May I take this opportunity to wish all of my Mixed Gems readers a very Happy Halloween. Halloween is one of my favourite days of the year and I celebrated it extensively over the weekend by exposing myself to many weird and wonderful makeup concepts.
On Friday 28th October, my friends from Hot//Light//Fiesta were playing a gig in Liverpool. Keen to embrace the Halloween spirit, I gave them all a Clockwork Orange inspired makeover. We decided that it would be fun to just create makeup schemes that were on one half of their face; in accordance with how they were to be positioned on stage, we shaded a half of their face which would be initially concealed as the gig began and then unveiled as the action began to unfold! This is photograph of Tim Brennik, Hot//Light//Fiesta drummer, with his abstract face-painted makeover.
The rest of the boys decided to go for more of an unfinished makeup look. I gave each boy a dramatic eye (with enormous Peaches and Cream eyelashes!) and then used a mixture of face paint and MAC pigments to create whiteness and shading on their faces so that the look was softer, fading into nothing. Here’s the boys ready to hop into the tour bus and scare their unsuspecting audience.
The following morning, I had my first ever Peaches and Scream experience. Peaches and Scream is the name of the legendary Halloween weekend at Peaches and Cream. Ever on a student budget, I decided to attend as a zebra because I found a pretty zebra-print dress in Primark for ten pounds and I thought that it would be one of those looks that allowed the makeup to do the talking. Much to the amusement of the Peaches, I was complimented on my ‘pussycat’ look all day. As I don’t have as much theatrical makeup experience as the other girls, I was working with clients who wanted subtle Halloween touches to their normal makeup schemes. Here’s a photo of a mermaid that I did.
All of the Peaches went all out on their makeups. One of my bosses, Nicola, ordered a mask online and went as Avatar. I have never seen anything like it in my life… she looked exactly like what you would see in the film and everyone was just amazed by her all day. Lots of clients even asked her for photographs because she was so striking. Another unbelievable concoction was Kate’s makeover for Rosie - an original Peaches monster named Eyeleen. As the evening progressed with a shortage of glasses, we all enjoyed drinking a celebratory shot from an eye that Rosie had torn from her face.
Hilarious, too, were the reactions of those eating alongside us at the local Greek restaurant after work. (That’s me at the bottom, on the left, grazing.)
All in all I have had a wonderful Halloween and so I hope you all enjoy your celebrations too!