I love learning new stuff!

Once in a while, I get the opportunity to meet and work with other artists, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than having that, “I learned something new today!” feeling. It has to be said (though many of us know it) that we should never stop learning…Learning new things and challenging ourselves to improve, or advance both in our respective fields as well as just being human- but being open to new things and to growth.

That’s what’s so great and fun about being a Makeup Artist- you never stop learning about new strokes, new products and new techniques. As technology evolves, (in product development as well as in innovations in cameras and HDTV) so too should our methods of applying makeup. Photoshop is expensive and time-consuming, so photographers love MUAs who don’t rely on them to air brush out the flaws and imperfections done or left behind by MUAs.

Speak to a new makeup artist who thinks they’re “It” and secretly feels they have something to prove, and you’ll soon discover that very big chip on their shoulder… These kind of people don’t take advise and constructive criticism well. And the only comment they’ll listen to are those which praise them.

So, you wanna hear about the “new” thing I learned? Some of you may laugh and think, “where’s she been hiding?” haha – but some stuff are so simple, it’s brilliant!

The Looks we were doing recently were for editorial shoots in Black and White.  A popular mode of photography even for Weddings and especially for Model comp cards and Head shots for actors etc. (I love how B&W photos give the object of the lens a certain air of class and of timeless sophistication, don’t you?).

So we recapped on Do’s and Don’ts of  B&W Photography. Some of the main pointers are:

  • Focus on TONE and VALUE, since color will not show or matter.
  • It’s about the balance of COOL and WARM as B&W photography is based on CONTRAST.
  • COOL undertones (ex. blue) show up as severe shades. WARM undertones (ex.orange) = softer shades.
  • Focus on the face’s natural contours and contrast by using contour and highlighting products.
  • FROSTED shades show up lighter, as the frost/shimmer pigments bounce back light.
  • GLOSS (ex. on lips) could appear as drool!
  • Blush or Bronzing powder should be avoided or applied with extra care or the photograph could appear splotchy or muddy.
  • The base should be applied to create a flawless face as usual, but the shade is not as important as it won’t be shown.
  • Make sure any redness or splotches is corrected by using green and/ or yellow color correctors carefully.

I often ask my Bridal clients if they plan to have B&W photos taken, so I can suggest and avoid using certain products and shades. But when Professional Makeup Artist and Instructor, Susan Hood, gave us this “trick of the trade”, I was all over it!

TIP:  Take a B&W picture of your palettes and bring them with you. That way you (and your client) can easily see how the shades and colors will translate to B&W.

Fabulous tip!  A defo, “Why didn’t I think of that?” moment. Haha

Here’s some snap shots of my Eye and Lip Palettes in color and B&W to illustrate Ms. Hood’s point…

LIP PALETTE in color

Lip Palette in black and white

Look at how the rest of the colors look pretty much the same, whereas the darker reds in the center translate as black…

fun eye palette

I used the yellow on the bottom row as a base and highlighter, and the dark green black (MAC’s Plumage) top left, as the shade and liner on the model’s face (Below).

fun eye palette in black and white

Notice how Black, and how white, the top left shade and 2nd-bottom left shade look? Check them out on the model below with the dark red lipstick on.

alana showing the black and white effects on color

vibrant yellow and dark forest green in black and white

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