forever a fantasy

To end our Fantasy Makeup module, my class, LA Elite, prepared one last look. My look was inspired by none other than a Dragon!  I tossed and turned for ages trying to think of something to interpret when I thought of the Taniwha. Taniwha’s are a mythical creature of Maori culture, and are basically dragon like beings. This led me on to researching dragons and dragon makeups and coming up with my very own look! If you search Taniwha’s and New Zealand, you should be able to find some interesting information on them- there’s also a cute, wee Taniwha song – kind of like a nursery rhyme – that all the kids used to sing when we were younger. 

My dragon look was very simple, just using water-based Face Paints and eyeshadow to create. The scales were made by using a mesh bag which I bought lemons in, then holding it over the skin and pressing over it with eyeshadow. I also gave my model, Elena Costello, little dragon nostrils and a wee dragony frown line with a kohl pencil in black from the Bodyshop and that was basically it! I like that although it is fantasy makeup, it still is beauty makeup and Elena still looks as lovely as ever- despite being a dragon and looking like she has a unibrow!

My dragon look is below and below that is the Queen of Hearts look that Elena did on me – just to give you a peek! 

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a fantastical fantasy day

Fantasy Makeup – a way to produce makeups portraying mythical and/or majestical creatures or things. Fantasy Makeup allows you to transform yourself into anything you can think of. It doesn’t have to be a full face of makeup – it could be the simplest of things – but we’re in Makeup college and we all love being creative and having fun so why not!

Wednesdays are half days so we only had enough time to produce one look today! There was an uneven number in today so I was lucky to work on Leah, a lovely (and patient) girl doing work experience for LA College, this allowed me to have a little more time to perfect my look as no one would be recreating a look on me. I decided to take my inspiration from the galaxy and many of the space makeups I saw around Halloween. The finished look is below:

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To begin the look, I blocked out the eyebrows with the use of Prozade (an adhesive glue used for Special Effects) and Special Effects Wax. This wasn’t a necessary step however I had the time so threw the practice in. I then layered a salmon coloured cream concealer with a concealer that matched Leah’s skin tone, making sure to apply translucent powder between each layer and voila, the eyebrows disappeared! I then used a Supercolour from Kryolan in black to create and fill in the upside-down triangle shape. Then just using highly pigmented eyeshadows in my chosen colours, I distributed random amounts of colours throughout the black. I then added some fun glitter and small diamantes before colouring in the lips with a gold and glittery Supercolour form Kryolan. It’s an incredibly easy look to create and can be done very quickly if need be although I think the result is quite effective and I’m very happy with todays look!

The photo below is courtesy of Marie-Therese Byrne and shows some of us in action!

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As you can see in the photo above, all of the looks were incredibly individual but all completed to the highest standard and all really amazing and creative! Goes to show you can get your Fantasy inspiration from anywhere! xo

Note: Makeup in above photo from top-left and going clockwise done by – Sara Griffin, Elena Costello, Myself and Niamh O’Riordan