ABOVE: Victor Cembellin; LEFT: Cembellin tosses inspiration. BELOW: A collection of bugs, lizards and snakes; Baker and Cembellin.
Photos by Cori Stoddard
Posted: Monday March 30, 2009
Two plastic lizards and several plastic snakes slithered into “Finding
Inspiration,” a M.A.C. Pro event held March 29 in Portland, Oregon.
M.A.C. Pro Senior Artist Victor Cembellin taught this lively two-hour class and make-up demonstration to help
artists get their mojo working. “I hope this will open you up to a new
way of thinking,” he said. The class was divided into five parts:
finding inspiration, storytelling, harnessing creativity, executing a
vision and asking creative inner questions, followed by the live
Cembellin kicked off the class by asking the
group what inspired them; answers ranged from drag queens to YouTube
videos. With that in mind, Cembellin segued into harnessing creative
inspiration, quoting philosopher Erich Fromm (“Creativity requires the
courage to let go of certainties”) and himself (“The left and right
sides of your brain are next-door neighbors—occasionally, one has to
drop by and borrow a cup of sugar.”)
needs focus, he said: “There should be a story behind why you’re
putting something on someone’s face.” The group discussed
fashion-industry references, from girly to gothic, and how to translate
them into actual make-ups. Cembellin suggested gathering images that
reflect the references you’re working with, edit them down, visualize
an application and then practice, avoiding “kitchen-sink” make-ups that
incorporate too many visions at once. “Make a statement, but don’t
‘talk’ too much,” he said.
To get yourself out of a rut,
Cembellin advised, ask yourself how you can use tools and products in
new and different ways; how you can modify textures, forms and
placement; how you can magnify or minimize elements and how you might
combine or reverse your usual methods.
And that’s when he
began throwing small plastic lizards and snakes into the crowd, using
them as a departure point to create a make-up on model/M.A.C. employee Alyse Baker.
Two lizards, in bright- and dark-green shades, inspired an eye make-up
that blended different shades and textures. He advised the group to
take their snakes home and see what inspiration followed.
London-based make-up artist Angela Holthuis and photographer Izabela Habur set a challenge for themselves: Habur
asked Holthuis, a fashion pro, to create “a small story with bold looks
within a small time frame, to test out how far we [could] push
ourselves creatively,” Holthuis said.
Make-Up Artist magazine is now accepting student competition
applications for the 2009 Los Angeles International Make-Up Artist
Trade Show. The themes for this year are Gothic and X-Men Mutants. The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and
to those who graduated 12 months prior to the competition. Make-Up Artist will only accept competition entries postmarked by May 22, 2009.
If you like Prescriptives products, you’d better stock up while you
can: On Sept. 17, Estée Lauder Companies announced it will stop
production and global wholesale distribution of the brand by Jan. 31,
2010. The brand will still be sold online at www.prescriptives.com
while inventory lasts.