Where to even begin with the Claremont Zombie Run (further known as CZR)? I’m a list maker. My initial list and plan of attack was thrown out the window in the very early stages of planning the makeup portion of CZR. Countless lists were made to replace the first. Some hand written, some quickly and incorrectly typed in to my phone’s notes, many lost. Just as most of my plans, what ended up happening on the actual day was far different than what I had foreseen. Here’s the simple list I should have started with.
J6 Events, the company putting this whole shindig together, had to find MUA volunteers. Through My Beauty Mark Makeup Academy and all the lovely volunteers that heard about CZR through some other medium, we got plenty of people. CHECK
Zombie Assembly Line:
To get through a couple hundred zombies quickly, we planned a quick 3 part zombie. Airbrush contour, Blood Scab Wound, and a quick Blood Splatter. This then lead to an assembly line with 3 stations for the fore mentioned zombie features. CHECK
To keep costs for makeup supplies low, we decided to create our own makeup. I spent a few weeks configuring different airbrush makeup concoctions as well as blood proportions and blood scab consistency. Pre-made, pro grade FX makeup is EXPENSIVE! If anyone needs to make their own airbrush makeup (not using water and glycerin) we mixed Ben Nye LiquiSet with a pigment from TKB Trading. 1:1 proportions. Blood was made with Chocolate Syrup and red food dye til desired consistency and color. Blood Scab was made with toothpaste (so it dries crusty, YUM) and red food color. A fellow MUA told me about the toothpaste trick through the internets, I never met her but thank you for the help!
You can imagine how delicious our zombies smelled, like brain craving York Peppermint Patties running around covered in chocolate and minty toothpaste. PS- If I smell either on of those items again I will gag… every morning is a struggle when I brush my teeth… CHECK
I was asked to do a zombie demo for the event… it had to be a mermaid. All makeup was hand painted using Wolfe FX Monster Palette.
All credit for the costume goes to Tracy Herold and Genevieve Gantney!! These 2 ladies always blow my mind with their creations! Tracy constructed the beautiful bra and Genevieve designed the fin (with foot opening for easy standing access).
Linda was my gracious model that sat in 100 degree weather wearing a body-con, black spandex mermaid fin. Thank you and sowwy. CHECK
We brought Marisa on board to add cupcakes to the mix because why not? She even brought the beautiful donut cupcakes, mmmmm! CHECK
I JUST saw this! Daily Bulletin covered our Zombie Orientation a week before the event, CHECK IT OUT. This was a very important orientation for all the “zombies.” Such things were discussed like 1. How nimble are the zombies of CZR… The Walking Dead- Slow, 28 Days Later- Fast, or Resident Evil- Ultra-Fast? 2. Can CZR zombies work together in groups to attack a single runner? We all know how good zombies are with organized activity. For some reason I thought the orientation was going to be serious, Daily Bulletin was going to be there, this was legit business! I was super nervous and caught up in the planning side that I forgot, THIS IS FREAKIN AWESOME AND FUN! Reality check. Pretty stoked… CHECK
Thank you to J6 Events for brining me on board for this event, it was a great experience. Such a large scale event I never thought I’d be able to handle! Thank you to all the volunteers for your time and efforts. Thank you to everyone that stopped by to say hi and show support. Thank you to mermaids, zombies, and donuts. Here’s a sweaty pic of me. That’s a wrap!
PS- all the good quality photos in this post were from Kersti Kooiman 🙂
I worked the second day of PHAMExpo at the My Beauty Mark Makeup Academy booth. I recently accepted an instructing position with the team and I was beyond excited to work with them at the Expo! Our makeup theme for the weekend was Futuristic. Then I started thinking… and Alien Unicorn was born.
This was the result! Galaxy meets Lisa Frank meets Sailor Moon (see the reverse tiara, total Freudian Slip) meets My Little Pony. I taped off the forehead to create that sharp edge. Everything was done with eyeshadows, except for the color in the hair. #blendblendblend
My lovely model Berkley actually picked out the lip combo and it was fantastic! Engraved Liner, Cyber Lipstick on the outer corners, and Violetta Lipstick in the center. Dusted a little bit of LA Splash Glitter in Lilac Lily over the top. LOVE ❤
I airbrushed a bit of the color into her hair. She totally looked like a My Little Pony with her colorful braid!
I also did a completely different look on my second model since I went crazy on the first one. Something SUPER natural but still pretty. BTW Wispy lashes are my FAVE!!! Dramatic enough to not be too soft without looking over done. Complex description. B
I haven’t posted in a couple weeks!!! Now I’m situated back in CA and ready to go, no more messing around. Let’s talk makeup conventions, specifically PHAMExpo!! Great deals on great brands, opportunities to meet and chat with fellow artists, new products to test out, aaaaand if you’re like me you gawk at all the artists you follow on Instagram. There’s one more day to catch the expo so get down there on Sunday, I’ll be there working at the My Beauty Mark booth 😉
The main reason I wanted to go to this expo was because I wanted to hear what Doe Deere had to say about her start with Lime Crime. Everything about the brand makes you pay attention to it and I honestly get so excited to see what they come up with next. A couple things I was really happy to hear:
1. She tried a corporate job, a clothing line, and a band before she successfully started Lime Crime at the age of 27. There is still hope for me yet. She put everything she had into her makeup with no holding back. She made things happen with no formula as to how, or any steps to make something work. She imposed her will and I dig it.
2. Not that I have haters… But Doe touched on people and their negative BS in response to her putting herself, her handwork, and her art out there for the world to see. She put it this way, Having Anger Towards Everyone Reaching Success. A lot of times I see people my age (or even worse, younger) doing really cool stuff, starting their own clothing lines, designing cool graphics, starting successful blogs, artists doing big things and making a living doing it. I immediately get so angry that I haven’t done anything great and realize I’m hating on myself! I have so many things I want to accomplish, create, and achieve that I forget about how things take time! Once in a while I need to take a breath, use that hate fire to fuel my ambition, and keep moving forward.
Enough of the emo rant. I went shopping and got some cool stuff.
I have to mention Z Palette!! I don’t know why I waited so long to try these, I love them. I hate carrying a bunch of stuff around. With these I’m able to carry 2 palettes (1 shadow and 1 blush) and be good to go! The lid is clear, it can open and lay completely flat, and the magnets are strong. Worth the investment!
Babette from Lime Crime! Cute peachy lipstick comes out July 15… get it. There they go with that freakishly cute marketing again.
Sooo my mind was blown. That’s a cat shaped palette ring. It’s fashionable and functional. Paw Palette had hearts, diamond, lips, lipstick, and gun rings too! OH!! They also come magnetic so you can put shadow palettes or hair pins on your ring or wrist cuff! Definitely work checking out!
I normally stock up on Nigel’s lashes at these shows since they are discounted so much. These were 15 for $20. Basically that’s 20 dollars divided by 15 lashes and that equals CHEAP!!!
I hardly ever buy anything for my personal use, it’s typically for my kit, but I saw this case online a while back and had to have it once I saw it in person. It’s all about cute Tupperware.
I grabbed a little Monda set bag from Naimie’s. After working on a short film (can’t wait to talk about that experience) I realized I needed one. Has a few spots to hold brushes and a few pockets to hold the necessities. I feel much better now.
Lastly, a few brushes! I really like the couple brushes I have from Royal Brush currently so I grabbed a few different kinds. With that last bit of info, I am off to bed and back to the Expo tomorrow… Don’t quit your daydream. -Doe Deere