A Guide To Setting and Finishing Products

Setting and Finishing ProductsSomething I come across quite often is the confusion between setting and finishing. What they mean, what the products do and how to use them.

If you were to reach into your make-up bag right now, chances are there’s a powder of some kind, right?
Be it loose or pressed, labelled as setting or finishing you’ll definitely own at least one of the critters.

Powder is one of the oldest forms of face make-up and we still use it by the ton even today, but now there are more options to choose from than ever before. Naturally, it’s easy to get a bit overtaken by it all! I’m going to set out the differences between the two types of product. Continue reading

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone: Purple Lipstick

Purple Lipstick Line UpA little while ago I discovered purple lipstick. Yes, purple.
I’d always liked my berry shades but I’d always steered clear of going as far as a full on purple so I was surprised at how wearable some purple shades were and how much it actually suited me! I wanted to share my new found love of purple lippie with you lovely lot so out came this post. Continue reading

My “Intro to Media Make-Up” Lesson

I can’t begin to tell you how enthused I am after this, I can’t wait for it to hurry up and be September already! Today I used wax and fake blood for the first time to create a ‘broken finger’ and a ‘cut’ on my arm, and from the right angles they looked quite realistic! I don’t think they were at all bad for first tries, I can see ways I could do them more effectively next time. I took plenty photos of my work from all angles and thought I would share them here for you all to see, so this is a very short but picture heavy post.
Apparently it’s not uncommon for people making these to get ‘sympathy pains’ with the body part with the fake wound! The eye sees an injury and the brain expects pain and so creates it to fill in the blank! Nice!

If you’re squeamish I recommend looking away now.



Finished piece of work – looks pretty convincing?


As viewed from the top, slightly less convincing from this angle!


This angle gives the game away!


Another one showing exactly what has been added.

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Finished cut. Some of the products used in the class.

I think I might get some wax etc. and start playing at home before the course in proper starts – this was just so much fun!

Have any of you done any SFX work?