This week we had the pleasure of watching another group of beautiful students graduate from our Fashion & Beauty Makeup Artistry Course.
“This group of students has excelled across the board. All have gained experience by working at Village Road Shows Fright Nights, on feature films, plus editorial and commercial photo shoots, fashion films and much more. I couldn’t be prouder of them. “ Michael Huxley
Throughout history people have been enchanted by ancient Egyptian culture. I often wonder what cosmetics would be like if it wasn’t for these visionaries. From skin care creams to kohl around the eyes, the influence of the ancient Egyptian people transcends generations. Thats right.. Kim Kardashian wasn’t the first person to pull off smokey eyes!
Today people often associate common beauty rituals with the desire to be more beautiful. Interestingly, cosmetics hasn’t always been about vanity. The ancient Egyptian people believed that their cosmetics had both medical and spiritual significance. I’m not sure if being buried alive with a mascara wouldn’t help the situation but I guess the afterlife would be a lot more glamorous with makeup so I can’t disagree.
Katy Perry’s homage to ancient Egypt in her ‘Dark Horse’ video turned heads, but they certainly didn’t have her fluro clothes or disco lights.Colour and defined eyes were however, very much on trend. They believed that particular products brought them closer to god. Vivid green Malachite, originally mined from the Holly grounds of Mount Sina, was said to embody the essence of their much loved deity Hathor, the goddess of beauty and femininity.
The stereotypical Egyptian eye shape so dramatically characterised by Elizabeth Taylor in the classic film Cleopatra, signified the Eye of Horus; a symbol for protection, royal power and good health. Good health must have been a term loosely used by the ancient Egyptians who lathered their faces in white lead. However, caking their eyes with black kohl actually helped repel bacterial eye infections and even dulled the suns glare off the dessert dunes.
Makeup was commonly used by both men and women, of all social statuses. The main difference was the tools they used to apply them. Those with a high social status had beautiful, functional tools, while the poor lower classes would use basic bowls and sticks. The better the tool, the better the result and the same can be said today.
Applying your everyday makeup doesn’t have to be as difficult, as expensive or as time consuming as building a pyramid. But having good quality makeup and tools can be the difference between looking like Cleopatra or Anubis… So we recommend investing in a couple of superior tools and products over a draw full of ratty brushes and tacky old products. And please, please; if your makeup passed its used by date when the Sphinx lost its nose, it is time to THROW it out!
All jokes aside, there seems to have been a resurgence in the popularity of Egyptian themed fashion and makeup looks. As fantastic as it looks on the runway, in photo shoots or on film, most of these dramatic Egyptian looks aren’t exactly wearable. We can however, be inspired and utilise some simple technique to give our makeup a fresh edgy Egyptian look.
TIP (A): USE COLOUR So many people are still recovering from their 80’s colour indulgence… Boy George has some explaining to do. But colour is your friend! Using a vivid blue or green pencil along the lash line will make your eyes pop. If you use a good quality, firm Angle Brush makes the application easy! Blending slightly out beyond your upper lash line with create a subtle wing elongating the eye.
TIP (B): SMOKEY EYES You have probably heard the expression ‘there are many ways to skin a cat’; well there are many ways to smoke out your eyes. In my opinion a smokey eye isn’t complete without defining the waterline.
Black Pencil: For those who don’t mind a dramatic look, creamy black pencil along the water line will make the whites of your eyes whiter. Nude pencil: Knocks off the pink hue from around your eyes giving your eyes a fresh, healthy awake look. White pencil: It has long been a favourite of makeup artists to make the whites of our eyes look Larger for a wide eye look. Great for people with smaller eyes.
TIP (C) BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK Even without shadows and pencils; thick, long and BLACK lashes will define your eyes and make them pop! Not all mascaras are a like so look out for these qualities:
Jet black – Not kinda black, not grey, just BLACK Waxy texture – We don’t like watery mascara that bleeds black tears down your face so make sure yours is thick and waxy to last longer, repel water and apply effortlessly Short life – After a few months any mascara is ready for renewal. If you don’t replace them you run the risk of them harboring nasty bacteria and not effectively shaping and defining your lashes. Ingredients – It’s your eyes after all so do your research about what goes into your mascara to make sure you don’t have any undesirable reactions.
Australian, family owned and operated cosmetics company EYE OF HORUS makes beautiful quality eye products which are definitely worth checking out. They don’t have a huge range, but what they do, they do to perfection plus the price point won’t leave a hole in your wallet! The image to the left was created with their creamy Teal pencil, Black pencil (on the waterline), precision liquid eye liner and super black mascara. To purchase their products or discover more check out www.huxleymakeup.com
Recently we had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Becca Gilmartin. Becca’s work has featured in countless magazines, commercials and music video clips. NAME DROP *FLUME, KIMBRA etc. Becca is a talented MUA however, her body art is what has separated herself form the pack to super star status. I could tell you how fashion and commercial clients want to incorporate her skills into their campaigns but personally I find it more interesting that she has painted the half naked bodies of famous footballers, musicians, celebs and even a gay porn icon. Becca has become so sought after that she now speaks regularly at major makeup shows locally and internationally including, IMATS and Spa & Beauty Expo.
We stumbled upon Becca after trawling the internet for body artists to inspire our students. Turns out, while currently Sydney based, Becca is originally from the Gold Coast. So after stalking her a bit on facebook I asked if she might be keen to run some classes. It couldn’t have come at a better time because Becca was looking for a Queensland venue to hold her body art excellence workshop. Jump a month or so later and Becca was at the school teaching our students awesome body art techniques and sharing her experience with us all. I was especially lucky because I also got to sit in on her body art excellent workshop and got to know her personally.
Here are some images of the stunning body art created by Becca – be sure to check out more of her amazing work at beccagilmartin.com
How did you get in to makeup? Ahh, this is hardest question to answer… I didn’t know it was a career when I first got started. I was working at Dracular’s Caberet on the Gold Coast and I loved helping to create everyones makeup looks. While working for Dracs I started doing some face painting at the Dolphin arcaded (which doesn’t actually exist anymore) and I thought to myself, maybe I could do this as a job. So I discovered makeup artistry by accident haha.
How would you describe your makeup style? I Don’t really have one exactly because I’m always doing what my client wants. However, I’ve become known for my body art and last year someone described me as the Pat McGrath of intricate body art so I’ll take that haha. Otherwise I try and keep things clean and beautiful. Tricky question!
Do you have a favourite makeup product or brand? Not really, I love treasure hunting! I think every brand has strengths and star products and as makeup artist I find myself using all sorts of things. At the moment one of my favourite things is a $10 glam eyes lash curler from Manicare. Just a cheapy pharmacy product but it’s amazing! You can get it close to the roots because its half the size of most other curlers.
What is the highlight of your career so far? It only happened just recently in November. Warner bros flew me to LA to shoot Kimbra’s album cover in the Joshua Tree Dessert. It was an incredible experience and I loved working with the whole team. Oh and while I was there, I was running around doing some errands for the photographer while he shot Tyra Banks. That was very cool! I can’t wait to get back to LA to do some more work in the future.
Whats the craziest thing that has ever happened to you on set? Last year I directed makeup for a show at Sydney fashion week and I ended up being awake for 31hours. The day before I was working on other projects when some models pulled out and we had to make last minute changes to the show. The body art started at 1am the morning of the show so I didn’t end up getting to bed at all! It wasn’t necessarily something crazy that happened but it was crazy I could keep my eyes open!
Where do you draw your inspiration from? There isn’t just one source it comes from a variety of places. I’d say most of it comes from my secret boards on pinterest but I also love looking at other peoples makeup, typography, fashion and art.
Who is your favourite makeup artist? There are many amazing makeup artists who inspire me. Obvious picks for me are Val Garlanded and Pat McGrath. Their work is fantastic! Also Alice Ghendrih. She is the french Pat McGrath of Fashion Makeup seriously just google her… phenomenal.
Which designers are you loving at the moment? Emma Mulholland is brilliant. I love how she follows her own style. Also perth based designer Jaimie Lee. Her work is incredibly beautiful and she had the most amazing show at Sydney fashion week. There are so many amazing designers at the moment its hard to narrow down favourites!
What is your favourite movie or TV show? It’s a tie between the Science of Sleep by Michel Gondry and Frida the movie about Frida Kahlo. I also love the makeup in La Vie en Rose! haha too hard to answer.
If you were to choose one brush that you could not live without which one would it be? Ok this is not a fair question! haha I guess I could do foundation with my hands umm… It would be hard to pick but I absolutely love my squirrel blending brush. It is super soft yet nice and firm. That felt like i was answering questions for an online dating site haha
Brainchild? Such an odd conglomeration of the English language. Type the stark black and white letters into google.
Define: Brain *click* ‘the coordinating centre of sensation and intellectual and nervous activity.’Alright then, open new tab.
Define: child *click* ‘a young human being.’
As separate entities these words don’t mean anything special, yet as Huxley students found out, combining them equates to such a beautiful concept on the Gold Coast it becomes difficult to separate the moving parts of the phrase. Much like the moving parts of the short film our current students had the opportunity to participate in as onset makeup artists.
What is Brainchild?
The Brainchild Foundation kicked off in 2010 when its founders – a neuro surgeon, the parent of little girl who had brain tumour and a clinical nurse from the royal children’s hospital – united in identifying a real need to provide support for children who suffered from brain and spinal cord tumours. Currently manned by a small committee of around ten people, their newest venture is to “produce a video to raise the awareness of the general public about the difficult journey that children face when diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumour. All too often we are bombarded with pictures of pretty little bald kids with smiles on their faces for childhood cancer campaigns; the sad truth is that behind these smiles are thousands of tears, pain and fear.”
Bringing light to the “world of surgeries, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, lumbar punctures, blood transfusions, daily injections, vomiting and isolation” which families and affected children face is key to revealing the hard journey in this awareness piece, said Brainchild committee member Belinda Brunoli.
“We are here to support families; generally financially and by giving emotional support. We are very invested in research to find a cure for the tumours.”
So, how did Huxley students get involved with this initiative? Chasing connection after connection, lead me from the major Brainchild sponsor, BHP Billiton, to videographer Eli Meyer’s friendship with Michael Huxley.
“I was asked by the director if we would like to work on the project and get involved. I did a little bit a of researched and empathised with the charity. I thought this would be a great experience for my students.” –Michael Huxley
Huxley student, Trish said the 13 hour work experience meant waking up at 4am and travelling to Cedar Creek Falls at the base of Mount Tambourine. Once there, the team was required to work with a group of 30-40 children and make them up to look like they had been lost in the bush for a few days. “They had to look messy in natural way,” Tris said.
“Michael showed us how to use makeup to give them bruises, scratches, cuts and grass stains. We learnt the right way to tease hair and to accessorise with sticks and leaves; and best of all, how to cover them all in mud!”
For many of the school’s May intake this was the first work experience they had ever completed and were glad of the support provided by Michael and the other students. Working from start to finish as makeup artists alongside a professional film and production crew had every participant excited for the industry they were preparing to go into. Tris highlighted how overwhelmed she was by the strength David and Belinda (Brainchild founders) possess and the purpose of the production students were all contributing to.
“David and Belinda shared their very personal experiences and emotions, allowing us to understand their passion and dedication to all that they do for families in need.”
Praise for Huxley students:
“I haven’t worked with The Huxley School of Makeup before Brainchild, but after seeing such an amazing and harmonious team from Huxley, I think it was a good reflection of Michael bringing these girls together… [I’ve ] never experienced a makeup team like that. They were all just so happy to be there. I’m looking forward to more projects with Michael in the future.” – Eli Meyer, Director
“I was blown away by everyone’s professionalism, genuine kindness and niceness. The kids looked simply amazing.” – Belinda Brunoli, Brainchild
Every semester our students get to work with real brands to create a look that best suits the brands image. This semester we found out about the amazing work that JC Denim Co (alongside with Destiny Rescue) are up to.
We partnered with them for our ‘makeup for men’ module and here are some behind the scenes photos from the night.
To check out the brand visit http://jcdenimco.com/about/ and read about the amazing work they are doing for Cambodian girls who have been rescued out of sexual exploitation…
Recently one of our students Melinda Cox, had the opportunity to do some work experience for a shoot with Pitch Magazine. Her beautiful clean skin look was published in a piece about fashion designer Garth Cook, here are some photos from the shoot. To check out more visit Pitch Zine
Photography – Josh Dowdle Fashion – Blake Tobin Model – Hannah Lyne @ Division Models Makeup/Hair – Melinda Cox @ Huxley School of Makeup Fashion Assistant – Grace McBrierty
Last weekend at the Pro Beauty & Makeup Show in Brisbane, our head trainer Michael did a demo on behalf of Kryolan. Here are some pictures of him on stage and some sneaky behind the scenes pics of the models.
Michael created two looks. The first was a dewy skin look on the beautiful Victoria. This look is highly requested on runways at the moment.
Products in order of use: Concealer Wheel TV Paint Stick w/ Makeup Blend (turns cream foundations into a beautiful smooth liquid) Illusion Palette Lip and Cheek (On cheeks in colour ‘Lotus’) Eye Primer Brow Palette Light Gold Pigment Pot Kryolan Mascara Lip and Cheek (On lip in colour ‘Loctus’) High Gloss The second look on the stunning Neo Bol was a dramatic smoky eye with a metallic twist. Products in order of use: Thin Latex, used to stick down the gold leaf TV Paint stick Translucent Setting Powder Pigment pot colour in rose pink on cheeks Gel Liner in colour Ebony Black Pigment eye shadow Bronze Pigment Pot Mascara Lip palette colour LP697
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