The Creation of a Pop Art / Comic Make-Up
Since this series was fresh in my head, I decided to put together a BTS/Tut on the make-up behind it. So, here it goes:
1: The Start – The first thing is go into this with a clean and moisturized palette (aka face). I applied a cap since the wig was coming later and I wanted to keep my hair out of all the make-up that was about to go one.
2: Primer – I find it highly important to prime my face before doing make-up, but especially for photos because of the lighting and setting of the make-up. You don’t want to fill in and clone out pores if you don’t have to, so when I prime, I use a pore refiner and a shine minimizer under my beauty balm.
3: Blocking and Concealing – The next step is two-fold. First I did a mediocre job blocking my brows because I didn’t need them fully gone (because of all the black liner for the comic lines), but I did want them held down so they were easier to draw over. While I was blocking, I figured I would ally concealer and a BB that was 1-2 shades lighter to my face.
4: Setting the Base: If not one of the most important things to do when you finish the base is to set it with powder. Setting any “wet” make-up helps it last longer and keeps the shininess to a minimum. When you are under lights and moving around with the selfy, you want that make-up to stay as fresh looking as long as possible; otherwise, you spend more time in PS trying to fix hot spots and melty make-up, which is just time consuming and yucky!
5: Whose Line Is It Anyway? – Okay, the lines which started as outlines and then filled in with a combo of black liquid liner and black loose shadow and brow filler was the most time consuming part of all this. I decided to reference Lichtenstein’s crying girl piece right on my phone and mimicked many of the same lines, but added a few added contour lines to keep the feel intact since I am three-dimensional and the print was not. This was roughly an hour of application time since I wanted to draw on both eyes and sides of the face.
6: Adding Some Color Pop – After all the lines, this was quite possibly the easiest part, adding the color. I used a really bright Urban Decay matte purple shadow (the name escapes me at the moment) for the eyes, 3 different blue shadows for the tears, and a really intense red lip tar to make those pop as well. I went back through with a white liquid eye liner to create the fake highlights in the tears and the lip. Then I set the lips with a shine gloss.
7: Dots, Dots, and More Dots – Finally! I used a red hair and brow powder with a round tip brush and twisted the little red dots all over my face and neck. While tedious, this was not that difficult. It took me approximately 15 minutes to do.
8: The Final Product – With the addition of the red, s-curl wig, I was ready for my close up!
I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look at probably one of the most ambitious make-ups I have attempted EVER!
Stay tuned for more things to come in the way of my recreations and conceptual imagery! ♥