Make-up test: scars

After a Blight, battling the Archdemon and a decade of Grey Wardening, I thought that my Hero of Ferelden would probably have some interesting scars and some dramatic stories about where they came from.

It’s been a lot of years since I last did SFX stage make-up and back then, I would have spent hours painstakingly painting scars to make them look something vaguely like 3D.  While trying to work out a way that I could make scars work without having to get up at the crack of dawn to paint them, I came across Mehron’s rigid collodion and it’s become my favourite tool in my make-up box!


Mahariel's scar 01

Mahariel's scar 02

This scar will, eventually, bisect Mahariel’s vallaslin and end at my hairline.  I’m planning to make a start on vallaslin tests over the weekend (if I get time around finishing my first piece of scale maille!).


Vallaslin – Part Two

Another day, another make-up attempt!  Today’s effort was a mix of cream-to-powder eyeshadow with some pale brown and white water-based facepaint I had on hand.  It went on easily enough and dried quickly but the eyeshadow looked far more sparkly than it ever has when used as intended and, again, smudged without much effort.

I’ve been trying to find out if there are any stockists of decent theatre/SFX make-up in the local area, as I really begrudge spending a fortune on make-up over the internet, where I can’t really make out how the colours will look in person, but unless I can track down a shade I like in liquid or gel eyeliner with real staying power, I might not have much choice!  I spent almost two hours looking at temporary tattoo pens, which would be great if I wanted quite a bright primary colour or black, but I really like the almost-translucent colour of my Lavellan’s vallaslin, so I’m determined to find something as close as I possibly can.  At the moment, although I have a ticket for MCM Birmingham on November 22nd, I’m not sure whether I’m going to be approved for my carer’s pass, and I’m not convinced I’ll have any costume worth wearing by then anyway, so I probably won’t be cosplaying at any events until spring of 2016, which gives me a fair amount of time to figure something out.

vallaslin 02

Vallaslin – Part One

While looking through my screenshot folders for this post, I was amused to note that I had given both Lavellan and Mahariel the simple version of June’s vallaslin.  Fortunately, I didn’t go with one of the more complex designs, otherwise I would have probably spent a week trying to replicate it, followed by a further week of indecision while I decided what to replace it with!

So, my first attempt at Lavellan’s vallaslin was a bit hit and miss.  I have learned that: 1. being both an artist and a person who wears make-up have zip to do with being able to draw straight lines on one’s own face; 2. I need a lighter shade of brown, and; 3. I need a thinner angled brush.

Considering that it’s nothing more than liquid eyeshadow and setting powder, I was reasonably pleased with how well it stayed… until I forgot I was wearing it and touched my face!  Considering that my final plan is to have a leather bodice and coat over a cotton shirt, and that I will have to wear a compression top underneath to support my shoulders, I expect that it will probably sweat off within the first hour or so, or else will smudge into a strange, streaky tan.

I’ve been doing some research on Kryolan and Mehron, but I still have a few things I want to test out before I start buying new make-up.

Vallaslin 01
Vallaslin #1