Vampire Makeup – Prepping & Applying Makeup

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Makeup Artist Christopher Patrick demonstrates prepping & applying vampire makeup.

    Christoper Patrick: Hi! I am Christoper Patrick, special effects makeup artist, and we are here at the Tom Savini Special Effects School turning Danielle into a vampire bride. We have already fitted her for her fangs and now we are going to start applying makeup to her. So first thing you want to do whenever your are applying makeup to anybody is to make sure that you wash your hands and in the industry we always talk about using hand sanitizer right in front of your model, that way they feel more comfortable with you. How are doing today Danielle? Danielle: I am good. How are you?

    Christoper Patrick: Excellent. I have got nice clean hands for you. Cool. So what we are going to do with her today is we need to make her very un-dead looking. So we are going to use a color called Blue Spirit because it will be a nice pale color, it's got a little tiny bit of blue in it and it will take out any of the living color from her skin. Since I did makeup on several people, I am always trying to use a palette when I am doing makeup and you can use anything for a palette. I lot of times I like to use burnable CDs as a palette because they have got a hole in it, they can stick on your finger and they are very cheap, and they are disposable. So I am going to scrape a little of this makeup out and apply it to my palette. This is a cream based makeup, so I am going to apply it with a latex cosmetic sponge. And what we want to do is we just want to pale her out. So we are not going to put this on real heavy. When using foundations directly on the skin, you always want to start at the top and work your way down, and you want to work in downward motions. Our entire face is covered with what is called vellous hair and if you apply makeup upward, you actually make that hair stand up. And it can cause shadows which make you look like you have very bad skin or that you are very wrinkly and none of us wants to do that. So always work in a downward motion. Whenever you are going to work around somebody's eyes also, you should ask if they are wearing corrected lenses. This gives you an opportunity to know how much pressure you can use on their eyelids. If you find that you get the makeup on too thick in a place just turn your sponge over and it will thin at it right out. I always like to put a little foundation right on the people's lips as well because later when I put on her lip color, it's just going to stick a little better. Make sure to go backwards through the eyebrows to make sure the skin underneath the brow hair is completely covered. And if you are working on somebody's else and not yourself just remember to constantly talk to you are model and tell them what they need to be doing for you. It just makes the process smoother and makes it easier on the model. Could you look up at the ceiling with just your eyes? Thank you.