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Friday, 6 May 2011

Makeup Competition - Modern Basics at ABA

Modern Basics posted a makeup competition on Edmonton Makeup Artists' Facebook page.  The competition was here in Edmonton at the Allied Beauty Association (ABA - Hair Show) event at The Expo on May 1st.  I sent in 5 beauty shots from my portfolio and I was accepted to compete!

Sunday, May 1st - took the train to The Expo and missed my stop because I was texting - doy!  I get there and they don't have a name tag for me but they had a name tag for my model!  Looking to be an awful start!

Bianca Millions (my model), had to run in to see what's up...they had the names mixed up because apparently, the models aren't supposed to get name tags.  I wouldn't mind a name like Bianca Milllions...she told me once that a porn star messaged her to tell her that she (the porn star) stole her name.  I guess that's flattery?

So we get there and signed some waivers and release forms and they supplied us with a station, some makeup and supplies.  At 9:15am we had 15 minutes to run and grab whatever other products we needed for our first look - Red Carpet!  I grabbed two shades of lipstick - a neutral one and a red one because I didn't know what to do!  I asked her what she was wearing and it was a sequined brown and blue dress...so no red lipstick then.

Here is a photo capturing our competition enviroment from Aysha O' Brien (one of the competitors...really nice girl!):


We had 45 minutes to complete the look so I did a smoky purple look because she had green eyes, and it was complimentary to the brown and blue dress.  I used a pinky/peachy blush and a neutral lipstick.  I was pretty surprised at the color payoff from the eyeshadow.

Here is a picture of some of the contestents (Bianca is in the middle - photo by Kelly Rosborough of the Bokehccino Project):



Melissa, from Modern Basics, was nice enough to give Bianca and the other models $30 worth of products so we went shopping after the Red Carpet photoshoot!  Modern Basics stuff was sooooo cheap!  I bought a dupe MAC brush 222 for just $5!  I also bought a small concealer brush and a retractable lip brush for $2 each!  Their 5 pan eyeshadows were only $6 and like I said, their color pay-off is amazing!  They also had a palette with like 88 eyeshadows for only $19!  We win.

Anyway, getting back from shopping and eating, we got ready for part 2 - the fantasy look!  We had to create a fantasy look from a decade before the year 2000. 
I started out with yellow eyeshadow (amazing payoff color from the 88 eyeshadow palette) and brought it up just above the crease, then smoked it out with some dark blue on the outer corners. I slatered on some gold highlight for her inner corners and under her lower lash line and on top of her brow bone.  I patted on some of their Mattifying Gel Primer and then patted on some gold glitter over top the yellow eyeshadow and some blue glitter over top of the blue eyeshadow.  The glitter stuck on great!  Photo by Kelly Rosborough of the Bokehccino Project:


My era was the 1970's - famous for shiny disco balls! So I used a white pencil and drew my outline to mimic the light reflecting off mirrored disco balls.  In each triangular section, I used yellow, blue, and silver eyeshadows to color it in and then used a darker yellow, and blue in the corners of each triangle to give it a shadow effect.  I glued on some gems from dark blue, light blue, to crystal clear to give it more dimension instead of like...one row of light blue gems...you know what I mean?

I had to use Quo lash glue (from Shoppers Drug Mart) to apply some crazy feather eyelashes and Pros-aide prosthetics glue (from Theatre Garage) to apply gems to the body because Bianca was allergic to Latex!  You should have seen while she was filling out the allergies portion of our forms...the long list of items she was allergic to.  She was like...these are the ones that the paramedics need to know about.  Aiya!

We had soooo much time left so I started on the body!  I drew a little disco ball on her right chest area and drew beams of light with the white pencil once again.  I filled in the triangular areas with Modern Beauty's Chroma Color products.  I had to mix it with the primer to thin it out.  They had really vibrant colors!  The only regret I had was using the purple Chroma Color.  It went on so streaky... Looking back, I should have brushed over some purple pigments or eyeshadows to make it less streaky.

I bought some big gems from Dollarama, and I flipped them over and glued the color side down on to her body to make it look like small mirrors (to mimic the disco ball).  Bianca was like...WHY ARE YOU GLUING BROKEN MIRRORS ON ME...I'M GOING TO GET CUT! (mini panic) then she realized they were dollar store plastic gems.  Ingenious no?  Tee hee.

I slapped on some bright pink lipstick and a holographic kind of gloss over top.  We shoved an afro on her head and sprayed on some glitter hairspray (didn't show much) and a sequined gold stretchy headband. 

Here is a picture (photo by Kelly Rosborough of the Bokehccino Project):

Bianca and I were really tired in the middle of the fantasy competition.  So I guess the last part of finishing everything off was like...meh..whatever *throw glitter onto body half assedly*.  Still turned out pretty good.  Again, the regret with the purple.  I probably didn't use as much purple and primer than I should have.

Here is a group shot of the competitors:

I thought we all did amazing!  Out of the products that I used, I definitely love the Gel Mattifyer Primer, eyeshadows, their brushes (!!! love !!!  So cheap and good quality!), their gel eyeliner in Blackness ($3 and it's like MAC fluidline blacktrack except creamier and long lasting and it's definitely darker than the Bobbi Brown gel liner too), the black pencil eyeliner, lipsticks, glosses, bronzers, and powders.  Modern Basics gave us all the swag that we used!!!  They are awesome <3  They announce the winners next week!



UPDATE:  May 13, 2010 - FIRST PLACE BABY!!!

Good afternoon ladies! The results are in for the Modern Basic ABA Makeup competition and the results are as follows.
Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to everyone who entered.

Professional Competition
1. Lydia Yapp-
2. Jyoti Purba
3.Aysha  O’Brien.


Sincerely,


Melissa Schneider

Modern Basic Distributors
7028 MacPherson Ave
Burnaby Bc, V5J 4N3

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