Yesterday I joked with another makeup artist that they should teach 'skills in waiting patiently for shoots to come out' at makeup school. This is a skill I wish I were better at... it's not as if I am not practiced in this art... but I definitely wish it were easier. (I think we waited something like 8 months for Vogue Italia Talents to be published. It's just the way it goes.)

In true 'Murphy's law' fashion last night...it was as if I have been wishing for a few things to happen... and in a window of 5 minutes the floodgates opened and they all happened at once. Within 5 minutes ... the Rorschach Beauty shoot was published on Blacklog , I got confirmed for a big job (can't mention that yet), confirmed for a meeting for another big job ( I could be a super spy by the amount of secrets I am keeping), my Facebook was going crazy in response to the beauty shoot and The Green Brush Project was asked to organise another amazing opportunity for 3 lucky artists. Talk about 5 minutes of power! These were all things I have been waiting for for ages. I think I could hear the Benny Hill theme playing in the distance. Ha!

What I want to share with you finally... is My RORSCHACH BEAUTY shoot via Blacklog.  

Interview courtesy of Thom Kerr at Black Magazine

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Freshly inspired from her Vogue Italia Talents shoot, Australian makeup artist and blacklog contributor Becca Gilmartin has collaborated with photographer Nelson Lai to shoot these incredibly surreal beauty portraits with Amanda Griffiths from Chic. Painstakingly put together by hand over several hours with silver and gold leafing over black paint, the final illusion is one of near perfect symmetry. We asked Becca to reflect on these pieces of art. "Rorschach ink blot test is used to analyse interpretations and the observers meaning. I was inspired by the  Rorschach tests in my curiosity with people's own interpretation of beauty; their own and others beauty. Beauty is an ever changing template which evolves with age, culture and taste. I see people chase an imaginary template on a daily basis and I am so curious by this... So much low self esteem is created within the gap between a person as they actually are and this imaginary template. This shoot was born from that thought and inspired by a recent research task into the world of Alexander McQueen."Perhaps a future glimpse into a makeup look inspired for their next season's runways... 

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Whilst I have been writing this post, I have had a phone call from another  makeup artist, and she mentioned it was great to see this shoot as she could tell I haven't drawn inspiration from another makeup artists work... but done something that has merely popped into my head. That was nice to be acknowledged as that is one thing I try to do as much as possible... take inspiration from things other than others makeups. Otherwise, aren't I just re-creating?  We do enough re-creating in our every day makeup work... for my personal work, I would rather be in the creating business. It's a nice challenge.

This shoot was inspired by all the research I had to do for the Italian Vogue Talents shoot with Bex Sheers ( she was the creator of the body art ideas and I ran with it.. I will share about that at a later date) The Rorschach ink blot tests I thought would look incredible on the face and definitely represents for me my thoughts on peoples idea of beauty. Such a fascinating topic.

What is beauty anyway? 

Really. What is it?

One thing that no-one will realise until this post... is on the day of the beauty shoot... Nelson Lai and I shot Amanda with 4 beauty looks. In my mind... I wanted to have a Beauty + Face Paint Beauty sitting side by side in my book. One playing with minimal and the other playing with the exaggerated... even grotesque. It is a play on ideas of beauty. I have seen women with one pimple have a complete break down and on the other hand a woman with a skin condition feel the most beautiful woman in the world. What is all that about?

When we sat down at the end of editing... we realised the face paint beauty was powerful standing alone and together. Now that the Rorschach Beauty shoot has been released.. I can now release the complete project!

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With the Face2Face Makeup Awards just over a week away... organising this for the past few months has also had me thinking... what would I enter if I was entering? The brief being to submit 2 beauty shoots that would run as alternate covers for a new Beauty Magazine... I think it would be a touch decision between the two Rorschach Beauty shots....

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OR... I would enter one of the Rorschach Beauty with a Regular Beauty as I originally imagined. So here are my other options for my imaginary entry into the
Face2Face Makeup Awards.

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Which of the three I would actually enter? Well... the luxury of not actually being able to enter means I dont have to decide... but in that imaginary world where I WAS entering... I would let me guts decide at the last minute before I sent off to print.

Isn't that what everyone does? ha!

 

Thanks to NELSON LAI for being a fabulous photographer!  

Thank you to AMANDA GRIFFITH at Chic Management who was not only an amazing model to let me cover her face in all sorts... but also was great despite the fact I did most of her makeup with tissues stuck up my nose as it wouldn't stop running for some crazy reason.  

We did good x

Nelson and Amanda just getting started...

Nelson and Amanda just getting started...

Amanda and her amazing patience letting me face paint her ..then leaf over the top.. that stuff takes time and it was soooo amazing working with Amanda... she really made the process easy x

Amanda and her amazing patience letting me face paint her ..then leaf over the top.. that stuff takes time and it was soooo amazing working with Amanda... she really made the process easy x

Nelson being fabulous and trusting my vision

Nelson being fabulous and trusting my vision

No one would mess with you looking like this  Amanda....

No one would mess with you looking like this  Amanda....

the first shot taken of the final unedited layout... 

the first shot taken of the final unedited layout... 

This is what I used for the black - TAG black water activated cake.

This is what I used for the black - TAG black water activated cake.