For my character makeup assessments in college I had to create a character, had to be a man because we had to apply fake beard, nose and eyebrows. We had a demonstration of what we needed to do, and it defiantly looked easier than it was to do.
I wasn’t sure what kind of look I wanted to go for. You had to do a full beard at some point to show you could do it, I didn’t want to have to do a full beard for my assessment, so I did one for a practice.
We had to prepare the hair ourselves, it came plaited. We had to wet it and blow-dry it to take it out of that shape it was given to us in. Then we had to pull it apart ready to apply. This was a long process and took me about 45 minutes to do at home. We had to mix two colours together. I chose brown, grey and a little bit of black to make it realistic because my model had dark hair so it worked well.
For my assessment I decided to do a builder. We had an hour and a half to complete the full look and take pictures. We also had to do a mood board for the assessment.
The assessment went better than I thought it would, every time I have practised I’ve taken ages to do it, but I went quite fast on the actual assessment. You apply pros aide (face glue) to the area you want and dry it with the hairdryer. The pros aide needs to be dry to become sticky.
I started with the eyebrows because that was the part I was dreading the most. Its hard to cover someones eyebrows with hair and make it neat so I thought I would get this out the way first. Then I went onto the beard, it makes it easier if you cut a bit of hair, so the edge is straight and kind of poke it into the skin, so it looks like its actual hair. And keep repeating this to the shape you want. Then I cut the eyebrows and beard hair to the shade I wanted.
Once I was happy with the beard and eyebrows I applied the fake nose. Once again, I added pros aide to the area I needed and let it dry. Once applied I used makeup to try and disguise the line of the fake nose and blend into the skin tone. This didn’t take long, I still have 15 minutes left of my assessment time, so I just perfected the entire look and got my model into his costume. I think it made it a little easier for me working on a male because they have facial hair. I got 95% in my assessment which is a distinction, really pleased with this.