Local 706 - The Artisan

Summer 2017

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39 First, we applied a gold primer with a kabuki brush or a powder brush. The gold primer was an alcohol-based make-up called "ProAiir" made by Donna Nowak's Body Art. The gold in this make-up was shimmer- or mineral- based. Next, a gold creme eye shadow from Make Up For Ever was applied around the eyes. I followed this with a coat of water-based gold make-up from Ben Nye called "ProColor" that Dana Nye was nice enough to mix in a special shade for us in bulk quantities. This make-up is also mineral- or shimmer-based and was also applied with a kabuki or a powder brush. By now, the make-up was about 80 percent to 90 percent done. The fi nal step was a mix of the Pro-Aiir shimmer-based make-up with gold metallic powder from Mehron. I felt that the gold needed a little metallic to add shine. This was applied with a Paasche H airbrush. We developed this technique in order to reduce the amount of alcohol-based make-up being used and to keep the airbrushing to a minimum so that there was less airborne make-up. This was very important because with up to 40 make-ups being done, even with ventilation, it can create a big health risk inhaling so much alcohol-based paint. It also reduced the application time to use a powder brush rather than an airbrush. On a few occasions, we would apply a plastic bald cap to cover the hair if someone had particularly dark hair or a very low hairline to keep the hair from interfering with the wig. On a few days, there were as many as 40 gold people working. Each make-up took around 45 minutes from start to fi nish. These make-ups lasted all day except a bit around the collars which was touched up on set with the alcohol- based gold. The payoff for production is less maintenance throughout the day with more time spent on camera. The yellow robot prostitutes or 'Love-Bots' were a load of fun to design because I really wanted to do something different which is not often done and which would bridge the gap between editorial and prosthetic make-up. It has always bothered me that the two could not apparently combine, so here was an opportunity to prove it could be done. The Love-Bots are one of Gunn's favorite make-ups and I love them, too. Here's how we did it! A plastic cap was applied over the eyebrows and back over the top of the head. Next, an alcohol-based primer was applied with a powder brush; we used London Brush Co. nouVeau #14. This primer was Reel Creations in porcelain. Then, a yellow and white Mac Chromacolor was applied around the eyes. Now, they were ready for the thin strips along the cheeks and chin. These were wet transfer bondo appliances provided by Legacy. This was followed by Ben Nye's water-based ProColor in yellow and white applied with a powder brush. This would get the yellow color well into the ballpark. At this point, we began with airbrush. The airbrush make-up was a mix of yellow and white with

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