I’ve never felt the need to wear makeup, and only applied it rarely – usually focusing on eyes, because no one kisses my eyelids. I think some of it was because I was given the ability to wear makeup when I was 13 and just never had the desire. It was one of those things where it was available, I felt, to cover up the imperfections on my face and serve as a mask to hide the things that I should be ashamed of (or at least feel the need to hide). I subscribed to the reasoning that if people didn’t like me because I didn’t wear makeup or cover my acne, then I didn’t really want to be friends with them anyway. So I didn’t put any effort into either skin care or makeup. When I did start to wear makeup, at 17, it was because I felt the need for a mask – psychologically, makeup presented that option. So for much of my life I’ve equated the frequent wearing of makeup to wearing a mask. In a way, with filming that’s still true – but I never saw the creativity in it, just a barrier to hide imperfections or flaws behind.
The last week has shaken that theory. Instead of building a psychological wall, the face is just another kind of canvas – and makeup just another kind of medium. Over the week I’ve done lots of crazy shit with my face. I did this kind of heavy winged look with eyeshadow (which is sort of becoming my paint of choice, as I had no idea how versatile it could be with just adding a little bit of water to the brush), made designs and played with various kinds of eyeliner. I have black and sparkle pen, pencil and liquid eyeliner, and a purple cream eyeliner. I learned Tuesday, that my lines are straighter when I use cream eyeliner as opposed to the other kinds. I think it’s because it’s harder to move, so I can take my time on it and it won’t squiggle as much – I could however, do with the brush being less pokey.
I’m going to be practicing character makeup this week – so due to spoilers and/or disaster and total failure, I won’t be posting the pictures of them. At least not for a while, so I can actually get it all down. I’ll probably write about things I’ve learned with the application though, so there’ll still be some stuff. ^.^ Today I cleaned out the studio from the holidays so we can move in there again.
Today’s makeup is purple because I wanted to play with my plum eyeliner. Cream eyeliner is hard to get used to at first – mostly just the brush, but I’m actually better at putting that on than all the other kinds I’ve tried/have – so that’s good news. When I was done with everything I powdered my face with elf’s high definition powder, and I think it’s going to be a staple for Hendstrom because it really does smooth everything out.
I didn’t do anything on Friday due to my face starting to break out and rebel – today I’m waiting for my elf makeup to arrive and my wanna-be migraine to go away before I do anything that requires a large amount of concentration. The plan however, is to play with a lot of purple either today or tomorrow. I rediscovered that I have wash-out-with-shampoo purple hair dye that I’ll probably work in as well.
My package is in town, somewhere, just not delivered
I meant to take the picture earlier (before the gloss wore off) and in front of the greenscreen, but I ate lunch and then the camera died. Browns and blacks – it matches my “I logged out for this?!” shirt that came in from jinx today. ^.^
Calling it Shopping Penguin because I’ve had it stuck in my head since discovering Parry Gripp, and I made little eye wings.