white cream makeup that was only 1 euro, found at the local SoLow shop. Please remember that Illamasque is very expensive when it doesn’t have to be! 🙂 I made my whole skin pale, if you browse through my latest updates you’ll see that I’m actually quite tan compared to these photos. Also, when I use a flash in pictures, I’m white.

I wish you all a very, very nice Halloween today, I hope you’ll enjoy it, no matter what your plans are. Also don’t forget that my giveaway is open until Monday!
Have fun today!

Love,

-M.

The Hobbit: the Final Adventure of the 21st Century Elf Ireth

Yesterday, I went to see the last installment of the Hobbit trilogy. I won’t give away too many spoilers, but I can tell you: it was good. Despite some differences with the book (which, were already obvious in the previous films), I really enjoyed it!

And did you see the credits art! I loved them..

Bravo to all the people that worked on this film. I know there are a lot of you. My deepest respect to all of you 🙂

It was finally time to wear my complete costume and become my alter ego Ireth again. For pictures of the entire costume, click here.
Below you will see the proces of my transformation 😉

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I started with the ears. You can see how I made my ears on a previous blog post, but the best explanation for the entire thing is this video by Klaire de Lys, I made mine exactly the same way, but her video shows every step perfectly.

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My hair is naturally this long and thick, I did not use extensions.

I tied a section from above, then I made a section from my ear up to the tied section, on both sides of my head. I split this new section into two: the lower half for the locks in front of my ear, the other half for a regular braid towards the back of my head. Then these two braids come together with the tied hair from above. After that I made a fishtail braid with the tied hair and some extra hair from the back of my head. I pulled it loose like Kayley Melissa always does, especially in the top of the braid.

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I found this really old necklace that I wore to my first prom, and I pinned it below the start of the small braids with bobby pins.

For makeup: I used a light beige shimmer eyeshadow on the lid, then I used some brown mascara. For the lips, I went with a simple layer of Purol to saturate them, and I used BB cream on my face, with a light powder over it. Since my face was too warm, I didn’t add any contour or blush, that is way to much for elves… Oh, and I did my brows with that HD brows set I accidentally got at IMATS 🙂

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And that’s it! That’s how you become an elf!

It was quite an adventure to go to the cinema. I drove this time, and first, I had to make sure my cloak was ‘on board’ 🙂

While we got out of the car in the parking lot, it was freezing cold! But, I did everything for art, so I left my coat in the car and went like this, in my cape, to the cinema. While we were walking in, I was the object of stares. There were many people in a long waiting line, so, that was fun!

I just love doing this. Though some people can be rude! Not that I mind, I mean, well, there was an actual elf, the closest to reality most of them had ever seen. And it might help promote Cosplay and open people’s minds and hearts.

Again, if you are going to watch it, I ask you, watch the credits! The people who worked on this film deserve your 5 more minutes of attention!!!
Enjoy it, I definitely did 🙂

Other very important news! Saturday I went to Eindhoven with one of my best friends, she had a photoshoot there. She asked me to come along as her MUA, which was GREAT! I loved it! I got to do my friends’ makeup and learn from a wonderful photographer! This will also give me the opportunity to add beautiful photos to my portfolio as an artist, so it’s really great. This was my first time at a photoshoot, so, yeah, progress!! Results will be uploaded as soon as I get them 🙂

Love,

Ireth

The Complete Elven Costume pattern

It’s here! It’s here!

I know I said this multiple times already, but, the Elven costume cloak is still the biggest attraction to this blog thanks to a link on Pinterest. I cannot thank the person who did that enough, just, please read this someday? Thanks so much!
Especially now, with Halloween behind us and December 10 coming closer (the movie actually came out YESTERDAY in the UK!), more and more people have come to check out my version. I told you some time ago that I would be uploading a pattern for everything, that day has finally arrived! 🙂 Continue reading

Painting progress May + updates

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the silence.. I know it’s terrible..
As usual though, I have worked on things.. They’re just not finished yet. The main reason for my lack of posting this month is the following:
My laptop screen has a huge crack in it, it’s been there for 2 months now. I’ve found a person who is going to fix it, but the screen is a special type (apparently?) and now it takes weeks to get a new one. Now I try to use my laptop as little as possible because it’s really annoying, plus I haven’t saved any photos on the laptop, because otherwise I have to make yet another backup which takes a lot of time. So, I still have all photos on my card and simply forget to upload them…

Firstoff: the painting on the wall. There’s some more detail in it, I gave life to the castle in the clearing, the path has more definition, just all over more definition..

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Second: I was crocheting another scarf with the broomstick stitch, same as the red one I did last year. It’s not finished yet.

Third: For the painting that is shown above, I made a model of the castle that is in the clearing.. Like, a crafted model with my materials from back in the day when I was still an architecture student instead of constructive engineer?
I present to you, a scale model of the Castle of Hogwarts:

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The model was something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while, I researched all the places within the castle once, I had maps of all the floors, it’s crazy really.. But, yes, I love Harry Potter and I believe the magic never ends. You should check out this song! I know, off topic, but it’s cool! There’s quite some names missing though, haha (:
So, after I finished drawing and painting the little castle on the wall, I had no purpose for the model.
No, there’s not going to be some contest to win this thing. I already gave it away, to a friend who’s even a bigger fan of the whole world of magic then I am (Hi Andrew!) and I am 100% sure the model is in good hands with him 🙂

Fourth: Sure everyone remembers this guy! :

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This is my most viewed post, which is wonderful, and now it will get an expansion! Whoohooo! I told you last time that I was working on something big, well, that would be a COMPLETE COSTUME to go with this pretty cloak. It’s almost done, I’m still working on a very detailed embroidery and after that I want to create an actual pattern for you guys! Which will take us to the next update:

My wrist. I had an inflammation in the joint. Is that how you call this in English? Not sure. But I hope you understand. In Dutch it’s: ontstoken polsgewricht.
This happened out of nowhere, it’s quite annoying. The fact that I had a mountain of homework and studying to do did not ease my mind about this.
And so, I agreed that I should probably give everything a break. No crocheting, knitting, anything that might do more damage. I have to use my arm a lot for school already, so, yes, this really sucks. Now, at night, while watching TV or something, I have nothing to DO! Fellow crocheters and knitters will know 😛
Luckily there’s only a few more weeks of school left, I’ve got 2 more projects which are not individual, meaning more work during the week and less during weekends (:

But there’s always something to brighten my days! In just a few weeks I will be walking around at IMATS LONDON!!!! Finally!! Counting days here.. I haven’t made a complete wish list yet, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to tell me! One thing’s for sure: my #1 stop is at Sugarpill. Oh, happy day 🙂

Love,

-M.

PS: I read ‘The Silmarillion”. I feel like Galadriel, knowing everything. It was great (:

Special effects transformation: Mystique

Here it is, the BIG one!!

I planned this one for months, made sure I had everything I needed and knew exactly what I was going to do. I finally did it, and I am extremely happy with the results. This look was done in August, but I decided to save it for Halloween.

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For this look I wore a leather legging ( I still had one from a dance performance about 3 years ago) and I bought a strapless top from H&M earlier this summer, so this way I did not have to wear a bikini or even less. I do not feel comfortable with that, especially not when putting it online.

Other things I used were:

– gel (used my brother’s)

– red face paint (or just red coloured gel if you happen to have any)

– yellow/hazel coloured contacts

– liquid latex

– spirit gum (+ remover!!)

– blue face paint

– black eyeshadow

– yellow eyeshadow or eyeliner

– blue lipgloss

Basically, this wasn’t even very difficult to do, it was just time consuming..

I made pieces of latex in advance using clay. Mind you, there were many many pieces.. I consider the face pieces as the most important, and then some on the arms and shoulders, but I did a lot of the scales while simply using a brush and some liquid latex.

So what I did:

Start of with covering your eyebrows. Use a gluestick to flatten them and wait for the glue to dry.

Then you can go ahead with attaching the scales to your skin. I applied some spirit gum on the pieces, wait for it to become sticky and put them were you want them. You do have to glue and stick them one by one though. This was my first time using spirit gum to attach latex pieces, and I thought it was easy to work with, it works quite fast actually, only because of my quantity of work it took a very look time. The pieces that are really visible in the photos (face, shoulders, belly) took me about 1,5 hours.

Then I used an old brush for the liquid latex and just dotted that along my arms and along my taille, I also made some on my feet and waited for that to dry.

Then I combed my hair back, put loads of gel in it and made a low ponytail. I do suggest doing your hair before you start on the latex part, because I found it harder to move my shoulders while I had prosthetics on them..

Then I cleaned my hands, made sure there was no more glue or whatever on my fingertips, and then I put in my contacts.

After that I started painting everything blue. This blue paint that I got is so much better to work with than my old one.. Seriously, it applies nice and even, no weird problems while applying.. Though my white is from the same brand and it’s always acting up…

I used a red facepaint to make my hair redder. First, I thought it wasn’t necessary because my natural colour is red. That’s why I added the paint as if they were highlights or something. I went over the blond hairs that I got from the sun these weeks.

I used the darkest blue lipstick from my BHcosmetics 66 lip palette to add some darker colour with a sparkly shine to the lips. I went for a yellow eyeshadow on the waterline and a black eyeshadow over the entire eyelid, both were from my BHcosmetics 120 eyeshadow palette 2nd edition. Make sure to blend the black eyeshadow with the blue paint, it should look like a contoured effect, not too harsh.

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Basically, that’s all, it really isn’t so hard but it takes a few hours.. In total I think I worked for about 4 hours. Then I took the pictures, no process pictures sorry.. And then the biggest challenge came up: I had to clean up.

Cleaning my makeup is usually no big deal. I simply get the prosthetics off, and take a shower.

These were like a million prosthetics, because of the brush latex scales, so first I got all of those. Then I figured I’d go take a shower, so I did. But then my paint didn’t come off. At all. Normally, when I use waterbased paint, it comes off while taking a shower. Not this one. So I washed it with soap. That hardly worked! It came off, but then my skin was still a faded blue-ish colour… So when I rubbed my skin very harshly with a brush (you know, for like, oil on your hands) it finally worked, but this is not pleasant. If someone has experience with this, or has some tip for me to make this easier, please do tell me!

The stupid part of course, is that the paint that was in my hair actually flowed out as soon as it got touched by water.. So, on one hand, I love this paint, on the other part, I hate it.

After all the blue was pretty much gone, I still had the glue on my face and shoulders. I used the spirit gum remover, but that stuff smells horrible! If you use this, please be careful around the eyes and lips and be very gentle with it!

When my family came home, they still thought it smelled bad in the entire house, that would be the remover stuff.. But there was no other way I was going to get the glue off of my skin, so I don’t really like this stuff. Maybe I should stick to using latex as a glue for prosthetics.

Something else I did for the first time: the gluestick method to cover brows. I am so happy that this exists. It’s perfect! I thought it was pretty scary, but it works (:

So, this was quite an adventure for me, there were some bad things but also definitely some good things. I just love the way the look turned out. I also love the fact that I went all the way including the clothes, this was like a half Marvel version.

If you happen to have any tips on the paint or spirit gum, please do tell me about it, I’d love to try another approach with a different character. Requests are welcome as well (:

Love,

-M.

DIY: Elven cloak

*** Click here for the expansion to this post: the Complete Costume and Pattern!!!!***

As was shown in the preview, I was working on my cloak yesterday, and it’s finished!

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Materials needed:

– Fabric. I suggest a length of 3 metres, so you have enough to create the desired length of the cape. Mine was 3 metres long and 1,40 metres wide, 70 cm when folded and from the roll.

– sewing machine, thread, anything you’d use when sewing, like, scissors, pins..

Tip: Make a muslin first with old newspapers. Just tape them together and that way you can figure out what size everything will be and how much fabric you really need.

The cape I made was inspired by this tutorial, only I made mine a lot longer. I wanted a cape that would reach my ankles at least. Also, I changed the neckline, but I’ll explain that later.  The hood was from this article, but again I altered some things. For starters, I ignored the first part and only went for the hood design.

So, first I made the cape part. I roughly cut of the length that I wanted, which was about 1,70 metres ( I had to finish of the edges and I’m tall ). I finished of the edges at the sides first, after that I went for the neckline. Now, instead of just folding the edge like you would normally do, I folded it with a space of about 3 cm as you can see in this picture:

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This way, I could make a cord and pull that through, this way you can manually pull your cape tighter or wider when it’s finished.

After this I checked the length of the cape and cut of some more fabric, as it was touching the floor. Then I finished the bottom edge as well.

On to the hood! I cut out the kite shapes as it is described in the article, but I decided to make two instead of four, because I thought the lining part was pointless. It’s not, I advise you to do the lining, but I just didn’t understand at the time. Plus I was out of fabric for more kites. For the measurements, I started of with a huge neckline, about 80 cm, divided in half that would be 40 for the triangle part. Then the 75 cm down and connect and fold that out as they say. I sewed the long sides together and then finished of the other edges.

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Then, and now comes the part I found the hardest, I tried to pin the hood to the cape, and for this I decided I should make the cape a little tighter with the cord, and then sew the hood on as shown in the picture.

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I made tiny folds then and again to make sure it fitted nicely.

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After sewing that I was finished! 😀 Here’s the result:

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Personally, I hardly see that the hood has no lining side, and when I wear the cloak it’ll be even less visible, especially with my hair covering it up..

Now on to sculpting the ears! And finishing my sweater, again! (I will, but I’m not making promises anymore)

Love,

-M.