Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Wayne Explains ...

Eyeshadow for grown-ups. And the ordinary woman who wants to make an effort, but frankly wonders what she's meant to do with all that stuff.



I can't help thinking that art students might find it interesting too. If you fast-forward to 09:20 you can see the effect, then wind back to see how it's done. Or if you want to know what your lady is doing in the bathroom, just watch the whole thing.

5 comments:

ghost said...

I used to paint portraits for pleasure and so did some research into the whole make-up thing. It occurred to me that rather than trying to mix flesh tones I could simply apply actual make-up directly to the canvas.

It seems insanely complicated. When I reached the point where I realised I would have to come back to Boots with a notepad and pencil to make sense of it I gave up.

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londontango said...

Hi H,

I am so relieved about this as I have been applying my eye make up like this since I was in my 20's! :-) This isn't new. You can also get this info from Arianne Poole (she makes make up for the mature lady!) I love how he mentions mature eyes and 30 in the same sentence! LOL!
There is a reason that cosmetic companies sometimes sell three colours in one pack. It doesn't have to just be with shades of brown. (I used to work in the cosmetics industry and did make-up for photography)
So, have you tried it yet?!

msHedgehog said...

@ghost, that's exactly the opposite of the interest I thought it would have, how interesting. All we're doing here is manipulating the appearance of light and shade, which is also what you do in representational painting. I don't think you could paint with makeup on actual canvas - wrong sort of base(es), not enough pigment. But the principle of layering is just the same as traditional oil painting technique, and works in the same way and for the same reasons, although since the layers are mostly transparent and lightly pigmented, perhaps watercolour is a better analogy.
@LT, That made me laugh too, I think he feels it's a little rude to be more precise about a lady's age than "over 30". You were lucky, I never got taught any of this stuff, and I think he explains it really nicely. I never wear makeup to work but I do wear it out these days - now that I'm old enough to give it some point. I do a slightly different version because I have hooded eyes, with no lid visible at all, and I have two versions of that depending on how much time I'm willing to spend.

ghost said...

My cunning plan was to use textured watercolour paper and use concealer as a base. (NB I've no idea if all concealers are the same. An over-enthusiastic girlfriend once covered my neck in concealer that seemed like lipstick to hide a fair amount of small bruises she'd caused earlier).

Thinking about it more I could probably use clown / stage make-up as the base and go from there.

Regardless, 'tis nice to be able to fully appreciate the artitistry and effort of that the ladies :o)


I found a site years ago of an american woman who really had taken make-up to an art-form using airbrushing. Sadly I can't find it, though airbrushing seems to have caught on a bit more since then.