Friday, October 31, 2014

The 31 Days Of Mehron Halloween Finale


It's that ghoulish of days.  Halloween is here and what an incredible month of looks to get us to the 31st.  The submissions for the 31 Days of Mehron Halloween were truly inspirational.  We received SO many fabulous looks, we regret we could only select 31! It is our hope that the daily featured artists sparked some creativity and provided fun ideas for your Halloween festivities.

Trick Or Treat

If you have followed the project, you know that the trick was to create, tag and share a look using Mehron products on Instagram.  The treat was being selected and featured on our website and social media.  Unbeknownst to the contestants, we decided to throw in an extra treat - watch for the announcement next week!

Contest Inspiration

The inspiration for this contest actually came from Amanda Chapman, the Tin Man featured above.  Since 2012, Amanda has been partaking in a 31 days of Halloween self-portrait project.  Each October she transforms herself daily into a new character.  The idea was conceived when her husband had been diagnosed with cancer.  The project was an outlet for Amanda and her family.  Incredibly, she has no formal training and is actually a professional photographer!  We caught up with Amanda to get some more scoop on the artist and her project.

Mehron: A photographer by trade, do you do any makeup looks other than your Halloween looks?

Amanda: When starting my "31 Days of Halloween" in 2012 it was the first time I had really attempted character makeup and for the past two years I have only done this makeup in October for this project. However, after this year I plan on incorporating creative makeup into my future photo shoots. My goal is to learn the sculpting and prosthetic making process and build on my skill.
Twisty The Clown from American Horror Story Freakshow
Mehron Products Used: Paradise Makeup AQ in White, Red,
Black and Green; Synwax, Spirit Gum, Bald Cap
Mehron: We can't wait to see what you come up with next!  Completely self taught, how did you come up with your looks and learn to bring them to life?

Amanda: I found online tutorials to be very helpful in the beginning; however, I was finding myself creating a version of someone else's attempt at that makeup. I now use reference photos of the original character and decide the best ways with the products I have to bring that character to life.

Mehron: Your artistic ability is amazing.  Do you have a favorite look?

Amanda: Being a huge Tim Burton fan, I am always inspired by the unique style of his characters. I have done over ten of Burton's characters in my 31 Days project. His characters are dark, yet charming, and I am most fond of Edward Scissorhands.

Tin Man
Mehron Products Used: Paradise Makeup AQ
in Silver, Black and Red; Synwax, Bald Cap, Spirit Gum
Mehron: His look is definitely unique and you interpret it beautifully.  Do you have a favorite Mehron product to work with?

Amanda: I love the Paradise Palette! The colors go on so smoothly and blend beautifully. They smell wonderful too! I also love the Synwax.  I am able to mold different features on my face without using prosthetics.

Mehron: We are so happy you like those products and are so completely inspired by the looks you created with them.  Please be sure to share your future creations with us!
Self Portrait
Mehron Products Used: Paradise Makeup AQ in Teal,
Lagoon Blue, Dark Blue, Coral, Red, Beach Berry,
White, Yellow and Black


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Michela Wariebi Working Sugar Skull Magic


The Sugar Skull is a HOT Halloween look.  So hot that Mehron key makeup artist Michela Wariebi just shot a Sugar Skull how to video for People Magazine.  With celebs such as Kate Hudson recently spotted donning this Day of the Dead makeup for a pre-Halloween event, we thought we would share the inside scoop on how to get the colorful Sugar Skull look Michela created in the video. Following these simple steps you too can sport the look for your Halloween festivities.

The Base. Using a moist Face Smoothie, shade around the perimeter of the face, hollows of the cheeks and around the mouth with Paradise Makeup AQ in Wild Orchid.  Then add some dimension by repeating with Paradise Makeup AQ in Porto.  Intensify the color with iNtense Pro Pressed Powder Pigments in Tornado and Purple Heat.

The Eyes. Next up is the classic Sugar Skull eyes.  Using a wet brush, apply Paradise Makeup AQ in Orange creating colored circles around the eyes.  Add iNtense Pro in Island Breeze to the inner corners and crease.  Define the eye with Paradise Makeup AQ in Wild Orchid.  Line the lash lines with iNtense Pro in Carbon.

Contours. Blend out the edges of the face contours with iNtense Pro in Yellow Spark using a fluffy brush.

The Lips. Apply Paradise Makeup AQ in Black to the inner lips and blend out with the Wild Orchid.

The Details. With a damp detail brush and Paradise Makeup AQ in Black, draw the mouth stitches. Smudge and add dimension with the Purple Heat.  Use the same Black to draw detail marks on the cheeks and forehead.  Using a dampened brush, outline the circle of the eyes with Paradise Glitter in Red.

More Details.  If you want to add even more dimension and sparkle, use AdGem Liquid Adhesive to apply Swarsky crystals around the eye circles.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Beauty Ideas


Not into dressing up for Halloween? No worries, you can forego the costume and still embrace the holiday.  Here are a few makeup ideas to get you into the spirit!

A Gorgeous Purple Cat Eye 

Black and purple are two traditional Halloween colors.  And a black cat is synonymous with the holiday.  So why not celebrate with a stunning, colorful cat eye makeup look. Boldly line the upper and lower lashes with E.Y.E Liner Pencil in Black, winging it out to create the cat eye, Add E.Y.E Powder in Espresso to the crease, lightly blending it out above the crease and to the inner corner of the eye.  Next start patting Celebre Precious Gem Powder in Amethyst on your lid.  Follow with either iNtense Pro Purple Heat or Tornado above the crease, lightly bringing it to the inner corner of the eye, and blend. Create more definition by applying some iNtense Pro in Carbon to the outer crease.    Apply E.Y.E Powder in Natural Wheat to the brow bone and softly blend.  Gently sweep Celebre Precious Gem Powder in Amethyst to the lower lash line.  Follow with either the Purple Heat or Tornado.  Complete the look with a coat of Mascara Pro.

A Pop Of Color

Want something even bolder? Just dress the lip with L.I.P Cream in Autumn Sun!

Trick or Treat!
  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

More Rockin' Halloween Looks


In the past week, the Mehron team has been on the move! It was photo shoot after photo.  Here is a peek at some hot Halloween looks from one of the shoots currently featured on Nylon.com that will have you turning heads at parties - and we don't mean in the Exorcist kind of way!  We brought in MUA Michela Wariebi for this elaborate Halloween feature.  These looks are ALL about beauty, or as Nylon puts it "the epitome of a Halloween dream."

"It was so much fun to create these beauty Halloween looks using Mehron products," said Michela. It is exciting to see Mehron bring their theatrical expertise to everyday beauty.  They have taken their knowledge and expertise in creating professional makeup that excels under the harsh lights of the stage, film and runways and created products with that same wearability for everyday looks."

Ziggy Stardust.  David Bowie's alter ego never looked so good.  To recreate the look, cover the face with an even layer of Celebre Pro HD Makeup, brushing through the brows. Then use a darker shade to contour along the cheek bones, temples, and sides of the nose. Contour with CHEEK Powder in TropiCoral and Bold Red starting at the temples and blending down to the cheeks. Use Paradise Makeup AQ to create the dramatic lightning bolt, and add some to the hair to complete the look.

Half Sugar Skull. Create a smooth canvas with a light shade of Celebre Pro HD Makeup, then contour with a darker shade. Use E.Y.E Powder in Fawn to define one eye, blending through the crease, outside of the lid and under the lower lash line.  Line the upper and lower lashes with E.Y.E Liner Pencil in Black and add E.Y.E Lashes to this eye. Cover the other side of the face with White Paradise Makeup AQ. Create the skull eye with Paradise Makeup AQ in Black. Use E.Y.E Liner Pencil in Black to draw skulls on the cheek and blend. Fill in with iNtense Pro in Carbon.  Use the Carbon to shade the lips and the forehead. Draw mouth stitches and face designs with the Black and White Paradise Makeup AQ. Finish the look with a pop of L.I.P Cream in Big Apple on the human side.

Maleficent. Cover the face with a light shade of Celebre Pro HD Makeup, blending into the neck and collarbone. Create exaggerated contouring in the hollows of the cheeks, nose and forehead with E.Y.E Powder in Cocoa and Fawn. Emphasize further with Mocha CHEEK Powder and set with Celebre Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing Powder. Use Carbon iNtense Pro in the corner of the eyes and crease. Buff out the crease. Fill in the lid with the browns. Line the upper and lower lashes with the Carbon. Finish with E.Y.E Lashes in Fuller.

Khaleesi from Game of Thrones. Apply Celebre Pro HD in a light foundation, then contour with a darker foundation. Use ProColorRing Neutralizer to hide any redness.  Apply E.Y.E Powder in Fawn to the crease and lower lash line. Apply Natural Wheat and White E.Y.E Powder to the lid. Follow with Precious Gem Powder in Diamond on the inner corner, brown bone and top of lid. Apply Paradise Makeup AQ in Dark Brown along upper and lower lash lines and blend out with Precious Gem Powder in Champagne. Comb Paradise Makeup AQ in Light Brown through the brows. Apply TropiCoral and Mohave CHEEK Powder for a flush of pink to the cheeks. Add Pink Coral and Tech Orange CHEEK Cream to the middle of the lips and blend out.

We want to especially thank Abracadabra NYC for lending us the gorgeous headpieces for Maleficent and the Half Sugar Skull and the beautiful wig for Khaleesi from Game of Thrones for this shoot.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fast, Easy Zombie Makeup For Kids And Adults


When we stumble across something great we just HAVE to share it with our friends. This week we came upon a Halloween makeup look that we knew would be perfect for the makeup novice, the busy mom, or as a last minute costume idea.  MUA Natalia Issa created a zombie makeup look, which incorporated our iNtense Pro Pressed Powder Pigments, that is so fast and easy you will be done in 10 minutes tops!  It is ideal for Walking Dead fans and kids alike.  Her YouTube video tutorial has gone completely viral on Facebook.  Watch and see how you can quickly transform into the living dead.



The proof of Natalia's simplicity is demonstrated by the pictures her followers submitted on Instagram and Facebook - check them out.  If you recreate the look, please share it on the Mehron Facebook page and/or Instagram and be sure to tag Natalia (@NataliaIssaHairandMakeupArtistry on Facebook and @nataliaissa on Instagram)!


For all of you Mehron lovers, you just might have all the products you need to recreate this look in your makeup kits:


1. L.I.P Cream in Big Apple

2. iNtense Pro Pressed Powder Pigments in Red Earth, Carbon, Mountain Moss and Morning Sky

3. Celebre Pro HD Makeup in White or CreamBlend in White.

4. L.I.P Liner Pencil in Raisin

5. Squirt Blood

If you don't have these products on hand, you can purchase them from our online store or through a local retailer.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Definitely More Trick Than Treat!

What do you get when you combine our Special FX, Beauty, and Body Painting products? Some spooktacular Halloween costume ideas.  We have what you need to trick the senses and stir a up a cauldron of sensation this Halloween.  Below each photo we have provided a link to the products used and the step-by-step directions on how to create the look.

 
This modern twist on the horror hostess Vampira combines the perfect combination of intense beauty with a bit of gore.  Directions and products used.



Made U Look by Lex's take on Red Riding Hood plays off the not so innocent side of the fairy tale. Directions and products used.



The Walking Dead is back. Show your love of the series, or just your love of plain horror, with this ghoulish zombie makeup. Directions and products used.



What's a Halloween party without the traditional Frankenstein monster. Directions and products used.



Or, this fabulous female version from MadeULook by Lex that lets you play up both the beauty and the gore.  Directions and products used.


With talk of the new, huge Batman v. Superman movie, you can embrace your inner villain with this super easy Joker look. Directions and products used.



You can also get inspired by the looks submitted for our Instagram 31 Days of Mehron Halloween contest - check the website and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for a new look every day in October! Each photo links to a page about the featured artist and the products used to achieve their winning look.
 
All products can be purchased from our online store or find a retailer near you.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Game Of Thrones Makeup Tutorial


If you can't get enough of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, we've got the perfect Halloween look for you!  Inspired by the gorgeous Daenerys Targaryen, we have put together this simple step-by-step makeup tutorial so you can recreate the effortless look of this mother of dragons known for her beauty and strength.

The Makeup




The Steps


1. Key to Daenerys' look is a flawless complexion, so start by applying Celebre Pro HD Makeup
 in a light shade all over the face.  Then contour with Celebre Pro HD Makeup in Medium Dark 3.  Use the green in the ProColorRing Neutralizer to correct any redness, and a bit of peach under the eyes to cover any dark circles for a porcelain face.


2. Daenerys' eye makeup is very natural.  Frame out the shape of the eye with E.Y.E Powder in Fawn, as well as smudge it along the lower lash line.  On the lid, apply a combination of E.Y.E Powder in Natural White and Wheat.  Brush Precious Gem Powder in Diamond on the brow bone, inner corner of the lid, and at the highest point of the lid.  Then smudge Paradise Makeup AQ in Dark Brown along the upper and lower lash line and blend out with Precious Gem Powder in Champagne. Next up are Daenerys' signature full brows.  Using a damp Mehron Face Smoothie Sponge, brush Paradise Makeup AQ in Light Brown through the brows to give the impression of fullness.

3. Add a flush of pink to the cheeks with CHEEK Powder in TropiCoral and Mohave, then highlight with Precious Gem Powder in Champagne.  Beautiful lips complete the look.  Apply CHEEK Cream in Pink Coral and Tech Orange to the middle of the lips and blend out.

All products can be purchased at Mehron.com or find a store near you.



Friday, October 10, 2014

The Backstage Scoop At Living Art America


Living Art America, the North American Bodypainting Championship, is a premier venue where artists combine vision, technique and various media to create master works on the human canvas.  This incredible event, which took place in Atlanta just a few short days ago, drew talented artists from around the world.  In addition to the international competition, there was also an abundance of bodypainting workshops for artists of all levels through the Living Art Academy.  As a sponsor of the competition, and the sole sponsor of the Academy, we wanted to share some behind the scenes info and photos.

The Competition

Talent, talent, and more talent is how to best describe the 5th annual Bodies As Works Of Art bodypainting competition.  The artful use of color and creativity abounded.  It was so inspiring to watch the artists at work backstage transforming canvases from blank to mesmerizing in such a small amount of time!




Skin Wars winner Natalie Fletcher
 The attention to detail and the use of costume pieces by the winners in the professional category - Hyun Yong and Kim Jungeun - was fantastic.





The Academy

So many classes to choose from! Artists from novice on up had a plethora of options - fast and easy techniques, trem l'oeil, henna, 3D effects, animals, steampunk, special effects, advertising, fashion, and more.  By sponsoring the Academy we hope to inspire more artists to embrace this popular art from and push beyond traditional limits to unending creativity.


Connecting

The face and bodypainting community is very special and united.  Mehron's marketing director Stephanie Koutikas was thrilled to catch up with industry leaders and old friends from around the globe.

Stephanie Koutikas with Living Art Founders Madelyn Greco,
Scott Fray, Ken Goldwasser and Randi Layne
Stephanie with World Bodypainting Festival Founder Alex Barendregt
and World Renowned Artist Brigit Morti

Sharing the Love

We do what we do because of the artists. To show our support of this incredible art form, we spread some Mehron love to all of the contestants with a Mehron bag of goodies.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

How To Paint A Sugar Skull Face


The Mexican Day of the Dead and Halloween, the eve of all soul's day, fall adjacent to each other every year.  Both holidays focus on the reflection of remembering those who have departed from this world. The Sugar Skull is a renowned symbol of the Mexican holiday, while sugar itself and colorful costumes play a huge part in Halloween festivities.  So what more fitting way to celebrate the two holidays than with traditional Sugar Skull face paint.  While this design may seem complicated, we have broken it down into simple steps using minimal products.

Mehron's How To Paint A Sugar Skull Face Step-By-Step Tutorial


Products






1. Start by creating depth and dimension. Using a moistened Mehron Face Smoothie, shade around the perimeter of the face, the hollows of the cheeks, and around the mouth with Paradise Makeup AQ in Wild Orchid,  followed yu Porto.  Set and intensify with iNtense Pro in Tornado and Purple Heat.


2. To create the classic sugar skull eye circles, apply Paradise Makeup AQ in Orange with a wet brush.  Intensify the inner corners and crease with iNtense Pro in Island Breeze, then define the eye with Paradise Makeup AQ in Wild Orchid and set with iNtense Pro in Carbon around the lash line.
 

3. Using a fluffy brush, blend out the edges of the face contours and intensify highlighted areas with iNtense Pro in Yellow Spark.  Color the inner lips with Paradise Makeup AQ in Black and blend out with Wild Orchid. Using a dampened fine detail brush, draw the mouth stitches with Paradise Makeup AQ in Black.  Then smudge and create dimension with iNtense Pro in Purple Heat.  Use the detail brush and Black Paradise to draw the detail marks on the cheeks and forehead.


4. Using AdGem Liquid Adhesive, apply Swarsky crystals around the eye circles to create dimension.


Monday, October 6, 2014

How To Do Maleficent Makeup


The Halloween countdown has begun! As you know, Halloween is HUGE at Mehron.  The makeup, the blood, the special effects. We've got what you need for all of your costume looks, from gory to gorgeous.  This year we have put together a few trendy looks to take your costume over the top, starting with the stunning Maleficent.  Angelina Jolie brought this storybook character to life on the big screen and now we have created a simple, step-by-step "foolproof" guide on how to transform yourself into this evil queen for your Halloween bash.

Mehron's Maleficent Makeup How To


The Products:




The Simple Steps



Foundation.  Start by creating Maleficent's very pale complexion with Celebre Pro HD Makeup - Light 1. Apply to the face and blend down into the neck and decolletage.


Contouring.  Maleficent's super-chiseled sunken cheeks are crucial to the look.  Create exaggerated contouring in the hollows of the cheeks, forehead and nose with Celebre Pro HD Makeup - Dark 4. Set with Celebre Pro HD Loose Mineral Finishing Powder - Translucent, then emphasize the contouring with Cocoa and Fawn E.Y.E  Powder.  Contour the cheeks further with Mocha CHEEK Powder.


Eyes.  Bold with a hint of metallic add to the mystique.  Intensify the inner corner and creases of the eyes with iNtense Pro in Carbon.  Buff out the Carbon in the crease using E.Y.E Powder in Fawn.  Apply Precious Gem Powder in Diamond and Champagne to the lid and brow bone.  Line the lower and upper lash line with Black Paradise 
Makeup AQ and set with iNtense Pro in Carbon.  Finish the eyes with EYE Lashes in Fuller.


Lips.  A bold character needs an even bolder lip.  Achieve the look with L.I.P Cream in Big Apple

Rather watch this being done live? Here is the video tutorial.



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