Face2Face Makeup Awards Judges – Adam and Damian From Odd Studio

Odd Studio is a world-renowned company at the forefront of prosthetic make up, creature effects, animatronic characters, special effects, props and models. Both partners, Damian Martin and Adam Johansen have over 20 years of industry experience on a diverse range of projects, helping realize and give life to ideas and creative visions. Their dedication to the art, practical approach and extended family of talented crew continue to keep the company in high demand for in camera effects.

We are lucky enough to again have Damian and Adam as judges for the Film Fantasy category at the Face2Face Makeup Awards. The lucky winner is going to enjoy a days work experience  with the Odd Boys which you would agree… for any emerging SPFX artist will be invaluable.

Last week myself and photographer Amelia J Dowd went to their studio in St Peters and spent some time with Adam and Damian… it was hard to concentrate for all the creative eye candy, boxes of boils, scabs and amazing completed characters. Somehow we were able to concentrate long enough to take some shots and speak with the Odd boys…

Adam mid sculpt of a nose piece for a VW commercial to be shot the following weekend…

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS?

The past 12 months have been huge for us. We wrapped on Fury Rd, Mad Max which we ran the prosthetics on for nearly 2 years finishing pick ups in December. Damian headed up the dept in Namibia and Cape Town for 7 months. We’ve also just wrapped on Alex Proyas’s latest film, God’s Of Egypt which we also headed the prosthetics dept for. Lesley Vanderwalt was head of hair and make up on both of those films.

In addition to that, we worked on a locally produced Sci-Fi feature film called Terminus which we’re pretty excited about too. Throw in a couple of big music videos from 2 huge acts and a bunch of commercials and it explains why we’re a bit knackered.

Joking aside, we’re very grateful for all the recent projects we have landed and are grateful for our wonderful crew too.

Emily James who has been at Odd Stufio for 3 years.. working on a decapitated head made from silicone for a project with Vetus

THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR JUDGING FOR FILM FANTASY ADAM AND THE SECOND YEAR FOR DAMIAN… OVER THE YEARS I HAVE ENJOYED FOLLOWING YOUR WORK… I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS! DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS WE ALSO SAW THE PASSING OF MUA LEGEND DICK SMITH. IT WAS A SAD DAY FOR MYSELF AS HIS WORK WAS AN INSPIRATION FOR ME TO PUSH MY OWN BOUNDARIES IN MY WORK… I AM INTERESTED TO HEAR ABOUT HOW DICK SMITH INFLUENCED BOTH OF YOUR CAREERS?

Dick Smith’s contribution to make up effects is immeasurable and in my opinion (Adam) hard to articulate. He was the greatest make up artist of all time and famously giving with his techniques, which isn’t always the case.  He was a wonderful person and a real ‘no-nonsense’ artist too. His ageing make ups will forever be the bench mark for me. He has not only affected Damian and myself,  but anyone that has ever followed a career in Make up and prosthetics.

(Damian) I found Dick Smiths Do it yourself monster monster makeup handbook in a comic store when I was a young teenager and it really fanned the flames of my interest in makeup effects. I can only imagine how many people that book and the earlier kits inspired.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANY ASPIRING SPFX MAKEUP ARTIST IN THE INDUSTRY TODAY?

Just get ‘doing’! If you’re doing a course, do more than you need to. Sculpt, mould apply things in your own time, work out of your garage or bedroom if need be. Throw yourself into it 110% because any less isn’t good enough in this very tough industry of ours.

(D) There’s an incredible amount of inspiration and information out there and materials are readily available. If you’re not taking advantage of this and giving it a go I’m less inclined to believe that this is your passion.

WHAT WILL YOU BOTH BE LOOKING FOR IN THIS YEARS FILM FANTASY CATEGORY SPFX AND NON SPFX?

 I’ll (Adam) be looking for originality and creativity. Something that’s both bold and refined will get my vote.

(D) a strong idea that’s well executed is always good to see and I really like it when a character or design is fully thought through and resolved.

Thanks guys… can’t wait for Sunday!

To keep up to date with what Adam and Damian are up to… you need to follow the Odd Studio Facebook and Instagram!

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Face2Face Makeup Awards Judge – Martin Bray

MARTIN BRAY

Martin Bray is an amazing International Makeup and Body artist who currently lives in Barcelona and works between there and Sydney also travelling the world for a variety of clients. He has worked with artists such as Kylie Minogue, Kelly Rowland, Miranda Kerr, Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian to name only a few. He is back in Sydney to be Key Makeup for X FACTOR. I am lucky enough to get to work with this talented man on X FACTOR and couldn’t wait to ask him to be a guest judge for the Face2Face Makeup Awards.

WELCOME BACK TO SYDNEY… WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO LATELY?

I’ve been getting ready for X Factor and very excited now it’s here. We’re into the third week of live shows and this year it’s as creative as ever. While I am back from Barcelona I am also travelling to a few cities in Australia to do a variety of Workshops and Masterclasses which I love doing. I am happy to be able to squeeze in some time to come and judge the amazing new emerging talent in the Face2Face Makeup Awards.

YOU ARE COMING TO JUDGE THE BEAUTY EDITORIAL, MODERN BRIDE AND RUNWAY INSPIRED… WHAT WILL YOU BE LOOKING FOR FROM THE ENTRANTS THIS YEAR?

I’ll be looking for technique and the overall beauty of the look as well as colour theory.

THIS YEARS THEME FOR BEAUTY EDITORIAL IS COLOUR AND YOU ARE THE KING OF CREATIVE COLOUR… WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOU SEE IN THE BEAUTY SHOTS?

I hope to see a makeup that uses colour but in a BEAUTIFUL way. It’s not about a ‘look’ you are going to see on a stage… but an image that is number one… BEAUTIFUL and then you realise it’s about colour. Colour should ENHANCE a woman’s beauty not take over. I’m looking for something I could imagine seeing in Italian Vogue.

WHAT ADVISE DO YOU WANT TO GIVE TO THE MAKEUP ARTISTS ENTERING THE LIVE COMPETITIONS?

#1 – TIMING. Know exactly how long your makeup will take.

#2 – Have a strong background for your makeup design.

#3 BLEND EVERYTHING. If liner is being used… SHARPEN it up!

#4 – REMEMBER.

Remember the brows

Remember the lashes

#5 – Highlight and Shade on the skin – The skin is contoured beautifully regardless of texture.

#6 – Take a deep breathe and always remember … this is what you do.

WHERE CAN ARTISTS FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING MASTERCLASSES AND WORKSHOPS?

For Workshop information go to

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we are going to Perth, Newcastle, Sydney Melbourne, and possibly Hong Kong

Check out pics from our workshops

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We are travelling around capital cities as well as regional areas and have already done Gold Coast which was a great success. You can see pics from the workshops on our blog or Facebook page and dont forget to follow me on instagram

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martin during one of his recent workshops….

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Face2Face Makeup Awards Judge – Lydia Jane Saunders

Who better to invite to be a guest judge for the Face2Face Makeup Awards ‘Modern Bride’ category than the Fashion Editor of Complete Wedding Magazine, Lydia Jane Saunders.

“I’ve worked in fashion and lifestyle styling for just over 10 years, first catching the bug as an intern at Marie Claire magazine in Sydney. I originally studied Communications at Charles Stuart University, which was a great grounding for working in the media industry, but I quickly realised styling was my chosen career path. I was lucky to be mentored by the legendary UK fashion director Hilary Alexander while working in London – she wildly encouraged my love for colour and sparkles! Since then I’ve styled shoots for a diverse range of magazines including, Harper’s Bazaar China, Karen, Brace, Collective, Factice, Fashion Trend and Atlas. As well as advertising clients, Qantas, Toyota, Woolworths and Peroni amongst many others. I love the variety of freelance styling and managing my own schedule, plus I get to work with some seriously creative and talented people.”

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON LATELY?

I’ve been busy working on a great mix of editorial and advertising projects recently.

I lead the fashion team at Complete Wedding Magazine and we’ve just wrapped up the latest issue with seven stunning editorials. Bridal fashion is brilliant fun and global fashion trends are filtering through to wedding gowns more and more.

Two of my favourite projects recently were an editorial for Pages Digital – with divine model Ollie Henderson – and a shoot for Remix magazine where I styled Grace Simmons. I had the pleasure of working with photographer Cara O’Dowd on both and I absolutely love being on a project with her, we share a similar vision and it never feels like work.

I have also been managing prop and set styling for Marie Claire magazine which sees me scouring Sydney for covetable items, one of the best parts of a styling brief!”

WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF A MODERN BRIDE?

“Experimental, bold, and with personal flair. Today’s brides don’t follow convention – they create a wedding day look that builds on their own look and brings in touches of inspiration from runway fashion and their favourite era.”

MOST MAKEUP ARTISTS CROSS OVER BETWEEN BRIDAL WORK AND OTHER AREAS OF THE INDUSTRY… HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK IT IS TO HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF CURRENT FASHION/TRENDS WHEN WORKING IN BRIDAL?

“It’s hugely important – in fact today I think traditional ‘bridal makeup’ has been eclipsed by modern make up trends. There is no ‘one face fits all’. Many brides find beauty inspiration from fashion magazines, red carpet looks, even films, and make up artists need to have their finger on the pulse of current culture to create the desired look.”

WHAT TRENDS HAVE YOU NOTICED OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS IN THE BRIDAL WORLD?

“Brides are definitely moving towards a softer look. Hair down or in a loose ponytail, minimal makeup and a dewy complexion, something that will last the day and evening and still look gorgeous. The wedding day is definitely not one to experiment with a bold look and modern brides understand this. The trend is definitely more about natural, glowing beauty.”

WHAT MAKEUP/HAIR TRENDS HAVE YOU ENJOYED OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS?

“I am loving the attention to eyebrows. They frame the face and are such a key beauty factor. Cara Delevigne, Karlie Kloss and Miranda Kerr are all nailing this at the moment. And after decades of overplucked ridiculous eyebrows it’s such a relief to see brows that celebrate the natural arch!” 

WHAT TRAITS DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN WORKING WITH MAKEUP ARTISTS PROFESSIONALLY?

“Genuine talent, experienced skill and a team player. Make up artists need to have a key understanding of the trends and be adaptable to any creative brief. They also need to be able to see the complete vision for a project, as well as their part within it.” 

WHAT TRAITS DO YOU THINK A MAKEUP ARTIST NEED WHEN DOING BRIDAL?

“People skills and empathy! Brides can be stressed and confused about what they want for the big day, and it’s a makeup artist (and hairdressers) job to uncover their personal style, listen to their issues, and deliver her ideal look which is tasteful and elegant. I think a love of weddings also helps – being part of the day can be great fun if you genuinely enjoy the event.”

WHAT ARE YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST PET PEEVES?

“When the makeup is simply too much, or wildly experimental to the point that it jars with everything else. Makeup should complement the model and their clothing, not take it over.”

WHAT WILL YOU BE LOOKING FOR IN THE MODERN BRIDE CATEGORY?

“Classic timeless beauty that lets the face shine through, created with true skill.”

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Announcing the 2014 Face2Face Makeup Awards Judges!

Two more sleeps until the Face2Face Makeup Awards!

Its about now I can announce our amazing judges for 2014!

Our judges are industry professionals whom you want their eyes to see your work… their feedback being worth its weight in gold! For those not entering or whom haven’t been to the awards before… after the main stage presentation, there is some time for competitors to chat to the judges after the comp to get verbal feedback and have a general chat back in the competition area. For some competitors… I have heard… this is more valuable than winning!

To remind you of the amazing prizes we have this year… here they are!

PRIZES

Along with the coverted Face 2 Face Makeup Award this year also brings a horde of amazing prizes.

All Winners will receive:

  • Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics prize pack valued at $500
  • Rae Morris 10 piece Brush Set valued at $299
  • Rae Morris Book valued at $40 

PLUS

  • A 15 minute spot on the Salon Melbourne Launch Pad Stage, March 1st or 2nd, 2015 (Conditions Apply and entrant is responsible for all associated costs including travel & presentation requirements)  

All Runners Up will receive: 

  • Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics prize pack valued at $250
  • Rae Morris Book valued at $40

NON SPFX CATEGORY FIRST PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

  • An exclusive one day work experience with Becca Gilmartin, proudly supported by the Green Brush Project

SPFX CATEGORY FIRST PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

  • 1X day work experience with the team at Odd Studio in their workshop
  • 2 x One Day Workshops of your choice at the Kryolan head office in Melbourne
  • $300 voucher to spend on Kryolan products

http://kryolan.com.au/workshops

BEAUTY EDITORIAL INSPIRED & FASHION/CATWALK WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

  • A 1 day mentoring session with Rae Morris as well as have their work published in Professional Beauty Magazine

BRIDAL CATEGORY WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

An amazing brow package courtesy of Get Threaded Brow and Beauty Bar including:

  • Browz that Wow™ treatments for winner and friend- includes beautiful brow shaping and Get Threaded’s exclusive browz that wow treatment valid at any of our Brow & Beauty locations.
  • 6 months of gorgeous brows for winner- includes 6 visits for Eyebrow Tidy Ups valid at any of our Brow & Beauty locations.
  • The ultimate eyebrow pack to help your brows stay beautiful- includes products from Get Threaded’s brow range Get Mineraled Cosmetics- brow dust, brow dust cream, brow gel, brow illuminator, brow nourish and brow lover brush.

PLUS

An exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ with Michael Brown, for Mornings on Channel 9. Michael will share his expertise and knowledge of Make-up Artistry across all areas while filming his Beauty Segments for Mornings.

This behind the scenes look into the world of Morning TV would show you how a Beauty Segment such as Michael’s are put together. Michael can answer and talk through any questions you have about the industry, makeup artistry as well as his role as a Beauty Expert/Commentator on the popular Morning TV show.

We are all excited to see everyone’s work this year… and with that… here are our judges!

MODERN BRIDE

Liz See

Rachel Montgomery

Lydia Jane Saunders

RUNWAY INSPIRED

Michael Brown

Rachel Montgomery

Sigourney Cantelo

Christabel Draffin

Martin Bray

FILM FANTASY SPFX and NON-SPFX

Damian Martin – Odd Studio

Adam Johansen – Odd Studio

Yvonne Savage

BEAUTY EDITORIAL

All of the above judges will be judging Beauty Editorial with the addition of

Meryll Faulkner

Professional Beauty Magazine

So to all those competing… we wish you well.

Over the next two days I will be posing interviews from some of our judges… stay tuned for hints and tips.

Make sure you relax… enjoy the experience and bring your A game!

Make sure the night before your competition…  check your kit is ready and your plan is set so you can sleep well… and if in doubt… I can recommend a cup of Celestial Seasonings ‘Sleepytime Tea’ available at any good supermarket.

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Face2Face Makeup Awards Judge – Sigourney Cantelo

Joining the judging panel for the Face2Face Makeup Awards this year is Sigourney Cantelo. Such a pleasure to have such a well trained eye on board our Fashion Catwalk category!

I AM REALLY EXCITED TO HAVE YOU AS A GUEST JUDGE FOR THE FACE2FACE MAKEUP AWARDS THIS YEAR! I LIKE OUR COMPETITORS TO EXPOSE THEMSELVES TO THEIR PEERS AS WELL AS AMAZING INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS SUCH AS YOURSELF… HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A BEAUTY JOURNALIST FOR?

I’ve been a beauty journalist for 12 years. I’ve worked everywhere from TV Week magazine where I used to interview the makeup artists on Home & Away, to Vogue where I was beauty and health director for the last six years and was lucky enough to interview some of the top makeup artists in the world including Pat McGrath, Peter Phillips, Aaron de May and Gucci Westman. I recently left Vogue to focus on my beauty website, Beauticate and I’m loving being immersed in the digital world.

CONGRATULATIONS ON BEAUTICATE… FOR THOSE WHO ARE YET TO VISIT, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE SITE?

It’s all about the Whos and How-tos of beauty. The Whos are a voyeuristic look into the beauty cabinets and makeup bags of some of Australia’s most inspiring women from models to makeup artists, hairstylists to TV hosts. The How-tos are sleek and instructional video beauty tutorials, animated GIFs  and written posts that help women to ‘educate’ their beauty routine (hence the name Beauticate).

HOW LONG HAS BEAUTICATE BEEN AROUND AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START IT UP?

I launched in February this year. I saw a gap in the market for a really clean, sophisticated and stylish beauty website that was easy to navigate and full of useful information. I wanted to create a site that was both aesthetically appealing, with glossy, magazine –style shoots as well as really clever instructional how-tos. Throughout my years working in the industry I’ve met some pretty amazing women and love hearing them talk about their beauty routines. Beauty is so universal (women become so impassioned when they find something that works!) so it made sense to profile these women and see them in their own creative spaces.

 WHAT TRENDS OUTSIDE WHAT WE ARE BEING TOLD ARE ‘TRENDS’ ARE YOU NOTICING FROM THE WOMEN YOU HAVE BEEN SPEAKING TO?

Everything from the super girly uber-tanned beauty style of Youtube vlogger Lauren Curtis to all-out androgynous beauty like Ruby Rose  (http://www.beauticate.com/who/ruby-rose) and everything in between. Then there are really cool beauty trends like closing your eyes around your eyeliner pencil like Kate Peck does, Cleansing with coconut oil like fashion blogger, Margaret Zhang and wearing men’s fragrances like Rae Morris.

HAVE THERE BEEN ANY PRODUCTS THAT CONTINUE TO APPEAR AS STAPLES IN WOMEN’S BEAUTY CASES?

So many. Everyone seems to have – and rave about – the Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, Bioderma Crealine and The Clarisonic.

DO YOU THINK RUNWAY TRENDS ACTUALLY INFLUENCE HOW AN EVERYDAY WOMAN WEARS HER MAKEUP?

I think it has a trickle down effect. What you see on the catwalk is rarely copied verbatim in real life. I think trends come from a great mélange of influences: magazine editorials, designer’s campaigns and runway shows all dictate the trends as much as musicians and celebrities, and even street style images and bloggers now. Everyone is inspired by each other and gradually trends begin to emerge. The beauty brands have to try and stay ahead of the curve with these things as they need to produce and market products in time for people to still want them – so they work closely with the designers and makeup directors on the shows and they often time their collections to coincide with a key makeup look – Chanel and Dior are masters at this. The makeup brands often translate the trend so women at home feel more comfortable with the look – they’ll make the eyeshadow a little more sheer or the shades a bit more muted- so they’re easily digestible.

 HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK A MAKEUP DESIGN IS TO THE OVERALL LOOK OF A RUNWAY SHOW?

Hugely important. Makeup can emphasize (and sometimes deliberately contradict) the fashion, or it can be done so subtly that it barely registers in the viewer except for making the girls look beautiful. It’s up to the designer and the makeup artist to collaborate and work out how much they want the makeup to speak.

THIS YEAR’S RUNWAY INSPIRED CATEGORY IS ALL ABOUT PREDICTING A NEW TREND IN MAKEUP FOR AN EXISTING DESIGNER… WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR THE MAKEUP ARTISTS ENTERING THIS CATEGORY?

Look at the designers’ past shows and see if there is a trend emerging with their makeup. Try and anticipate their next move. And don’t play it too safe. Some designers, like Versace and Calvin Klein have a very predictable beauty look so maybe look for someone who is known to be creative and change it up.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LOOKING FOR IN THE ARTIST’S WORK?

Something that is creative and innovative without being too scary. I appreciate a sense of adventure but at the same time I like makeup to be a celebration of beauty and for the models to look gorgeous. I love the way Peter Phillips and Pat McGrath always do something surprising yet the girls always look beautiful.

WHAT TRAITS DO YOU THINK ARE ESSENTIAL FOR A MAKEUP ARTIST?

Creativity, precision, patience and perfectionism. A sense of humour also helps – to deal with all the egos on shoots – and compassion to look after the often very young and very cold models!

ANY FINAL ADVICE FOR THOSE ENTERING?

Have fun with it!

HOW DO WE KEEP UP TO DATE WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING ON BEAUTICATE?

Sign up to our weekly newsletter at www.beauticate.com

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Face2Face Makeup Awards Judge – Rachel Montgomery

AHFA Makeup Artist of the Year 2011, ABIAs Makeup Artist of the year 2012, 2013 and all round makeup genius, Rachel Montgomery is joining the Face2Face Makeup Awards judging panel this year! The queen of colour’s makeup images are instantly recognisable and I dont know many peoples pinterest free from one or many of her images for inspiration…

I AM EXCITED TO HAVE YOU ON BOARD AS A JUDGE FOR FASHION CATWALK, MODERN BRIDE AND BEAUTY EDITORIAL… WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON LATELY?

I went to the Maldives earlier this year which was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful and as an artist completely inspiring. The colours that nature can produce leaves me lost for words. We were shooting the We Are Handsome campaign over there with Margo Bushueva and we stayed at the Ayada Resort which was heaven on earth, amazing. This set the tone for an amazing year. Recently I’ve been doing a lot of fashion advertising and a fair bit of travel. Shooting with We Are Handsome at the Barrier Reef for the ‘save the reef ‘ campaign was a highlight.

THIS YEAR I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO WORK WITH YOU ON THE TARA MOSS BOOK COVER FOR ‘A FICTIONAL WOMAN’… IT WAS SUCH A GREAT DAY… I WAS NERVOUS TO PAINT TEXT TEXT OVER YOUR BEAUTIFUL MAKEUP. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE TO ANY ARTIST WHO IS JUST ABOUT TO WORK WITH THEIR FIRST HIGH PROFILE CLIENT?

Be humble and just remember that they have hundreds of people touching them on any given week.. so bring your good energy to the table. Having said that, remember they are human beings first and foremost so treat them with respect. Just because you have done their makeup once doesn’t mean you are their best friend… They need to trust you aren’t going to leave and contribute to any gossip column.

THIS YEARS FASHION CATWALK IS ALL ABOUT PREDICTING TRENDS FOR A FAVOURITE DESIGNER… WHAT WILL YOU BE LOOKING FOR FROM THIS YEARS ARTISTS?

Good. Makeup. Application. I really hate when things are really rushed and badly done. The final result should look like the makeup and the model are one… like they were meant for each other. No matter how on trend the look is… if its badly done… its badly done. No one can rely on photoshop here.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU WANT TO GIVE ALL ENTRANTS ACROSS BOARD THIS YEAR?

Golden Rule – It’s only makeup! You can take it off if you make a mistake and get used to taking it off… some of my best work has been born from mistakes.

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Three Things You Need to Know About Brows…

The Modern Bride Category is the most popular category at the Face2Face Makeup Awards .. and with less than two weeks to get your entries in… the final countdown is on!

One of our judges, Founder of Get Threaded Liz See has decided to give us three hot tips that we need to know about brows… and she would know!

Even if you are not entering the  Face2Face Makeup Awards… this will be of interest to many newbie mua.

Beautiful Bridal Brows… mmm mmm.

BRIDAL CATEGORY WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

An amazing brow package courtsey of Get Threaded Brow and Beauty Bar including:

  • Browz that Wow™ treatments for winner and friend – includes beautiful brow shaping and Get Threaded’s exclusive browz that wow treatment valid at any of our Brow & Beauty locations.
  • 6 months of gorgeous brows for winner- includes 6 visits for Eyebrow Tidy Ups valid at any of our Brow & Beauty locations.
  • The ultimate eyebrow pack to help your brows stay beautiful- includes products from Get Threaded’s brow range Get Mineraled Cosmetics- brow dust, brow dust cream, brow gel, brow illuminator, brow nourish and brow lover brush.

PLUS

An exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ with Michael Brown, for Mornings on Channel 9. Michael will share his expertise and knowledge of Make-up Artistry across all areas while filming his Beauty Segments for Mornings.

This behind the scenes look into the world of Morning TV would show you how a Beauty Segment such as Michael’s are put together. Michael can answer and talk through any questions you have about the industry, makeup artistry as well as his role as a Beauty Expert/Commentator on the popular Morning TV show.

B x

MAKEUP ARTISTS! -THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BROWS……BY LIZ SEE

When creating your make-up masterpieces, (yes every face you apply makeup to- you should think of them as your masterpiece), the brows pay a crucial part in the look you are creating.

Bad brows can change a look in an INSTANT. Not sure you believe that? Google ‘bad brows’ and see what comes up. Yep- they can change a look in an instant!

Which brings me to…..the 3 must knows about brows!

1 – When you train to become a makeup artist you learn so much about makeup, tools, techniques, face shapes and more. You are perfecting your craft of makeup but this does not mean you are perfecting the craft of creating beautiful brows.

If you are a makeup artist for brides, the catwalk or fashion- part of your job no matter what type of makeup work it is, is to ensure the people you are doing makeup for, look the absolute best they can be. By performing some quick preliminary work (can be done via email or in person) and looking at the subjects face and brows you can help determine if they need some assistance in the brow department before the big day.

2 – Our brows are the most expressive part of the face. They should be looked at as a whole for the makeup as well as own their own. What look are you creating? The brows must match and be in harmony for any look.

3 – Help your brides be brow-ready.

One of the biggest beauty blunders I see is brows and bridal makeup. Makeup artists see the brides often 6-12 months in advance and in most cases more than enough time to help the bride get brow ready. These wedding day images are showcased for all to see and even if the bride only chooses one beauty treatment must have- the brows should be it!

Image- Modern Bride Winner Biche Kolesnikoff- Sydney international Spa and Beauty Expo 2013

So you’ve diagnosed that your model’s brows need some TLC- what do you do? Find a brow professional and ask them how much they love brows and why. If they can talk non stop about brows for at least 5 minutes straight and you can hear their brow enthusiasm flowing from within, then you’ve found your brow/makeup buddy. Learn and practice with the best!

The foundation of your future makeup masterpieces is then all set and just ready for your next wave of inspiration!

Liz See x

lets save the world one brow at a time…

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Playing the Game…

From what I have observed on countless Makeup Forums… in many personal conversations and in the questions of most mua students studying this crazy craft…. is one underlying, seemingly undying, unanswered question..

“What is the secret to success as a makeup artist?”

Some of us obsess over this question… it often lurks in the background of any conversation amongst artists… and some of us even for a few moments in our career (especially in the beginning) chase an illusion that there is ONE magical formula that all successful artists have used and once we find it… we will be set. as I have spoken about before… there IS NO magical formula. It’s all your own creation mixed with hard work, persistence, resilience, integrity, timing and a pinch of luck.

We are lucky in today’s world there is a plethora of resources out there that can help us build and create our careers. New artists today dont seem to have to ‘reinvent the wheel’* when they embark on a career and can learn from past artists journeys then get on with their own creation and resilience. It’s brand new world to when I first started in 2000.

*what i mean by ‘reinventing the wheel’ is having no idea where to start and taking a long time to work out what works and what doesn’t. Back in the day… there was no social media and limited resources except conversations with other, more experienced artists. These days… advice for those beginning moments are more easily accessible and lessons that took longer to learn pre-social media are learnt relatively quickly.

One ingredient that will never change is a very important one. The ingredient for your career I like to call ‘playing the game’.

What this means to me… is the action of putting yourself out there to have fun in the creation of your career without any attachment to a result.

We all know that sitting by the phone wont bring work our way… despite the talent we may or may not have. Saying yes to some TFP work with the attachment to the idea that it will guarantee future work also can bring disappointment and even loss of motivation. Attachment to a result/outcome can be a dangerous way of thinking. If you take the actions without the attachment… that’s where the real magic can happen. Kind of like giving your career some unconditional love. I have learnt over the years that the giving of skills, time and service comes back to you in unexpected ways.

I definatey believe in ‘playing the game’ as being a essential ingredient to your success to compliment the other aspects that work for you. Especially the act of doing things that at first thought scare you, intimidate you or you think you aren’t good enough for… bollocks… stretching yourself is where the gold is at! There is always something to be gained from stretching your limits. Playing it safe can actually slow progress. Stretching yourself could be to introduce yourself to someone who you are scared to talk to… doing that shoot that you aren’t sure if anyone will like…

One thing that you could do.. is expose your talents to industry professionals and put yourself in a situation where there is nothing to do but step up and be a leader in your own career…

Did you like that subtle segway?

Its exactly TWO WEEKS until entries close for the FACE2FACE MAKEUP AWARDS

Download brochure here

There are four categories to enter:

Modern Bride

Runway Inspired

Film Fantasy (spfx and non spfx)

Beauty Editorial

All categories are live competitions except Beauty Editorial which is open to any artist who wants to submit 2 beauty images that fit the brief.

This is my third year being Creative Director for the awards. I love the awards as it opens a forum for Artists at any level of experience to stretch themselves as professionals… and to rub shoulders with peers and industry professionals… the kind of people you want to expose your craft to. If you came into the awards with no attachment to winning… but to learn something and to stretch yourself… only good things can happen. It also can get potential clients interested in seeing what you have been up to!

So you know I actually practice what I preach.. taking on the awards was in itself a practice for me to stretch myself.. I had a horrible fear of public speaking and not only took this project on as I believe in any project that supports new talent… but to take myself on in an area that scared me. Now I love the microphone.

For anyone entering the Film Fantasy non spfx category… dont forget the winner will come along on an exciting project with me… so all those body/face painters… get creative! I cant wait to take the winner on a juicy job…

Judges will officially be announced prior to the competition…

I want to share with you some links from Face2Face Makeup Awards posts I have written in the past for your reference….

If you have ever thought about it… or the thought makes you want to wait until you are ‘ready’… there is no ‘ready’ destination… come this year and have a great time with us!

B x

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Face2Face Makeup Awards 2014

My inbox is filling up with inquiries on how to enter the 2014 Face2Face Makeup Awards. Understandably people are getting eager to get the ball rolling on their entries! Judging from last year places will be going very fast….

For those people wondering…I am the Creative Director not the administrator… which means I design the themes, organise judges/prizes and present the 2 days onstage… I dont have anything to do with the copious amounts of administration work that is done by the awesome guys at the Expo offices. Right now… the themes are with the administrational team and are due for the release early June… the exact date I am yet unsure. There is a bit of back end work to be checked and double checked… then checked again. The website will be the first place to find out when entries open… and apologies if I dont get back to everyone who emails me about entry open dates.

I hope this clears things up for those who have contacted me!

I am the person who you contact about creative questions even the odd queries on rules and regulations… administration and logistics goes to Elli Julia… if you aren’t sure… shoot us both the same email.

Find all the details on this page:

click on this image to be linked to the Face2Face Makeup Awards page …

Before I left for the States… I spoke at Salon Melbourne about how to ‘Create That Cover’… this was aimed at artists considering entering the Face2Face Makeup Awards

For those who were there… I promised to publish the presentation on my blog as notes…

So here  are the slides and condensed version of the presentation for those who could not be there… my tips for creating a cover worthy makeup shoot! Hopefully will clear some nervousness up around entering the awards…

One of the most common questions is about ‘where the hell to start?!’… its not a competition to see how many skills you can fit into one look… you should tastefully decide on whats best for the face you are working on… the theme.. and an overall appealing image.

Dont be disspointed if you choose a photographer who works mainly in natural light and your studio shots come back not what you were expecting… same goes for your model… dont select a model with finer lips and be dissapointed if the black ombre lip doesn’t seem to work. Do your research and work to everyone’s strength.

This part seemed to resonate with the crowd… I was speaking about taking up leadership in your shoot. We get so used to being one of the team and being in a collaborative situation… and this is bliss when you are with a great team of creatives however… you need to take on the leadership of the shoot if you have a specific end result in mind for your entry… This image was a result of me doing that very thing… I put together for Nelson (Photographer) a mood board with my makeup ideas.. lighting ideas… mood etc and made sure that everyone understood what I was going for… I have seen makeup artists let other creatives take over on the day and the result is usually a secretly disappointed artist who didn’t realise their vision… of course this is not always the case! However… I felt this was an important point to make in this presentation. When creating for your entry… keep your end goal in mind… of course be flexible to creativity on the day if it calls for it… but don’t get walked over so other creatives can achieve their visions that may not be in line with what you want to create… this is your entry so its important you get what you want. You are the client in this case.

In other words… dont get your knickers in a knot about the significance of the shoot… relax… do everything the best you know how. Stress and significance can kill creativity.

These were the winning shots from last years Face2Face Makeup Awards… I invited Jess up on stage to talk about where she got her inspiration from amongst other things… one of the great things Jess mentioned was she really researched the current trends to ensure what she delivered was relevant to today’s market.

I can’t yet reveal the theme for any of the categories… however… you might want to jump onto pinterest and start collecting images of current makeup trends to wet the whistle.

Can’t wait to see what everyone submits!

B x

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Shameless Plug

For any makeup artist thinking about entering the Face2Face Makeup Awards in august…listen up! This Sunday at @salonmelbourne  see me on main stage giving hints and tips on a successful entry in to the Beauty Editorial category as well as general tips on creating a cover worthy image @spabeautyexpo

https://www.salonmelbourne.com.au/

I have also decided to give anyone attending my Look and Learn on Monday -10% off any full ‘Makeup Excellence using Body Art’ class. Bonus!

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