SAG Awards Top 5 Looks to Die For

Last night marked the epic SAG awards show. I was so happy and excited for Jennifer Lawrence, homeland, Downtown Abby and so much more!!! But everyone knows the best part of any awards show is the make-up and wardrobe!!!

Julia Stiles- Julia Stiles really hit this one out of the park! Her intense eye color and coal shade lips make her a drop dead knockout. I am glad to report that this is one happy make-up artist.

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Amanda Seyfried – And the prize for the natural look for the evening wear, goes the talented Amanda Seyfried. Natural mak-up is really hard to find these days and Amanda pulled it off with no problem. This is the perfect balanced of skin tone, eye, lips, and cheeks. She really encompasses the full package.

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Tina Fey- The song brown-eyed girl describes Tina Fey’s make-up to a tee. I love that her eyes are boldly emphasized and that her lips and cheeks are so soft. The contrast between the two makes her looks beautiful. This was one perfect make-up job.

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Kerry Washington – This is a great look for Kerry Washington she has such a glow to her make-up. Just stunning.

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Kelly Osbourne- I love seeing Kelly Osbourne all dressed up wearing bright red lipstick, the red really compliments her fair skin and dazzling purple hair! Love it!!!

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BLOOD TUBING!!!!!

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If you can’t already tell, I am super excited to share my secrets of blood tubing with you!!! For those of you who don’t know what blood tubing is, if you ever saw somebody get cut open in a movie, sliced, or jabbed the blood that is gushing from their body is made possible by the effect of blood tubing. It is important to note that this can be done in sooooo many different and creative ways. I wanted to share with you my experience, but feel free to comment on ways that you blood tube!!! Would love to hear from you.

I did a short film called A Girl At The Front Door a couple of weekends ago. These are the simple and easy steps I followed.

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1. The first step to this process was to get the prop (in this case a knife) from the assistant director, because they were using the knife for a couple of scene before the initial stabbing.

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*In order to execute blood tubing to the best of your ability, you have to give yourself enough time to prepare, test out the prop, and also to have room for accidents in case something goes wrong.

2. Next you are going to need to get the long tube (where to get it and what kind, will be specified at the bottom of the article).

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3. After you have the tube you will need to cut it so that it becomes the length of the prop, in this case a knife, so that the audience or viewers won’t see it. What’s the point of stabbing someone without it looking real, right???

4. You’re probably wondering what should I put the blood in .. Right! Well you will need something durable. In my case I used non spermicide condoms. I KNOW who thought condoms would ever be good for something other than sex hahaha. Condoms are great because they are durable, they are stretchy but you want to get one that doesn’t have all the gooey gross lube or spermicide incase the actor has to taste it. OHHH yum lube for lunch.

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5. Now you want to put the tube inside the condom and tape it around the tubing tight.

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6. The next step, you want to place the tubing on the backside of the knife. The condom will be placed in the actors hand. As the actor slices down, he or she will also want to squeeze the condom, and the blood will come out as fast as they want it to.

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SO……..Where can I get the materials?!?!?!

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TUBING: As a make up artist it’s all about the resources. For the tubing I go to Lowes and get a couple of yards so that it will last awhile.
BLOOD: For the blood there are two options for you to choose from –
*ONE is to buy pre-made blood form the makeup stores such as Frends, Nigel’s, Cinema Secrets and Naimie are all located in Hollywood. When you walk into these stores there are so many different brands of fake blood to pick from. But my favorite fake blood is called MY BLOOD. Please note if any of this blood is going into the actors mouth, make sure to get the blood labeled mouth blood . The other one is for the clothing, floor, etc.
*TWO is making the blood yourself. Instead of running to the makeup store you are on your way to the grocery store, that’s right ladies and gentleman the grocery store! On your grocery list put down food coloring, make sure that you have all four of the primary colors and an extra red if possible. the next thing on your list is the Corn syrup and Hershey’s chocolate syrup for the flavor and darkening of the blood. Then you will mix everything in a large bowl. Depending on how light or dark you want the blood, you will need to add less chocolate for a lighter color and more chocolate for a darker color.

Please note that blood can stain your outfit and your skin. Have no fear if this happen make sure that you wash your cloths right away, but if you can’t get to them right away, you can use shaving cream to get the stain off your skin and clothing. I always have some in my makeup kit when I am on set. You never know when you will need it. 🙂

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5 FAB Make-Up Must haves for Artists

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Whether you are an actor, make-up artist, model or just someone who loves just LOVVVVESSS to put on a little magical wonderfulness in the form of make-up than you have come to the right place. I love trying out new brushes, finding that perfect tool to craft the most accurate and effective look. It can be hard to find something that is a good price and works. Soooooo….I have compiled the 5 TOP BRUSHES!!!! The best in the biz, the beautiful wooden instruments that make my life as a make-up artist just FABULOUS!!!!

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1. MUD Make-up Designory Brushes – because they are soft and pretty 🙂

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my favorite brush is their fan brush! It great for putting on just the right amount of blush and shading of the cheeks

Where to buy: LA and NY MUD stores http://shop.mudshop.com/brushes

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2. Ve’s Neil Brushes – Ve’s Neil was the make-up artist who did Pirates of the Caribbean!!!! How exciting is that?? Super amazing to work on all different sizes great for spfx

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Where to buy: http://www.veneill.com/

3. Crown Brushes – is my back up brushes

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Where to buy: http://www.crownbrush.com/

4. Tarina Tarantino – are awesome brushes these where my very first set up big girl brush my mom and dad gave me…. And there PINK

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Where to buy: http://reviews.sephora.com/8723/P254913/reviews.htm

5. Elf brushes – I know that they are super cheap but they do get the job done! And if your pocket-book is a little low these are great! 1-3 dollar brushes … I use they a lot when I do a lot of special effects makeups

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Where to buy: http://www.eyeslipsface.com/makeup/brushes

Dream Out Loud!!

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Now that you know all about me let’s get down to some business. Being a make-up artist in LA is not easy, the constant competition, rigorous market, and of course the scheduling can have anyone going crazy. So of course it was a total shock when i was selected as one of THREE interns to take part in a movie called Dream Out Loud, a short documentary film directed by Juliet Landau and Deverill Weeks on the life of the brilliant make-up artist Kazuhiro Tsuji. EEEEK!!! I was so excited I couldn’t breath, I mean me little miss St. Louis, me, I am going to be interning for a documentary featuring one of the world’s greatest make-up artists. It was, like many things around here, a dream come true!!!

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It only got cooler from there, being put on a “street team” was just the beginning of the ride. My top priority was to personally invite every make-up school and make-up company in LA to this once in a life time event. With piles of flyers tucked under our arms, loads of cards bursting from our purse, and smiles bigger than physically possible we started on our ways towards the streets of Los Angeles to cordially invite the best per our request.

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As the event was drawing near my blood was pumping faster, the rush of excitement just tickled my bones. Who would I meet? Did we get everything done? Would a lot of people show? All the questions were circling in my mind like a roller coaster or a merry-go-round. It was exhausting but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world, as cliché as that sounds. I was ready for the IMATS and boy was it going to be fun!!!!

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It was SHOW TIME!!!! As i arrived at the Pasadena convention Center I was mesmerized by its size. I mean just a few hours from now this place will be crammed with some of the best people in the industry, celebrities, and talent. I took a breath to inhale the sweet smell of my surroundings and then it was time to set things up, someone has to do it and I was more than happy to be a part of every piece of this amazing project.

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Getting to work with Kazu was the probably the best part of this whole experience, I mean the man can do art like no one can. Working with the director and actress Juliet Landau, formerly on Buffy and Angel, was like a star struck moment. I mean how many people can say hey I worked with someone on BUFFY!!!! Yea sorry Twilight but somebody already did the vampire thing and it was waaaayyyy better. What was interesting to hear was the fact that both Juliet and Deverill believed in the new generation of make-up artist but expected to take risks, to se the bar high, and to explore. It all reminded me of an article I had read in the New York Times about Henny Garfunkel and her fresh intake on photography, her sadness that everything was being ruined by publicists, no one was taking risks, and everything was becoming planned and static.

The event came to an end on Sunday. It was bitter-sweet, exhausted from the whole endeavor, but so overwhelmed with happiness. Now as I sit in my quaint apartment writing this I can’t help but to think what’s next? New challenge and definitely new risks.

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Thanks for reading, don’t forget to follow or like to read more,

Ann

*All content is written and edited by Bat-el Miller for more information or to contact Ann don’t forget to visist the website www.makeupbeckette.com