Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Face Off Episode Two Highlights

I have been looking forward to this WaterWorld makeup episode for probably months, since I saw the first preview for Face Off Season Two. Season Two of the makeup artist competition featured only one spotlight makeup challenge that was well worthy of the focus. The makeup artists were split up into 6 teams of two, with the exception of Brea who got to pick a team and make a team of three.

The teams took some time to check out fish and aquatic animals at an aquarium to pick one animal to replicate on their model. The real kicker is that their models will be completely submerged under water in a tank in front of the judges for the evaluation. That means that the makeup, prosthetics, and costume pieces all have to withstand being underwater! The results really were amazing and worth the hype and the wait!

I really loved the LionFish character that was created by Athena and Heather, but you have got to hand it to the winners were Matt and Tara's iridescent, flowy lyretail basslet fish. I had high hopes for the two teams that were both making dragonfish makeup characters, one of my favorite sea creatures. Here are some pics from the Face Off website:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Face Off Episode One Highlights

Face Off is a makeup competition on the SyFy Channel. The show has professional makeup artists who specialize in special effects and theatrical makeup pitted against each other. Each episode one contestant is eliminated and the rest of the contestants are one step closer to being the next movie makeup magician!

Fourteen makeup artists begin the competition. Who gets eliminated is up to the show's judges are three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill (Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands) and Hollywood veterans Glenn Hetrick (Heroes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files) and Patrick Tatopoulos (Underworld, Independence Day, Resident Evil: Extinction) as Face Off's judges.

Episode One of Season Two is called Return to Oz. And starts out with last year's champion Connor McCullagh and the show's host McKenzie Westmore assign the first challenge to the contestants: transform their live model into a character that represents their makeup style. The winner is Gerald with his Elvan Queen.

And that means that he has immunity for the spotlight challenge and cannot be sent home.

The spotlight challenge was one I really loved because I am a huge Wizard of Oz fan. The makeup artists were split into two teams: the girls vs. the boys. Each had to design 4 iconic Wizard of Oz characters into a re-imagined design.

Here are the characters the boys came up with:

And the girls won with their fabulous re-imagined Wizard of Oz makeup and costumes:

The Wicked Witch makeup and headpiece for the Wicked Witch was really cool, but my favorite was the Spooky Scarecrow:

The girls won, so someone from the boys' team had to be sent home and it was Greg, the judges were not impressed with the chest he designed for the Tin Woodsman.

Stop SOPA and PIPA Protests Covered the Web

I received this email from FightForTheFuture.org and figured I share it as a good way to end the blackout on my blog. Not that I post to it everyday anyhow, but it's just the principle.

"Today was nuts, right?

Google launched a petition. Wikipedia voted to shut itself off. Senators' websites went down just from the sheer surge of voters trying to write them. NYC and SF geeks had protests that packed city blocks.

You made history today: nothing like this has ever happened before. Tech companies and users teamed up. Tens of millions of people who make the internet what it is joined together to defend their freedoms. The free network defended itself. Whatever you call it, the bottom line is clear: from today forward, it will be much harder to mess up the internet.

The really crazy part? We might even win.

P.S. Show this video to as many people as you can. It works! http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/

Approaching Monday's crucial Senate vote there are now 35 Senators publicly opposing PIPA. Last week there were 5. And it just takes just 41 solid "no" votes to permanently stall PIPA (and SOPA) in the Senate. What seemed like miles away a few weeks ago is now within reach.

But don't trust predictions. The forces behind SOPA & PIPA (mostly movie companies) can make small changes to these bills until they know they have the votes to pass. Members of Congress know SOPA & PIPA are unpopular, but they don't understand why--so they're easily duped by superficial changes. The Senate returns next week, and the next few days are critical. Here are two things to think about:

1. Plan on calling your Senator every day next week. Pick up the phone each morning and call your Senators' offices, until they vote "no" on cloture. If your site participated today, consider running a "Call the Senate" link all next week.

2. Tomorrow, drop in at your Senators' district offices. We don't have a cool map widget to show you the offices nearest you (we're too exhausted! any takers?). So do it the old fashioned way: use Google, or the phonebook to find the address, and just walk in, say you oppose PIPA, and urge the Senator to vote "no" on cloture. These drop-in visits make our spectacular online protests more tangible and credible.

That's it for now. Be proud and stay on it!"

You can also see my article for South Florida Internet Marketing Association on the SOPA Protest: SFIMA Blog

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Getting Ready for FaceOff Makeup Artist Competition!

We are excited to watch Face Off Makeup Artist Competition on SyFy to see the amazing special effects makeup transformations that will happen this season on the tv show!

For these types of special effects makeup and makeup artist tools, check out our site: StageAndTheaterMakeup.com!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Face Off TV Show on SyFy Highlights Special Effects Makeup

We are so excited about season 2 of the makeup competition show Face Off premiering tonight on SyFy. It showcases the type of makeup that we carry and the amazing things that can be done with makeup in the hands of skilled and amazingly talented makeup artists. The previews of the show have been really intriguing with the fascinating makeup creations that come from the imaginations of the makeup artist contestants on the show who are competing to be the last artist standing and the Face Off Season 2 winner. SyFy.com has season 1 episodes available to watch and catch up on as well as previews and images of some of the great transformation of people into living art.

Stay tuned to the StageAndTheaterMakeup.com Blog as we will highlight the types of makeup and makeup techniques used in each episode.

Want to try to re-create the Face Off makeup special effects? We will show you what you need to do that, as far as matching the skills of the talented contestants? That part, is up to you!

Here are some pics from SyFy.com/FaceOff which are the best looks from Season 1 of Face Off:

Sam and Tate's crab-like alien from Episode 3.

Conor's Frog Prince from the final Spotlight Challenge featured creative design like a breathing bladder for the neck.

Tate's unique housewife zombie.

Sam and Marcel's beetle-human hybrid.

Bloody Mary Makeup Feature

We are proud to offer Bloody Mary's excellent line of makeup and cosmetic supplies. Her makeup is top of the line, quality makeup, hypoallergenic and highly pigmented. (A little bit goes a long way.) Bobbie Weiner A.K.A. Bloody Mary, takes great pride in making quality makeup products that are high quality and always easy to apply and even easier to remove.

Despite the name, Bloody Mary makeup is not just for Halloween (although the Halloween kits and line of gory makeup make overs are superb) but Bloody Mary makeup also includes camouflage makeup (used by governments all over the world), Sports Fan makeup, Goth makeup, and Age Defying Makeup called T.O.M. (The Other Makeup).

Zombie Soldier Makeup Kit

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mehron Makeup Feature

2012 will be Mehron's 85th year in business selling professional, high quality makeup that we are proud to feature on StageAndTheaterMakeup.com.

Mehron was founded in 1927 by Mehron Melik who began producing Professional Theatrical Makeup by hand for the performers of his day. Over eight decades later, Mehron is still producing Professional Performance Makeup with quality ingredients in the USA and you can find the full line of Mehron makeup on StageandTheaterMakeup.com. Mehron Makeup has applied the knowledge it has gained from eight decades of Professional Theatrical Makeup production to all aspects of Makeup Application, including the Makeup Applicators, Makeup Removers and Professional Makeup Accessories.

Mehron Melik founded Mehron Inc. in 1927 in a small New York City loft just off Broadway, in the heart of the theatre district. For years, Mehron catered to the makeup needs of performers in theatre, vaudeville, burlesque, opera, ballet, and silent films. His staff of as many as 10 “Mehron Ladies” would fan out each evening to different theatres and offer cosmetic products and application advice to the entertainers before their performances.

When WWII began, Mehron devoted his talents and expertise to helping severely disfigured soldiers learn how to use makeup products to camouflage their scars, wounds and burns. Mehron traveled from New England to Virginia for nearly 2 years visiting Veterans’ hospitals. This selfless donation of his time and talent aided hundreds of returning servicemen in picking up the pieces of their lives after the war.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s, the entertainment business began to migrate across the United States. In order to keep pace, the distribution of professional quality makeup products shifted to retail outlets. Hundreds of stores became Mehron dealers and the era of the “Mehron Ladies” was over.

In 1971, Mehron’s son, Martin Melik, assumed control of the family business. He implemented new methods of promotion and distribution, expanded and improved the Mehron product line, and ushered in a new era of aggressive growth and customer service.

Milestone Anniversaries of the Mehron brand are a celebration of the dedication it takes to maintain the leadership in the performance makeup industry. Today, many large productions including Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, The Metropolitan Opera, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and The American Ballet Theatre depend on Mehron products to look their best.

We continue to thoughtfully build our product line to meet the demands of today’s marketplace. We want to take this opportunity to thank each of our customers for their loyalty and support of the Mehron brand and we look forward to many more years of growth and success.

Today, Mehron makes products specifically for commercial theatrical, educational, motion picture, television, video, opera, clowning, Halloween, and face painting.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ben Nye Makeup Feature

At StageandTheaterMakeup.com we are proud to feature Ben Nye Brand Makeup.

A little bit about Ben Nye Makeup Products and Ben Nye:
For more than 40 years, Ben Nye has earned the respect of artists who simply want the best in makeup. Ben Nye worked as a professional makeup artist in Hollywood starting with some of the glamour icons of the 30's and 40's in old Hollywood and also did many special effects makeup for movies like the Fly and Planet of the Apes before starting his own makeup company production. Ben's son Dana Nye now runs the company and is continuing the tradition of quality makeup that yields excellent results for professional makeup jobs. In recent years, their design team has been busy creating dozens of useful new products, innovative colors, and refined textures. You·ll find the entire Ben Nye theatrical makeup line available at StageandTheaterMakeup.com, full of practical favorites, unique products, and complete color charts. Discover the tradition of Ben Nye professional makeup, inspiring creativity worldwide in the entertainment arts.