I can't say no to Thom Kerr... I ESPECIALLY can't say no to a portrait with Thom Kerr of Johnny Castrati for Black Magazine. I cannot give away any secrets here... but clearly a highlight of 2012.
With the recent launch of Angus Stones 'Monsters' clip in which I was key Hair and Makeup for... Angus has released some behind the scenes images that I have only seen for the first time today.
The production challenges were fun challenges... being out in Currumbin forest locations and hoping to god you have everything you need in your touchup bag (log way back to the makeup room)... drying clothing with no power... blood continuity between takes of Angus fearlessly jumping off a waterfall... getting the monster boys, 2 female characters and Angus ready in one morning ( big thanks to Ashlea Penfold for your help that day ) ... definatley fulfilling challenges.
//click here\\ to see the clip in entirety.
Photos by Sybil Steele
a few months ago I had the urge to just paint.
What it was I wanted to paint was images on bodies inspired by the hubble telescope.
Luckily, my friend and photographer Thor Elias Engelstad is crazy enough to also be excited by spontaneous ideas and brave enough to play with body art ideas. We both love space and how much it blows our minds what goes on out there.
So we played.
Recently we discovered the results of this shoot not only became a finalist as a Moran Art Prize entrant... but also has now secured a 7 page editorial spread in Vulture Mag.
We are super proud.
The magazine apparently is not available in Australia... however you can visit the mag on their website. Can't. Wait.
Earlier this year I got to work with the amazing Angus Stone and Director Taylor Steele. Marry that with a beautiful song and a talented crew to die for and I was in work heaven. I got to play with SPFX, body art, create insane wigs and even some snakeskin styling was thrown in there. It was a dream project despite some challenges (what McGyvver doesn't embrace a challenge) and a job I will treasure.
For the past few months I have been twiddling my thumbs and tapping my foot in anticipation... to see the fruits of our delicious labour. This morning when I was on the phone to a friend... I let out a major gasp as I discovered this... ( she consequentially had to hang up as I was no longer present to our conversation)
Some people are surprised by my excitement when certain work comes out... I just see it as a true testament of how much I love my job. Not only was it a creative pleasure... it was a great experience with the crew and Angus. When the entire clip comes out I will tell you more about the shoot.
Last week was a fun week. I was asked to do Makeup + Hair for Lisa Mitchell's SUNRISE appearance as well as her 'Bless This Mess' tour kick off.
SUNRISE bought me flashbacks to 2011... actively conquering my fear of public speaking in glorious fashion by speaking and painting live on The Morning Show. In 2010, I realised if I was going to be able to do all the things I would love to do in my career... it would involve the skill of not running away from cameras and being able to publicly speak fluently... something I was rubbish at in 2010. So I got some coaching and wished for some opportunities to put it to the test. Speaking live on national TV would do it. HA! I am happy to say I no longer get stage fright and am at home with a microphone in my hand... all who attended the Face2Face makeup awards and saw me 'host' for the first time loved my story of my 'stage fright' days... I shared this story with Lisa during Makeup on Sunday morning... we all love an 'I conquered a mountain' story dont we.
SUNRISE was a bunch of fun and it was great to have Carla McKeever along with me to help with Lisa's band... I learnt on this job that sometimes red lipstick and microphones don't mix... thanks to the magic of television you never saw the faux par at the end.
Friday night at the Metro Theater had myself and Lisa involved in a speedy and impromptu makeup lesson in the greenroom. Her live performance was fun and I still haven't admitted to her I was a fan before being her makeup artist. Good luck Lisa on the rest of your tour!
Bless this Lisa Mitchell and her magical talents.
IMATS and Makeup Artist today celebrated their most successful Sydney expo to date!
Thanks for the mention and for having me! Already looking forward to next year.
The best thing about my job is I am constantly surrounded by talented people doing great things. This Sunday I am doing Lisa Mitchells makeup for her Ch7's 'Sunrise' appearance... to promote her tour and new album 'Bless This Mess'.
I think DEFINATLEY one of the perks of my job is being surrounded by amazing people.
To add to that perk experience...Last week I attended the ARIA nominations as Matty and Mel from the Hot 30 Countdown were not only shooting their show at the National Gallery... but they were also announcing some of the categories for the ARIAs. (HOT 30 Countdown is one of my regular jobs)... Talk about a room full of talent!
I was especially excited to see Angus Stone nominated for 'Best Blues and Roots Album' and 'Best Male Artist'!
Earlier this year, I worked with Angus on his clip for 'Monsters' (yet to be released). I can't waaaaaait to see the end result of this clip!! It was an absolute dream to work on... 3 days in Northern NSW and Southern QLD with an amazing crew, amazing song... and Angus. How could that not be bliss? It also gave me an opportunity to play with spfx, body art and the art of getting numerous people ready in a short amount of time HA!
I wait in antici.....pation for "monsters' clip to be released!
I am excited to update my website using Squarespace. I think you will agree that the layout is much more user friendly and easier to view images. One of my favourite additions is the inclusion of a blog.
twosixandbrush is my labor of love... a site dedicated to exploring what it takes to be a makeup artist. It has nothing much to do with me, yet everything to do with BEING a makeup artist. It is also home to The Green Brush Project.
Twosixandblog is the complimentary blog to twosixandbrush... it is also a space for me to post the inappropriate internet finds that tickle my fancy yet aren't suited to the main blog. It's also where I can talk about my own work. You will find most of what is on here on the tumblr blog.
Confused? It makes perfect sense to me. ha!
So to celebrate the first post on my shiny new website... let me share what I have been up to.
Most recently I was a Featured Speaker at IMATS Sydney. What a career highlight! I remember years ago being in Makeup school dreaming of such an expo in Australia ... and I find my first ever visit being up on stage! Surreal really. I presented 'Unlocking Creativity and Makeup Skills Using Body Art'... a theory I cherish and truly believe in.
Like a coach will have their athletes running through tyres and obstacle courses to be better athletes... Body Art can be for a Makeup Artist their 'tyres' to run through... training to be a better makeup artist. It's all about training your eye to see shapes and contour that doesn't exist... and training the hand to be confident.
I also celebrated recently the release of Lisa Mitchells filmclip for 'Bless This Mess'... what an amazing day that was.
Not only did I jump up and down and fist pump the air when I was able to take Lisa from the peril of dust - which we shot first - to looking beautiful again... all without a shower ( thanks to a special thing known as time restriction )... every single crew member was so amazing to work with and the day was a complete joy. I astounded myself, and Lisa, getting her clean with no shower... that was an incredible amount of dust we layered into her hairline and more! All I can say is thank god for a hairdryer, some gumption and black and white treatment! Nothing like makeup mcgyver to save production time!