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60s Iconic Makeup Styles

Posted on 1 March, 2017 at 19:55 Comments comments (1)

As a guest lecturer I was asked to teach 1960s makeup.

Think of the first modern super-models, Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, the style of Mary Quant with either strong colours or going purely monotone for eyes - with pale lips. Opaque, wavy lines, long, false lashes for doll eyes, OTT and WAY OUT THERE! Or super sexy Barbarella, Brigit Bardot and Sophia Loren with doe eyes using black, flicked, liquid eye liner. Not forgetting the ultra sophisticated Tippy Hedren sleek, smart, secretary look with peachy-coral lipstick!




FREESTYLE BODY ART SWIRLS

Posted on 20 January, 2017 at 20:00 Comments comments (0)

I recently showed students from Fareham College how to produce quick, freestyle body art swirls for tribal tattoo styles (Polynesian, Maori, Indian, etc.) in aqua face/body paints. This 'press and release' technique needs to obviously be practiced a lot in order to produce swift, perfectly curved shapes... For a realistic tattoo look - add loose talcum powder over the top to set the image, bringing the shine down.

Below are some of my own designs produced for clients at parties and festivals...


Small white dots and highlights look great added to these for a more feminine, intricate, detailed look...




1920s & 30s Total Look Styling - Hair & Makeup plus Costume

Posted on 20 January, 2017 at 19:05 Comments comments (0)

I have done total look styling for performers and staff at many 1920s/30s theme nights at top venues in central London and around the UK. As a Hair & Media Makeup lecturer, I was recently asked to show some students at Fareham College pin curling and finger waving. Also typical makeup from this era which included eyebrow blocking for higher, thinner, pencilled-in brows.

  A simplified 1920s look that I did for a long line of serving staff at Claridges. Big smokey eyes and cupid bow lips are a must. Blusher only on the apples of the cheeks. No time for pin-curls or eye brow blocking here! You have to be quick, quick, quick!

I styled these lovely models who were hostesses for a Claridges Hotel Awards Ceremony in Mayfair. I supplied the costumes by pulling together black flapper dresses, long beads, black bob wigs and feathered head bands. I made a huge black ostrich feather fan which was used when ushering up the celebrity winners on stage.

Classic magazine article from the era - promoting the Hollywood Starlet look... Great finger waving and pin-curls!

  Perfect Clara Bow lips... this colour and darker...

Above and below: Dark, smokey and sultry modern take on the Art Deco look - chosen by Galliano for Dior. No bronzer here! I love the silver touch in the centre of the top lip to enhance the cupid bow shape. Lovely highlight on the eyes too...

 



18th CENTURY HAIR/WIG CAGE STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Posted on 20 January, 2017 at 15:55 Comments comments (3)


As a guest lecturer I was asked to teach this workshop for Fareham College Level 3 Production Arts Students. It is very hard to find information on this so I've decided to share the workshop with you... Some of the students used single wire taped and twined together... I have only photographed the sample I made which used chicken wire. The college didn't have any smooth hair strips to cover the cage to make it re-usable so I just encorporated the cage within the practice doll's own hair. I call her 'the model' in the instructions...

You'll need:

Either a live model or practice doll head with long hair. You can of course use a long wig or faux hair if you want to create a permanent hair covered wig cage.

Brush/comb.

Hair pins and grips.

Lots of hairspray!

Chicken wire/wire cutters/safety glasses.

Matted faux hair and a stitched line of smooth faux hair (for rolls and extra cage coverage).

Ultra fine hair net (matching hair colour).

Optional extra hair pieces.

Hair coloured or neutral netting.

Large curved needle and strong thread (matching colour).

Decorative hair pieces. Pearls, flowers, jeweled combs, etc.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Make your cage.


2. Cover with netting - taking care to fold over all raw edges. Fold and twist the top like a 'cracker'. Sew to secure edges and top.


3. Brush the model's hair forward from the crown, falling in front of the eyes.


4. Secure the cage to the hair crown with hair pins.


5. Comb up section by section sprayed with hairspray. Hide/smooth all joins. Fix to cage with criss-crossed hair/kirby grips.



6. Add a matching colour faux hair piece (this one is too light but I didn't have a darker sample to use) to cover top if messy or just use several faux hair rolls (see next step no. 7 to make them). You can of course cover with decorative items too which will hide joins/clips.




7. Use two fingers and wrap a flat, matted, hair sprayed, rough, faux hair piece neatly into a tight roll. Fix with two hair grips. Spray again. (Cover with an ultrs fine net if you wish). Cover this with a smooth line of faux hair. Cut enough strip to stick approx 2cm into the end holes. Use the ends of the grips to steady your piece of hair whilst winding it around the matted faux hair roll. Spray. Add grips again for secirity. Do finger pin-curls at the ends and poke into the holes to disguise the matted base roll. Steady with a couple of pins. Spray again. Cover with an ultra fine hair net (cutting off the elastic) and poke into the end holes. Remove the pins unless ultra fine and invisible. I have left my 'rough' matted rolls uncovered on my model (they should obviously be covered). At the join - use two more hair grips along length of the roll to secure the shape.




8. Add rolls (with grips hidden at the back) to sides and back with hair pins and place decorations (whichever way round is best for your design).


Voila!

Check out old master paintings and historical Georgian/18th Century style film clips for inspiration... 





FANTASY FOREST TOTAL LOOK STYLING by Laura Millar

Posted on 19 September, 2016 at 15:00 Comments comments (0)

This is one of my favourite themes... combining a Midsummer Nights Dream with Celtic/Pagan earthiness; a colour mix of gold/bronze, browns and greens.

I love the images of satyrs and numphs so this was a good reason to bring them to life! My wonderful client (whom I have worked with for many years) wanted a 'hunting' aspect to the dancers' and human statues' hair, makeup, body art and costumes as well.


As I knew that Artemis/Diana was a Greco-Roman Goddess of Hunting I could use my stock gold hand made body armour (usually used for human statue gladiators or Roman legionaries) together with my leather and fur stole-skirts and micro-tops. I had made the leather bikini style tops for an African gig - so they worked perfectly. I also had some Bond golden bikinis which came in handy - and added to the 'goddess' look. I had picked up some lovely bias/tissue cut draped brown tops which always look etherial. Together with a couple of other see through skirts and a flowing real silk number - I could see that my nymphs would work!



My stock of 'armour' came in handy - along with newly spray painted bows and vintage hunting horns (found at a car boot sale!). I'm constantly on the look out for accessories such as the fabulous leather and antique bronze belts that were in a few years back... People discard these after the fashion has passed - so I just collect them up again as timeless/historical costume pieces! Result!



Deer & Stag Human Statue Accessories

If you can't get hold of a pair of very expensive Beats Antique style antlers for your performers - here's how to make your own:

I'm giving all my secrets away here - but hey... Pick up a pair of bendy, furry reindeer antlers on a head band. Cut holes in a wig, Poke the horns through and sew back up and sew the band to the wig too. Wrap thick duct tape around the horns, glue on witchiepoo faux finger tips (for spooky/spiky ends) and fully wind with brass picture wire. Spray gold and add some old necklaces or chains for shimmering interest. Voila! I had an old dark brown Amy Winehouse (GRHS) wig knocking around so for the female deer I placed that underneath for a long hair effect... Masks from The Works added the final touch of mystery... Christmas (or rather - late December) is always a great time for me to collect all my sparkly stuff! To be more precise - glittering Xmas decs! Superb for head-dresses and ivy nipple covers!

I (meaning my wonderful backstage team and I!) used Kryolan gold body liquid paint and brown face paints for the legs.


Airbrush Designs

Posted on 15 June, 2016 at 20:15 Comments comments (0)

I long resisted using an airbrush for body painting, temporary tattoos and T-shirt/tote bag creations. Why? Carrying around a large/heavy compressor and regularly having to clean out blocked airguns for a start. However - I have now (at last!) taken up this challenging artistic technology thanks to client demand. At parties and festivals my colleagues and I can swiftly write freehand 'names' or 'stencil' images. Designs can also be pre-done before the event. This creative service is massive in the States so I thought it was about time to offer it in the UK...




Small compressors are fine for small jobs - but if working solid for several hours - get a big one! To quickly change multiple colours you really need several airguns ('double action' Iwatas are recommended) with special 'quick-release' parts. Bottom feed with Createx/Wicked siphon bottles for large fabric/body work or top/cup feed for smaller jobs. A stack of stencils are required too. This is a considerable outlay and the detailed cleaning needed for your tools/kit would impress any surgeon or military officer! (take note family members!)

For T-shirt work - an assistant for each artist is a MUST. Needed to take orders, quickly change Ts on boards, hang them up, clean regularly used stencils/airbrushes and sort out tools/kit.

H&S: Maybe use a wrist support for long usage. Always spray cleaner through your airgun into an enclosed bottle - or wear a mask/have ventilation. It can be backbreaking and exhausting... (like face painting - believe it or not). Yes - that's right! You wouldn't think so, would you? If you work continuously for hours without a break you can get the usual creative 'brain-warp' from concentration and intense focus.

Contact me if you'd like to join our party airbrushing crew... Laura x



Mask Making for Different Theme Looks

Posted on 4 March, 2016 at 19:55 Comments comments (0)

I have made many different full face masks for our Mystique Masquerade meet and greet characters; here are a few...  I spray painted plain, papier mache, mask bases and added the features and embelishments on top. You can get so many theme looks from the same mask - by just adding different wigs, head-dresses, costumes and accessories. These are all for sale along with their costumes. Workshops are available too.


Oriental


Egyptian


Indian


North African/Middle Eastern


Eighteenth Century


Fire


Fire Carnival


Ice Maiden


Poinsettia Ladies

Vintage Usherette & Hostess Total Look Styling by Laura Millar

Posted on 9 October, 2015 at 11:00 Comments comments (1)

My agency has many stock mix and match retro usherette and hostess costumes. I particularly like red, black, and hot pink for impact.

For 30's to 50's Vintage hair I go for a slick, French pleat or victory rolls. For make up I love that Dita Von Teese look; pale skin, red lips, black liquid eye liner next to false side lashes.

Below these gorgeous model hostesses were booked to assist at large charity ball auction at Grosvenor House. Kylie Minogue was performing that night for VIP clients...



I make bespoke trays (except for the one here) using coloured ribbons on spray painted wooden bases.


The bathing suits were designed to give a Grace Kelly meets Betty Grable image... The gig was attended by high profile clients and Royalty so my instructions were to create 'classy' not 'brassy'! I hope you think I achieved it!

For bespoke costumes/hair/make up I always draw several sketches and email them to the client for choice. I always strive to make an event manager's vision become a reality. It's so rewarding having thrilled clients.




Very Betty Grable!


Oriental Body Art & Total Look Styling by Laura Millar

Posted on 9 October, 2015 at 7:05 Comments comments (0)

I have produced many Japanese geisha and Chinese concubine looks. With this theme - our models are usually asked to serve sushi, saki or wine at intimate private dinner parties and larger theme events. They make enchanting meet and greet hostesses - posing with guests for photos during Reception.

For a Chinese New Year celebrarion I asked a talented colleague to join me for working this oriental duo below (I won't take credit for painting that fabulous green dragon! I just art directed that image). One of my favourite jobs was working on the beautiful model where I used many pastel coloured body jewels for flowers - finished off by 'double-dip' brush work plus black flicks to represent pointed leaves. Silk flowers, butterflies and chop sticks were added to the girls' top knots.


Red and black colours plus delicate blossoms are synonymous with the orient and the elegant geishas of Kyoto. So for other amazing gigs in central London I opted to use these for the painting and costume accessories.

I usually draw quick designs (below) and email them off to clients so that they can get a better idea of the imagery before they book myself, my assistants/colleagues and models.


Glue silk flowers to chopsticks... Accessories like fans and umbrellas make the style.

I was again Creative Director for this East-meets-West troupe. A great team effort with skilled colleagues and patient models. I supplied all the accessories; the red back cloths were actually stiff table runners!



Body Art and Total Look Styling workshops are available.



These Chinese Concubines were body painted to my designs by my wonderful team for a VIP birthday party at China Tang in The Dorchester, Mayfair, London. I started with the hair (huge hair pieces attached to top knots - with gold chop sticks decorated with butterflies). My colleagues then started working on the make up and finally bodies.



We mixed matt white and a pearl brightness by Kryolan to get a smooth (non-chalky) finish. The designs on top in red were airbrushed as well as done by hand. Touches of gold were added. I finished them off with hints of black shadow and a few body jewels... All were sprayed with fixative as we needed to keep the paint in tact for several hours. Finally I decorated the girls with earrings and hair jewellery for a sumptuous, imperial look. 



Face Art by Laura Millar

Posted on 25 September, 2015 at 13:40 Comments comments (0)

I just love painting faces - but especially 'face art' for teens and young people. Children enjoy having full or half faces but I get many requests from youths and adults - where I need to produce something a little more grown-up. So a small, swirling side design around the temple and cheek area is perfect for a festival or clubbing look. For blokes and edgy girls I tend to go for plain black tribal/south seas designs - often with day glow/UV highlights.

It always helps to have great looking faces - so thanks goes out to these customers for enhancing my work!




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