Work in progress – 23 nights ’till Halloween

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*Insert evil mhuahaha dr. Frankenstein sound*

Let it be clear that I am after this post on completely ignoring the fact that I was MIA on this blog for 3 months. I was going to do a post like: hey, I’m back! But screw that. No one reads it anyway 😛 This is not a travel blog people!
Though if you must know more about where the heck I’ve been, feel free to let me know and I might show of some awesome photos…

The best time of the year has arrived!! It’s October and that means HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

Seriously, this is the best Halloween EVER.
I am working on so many things right now, you have to see this once I have it all wrapped up. I’m so, supersuperstoked and happy about it and I can’t find the right words to describe how much I LOVE this.. 😀 Big shoutout to Tereza (Hi Tereza!) for her trust in me and her courage to be my model!

I know I had the best time last year, but this year is so much better. I have so much to do for Halloween, that when my ‘clients’ from last year called to ‘hire’ me again, I had to cancel..
I have at least 2 other people I’m doing makeup for on Halloween itself besides my own makeup.
I am probably also going to do the makeup of the party host.
Besides that I will be the on site MUA for party poopers that didn’t dress up so I can turn them into Halloween-worthy wonders.

All of that is so fantastic!
And of the people that I will be doing makeup for, I have done lots of research and homework, and we started preparing weeks ago. I invented something that is so cool! I filmed everything, won’t be able to edit but we’ll get there!

So above, that is something for my own look.
I decided to create my own latex glove so I can simply wear that over my hand at the party, while when I have to do makeup on site I can throw it off and work without worries about the paint or whatever on my hand.

I used some sculpting wax first to create longer fingertips, and I pressed some really weird fake nails into that (not visible in picture because it’s inside out). Then I created about 5 layers of liquid latex all over the hand and BAM, done!
Basically it’s just the regular process of using latex, except I did it on my own hand instead of a mall.

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This is some homemade fake blood! Whooohoo!
I’m really doing research into the DIY material like gelatine, this is just one of the things I have been playing with. So yeah, gelatine is pretty awesome.
I discovered that it is not OK to save some prepared gelatine outside of the freezer for over 2 weeks, because you’ll get a nasty side effect food generally tends to get, other than that, it’s brilliant!

On a non Halloween related note: I have been painting at the wall, but no pictures because I didn’t take my camera with me when I visited my parents, so, that will have to wait.

My life right now? Aside from all listed above, I’m good. I love living in this city, on my own. It took me a while to get the whole household thing down but it’s ok now. Cooking for myself really is paying off now, combine the portion control with cycling an hour everyday + going to the gym thrice a week and you’ll get a healthier lifestyle. Work is also pretty good!
Everything’s a little hectic because after a full-time job I push myself to the limit to work on Halloween stuff, work out and have a social life, so that’s also why it took me pretty long to get back to TSAR.

Anyways, I hope you’re still around, reading my blog! I really appreciate it and I wanted to show you this little something, and let you know that I am still alive and well, and also still really into doing makeup.

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

DIY: Elven Ears

These are the ears that go with this costume!

Products used:

– clay

– liquid latex (Kryolan)

– Talc powder

Procedure:

Make ears of clay. I took some pictures of my ears and try to create a clay model of them, then I gave them pointed ends. I chose to let the clay dry for a night.

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Apply a layer of latex, let this dry until you don’t see much of the light liquid colour anymore, apply another layer and repeat. I did about 4 layers. WARNING: Use either really really old brushes or cheap ones, because you’re going to have to throw them out after using latex on them. I also used my fingers. Make sure you’re not allergic to latex!!!!

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Let this dry properly for another night. Make sure you don’t put this in bright daylight, that will make your latex darker.

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Use a powder on your latex while it’s still on the clay sculture. Preferably a talc powder. Slowly pull the latex off, powder this other side as you go. Your ears will come off inside out (:

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Done! Try them on to see how you did. I discovered that mine will need some cutting and ofcourse, a lot of makeup. This version however will be a lot better then my previous elven ears!

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Love,

-M.