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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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’ ๐Ÿ™‚

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!ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

Ireth

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.ย Also, I changed the neckline, but I’ll explain that later. ย 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! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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.

Pictures

As promised, the pictures of what I have been up to (:

For this week, zero action on my creative doodles, because I’ve had a stomach flu. I dislike stomach flus…

First topic: Costumes

This is what I was talking about when I said costume props:

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I know, they don’t look like the brooches from the movies, but hey, it’s an elven brooch! And this one was made by Ireth (: ย I asked my brother for a sheet of metal, and he gave me a small, thin sheet of iron. I drew the leaf shape on it and cut it out with a special pair of scissors (my brother had these, he has every kind of technical tool you could ever wish for, haha). Do NOT cut metal with normal scissors! Then I used pliers to bend the metal a little and painted it green with normal acryllic paint. Then to seal the paint I used a clear top coat nail varnish. The gold is a golden nail varnish, something that was not seen in the movies, but the leaves of Lรณrien are gold. To finish I used superglue to glue a pin on the back, this one happened to have a flat surface which was perfect for this brooch (:

So, now you can all guess what I’m making, it’s an elven cloak. Because of that nasty flu I haven’t started yet on the cloak, but I will do that tomorrow. And I will wear this to the next Hobbit movie, ofcourse.

Second topic, my side project:

IMGP0665I’m working on something that is currently a side project, but it’s going to be BIG. I already announced that I was going to do something huge soon, these are preparations. Can you guess what it is?

Third: While I was sick, this was my main source of entertainment:

IMGP0671Reading the last part of the trilogy. Haven’t finished it yet.

Last: My sweater!

IMGP0672This is something else I booked a lot of progress on while I was sick. I was so lucky to not have a headache.

Now, the left is going to be one side, I think the back, and the right is going to be the front. The back is already finished, the front is what I’m still working on. There’s a difference with these two pieces, the back has a strong curve for the taille, because at the time I thought I should do that. Now I’m making the other one straight, so that hopefully it’ll balance each other out a bit, and if not, then I probably have to do the left one all over again. And after that there’s the sleeves.

IMGP0674Why does this take me so long? Well, I think it’s the stitch. The pattern is repetitive, but the stitches are so small that when you’ve done one row, you hardly see any progress. And then it gets boring because you have to do so many rows. But, I really want to finish this thing now because then I’ll be able to move on to the next project.

As for the pictures, this is it. I’m not going to show my costume yet, or the makeup that I tested, because I’ll lose my element of surprise.

It’s raining here today, so I think I’m going to work on my painting on the wall today.ย Have a nice sunday!

Love,

-M.

My name is Ireth

YEAH, I went to the cinema as an elf! ย WHOO ๐Ÿ˜€

It was awesome, I love these movies! I’m not going to review/tell plot twists/anything, just one thing: if you enjoy makeup like it’s done in movies: go see it! Even if you don’t like fantasy! There’s so much to learn, seriously.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, so here’s what I did:

First I wanted to make a clay sculpture and put layers on it so I could make ears. Unfortunately, this didn’t work out.. I didn’t use my normal clay and apparently that is not good. No more experiments for me on trying other sculpting material..

So, my first plan flunked, and I looked up other cheap ways to get these pointed ears. I found videos on youtube where people use tape on their ears. They put on makeup so it doesn’t really show that much.. I figured I might give it a try as well, only I altered the method to my own satisfaction. By the way, did you know that there are people who got surgery on their ears to have permanent elf ears? Crazy right?

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So, I used tape on my ears. This was a bit of a struggle, because at first I just couldn’t get my tape right. After struggling, I put all my hair out of the way and used latex to create a skin that covered the tape so it would be a bit more natural. Seriously people, put your hair out of the way. All of it. You. Don’t. Want. Latex. In. Your. Hair.

Use a blowdryer to make sure the stuff dries a bit faster. As soon as it stops being supersticky your hair won’t be in grave danger anymore, even though it looksย and feels pretty weird blowing hot air on your ear.. ๐Ÿ™‚

The tape was not shaped entirely perfect on the inner part of my ear (ofcourse) so I used more latex there.

Then I used A LOT of makeup : powder, foundation, and a blush because my ears have a natural blushy shade, not like normal skintone (though I believe most ears would have that). I put makeup on my face as well. For that, you want to create a nice light skintone that still looks natural. I used a bit of talc powder along with my face powder to make it lighter. Sounds weird, but it works ๐Ÿ™‚

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Then for the eyes I used a white eyeshadow on the lid and a shimmery shadow on the inner corner, both BHCosmetics 120 palette 2nd edition.ย Then one coat of black mascara on the upper lashes and a bit of brown mascara on the lower lashes. This had to look very natural, so I used an old mascara brush that I cleaned after that mascara was finished, in order to avoid or remove clumps. You can also use a fanning brush to apply the mascara.

For the lips I used a natural looking colour from my BHcosmetics 66 lip palette. I applied a small amount of it with a brush, then used my fingertip to set it like you would do with a lipstain.

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I also braided my hair like an elf could have worn ย it. I wanted my ears to show, so I went for something with locks in front and the rest tucked behind the ears. The hair tutorial I used was one of Letsmakeitup on youtube. It was a waterfall braid on two sides that come together at the back of the head, then you continue the braid like a regular one for about 15 ย cm and these parts get twisted and pinned down.

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After that, I was done! All there was left to do was find out my name in Sindarin, which was Ireth ๐Ÿ™‚

Finished!

Finished!

As you can see, the ears are fake, of course. I’m not a professional, I didn’t use computer programs. But from a distance, no one will notice the amount of makeup or the tape or latex. I think it’s awesome. I even had some strange looks from the cinema staff ย ๐Ÿ˜€

Would you go out in public wearing special makeup/costumes/anything cosplay?