ON SET: BURTON LEBLANC + THE HANDMAID’S TALE

How did you come to work on The Handmaid’s Tale?
I heard The Handmaid’s Tale was going to be shooting in Toronto late summer/fall. I was working on the Stephen Spielberg produced show, American Gothic, at the time. I
contacted The Handmaid’s Tale production office and requested a script. Once I read the fantastic script, I realized that I needed to be part of it! I talked to the Production
Manager — we worked together on a show about a year before and had a great rapport. He thought I would be a perfect fit for the show and Elisabeth Moss, in particular, and
said she would be in touch.

Soon after she phoned me, we chatted about what ideas I had for the show and her character, Offred/June, for Gilead and flashbacks. I phoned the PM the next day to see when he wanted me to come in for an interview. He said, no need Lizzie loved what you had to say and the job is yours. Amazing!

Where did you draw your inspiration for creating the makeup for the women in Gilead?
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ON SET: ERYN KRUEGER MEKASH + HOLLYWOOD

How did you come to get involved in Hollywood?
I’ve had a long relationship with Ryan Murphy. I’ve worked for him for 17 years on almost all of his projects, and the ones I haven’t been hands-on with I’ve staffed for him. I met him on Nip/Tuck. James Mackinnon was the department head on the pilot and asked me to be his key. James left to do another show and I moved up to department head. I was there with Stephanie Fowler Ziese until Glee started in 2008. Then Running With Scissors, Eat, Pray, Love, American Horror Story, People vs. OJ, Feud, Versace, Ratched, Hollywood, and recently the film, The Prom. I get to do a lot of time period
perfect projects for him. I love the 1940s. It’s very clean and precise. I was very excited he asked me to do it. This is a period piece that has both historical and fictional characters in the storyline.

How did your design process differ for each type of character?
The process always starts with the script and then costume design. Lou Eyrich and Sarah Evelyn were the designers and they showed me early on the color palette and textures they were using. I looked at sets and Continue reading

IN MEMORIAM: ELLIS FAAS

Ellis Faas

Words James Vincent 

Few people and even fewer artists have made such an impact on this beauty industry as Ellis Faas. Bold shapes, broad strokes, unexpected color choices, interesting placement and shape and unforgettable color and texture choices were as much a part of her makeup and photographs as was flawless skin. With a passion for pushing the boundaries of beauty and a humility that belies her accomplishments, Ellis was an artist’s artist. The news of her death left many artists, including myself, sharing stories about Ellis’ influence and impact on their art and career.
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REALITY CHECK: WHAT DO YOU WANT US TO KNOW?

We are at a crossroads in our society — one that is long overdue — and addressing the single most important area of social justice our country has struggled with since its birth. As far as we may have come in some people’s eyes, the truth is that, while we been moving forward slowly, we continue to also take steps backward in this fight.

The beauty industry, and makeup artist industry in particular, may be making an effort in many cases, but is it enough? Is that effort focused on the right things? Our  perspectives are irrelevant if we are not walking in the shoes, and the skin, of our Black brothers and sisters in beauty.

We wanted to understand, from the Black makeup artist community themselves, what we can do better as an industry. We want to understand what we don’t know about the Black experience as a makeup artist. So we ask simply — What do you want us to know?

Thank you to the 100 artists who participated in this program and everyone who is helping us listen and learn during such an important time.

Michael DeVellis
Editor, On Makeup Magazine

Beauty brands, please hire Black makeup qrtists and experts to consult when creating products for black skin. It is important that to have experts in this area to guide you in
product development so that the products actually represent who you are selling to.  Adeola Gboyega

All we want is the same respect and consideration as other artists — to not have to work twice as hard to be thought of as half as good. Aina Lee

For years we, Black creative artists, lived in the shadows of the industry and now as our color is being celebrated its time to highlight its true essence. AJ Cimson

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INDUSTRY NEWS: THE MAKEUP SHOW BEAUTY EXPERIENCE IS GOING VIRTUAL

The Makeup Show announced that it will host its first The Virtual Makeup Show, due to COVID-19.  The Virtual Show will be on September 13-14, 2020 from 10am – 6pm both days.

The Makeup Show has been creating a place in the beauty industry to learn, network, and explore for the past 10 years in a variety of cities and countries.

The two-day event will have over 25 pre-recorded educational sessions, 6 live presentations, and live demos with top brands, and artists in a virtual show experience.  The brands include The Powder Group, Danessa Myricks Beauty, Rebel and Outlaws, MYKITCOAlcone Company, B3 Beauty Balm, Crown Brush, Bdellium Tools, Glamcor, Melanie Mills Hollywood, TEMPTU Pro, Viseart, and many more.  The artists that will be presenting are James Vincent, Julia Dalton Brush, Danessa MyricksJames Molloy, Jon HennesseyLijha Stewart, Yvonne MacInnis, and more guests to be announced soon.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: WORLD BODYPAINTING FESTIVAL 2020 WINNERS AND RECAP

This year the World Bodypainting Festival had to postpone the World Bodypainting Festival edition to 2021.  However, due to the overwhelming interest from the bodypainting community, they created the WBF 2020 COVID Edition.  The online competition took place from July 6th to July 10th, complete with sponsors, awards, and prizes.

The WBF 2020 COVID Crisis Edition was supported by Tourismusregion Klagenfurt am Worthersee, Kryolan Professional Makeup, Karnten – Its my life, FH Karnten – Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Asia Colors, On Makeup Magazine, The Powder Group, Snazaroo, KT1 Privatfernsehen, and Base Formula.

At this special online competition, winners were selected in 6 categories, including 3 world awards.  613 incredible artists from 55 nations in 17 time zones around the world participated in the festival.  Continue reading

INDUSTRY NEWS: TEMPTU + THE TREVOR PROJECT

In support and celebration of the creative and diverse members of our LGBTQ community, TEMPTU is proud to partner with The Trevor Porject, the  world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ Youth, to launch a Limited Edition TEMPTU Air, in Metallic Rainbow – a brilliant alchemy of color inspired by Pride. $10 from every purchase will be benefiting the life-saving work of The Trevor Project.

The Trevor Project works to save young lives by providing life-saving and life-affirming support through free and confidential suicide prevention and crisis ntervention programs via their 24/7 phone lifeline, chat, and text, and through additional community resources and education.  The work that the Trevor Project does is more important than ever in showing LGBTQ Youth that even though they may be physically isolated, they are not alone.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: WORLD BODYPAINTING FESTIVAL 2020 GOES ONLINE

For more than 20 years, the World Bodypainting Festival has been at the forefront of the global bodypainting art movement. Set in the picturesque region of Carintia, Austria the festival has attracted tens of thousands of competitors and attendees from every corner of the world over the years and this year was set to be the biggest event yet. However, given the global health pandemic the live event had to be cancelled but not one for taking a challenge sitting down, founder Alex Barendreg has taken this years event online with the World Bodypainting Festival – Covid Crisis Edition.

The online event will consist of an online competition featuring various categories and theme from July 6th – July 10th 2020.  Along with the online competition there will be selected programs with live activities in Klagenfurt, Austria from July 5th – July 11th 2020. The World Bodypainting Festival Week 2020 will still shine in the colorfulness and celebration online!

Sponsors for this years online program include Kryolan, Base Formula, Snazaroo, Asia Colors, On Makeup Magazine and The Powder Group.”I am so excited that Alex Barendregt and the WBF team have brought the passion and artistry of the festival online for this year” said Michael DeVellis, founder of The Powder Group “The event is one of  the most exciting events of our year at The Powder Group. We are so honored to have been a part of the event for so many years and to participate in the WBF online.

For the online competition starting on July 6th, there will be a total of five categories over five days.

  • July 6 – Amateur Award: Brush/Sponge Bodypainting, Theme: Psychedelic Circus
  • July 7 – World Award: Facepainting, Theme: Wonders of Nature
  • July 8 – 2020 Special Award: SFX Make-up, Theme: Evolution,
  • July 9 – Special Award: Creative Make-up, Theme: Candy
  • July 10 – World Award: Brush/Sponge Bodypainting, Theme: Psychedelic Circus

Participants are allowed to participate in more than one categories, and entry into each  competition category is €10. During the competition, winners of the World Awards Facepainting and Brush/Sponge Bodypainting categories, will still be awarded Champions of the World Bodypainting Festival 2020 Special Edition. All winners of all Awards will be announced on Saturday, July 11th 2020. On the last day of the festival week, an online program will provide a full review of the week, the awarding of the online competitions and presentation of a lot of various content from past events.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for next year’s event as The World Bodypainting Festival will be back stronger than ever on July 15 – 17, 2021.  For more information on The World Bodypainting Festival 2020 and competition guidelines you can download the program PDF here or visit: bodypainting-festival.com

INDUSTRY NEWS: THE MENTORS PROJECT

Debbie Zoller, Bill Corso, Mike Mekash, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Richard Redlefsen, Selena Miller, Tym Buacharern, Ve Neill, Jake Garber and Kim Greene

From award winning Local 706 IATSE makeup artist, Debbie Zoller, comes The Mentors Project, an amazing, unique opportunity for ten Makeup Artists working toward a career in Film and Television from every area of artistry focus from  Beauty to Character and Special Makeup FX.

Along with Zoller, she has invited nine fellow makeup artists to join her in volunteering their time for this eight week program in support of artists developing a career in the field who are not yet a part of the IATSE union. In addition to Zoller, the mentors include industry icons Bill Corso, Mike MekashEryn Krueger Mekash, Richard Redlefsen, Selena Miller, Tym Buacharern, Ve Neill, Jake Garber and Kim Greene. Each mentor will Continue reading