Recently invited to body paint some British themed artwork for Mehron UK, Sarah and Branka created a look to depict the ‘Best of British’ and then painted their human canvasses using the fabulous Mehron Paradise AQ makeup. Designing a scene of the London skyline on the backs of the girls was the first part of the image, using a number of the fabulous metallic colours. On the front, Branka suggested (in perfect timing with the vote to keep Scotland part of the UK, the Union Jack was painted. Male model Sam was the body painted up as one of the Queen’s Guards – and later on that day posed in London’s famous Carnaby Street for a few photos too.
“I’ve loved face painting since I was a little girl and always been arty” Sarah told me. She completed a degree in specialist make up at West Thames College, where she went on to discover more about the world of body painting. At that point, you can pretty much say she fell in love with it.
Since then, Sarah’s amazing creative work has seen her body painting and providing make up for fancy dress, parties, corporate events and advertising as well as appearing in magazines. She’s even (despite being embarrassed about her appearance) been on ITV’s This Morning with Alan Titchmarsh! “I love visiting the World Body Painting Festival in Austria every year and came 2nd in the student category when I was studying”.
Meeting up with her ‘co pilot’ Branka, Sarah says was a lucky move for her. The two now frequently work together, their skills complimenting each other perfectly. Last year they entered the World body painting festival competition and placed 23rd in the world for brush and sponge category. The girls were our only British finalists!
I’ve seen Sarah and Branka in action and both are amazing in their work. Their use of colour and detail and creativity is clear to see, and it’s also obvious why they work so well together. I can’t wait to see their next project!
And Mehron – How did it all start for Mehron?
Mehron Melik founded Mehron Inc. in 1927 in New York City, just off Broadway, right in the heart of the theatre district. Perfectly located, Mehron catered for the makeup needs of the artists and performers in theatre, vaudeville, burlesque, opera, ballet, and silent films. Slightly later, after the start of WWII, Mehron devoted his talents and expertise to helping severely disfigured soldiers learn how to use makeup products to camouflage their scars, wounds and burns.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s, the entertainment business began to migrate across the United States. In order to keep pace, the distribution of professional quality makeup products shifted to retail outlets and hundreds of stores became Mehron dealers In 1971, Mehron’s son, Martin Melik, assumed control of the family business. He implemented new methods of promotion and distribution, expanded and improved the Mehron product line, and ushered in a new era of aggressive growth and customer service.
2012 marked the 85th year of operation for Mehron, and today, a diverse group of over 3,000 retail specialty stores carries the Mehron brand of products, worldwide. Brand distribution is supported by a select group of full-line, full-service stocking distributors in the United States, U.K., Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Australia, Malaysia, Korea and Hong Kong.
The UK stockist – Mehron UK commissioned this British themed body paint shoot using Paradise Makeup AQ. The body paint is semi-soft, water activated moist cake makeup co-created with Mehron by Jinny Houle, World Renowned Body Painting Artist. Paradise is the makeup that thrust body painting into a new dimension with its wide selection of dynamic colours. Because it is water activated, the hues of the colours can be controlled by the artist. Professional body painters and face painters love the ease of application and the ability to fully control the depth of the colours. With a huge colour range that goes from bold, striking matt to brilliant metallic sheens, and the well known coconut scent, Mehron’s Paradise Makeup AQ is world famous. As a brand, Mehron makes products specifically for commercial theatrical, educational, motion picture, television, video, opera, clowning, Halloween, and face painting markets, with their products sold in over 25 countries worldwide. Today, many large productions including Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, The Metropolitan Opera, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and The American Ballet Theatre depend on Mehron products to look their best and performers such as the Black Eyed Peas, Hilary Duff and Pink are brand fans.
Using Mehron Makeup, first I used Celebre Pro HD Foundation to create a high quality base for the model’s skin. Then to show you how I created this look on her eyes, I’ve detailed what colours and products I used and where I used them
2 – The brow bone is highlighted subtly with Precious Gems in Diamond
3 – Into the corner of the eye, Precious Gems Diamond is blended with Precious Gems Citrine
4 – E.Y.E. Powder Espresso is a base to the socket area, blended into E.Y.E. Powder colour Black over the base colour
Here’s how to do this:
What a great few days we just had filming with the exceptionally talented Sheila Gordhan for her latest music video on her track – Ten Feet High.
I had no idea when I met Sheila in London at the British Film Institute just how switched on and lovely this artist really is. As well as beautiful looks (and, yes, she’s a dream to makeup), with a song bird voice, she also writes her own songs and speaks SIX languages! She even composes some of her lyrics in French. And boy is she unbelievably dedicated to and passionate about her goal and her career.
Introduced to Sheila by Billy Freedom (Joe Barboza), the Music Producer whom she collaborated with for this track – Ten Feet High, I worked with Redskin Media as the Line Producer (and Makeup Artist) for the music video. I worked alongside a small but great crew of:
Director and Director of Photography – Owen A Smith
1st Assistant Director – Steven Cholerton
1st Assistant Camera Operator – Josh Levine
Working with Sheila, Owen started to compile the storyboard for the track, so we could plan out the shooting schedule and locations for filming in Ibiza. Karl Kula, whose rap features on the track, couldn’t make it overseas at the same time so we worked with him separately in the UK, filming at the RS Club in Woodford before we left.
Once flights were sorted, car hire and accommodation all booked, we flew out to Ibiza, heavily loaded with full camera kit, and off on location hunts. Driving round Ibiza you really do get to see how beautiful the island is – there is SO much more to it. Forget the drunkenness and vile images portrayed by hyped up programmes designed to grab the viewers and boost their ratings. Instead you see beautiful beaches, cliffs and blue seas, stunning white villas on tree covered and green hill sides and the fabulous Dalt Vila in the Old Town of Ibiza. I really got to understand why this island is so popular and loved by so many, returning year after year.
We picked Sa Caleta beach at sunset for one location; the cliffs perfectly fitting into the #TenFeetHigh theme. And a private villa hired by Sheila for another location. Balconies, stunning views, an infinity pool and everything you imagine about warm sunny days, cool villas and blue skies. The Ocean Beach Club in San Antonio also provided a very beautiful and private location with fantastic hospitality – kindly allowing us to film before they opened the doors to the public.
I have to admit working with Sheila and this crew was superb. Being able to do my job (Head of Production) for her on this music video, in Ibiza – well that just made it WOW!
Sometimes, you get the most amazing opportunities that you can’t miss – Paris Fashion Week for 2014/2015 was one of mine! I got invited to go to Paris Fashion Week and be on the makeup team for the Carlotta Actis Barone AW 2014-15 show!!! And what better way to do this, but by working as Lead Makeup Artist for Carlotta and bringing her together with the fabulous professional makeup company, Mehron.
I love Paris, I love fashion and I love makeup!
Carlotta’s collections are the expression of her artistic and socially orientated background.
The Designer – Carlotta Actis Barone
She was born and raised in Italy, the daughter of a visual artist and a published author, where she grew up in a very creative environment, stimulated and encouraged to cultivate her creative interests in literature and the arts. Carlotta then moved to London and graduated with honours from Central Saint Martins. After this she then gained experience working for designers and houses such as Stella McCartney, Balmain and BCBG Max Azria among others; building her knowledge and working towards establishing her own brand, which she launched at London Fashion Week in September 2010. She has since featured in Vogue and continues to build a strong name for herself.
Carlotta had a definite idea of what she wanted to compliment her latest collection – her style is very unique, with a strong signature, which relates extremely modern matters whilst also drawing on influences from the past. Her garments are tasteful and bold, conveying statements and messages through intricate shapes, slogans and symbols. As she says herself, Carlotta likes to give to her clothes a voice of their own, so the wearer is not only a representation of femininity but also the carrier of a message.
Carlotta Actis Barone’s AW14-15 Collection reaffirms her signature Steam Punk Feel.
‘Futuristic Retro’ is the key element that revisits the exploration of a survivor of the nuclear apocalypse. She reuses natural elements of the past such as signature wools and silks and crafts studs and chains into the reconstruction of the garments, incorporating the silhouette into a modern day warrior through the reinvention of shape.
Variations of wools create an innovative balance of both volume and structural patterns, which effortlessly wrap the body without restriction. Textured knitwear and distressed t-shirts embody a contemporary perspective of a war’s survivor as she wears them proudly while rising back from the ashes like a phoenix.
Unconventional textures are blended together with dusk shades of black and charcoals that contrast against a palette of vivid auburn and rich burgundy. Bold plated studs inject radiant silver and gold against the garments neutral colour palette, representing it as armour as a defence for the woman.
In advance of the show, I worked behind the scenes with Carlotta and Mehron UK to finalise and create the makeup look to meet the expectations she had.
My brief – “For the makeup, Carlotta’s girls’ skin is to look fresh, flawless and youthful. The models are wearing the typical “Steam Punk gears” as accessories, on the face almost appearing as though they got attached to the skin from the explosion. For the makeup colours they need to perfectly match the black and burgundy palette of the collection itself, with more focus on the eyes other then the lips. To finish off the warrior mood they have metallic colours underlining the eyes to lighten up the whole look. The hair is glamorously braided, but messy at the same time.”
To complement the designs, and to ensure the fresh, flawless look for Carlotta’s models, I chose Celebre Pro HD Makeup and Celebre Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing powder to set the foundation. I then selected the makeup colours that matched Carlotta’s collection colour palette, for the eyes and lips. To create the look, we applied a soft, smudged line on the top and lower lids using Black E.Y.E. Liner Pencil, then we applied a generous coating of Celebre Precious Gem Powder in Tigers Eye from the corner of the eye to the center of the bottom lashes – to link with the gold in the collection and brighten the eye. E.Y.E Power in Black Onyx was smudged from the lid of the eye, corner to center, and blended with CHEEK Powder in Bold Red. The red was to be more prominent than the black and the two colours were blended to the underneath outer corner of the eye. For the cheeks I selected CHEEK Powder in Rosewood or Mocha, depending upon the model’s skin colouring. It was meant to be striking and therefore the blush started from the temples, blending down, but avoiding the apples of the cheeks. And finally for the lips we blended L.I.P Cream in Chocolate with Velvet Rose (being a last minute change to the look), and topped it with Glosstone PRO in Crystal Clear. To complete the look, Steampunk style bronze and gold pieces were added to the right hand side of the face from forehead to cheek, and fabulous black studded false nails, created by Sarah Wright Nail Design were applied to each model.
To showcase the collection, Carlotta held a Street Show. “This was a huge publicity event for the designer and her collection,” said Lauren Thompson of Mehron UK. “The show’s head MUA Katrina Stamp spoke with many members of the Paris media, including Grazia French Magazine.”
The Makeup Team
Katrina Stamp – Lead MUA
Valbona (Bobbi) Bicker
Mehron NYC said “We LOVE the designs and the makeup that highlighted them.”
You can read Mehron‘s own blog about this for Paris Fashion Week 2014 here – http://mehronblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/behind-scenes-at-paris-fashion-week-2014.html?m=1
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Had such a great, crazy time being super creative and styling this model Chloe Burton on the photoshoot with Harvey Gordon last week (photographer from http://www.fotoshooters.com). I was given a free rein on the makeup and styling, with only these two conditions – avant guarde and Chloe’s height to be excessive (yes – she’s stood on a bucket!!)
Here is the end result!
For her makeup look I primed Chloe’s skin with Mehron Velvet Finish Primer, before applying her foundation – Mehron’s Celebre Pro HD Foundation. This foundation is superb; oil and fragrance free, smooth, non greasy and contains anti oxidants! Great if you have someone with sensitve skin, and it can be applied as little as needed or layered to get a fuller coverage.
To stop any shine, I applied Ben Nye’s Media Pro HD Powder (colourless), which holds the makeup perfectly and doesn’t look heavy or caked on.
Her eyes were defined using highly pigmented Ben Nye’s Essential Eye Shadow Palette in black and lined with Mehron’s black kohl eyeliner pencil to get a dark gothic effect. False lashes applied from the Eyelure Girls Aloud range and coated with extra mascara to increase the thickness.
But the best part was drawing in OTT eyebrows in red, and colouring her lips blue black! Thanks Barry M Cosmetics! Your vibrant red lip liner and navy and black eyeliners did this job perfectly.
Makeup done, I dressed Chloe in swathes of velvet and wrapped a boa of ostrich feathers around her head!
Crazy day and more images on my website and my Facebook page – Katrina Stamp Makeup Artist
Ben Nye & Mehron makeup supplied from Treasure House of Makeup