United Make-up Artist Expo 2015 finalist Helen Jauregui
Delamar student Helen Jauregui reflects on her experience after winning third place in the UMAe live make-up competition...
Bullet wounds, cuts, grazes, shrapnel wounds, bruises, grime, rotten teeth and hand-laid facial hair - just a handful of elements I used to transform my model into a wounded Austrian mountain soldier circa 1917, and all within a strict 90 minute deadline!
On April 12th, I competed as a finalist in the United Makeup Artists Expo (UMAe) competition - a live make-up contest held at the annual UMAe show in London. This year's theme was the Great War and knowing my work had to be film ready, realistic and non-theatrical, I was excited to try out casualty make-up techniques in front of an audience. I knew it would take a lot of research and make-up tests in order to design a war-time character make-up and to bring this to life, so I began my research by looking through picture files at the Imperial War Museum. Each contestant had to come up with a detailed back story for their character and we needed to be able to back up our work and be prepared to answer questions posed by the judges. I decided to make my character a prisoner of war who hailed from the Austrian Alps and who had been shot before being captured by Italian troops.
With a judging panel consisting of SFX make-up legends Kenny Myers and Corey Castellano and Kryolan representative Leanne Simmons - in addition to triple time Oscar winner Greg Cannom, who was also on hand to provide feedback - it was so important to speak convincingly about character backstory and to explain why I had chosen certain materials and techniques over alternatives. The images I discovered at the Imperial War Museum were to inform so many elements of my character's overall look. For example, I knew from seeing images of mountain soldiers in harsh terrain that my character needed to have a weather worn appearance and sun-damaged skin. These images also helped with costume decisions - I wanted the clothes to look accurate for the period so I customised items bought at a local army surplus store, changing buttons and cutting and sewing in places to reshape the garments.
Contestants had to plan and explain every element of their design to the judges and for bullet wounds (a compulsory design element) we had to discuss the trajectory of the bullet into our character's flesh and explain what kind of gun the bullet had been fired from. The competition provided a real opportunity to show off our design skills and research capabilities, as well as our make-up artistry skills. After much planning and research, I was able to create mood boards, facial charts and makeup test photos and I arrived on the day feeling well prepared with an organised and clean kit. My model Pete Bowman was kind enough to let me create all sorts of war wounds on his body and he was extremely patient and good natured during the entire competition so I'd like to thank Pete for being so professional and kind.
The 90 minute live competition went so quickly and was a real learning exercise in understanding what to focus on when you are really pressed for time - it was so important to know when to move on and start the next element of the design rather than running over time and overdoing one aspect. All compulsory elements of the design such as cuts, bullet wounds and bruises, were worth 10 points each and I was aiming to create a well-rounded look and give each one of these a good shot. The most fiddly compulsory element of my design was hand-laying facial hair but thankfully I allowed enough time towards the end of the 90 minute session to create the twiddly moustache shape I was aiming for. Once the competition had ended the judges visited each of us at our stations and listened as each contestant went into detail about their own design and displayed their model's final look. This was so useful to me - the judges offered constructive feedback and praise, letting me know which elements of my design were most successful and which I can improve on in future.
As a make-up artist early on in my career, it is so important to know how I can improve my work by recognising my strengths and also knowing which areas that I need to focus on more. Without such feedback, it is difficult to build on the skills and knowledge required to work in industry so I was extremely grateful to the judges for taking the time to listen to my ideas and to study my work in the flesh.
Later, when the winners were announced, I was thrilled to find out I had won third prize in the competition. I took home a great prize of make-up products courtesy of MAC and PAM, along with some UMAe goodies and a glass trophy!
I'd like to say thank you to the staff at Warpaint magazine for looking after us contestants and for organising such an enjoyable competition. Thank you also to top make up artist Siân Richards of the London Brush Company for designing such a challenging competition which provided the opportunity to really push myself creatively. The competition has inspired me to keep building on my character make-up skills and research methods and I plan to enter more contests in the future.
Looking forward to UMAe 2016!
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United Make-up Artist Expo 2015
Last weekend Delamar attended United Make-up Artist Expo as it's one of the best events for seeing new products in the industry and catching up with make-up artists. ONce again this year we had the added bonus of seeing on of our students in the make-up competition. Every year we've had a finalist and in 2013 our graduates came first and third. This year one of our students (she started the Complete Make-up Arist Course in January) was in the final against other students and junior make-up artists.
We had a great time. We caught up with recent graduates such as Sophie Crudgington (1-year course, 2014), who has been working at Krystian Malett's workshop to Brian Kinney (1 year course, 1999) who performed a demonstration in one of the education rooms with Jane Richardson (16-week, 1999). As well as Brian's class in the education room, he also did a demonstration of his prosthetics mould 'The Hurt Box'. Other Delamar gradautes to demo inluded Robb Crafer, who was working on the PAM stand.
We had graduates on several of the stands including 'Bloody Marvelous', 'PAM', 'Screenface' and 'Mistair'. For all of them it was a great opportunity to earn some money, while meeting and learning from some of the best artists in the industry.
We stayed for the whole day to support Helen Jauregui, who came third. Doing competitions is great experience, but getting in the top three (and so in the prizes) before she has finished her 16-week course is amazing! Click here to read Helen's blog about her experience at UMAe 2015. Thank you to MAC and PAM for providing the lovely bag of goodies for her. Delamar students have a successful history at United Make-up Expo, with students or graduates making the final every year including first and third (noth students) in 2013. Click here to read about 2013 winner Sarianna Sormunen.
As well as catching up with our graduates it was a great time to see other make-up artists doing demos, to talk to them about taking on our graduates for work experience/ trainee roles and to thank those that already do
As well as enjoying it, it was a very productive day. We lined up two amazing after class demonstrations/ talks for the next couple of weeks, bought some brilliant products and aranged for some work experience on some amazing prductions that are coming up.
For a list of other expos please click here.
Make-up Graduate updates: Emily Coughlin
A ROYAL VISIT!
What an incredible week we have had at the Academy!
Journalists and paparazzi lined the entrance into the studios, and thus to the Academy, as the Duchess of Cambridge made her royal visit to the set of Downton Abbey.
The Duchess met and mingled with the studio employees and cast and crew of the hit show. She looked thoroughly captivated and relaxed as she walked passed the Academy.
The Duchess, who is said to be a huge fan of the show, was given an access all areas tour of the set, costume department and make-up trailer.
We are proud to say Delamar graduates Kirsty McQueen and Giorgio Galliero, were amongst the make-up team who welcomed the Duchess on her tour! This past month we have had a further 5 graduates all taking work experience on the Downton Abbey set.
Although we are not personally involved in Downton Abbey, we are extremely proud to have graduates and tutors that have been involved throughout the years!
The Duchess unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark her visit, it will be displayed here in the Studios as a reminder of a very royal and extraordinary experience for us all!
Graduate updates: Namrata Soni
March 2015 Update
I am currently working on this big movie project in india called "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo ", whichi is being made by one of the biggest directors of our country 'Sooraj Barjatya ' and stars Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor. I also traveled to Paris for the fashion week and shot the Vogue cover in Paris with Sonam Kapoor .
Finished working on the movie "Khoobsurat " where I was the Head Hakeup and Hair Stylist . It is the first Disney movie of India.
I finished working on a movie called " Phantom " with Katrina Kaif .
Cannes - July 2012
Its always fascinated me to see the stars get all dressed up for the red carpet . Of course the process all over the world is the same ... Be it Hollywood or Bollywood. This year I was fortunate enough to travel to Cannes with the beautiful indian actor Sonam Kapoor who is the face of L'Oreal and is a stunner. It was a packed week as she was invited by Gucci to interview their CEO and attend the Gucci private dinner, different photoshoots. It's an honour to be among the select few to get invited and I was fortunate enough to get Sonam Kapoor ready for many events. Walking around the streets, seeing all the biggest stars casually walking around. The iconic Martinez Hotel lobby is always buzzing with amazing actors and models, fans and paparazzi going wild outside for the smallest glimpse of their favourite actor... I rode the elevator with Ewan Mcgregor and Danny Glover and saw Robert Patterson and Kirsten Stewart in the lobby of the hotel, all amazing actors and some of my favourites...
I shot with the world renowned photographer Ellen Von Unwerth at the Martinez hotel with actor Sonam Kapoor. We actually finished the shoot in 2 hours, she was amazing and fun and so down to earth. I only recently got to see the photos and they are amazing.
We also did a beautiful photo shoot for a couple of international magazines. One of them at Auribeau Sur Siagne village in the South of France. We spent the entire day shooting and it felt like our very own private village... Beautiful weather and there were so very few people around. We actually carried a standing mirror with us and did the makeup and hair in broad daylight outside a cafe on the curb . It was so vintage and so much fun .....
As a make-up and hair artist it was so challenging. Changing the look with each outfit, which sometimes would be three a day. I felt like I was eating, sleeping and breathing makeup....
It was a whirlwind trip which I really hope I will be fortunate enough to go for again.
To see Sonaam's looks at the 2012 Cannes film festival click here.
To see how Namrata is prearing for Cannes 2004 click here.
A New Look!
Welcome to our new website! We hope you enjoy the new look and features.
Keep checking it, especially the new ‘World of Delamar’ which feeds live updates from our students, teachers and graduates’ social media platforms.
Things have been so hectic in the Academy over the past month; we cannot believe the 6 week Advanced modules have come to an end! Our 1 Year HE Cert students have worked tirelessly to produce some incredible final projects.
The past 6 weeks have taken us from fantasy aliens to Victorian wigs to editorial photoshoots, the students have really excelled this year to produce some of the most creative work we’ve seen!
Advanced Prosthetics by 1 Year HE Student Kieran Seager
Advanced Fashion by 1 Year HE Student Stephen Manton
Advanced Hair by 1 Year HE Student Jessie Beswick
Ealing Studios NewsThe studios have been alive with a buzz of productions with both The Dresser and Downton Abbey filming on site.It was a thrilling moment this past week when the production office for 'The Dresser’ set up rehearsals next to our Academy. Legendary actors Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen were so taken with the lively and energetic vibe coming from our Academy that they popped in to say hello!Graduate NewsLottie Brooksbank is working as personal make-up and hair artist for Sam Smith, currently travelling round the world on tour.Annie Russell has worked as a daily on the upcoming Sherlock Christmas Special.Merav Bar Nathan worked for a day on the iconic Lion King musical in London, while Harriet Rogers is working on it in Bristol.Lisa Cartlidge and Holly Edwards have been taken onto Catherine Scoble's make-up team for the new series of ‘Luther’.For Downton Abbey, Giorgio Galliero continues to be main team trainee. Also the production has been able to offer an incredible opportunity for 5 of our graduates! Work experience slots seeing dressing and fitting of the wigs and then time on set whilst they are filming in Ealing Studios.Cecilia Herlin is about to start filming Doc Martin.Gabor Karekes is working on 'Bad Education - The Movie'.
What's on in Ealing Studios
The studios have been alive with a buzz of productions with both The Dresser and Downton Abbey filming on site.
The cast and crew of Downton Abbey will be returning to the Studios this month to begin filming series 6. They have been in costume not only for production, but also for a visit by the Duchess of Cambridge! The Duchess met and mingled with the studio employees and cast and crew of the hit show. She looked thoroughly captivated and relaxed as she walked passed the Academy.
The Duchess, who is said to be a huge fan of the show, was given an access all areas tour of the set, costume department and make-up trailer. We are proud to say Delamar graduates Kirsty McQueen and Giorgio Galliero, were amongst the make-up team who welcomed the Duchess on her tour! This past month we have had a further 5 graduates all taking work experience on the Downton Abbey set. Although we are not personally involved in Downton Abbey, we are extremely proud to have graduates and tutors that have been involved throughout the years! The Duchess unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark her visit, it will be displayed here in the Studios as a reminder of a very royal and extraordinary experience for us all!
A new film version of Ronald Harwood’s West End and Broadway hit play The Dresser will be shot partly at the Studios. Starring Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen the drama tells the story of an ageing actor and his personal assistant. An earlier version of the film in 1983 starred Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay (with both nominated for Academy Awards for their performances). It was a thrilling moment this past week when the production office for 'The Dresser’ set up rehearsals next to our Academy. Legendary actor’s Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen were quite taken with the lively and energetic vibe coming from our Academy that they popped in to say hello!
The as yet untitled John Wells film project has recently come to an en. The film tells the story of a chef who assembles a crew together to try to create the best restaurant ever. At Delamar, we had the pleasure of hosting the make-up crowd room for all the supporting artists. With Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, and Uma Thurman in attendance, it has been great to have a touch of Hollywood in Ealing!
The feature film Bastille Day is in Pre-Production here at Ealing Studios. It's due for release next year and will follow a former CIA agent as he embarks on an anti-terrorist mission in France. Rumour has it that Golden Globe winner and fellow Londoner Idris Elba will be taking the lead.
OSCAR AND BAFTA NEWS
Congratulations to Delamar Graduate Eve Marie Coles, who was Make-up Designer on 'The Phone Call', which won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short.
Congratulations to David Di Donatello award winner Luisa Abel, who was Make-up Department Head on 'American Sniper', which was Oscar nominated for Best Picture.
Congratulations also to Frances Hannon and Mark Coullier for their Oscar and Bafta for brilliant work on 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'.
As always, we were cheering for our graduates who were either nominated personally or in nominated teams. Well done to you all!
If you would like to see interviews with some of the nominated make-up artists you can hear them being interviewed at an event we attended here.
Lights! Camera! Action!
When leaving the Academy our students often work together and with other working make-up artists. They also regularly become part of a wider team, a team of costume designers, producers, runners, fixers and cameramen to say the least. This week we have taken our 1 YR HE students and September Advanced Make-up students through a Lighting Master Class. When on set the lighting and cameramen really are your best friends! An unusual shadow or unflattering angle can flaw your hard work in an instant. With the help of Ollie from Kitroom Monkey, we set up a mini studio in the Academy. After completing a beauty or casualty make-up the students can really see the difference between what you can see with the naked eye and what really shows up on camera. Take a look below at the class in action!
IMATS Visits Delamar!
This week we had Michael Key from IMATS visiting the Academy. IMATS, The International Make-up Tradeshow, was established by Michael in Los Angeles, August 1997. Having had an extremely successful make-up career and already running the established Makeup Artist Magazine, Michael believed there was a gap in the industry for a makeup trade show. 18 years on, IMATS is one of the biggest global make-up events in the industry calendar. Thousands of make-up artists, enthusiasts and vendors gather at London Olympia over the 3-day event to network, trade and attend various discussions and demos. The show offers excellent make-up education classes taught by the industry’s best, live on-stage presentations, special make-up effects demonstrations, show-only offers by the best make-up brands, and of course the annual student competition - Battle of the Brushes!
Michael spoke in depth about IMATS and how The Battle of the Brushes is an incredible platform to showcase your talents and get networking in the industry! The Battle has 2 categories that students can enter - Character/Prosthetics and Beauty/Fantasy. It is open to students from recognized make-up schools and those who have graduated 12 months prior to the competition date. Each year there is a running theme, this year the theme for Character/Prosthetics is Age Make-up Challenge (in honor of Dick Smith, the godfather of make-up) and for the Beauty/Fantasy category the theme is Historical Beauty Trends. We will be sure to be cheering on our students throughout the weekend!
After Michael’s talk, all our students were able to sign up for an IMATS Student Pro card. The benefits of having this card include discounted entry, access to pro-only hours (including the Pro-Card event on Friday) and events and year-round pro discounts from participating partners (such as PAM and Guru Make-up).
We hope to see lots of familiar faces down at IMATS this year and best of luck to all our students entering the Battle of Brushes!