Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Dick Smith!

Today legendary make-up and SPFX artist Dick Smith turns 90 years old!

He is responsible for giving me years and years of nightmares as a child, thanks to his work on The Exorcist.  I was introduced to this movie far far too young, and it left a definite lasting mark.  Even today, at nearly 29, I still get chills.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Exit Humanity: Zombie For a Day

Ever wonder what I'd look like as a zombie?  No? Well there it is anyway. That's me, in all my zombie glory in feature film EXIT HUMANITY.

Writen and directed by John Geddes, staring Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses, Devil's Rejects), Dee Wallace (Cujo, E.T.), Stephen McHattie (300, The Watchmen), narrated by Brian Cox (Braveheart) and introducing Mark Gibson.  Exit Humanity is a zombie saga set in post-Civil War Tennessee.
Exit Humanity was just released on DVD last week and when I finally got my copy, I was delighted to see my ugly mug decorating the DVD!  I had a chance to visit the set and get zombified when they were shooting in early winter of 2010, so I thought I'd share a few photos from the experience. 

Don't pay full price for make-up!

Maintaining a well stocked and varied kit to meet any make-up needs can get very expensive.  For this reason many professional brands offer a pro discount program to qualified make-up artists and in some cases beauty students, stylists and actors.  It's also in these brands best interests to vie for those coveted spots in our make-up kit, as we're often the ones that 'sell' the product to our clients, models and actors.  I can't even count how many times I've been asked to jot down the products I've used on people, presumably so they can purchase it for regular use on themselves.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Make Up For Ever Must Haves!

This past weekend I spent two days in a Toronto Sephora as a guest artist for Make Up For Ever.  We were celebrating the launch of MUFE's new Aqua Shadow jumbo waterproof eye shadow pencils.  I was there to show off these fab pencils, help gals get gorgeous while nabbing the right MUFE products for them.

Make Up For Ever is easily one of my favourite make-up brands, so much so that I started working with them a couple years ago, lending myself to special events, product launches, fashion shows and the like.  So since I spent the weekend immersed in MUFE and singing it's praises, I thought I'd highlight some of their products that I can't live without and will always be found in my make-up kit.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Rise of the BB Cream

I first encountered BB creams, short for Blemish or Beauty Balm, when keying an Asian gangster film a couple years ago.  One of our shoot locations was a real Korean grocery store in Toronto.  It had a second level balcony that served as the beauty section, offering Asian skincare and cosmetics.  Of course I checked it out!  While I couldn't decipher much from the product labels, those two letters kept shouting out at me in bold print on the front of various tubes and bottles.  BB everywhere!

On the same shoot, at a different location, I had a bevy of Asian beauties to prep for a scene.  There was about 12 of them, 1 of me, and about 2 hours to accomplish make-up fit for a high end night club on all of them.  Fortunately many of them came with great skin and even complexions, making my job that much easier.  Of course I asked what skincare products they used, and several mentioned this mysterious BB cream.  I went home, did some Googling and ordered a couple BB products from my now favourite site for Asian beauty goodies, SaSa.com.

The craze has apparently caught on!  

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Captured Bird

The Captured Bird, a short dark fable written and directed by Jovanka Vuckovic, produced by Jason Lapeyre and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, is having it's world premiere this weekend in Toronto at the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival.  Part of The Night Shift program, a collection of dark & horror themed short films, Saturday June 9 beginning at 11:30pm at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

I had the amazing opportunity to lend my make-up abilities to this film in late May of last year.  The key artist, Melissa Zimmerman, took care of our extremely talented 6 year old lead, Skyler Wexler, while I handled the background cast.  The animatronic creature, which anyone who's followed the making of this film is dying to see on screen, was made by Paul Jones and his team.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

SPF: What You Need To Know!

When it comes to tanning and achieving that beach bronze goddess look, I'm unlike most other gals.  I'm pale.  Like MUFE HD Foundation #115 pale.  And I like to stay that way.  I'm a natural redhead (shhh, it's a secret!) so really I'll just freckle and burst into flames with prolonged sun exposure.  I go to extreme measures to stay sun safe, from wearing long sleeves in the middle of a heatwave, to layering high SPFs, to wearing hats and hiding in even the tiniest patch of shade.  Pale or not, we all need to know our sunscreens! 

Last summer the Food & Drug Administration issued new regulations on how sun protection products are marketed and labeled.  This is good news, but the changes aren't scheduled to come into effect until December of this year.  So there's a few things you -need- to know in the meantime.

An Introduction of Sorts...

So how does one begin a new blog?  I thought I'd just launch into it, but then again maybe you would all benefit from an introduction.  Who the hell am I?  Why am I blogging? Do I really have anything to say?  Where's my lipgloss? Do vampires really exist?

Wait.  What?

This really isn't new to me.  Born in the 80's, I was a 90's tween and lived on the Internet.  I Livejournaled, I MySpaced, I ICQed, I MSNed, I chatroomed, I HTMLed, I always had something to say and made websites galore to say it on (some still exist, please don't go looking for them).  I was a make-up loving, vampire obsessed, goth gal and made my presence known where ever I virtually could.