Hello and Welcome to Saving Face Beauty!
Alas, October is finally over which means two things:
1. Starbucks red cups are out.
2. Now that I'm not doing FX Friday my Snaps are probably gonna be hella boring. Seriously though, no more sneak peaks of the FX look of the week? What else am I gonna do? "Hey guys! I went to Sephora AGAIN and bought ANOTHER neutral eyeshadow palette!" When it's not Halloween I turn into such a basic chick. I have no idea what normal people do on Snapchat. It's whatevs.
This post is just a compilation of this year's FX Friday looks. with a couple of additional looks I either never had the opportunity to post, or fails that have not yet seen the light of day.
As you read the post you'll notice that all of the looks are inspired by someone else's version of the same look. Is that being a copy cat? I suppose one could interpret it that way, but for someone who's completely new to Special FX Makeup and Body painting, imitation is a necessary part of learning. Now that I've already done these looks according to how I've seen them being done, I can not only recreate them more quickly, I also have an idea of a) what I would change next time in terms of products and tools used to achieve an effect thats more to my taste and b) How I can incorporate the techniques I learned into other looks. That's how an artist (or anyone really) begins to create their own style and identity, through trial and error.
Week One: Scar - The Lion King (Inspired by Charisma Star)
Week two: Twisty the Clown - American Horror Story Freakshow (Inspired by Alex Faction)
Week Three: Half Skull (Inspired by Chrissspy and Norvina)
This is evidence of a failed attempt of the half skull in August or September of this year. I tried the look out immediately after watching Norvina's recreation of Chrissspy's video. Obviously I severely overestimated my capabilities. I didn't realize how hard it was going to be to carve out the teeth and this is what happened. I didn't even complete the whole face. I actually can't remember if I even posted this to Snapchat or if I just saved it to my gallery and chickened out. Probably the latter. But, as you can see, sometimes it just is what it is.
Week Four: Pre-Op vs Post Op Plastic Surgery (Inspired by Nikki Tutorials and Glam and Gore)
Funny back story. I had no intention of posting this "Botched" look at all. It was a last minute addition I put up to avoid skipping a Friday or posting late. I originally wanted to do a legit Zombie look inspired by Goldie Starling using only face paints from Wolfe Brothers, but it just did not work at all. Like AT ALL!! It was one of those times when a person severely overestimates their abilities because someone else makes it look ridiculously easy. I spent an entire Thursday making 4-5 attempts at this walking Dead inspired Zombie look and it just never came to fruition the way I'd wanted it to.
Week Five: Lil Red and the Wolf (Inspired by Alex Faction)
I'm not even sure if I look like a wolf in this pic. I just look like I've had an irreversible and subsequently life-changing experience with rogaine.
Halloween: Pop Art Zombie (inspired by Jordan Hanz, Glam and Gore and Nicole Guerriero)
Admittedly not as detailed or as intricate as any of the other Pop Art Zombies I took inspiration from, but for my very first time doing one it turned out pretty damn good and it got a lot of positive attention. People stopped me in the streets, in the mall and in the club to compliment my paint job and a woman even asked to take a picture with me. I was a celebrity for the day.
Also, my beanie says "Killin' Zombies." Some nice irony there. I thought you'd appreciate it.
Other Notable Looks of the month:
The Lioness (Inspired by Desi Perkins and Sonjdra Deluxe)
My Friend asked me to do a lion look on her for a work-related costume contest. This is me testing out the look for the first time on myself.
This is the finished result on her. No whiskers and no brows, but that lower liner though!! Over all I was really impressed with how everything turned out, mostly because it came out way better on her than it ever did on me. I attribute it to her natural beauty. Thanks Tay for letting me use you as a guinea pig!
I'll be putting up a separate post on this look using the same format as the others, with a list of the products and techniques used.
I'm not gonna lie, this October took a lot out if me and it really challenged me and pushed my limits. For the time being, I'm glad I can take a break, but I know I'll miss all the excitement as soon as the holidays are over and the new year rolls around. I would love to make next year kind of epic.
As I'm sure I mentioned in a previous blog or social media post, I have every intention of following in the footsteps of Alex Faction and Jordan Hanz by doing 31 days of Halloween for October 2016. For me this means one Halloween look, much like FX Friday, but every day in October. I already have a running list of about 45 potential looks, but i'm sure that will start to dwindle quickly as I put them to the test. There is always the possibility that I'll be hindered by practicality, skill, or lack of access to the correct tools. You know, the bumps in the road that you can never really plan for, but just happens when you get started. As you can imagine, doing all of those looks in real time would be suicide. I will be starting up again with the FX looks after the Holidays in January and will just preschedule them for next October. That's the only practical way I can imagine making that whole situation work. It might be a little weird at first because you'll get to see a progression of my artistry (assuming it'll get any better) over the course of a year in the span of a month. One day I'll look like a toddler's finger painting, the next day I'll look slightly better. That's a surreal thought for me at least. Long story short, I need suggestions! Please, please please leave them in the comments section and you might see them on my face this time next year!