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Some Make Up Tips

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Since Halloween is quickly approaching, I thought I could impart some quick and easy tips to get you up and running.

1) Less is more. This is always one of the first things I go over when teaching a make up work shop. You don’t need to use a ton of make up to get the desired effect.  Start with a really thin application. It is always easier to add more than to try to take some off.  You’ll also thank your self at the end of the night when you don’t have to wash as much off.  That is one of the key things I’ve learned through my years of working at a haunted house.

2) White is a great tool–but it is not the end all be all of make up.  A thin coat of white can give an awesomely ghastly pale complexion, but too much and you look like a clown.  If that’s what you’re going for, great. But in most cases you only want a little bit of white. Try applying white to the highlight areas only.

3)The same can be said for black.  Black is also wonderful and I use it all the time, but it’s an accent, not the base.  Use it to darken shadows, not as the shadow itself.

4) A fun little trick for making eyes look really sickly is to apply a little bit of red right under the lower lash line, just like you would with eyeliner.

5) Also for that sickly pallor: A little bit of yellow on your highlight areas, and a smidge of purple on your shadows and you will rock the sick look.

6) Veins can be a really fun look.  Take a thin brush, and trace really light thin lines on the face and neck, or even your hands.  The eyes and mouth are a good place to focus, but if you need some ideas, google is your best friend. Reds, purples, and blues are great for veins.

Stay tuned for a part 2, but these should help you get out the door for some trick-or-treating.

Died Blue

This was a portrait study done the summer of 2008.  I wanted to attempt a portrait that was reminiscent of the Victorian Era.  I used a reference of myself for the lighting, but mostly she is drawn from my imagination.  She was a practice for my painting skills, and is still one of my favorite pieces.

Fall is Coming

Fall is quickly arriving here in Bucks County, which is always my favorite time of year.  I find that very appropriate timing to getting this website up and running.  I’ll try to keep you, the reader, updated with the artistic goings on of my life, and my maybe even my thoughts and some art–movies, theater, music, what have you.  I hope that will keep you entertained.

New art will be posted as I can, so check back often.

October and Halloween is swiftly approaching.  If you haven’t yet, check out http://www.activeacreshauntedfarm.com/ for a look at the haunted house I work at.  It keeps me busy, and I will certainly be posting more about it as we go along.

Thanks for stopping by.

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