Sunday, 23 December 2012

Stitched Up Wound.

A couple of weeks ago in our special effects class our tutor showed us how to create a wax laceration with latex skin cut which would be cut open with scissors and stitches added. we made this using morticians wax, latex, needle & thread, dark red wound filler, congealed blood and wound filler. The first image shown below is the finished result of what our tutor showed us in the demonstration.

I started by getting a piece of morticians wax about 3-4 inches and applied this onto the skin, to blend it i held it down with one thumb and smoothed the edges down with the other, it is important to spend time to blending in properly so it sits on the skin better.
Next taking a torn sponge i stippled on about 5-6 layers of latex on top of the wax, using a hairdryer to dry  each layer in between for speed, the purpose of adding latex is to help hold the wax down and it also gives something to put the stitches into as  they would just pull through the wax. Once all the layers were done i powdered the latex, this is to stop it sticking to itself once cut open.
I then got a small pair of nail scissors and cut down the middle of the wax and the latex leaving a small amount of wax at each end then in places i opened up the wound a little more using a wooden cocktail stick.
I added some dark red bruise gel into and around the edges of the wound.
Taking a needle and thread i carefully fed it through a piece at a time ensuring i didn’t catch my models skin and not pulling the thread through too hard so it didn’t rip through the latex, i also left enough at each side to create a knot.
I tied up all the loose bits of string in a double knot not pulling too hard so it didn’t rip though the latex, i then finished off by adding congealed blood and wound filler. Below is the image of my completed stitched up wound. This type of wound is best applied to parts of the body which dont have a great deal of movement like the arm or face as the movement will cause the latex to lift and come away from the skin.

Sheffield Fright Night Work Experience.

Another bit of Halloween work experience i did was in Sheffield at an event called Fright nigh which was on Sunday 28th October between 3.30 and 8.30pm. A woman from the fancy dress company Smiffys contacted us to ask if we would like to volunteer & help out at their stand where they would be doing face painting.

I went along with my younger sister and a couple of other girls from my class, we were told to get there for around 2.30 to be ready to start at 3.30, There were about 8 of us all together doing the face painting which was open to anybody and free, all they asked was for people to make a donation which would go to the charity SOS Children.

I was very nervous having never dont any proper face painting before but i think throwing yourself in at the deep end can sometimes be the best thing to do, there was an incredible turn out with children and adults all queuing up to get their faces painted, it was literally one person after the other for the full five hours all wanting different designs from skeletons to broken dolls to bunny rabbits, i had a lot of fun and feel i learnt a lot too so im glad i went along to help out but due to how busy it was i was sadly unable to take any pictures.

Yorkshire Scare Grounds Work Experience.

This is a tad late going up on the blog as we are halfway through November but in the lead up to halloween during the 16th-31st October we were asked to volunteer at the Yorkshire scare grounds scream park in Wakefield to do some special effects make up helping to create the zombies who were located allover the grounds to scare people walking through, If we did volunteer we got 2 free tickets to go around it, Sadly i wasn’t able to but i heard it was very good!

I only managed to make it along for one of the nights with another girl from my course and we went along not really knowing quite what to expect as it was the first time either of us had done anything like this, we both just got really stuck into it and had a lot of fun, there was a lot going on in the room we were in with everyone getting ready in there all at once so i only managed to get a couple of pictures of the work i did.
The products we used to create these looks were a mix of foundations, grease paints, bruise wheels and fake blood .

Thumb Laceration.

I always find myself rather fascinated wit anything to do with blood and gore so naturally love the Friday special effects class, a couple of weeks ago our tutor showed us a very quick not as easy as he makes it look thumb laceration using derma wax and bruise gel. Below is a photograph of what my tutor did...

The next two photographs below are of my attempt and personally i dont think it came out too bad for a first attempt. The derma wax is self adhesive meaning it sticks to the skin without the use of any other products but this also mean it is very sticky and a bit messy too. It is best scraped out of the tub using the back of your thumb nail and once its applied you need to work fast as the warmer it gets the stickier it becomes and It is best applied to boney areas of skin where there is less movement.

I found smoothing down the edges of the wax to blend it in with my own skin a bit tricky as the more i touched it the more it lifted back up with my own finger so my tutor let me borrow his metal sculpting tool which made it a lot easier, with it being metal it does not alter the temperature of the wax. I then carved the injury into the wax using a wooden toothpick then filled it in with dark red bruise gel, congealed blood and some wound filler.

Country Or Culture Task 2.

The aim of this second task was to help develop our understanding of the design process and how creativity needs a starting point for all make up artists. We had to create a look which was inspired by a country or  a culture. This was not an actual assessment, just a task set by our tutor to see how well we did in the development stages. We had to do Initial ideas, a spider diagram, a mood board and 2/3 make up charts to show experimentation with different ideas.

The theme i chose was Indian Culture and from there i had to narrow it down and pick a specific thing which i could take something from to incorporate into a make up look. I wanted to do something based around the idea of a wedding but not a typical bridal look so i narrowed it down again to one of the main features of a wedding which is the food. The main attraction to Indian food is the spices so i decided to take the vibrant colours from the spices and use this to create my look, I also wanted to incorporate something to do with the bride so added a henna design to the face.

The image below shows my final mood board and face chart…

Below are the final images of the look i created from my chosen idea. Overall i was happy with the out come but as i had a slight lack of time i didn’t add the henna design down the side of the face, i was pleased with the way the make up turned out so didn’t want to risk rushing the henna design and ruining the whole thing completely and will try do the designs separately at a later date. I chose this particular scarf for my model to wear as its  very vibrant yet simple so it doesn’t draw away from the make up but makes the face the main focus and it helps to tie the whole colour theme together.

Matte Make-Up.

The next base we worked on was matte make up which is completely flawless finish created by using a full coverage foundation and using colour correction to hide all blemishes and imperfections. This type of base can be used in a wide variety of areas such as television, theatre, bridal and fashion make up as it gives a complete flawless blank face which then can be turned into whatever make up is needed for the occasion.

I started by completely cleansing the models face ensuring all the make up she was wearing before was fully removed and then used a matte primer allover the face to take away the  shine and to give the foundation more staying power.

I then applied mac studio tech foundation allover the face, it gives a good full matte coverage making it perfect for this kind of base. I applied concealer next incorporating colour theory to cover any redness, dark circles, or blemishes, once happy i had the coverage i wanted i applied a loose powder all over the face to set the foundation in place.

Natural Make-Up.

To create a good finished make up it is important to have the right base for the look you wish to create. The make up i have done here is a natural base where it looks as real as it possible with all flaws and imperfections covered.

To create this base i first had to completely remove all make up from my models skin using eye make up remover, cleanser, toner and moisturiser, i used products for sensitive skin which are fragrance & paraben as i wouldn’t want to risk using anything that my model could react to which could cause redness to the skin.

The purpose of fully cleansing the face is to help achieve that fresh natural look, if the make up was applied on top something the model may already have on her face you would not get the same outcome.

The next step was to apply a primer allover the face , this helps hold the make up and give it more durability, it can be used instead of or after moisturiser. Using a Mac face & body foundation in C1 i applied this using a foundation brush until i had a light coverage all over the face. I like Face & body foundation as it can give a very light to medium coverage depending on how much you apply and leaves the skin with a nice dewy finish.

I then covered any redness, blemishes or imperfections using concealer and ensurin it was all blended in well then to set the foundation on the face i gave it a light dusting with a powder, this is to help stop movement but i didn’t want to apply too much powder as this would make the face look more matte and less natural.

This type of natural make up is best used for things like beauty/skincare advertisements when the model needs to look as if she has flawless skin and is wearing very little or no make up at all.

Design Task One.

For our first task on the course we were told to design a make up look that would express our creativity using whatever products we liked, accompanied by a face chart explaining the process and the colours used. Shown below are images of the face chart and the final make up.

The inspiration for this make up came from a face chart i designed a while ago using the paper doyley, i really like the effect it creates so i incorporated this effect into my work down the sides of the eyes as i wanted the eyes to be the main focus with the rest of the face being kept simple. I decided i would stick to just one colour, that being gold, so i know it would be something i could execute well and show my skills properly rather than try do something really out there at the risk of it really going wrong.
I added gold lips to the look as i wanted to keep it all the same colour scheme but still have a big impact although when i did the final look it didn’t quite have the impact i wanted so i think f i was to recreate this look i would probably stick to a nude lip to keep all the focus on the eyes.
Full product list:
  • Mac studio tech NC37
  • Sleek molten metal eyeshadow duo as an eye base
  • Urban Decay Get baked eyeshadow palette
  • Sleek sunset eyeshadow palette
  • Girls aloud cheryl festival lashes


Hello And Welcome to my new blog. 

My name is Saira Baig, I am 23 years old and currently in my first year at Bradford college studying FdA Make-up Artistry and Special Effects. 

As part of the work based learning section of my course i have set up this blog as a way to showcase my work, development and progress.

I have been blogging for a couple of years prior to this course and cant lie, i was slightly disappointed to find out i wouldnt be able to continue using my original blog for this work but if you would like to view it then just click on the link below.