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RubberHead Special with Steve Johnson

RubberHead Special with Steve Johnson

July 12, 2018

Emmy Award-winning makeup artist, monster maker, mad scientist and now author, Steve Johnson is renowned for his contribution to the SFX industry throughout the years. His recent book, Rubberhead: Sex, Drugs, and Special FX was published in 2017 and chronicles his legendary career in film and TV.  Johnson’s company, XFX, did make-up effects for more than 200 films, countless TV shows, commercials and music videos. His film credits include The Abyss, Ghostbusters, Bicentennial Man, Species and Spider-Man 2. Steve was kind enough to answer a few burning questions we had for him about the upcoming release of the second instalment of the Rubberhead Books. 

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Behind the Makeup - Father Phantom Studios

Behind the Makeup - Father Phantom Studios

June 20, 2018

If you haven’t already seen the robotic beauty that Birmingham based collective, Father Phantom Studios debuted at IMATs London, where have you been?!

Made up of the super talented Ben and Laura, who specialise in creating SFX makeup and collectables from their studio, in the trendy Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. We were lucky enough to be joined by them and Titanic FX to demo their newest creation. As we are always intrigued to find out more about design and the creation process behind the makeups, we dropped them a few questions. Read all about this stunning creation below!

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On Set with... Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick

On Set with... Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick

June 14, 2018

Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick is best known for being a part of the Kat Von D Beauty Artistry Collective and can often be found demoing and teaching with the rest of the collective at events and trade shows worldwide. The youngest of the collective, Kelsey, (who is only 22) studied makeup in her home town of Vancouver, Canada. Kelsey has made a name for herself as a professional makeup artist with an distinctive avant garde style, her work demonstrates an abstract use of texture and colour. We were lucky enough to get to know Kelsey little better at this years IMATs London...

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Behind the Makeup with Ruth Parry - Draenei Warrior

Behind the Makeup with Ruth Parry - Draenei Warrior

May 31, 2018

As you probably know, the makeup application is only the final step in a very long process, from the design element, sculpting, moulding, prepaint, costume... etc. etc. It takes a long old time to create a character makeup. So we asked the overly talented Ruth Parry if she would be kind enough to tell us more about her Draenai Warrior. 

We have been lucky enough to have Ruth demo for us a few times now and she never fails to impress with her intricate looks and comprehensive preparation. Enjoy a behind the scenes peek into Ruth's makeup below! 

And don't forget to follow Ruth and Amber (who created the INSANE costume) on Instagram to stay updated with all their latest projects.  @Ruthparrymua @theforgottenimp

YOU'RE WELCOME!

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The Ultimate Makeup Artists Glossary

The Ultimate Makeup Artists Glossary

April 06, 2018

Sometimes it can feel as though makeup artists have a completely different language. From filming terms, products, techniques and more acronyms than you can shake a stick at, it's easy to get lost within the technical jargon.

So here at the Armoury we thought it would be helpful to write a glossary to break down all of those technical terms.

We would love to add and expand this list, so if you feel like theres any terms that you'd like to see below please let us know!

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An Interview with Jan Sewell

An Interview with Jan Sewell

March 29, 2018

Our Director and award-winning Makeup Designer Jan Sewell boasts an impressive resume, working across huge blockbusters and critically acclaimed films such as The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl and Everest. Here we talk to Jan about her career highlights and what advice she can share with those wanting to follow in her footsteps.

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How to Create Realistic Looking Tattoos

How to Create Realistic Looking Tattoos

March 08, 2018

Tattoos create such a strong look, helping to bring a character to life, so when you're doing a creative project (like transforming an actor for a particular film or a model for a photo shoot) adding a few tattoos can make a big impact.

Fortunately, there are some amazing brands and products on the market that can help you create tattoos without having to resort to inking the skin.

Here are our favourite brands to help you create fake tattoos:

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Let's Get Down and Dirty...

Let's Get Down and Dirty...

February 15, 2018

As Valentine’s week comes to an end the question on everyone’s lips, how dirty can you get... to help you out we've broken down our top 5 favourite dirts.

1. Fleet Street Dirtworks Dirt -

This extensive range of dirts includes x6 realistic shades (Dark Brun, Soot, Sand, Rotten Stone, Sedona, Muddy Waters) with colours that match the Skin Illustrator Grunge Palette (available is 'On Set' size too!).

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MUA Top Fives: Makeup Podcasts

MUA Top Fives: Makeup Podcasts

February 08, 2018

These days we have a new addiction... PODCASTS. Podcasts are free magazine subscriptions for your ears and a powerful yet accessible way of sharing knowledge and learning new things.

But in a world were anyone with a recording device and an iTunes account can distribute a podcast, which are the ones that deserve your time? (even if that's time you're trying to kill on the daily commute, or as background noise on the makeup trailer)

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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

January 25, 2018

It may be a bit of a mundane task, but it is important to know how to clean your makeup brushes to keep them in pristine condition. Not only does this make it easier for you to get the results you expect from your favourite brushes, but it also keeps the brush hairs germ free, which will be much appreciated by your clients.

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On Set with... Debbie Zoller

On Set with... Debbie Zoller

January 09, 2018

Make-up artist Debbie Zoller has helped create memorable looks on such award winning shows as Mad Men, Nip/Tuck, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Enterprise and has been nominated for no less than nine Emmys for her outstanding work.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Debbie who even popped into the Armoury to grab products whilst working on her newest film Nasty Women (personal to the hilarious Rebel Wilson).

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Best Christmas Gifts for Makeup Artists

Best Christmas Gifts for Makeup Artists

December 14, 2017

Finding the ideal Christmas present can be stressful at this festive time of year, especially for the makeup artists who has it all... so we thought we would try and make it easier for you.

Whether you're looking for the perfect Secret Santa present for a friend, stocking filler ideas for your flatmate or a Christmas gift for loved ones (we obviously mean yourself), The Makeup Armoury offers a wide range of Christmasmas gift ideas for all!

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