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When Life Hands You Lemons….

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Here’s a story that I was so grateful to be a part of….When Life Hands You Lemons

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When Life Hands You Lemons…

Are you afraid to dream big? I was reminded of this quote the other day, “The person who thinks he can and the person who thinks he can’t are both right” – Henry Ford.  I have to agree, it’s true, and I get the feeling that Henry Ford must have known someone like Tatyana McFadden, one of our recent Paralympian Silver Medal Winners.

I met Tatyana on a cold wintery day, in Park City, Utah. I had worked with quite a few Olympians and Paralympians over a few days, and I’ve always been blown away by these athletes who know how to push the body beyond what is possible.

So I guess you could say that I was feeling quite inspired already, as we followed the athletes through their workouts and saw their super human strength. That strength btw, is not something that just came naturally for these athletes, but a part of who they are because of the fight and determination that drives them.

Dream BIG! When You Think You Can't, Tatyana McFadden

I had a make shift makeup and hair station set up in the dance studio at the recreation club. I saw something flash past and looked up to see Tatyana McFadden and her wheelchair come flying into the room. She shot a beaming smile in my direction and I knew that I liked her already. But what I was about to learn would actually send chills up and down my spine.

As I draped Tatyana and started into her makeup, we did the usual chit chat thing. I was intrigued by her name, which is beautiful, and  asked where it came from. She said she was born in Russia, where she lived the first 6 years of her life–and then she continued–“in an orphanage.” My heart sunk, but that wasn’t all…

She was also born with Spina Bifida. But at age 6, she was adopted by a wonderful woman who was from the States. After the adoption, her new mom took her to the US and got her to a doctor. He checked Tatyana out and said she was dying and that nothing could be done. But her mom refused to give up and enrolled little Tatyana into a physical fitness program.

When Life Hands You Lemons

Tatyana was destined to die, but through exercise alone, is now destined to live. And not only that, she  now thrives. She has a beautifully developed upper body and knows how to use it. 🙂 As we went through Tatyana’s workout, the entire crew was left speechless by the difficult exercises she went through. She did some type of sit-ups on a bench where she’d lift up and throw a ball at one of our crew guys and he was supposed to throw it right back. All he had to do was stand there and get the ball back to her but she shot the ball at him over and over and he couldn’t keep up. In her gracious way, Tatyana schooled him.

Dream BIG! When You Think You Can't, Tatyana McFadden

At times I was afraid she might be pushing beyond what was possible and I’d reach out to help her.  But she wouldn’t accept any help. So watching her lift herself up to high bars and swing her body up and over and down, and in and out of her wheelchair was pretty humbling, to say the least.

To Tatyana, there are no limits, and I was so moved by her. I asked her what helped her see life that way and without hesitation she credited her mom, explaining that she never treated her as though she had any handicaps and would make her do things herself in order to overcome.

Wow. That was powerful. We live in a society that tries to label just about everything as a handicap. A society that breeds victims. Yet here was a beautiful girl who truly has a handicap, but refuses to see it as anything that could hold her back, ever. And look at where that mindset has taken her!

Tatyana is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She’s friendly, appreciative, kind, optimistic, and the list could go on and on. Every one of us walked away from that shoot inspired to do better, to look at the possibilities instead of the limitations, and to push beyond them all.

I had fun giving her a cute braid into a bun hairstyle. It was her idea and it looked adorable on her. So if you’re not yet subscribed to our youtube channel, you’ll want to be so you can see how to do this simple and fun style yourself. We’ll be posting that tutorial next week.

Dream BIG! When You Think You Can't, Tatyana McFadden

Tatyana also had the most creative headband idea that will blow you away. She often is seen in photos with this very simple DIY headband. We’ll show you that fun trick too.

And in the mean time, think about what goes on in the mind of someone like Tatyana, think of the thoughts that have the power to change your life too. Dream BIG! Because you can truly be whatever you let yourself believe that you can be.

Please comment below, we LOVE hearing from you!!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

HAPPY!!!!

Happy - Alex Boye' (Africanized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Childrens Choir

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We want to share this video with you for a few reasons…

#1 because we LOVE how HAPPY this song makes you feel each time you view it, and our goal is to help you find happiness in the simplest things life has to offer

#2 because we LOVE working with Alex Boye’  We’ve both done his makeup on different occasions and can’t help but feel inspired by him. He is truly someone that makes everyone around him HAPPY!

#3 because Laurie did the SFX makeup for Alex in this video, and it’s fun to share!

So watch it, share it, comment on it, and like it because it’s so refreshing to get such nice content to enjoy, and doesn’t cost us a thing.

Let us know how you like it!!!  We LOVE your comments, they always make us HAPPY!  🙂

Here’s to a HAPPY weekend! Happy – Alex Boye’ (Africanized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Childrens Choir.

Happy - Alex Boye' (Africanized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Childrens Choir

 

LOVE you guys!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Life’s Laughs! Atlanta or bust…

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You can’t ever take yourself too seriously–see how we prove that to be true, ahhem, as Tiffany shares our latest work venture together. Even the fish may never be the same… 🙂

And here are some pics of our week…

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This was our friend, the Marta, taking us to our hotel downtown. What I really wish I had was  a full-on video of hen we tried to get off of it, during rush hour of course. We got jammed in the doorways, trying to exorcise ourselves from that train. When everyone saw the panic in our eyes as we struggled to get out with bags in tact, about 6 guys dove in and literally helped us give birth to our luggage and get ourselves off the train just in time! The doors closed with a whoosh and off she went. Once we caught our breath, it dawned on us that we had survived. We burst into hysterics, and so did the other lucky survivors of the ordeal! We’re happy we could provide the entertainment of the day!

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This was the view outside our hotel room window. A funny thing happened on the last day of our shoot. The hotel had 76 floors and the elevators were really confusing as half of them took guests to half of the floors and the rest took guests to the other half, and you always have to use your key to select the floor you need. But on the last day, there was an elevator attendant and it made the elevator experience a breeze. Tiffany happily told the attendant that it was so nice having him there. He said he had to because a couple of their elevators went down. She gasped and said,”Oh no! Did any people get hurt?” Of course, we all got a good stomach workout from laughing.

We’ve been working for True Value every 6 months on different shoots, which we love. One night, they always have a big party, and this one was at the Aquarium, which we loved. These pictures were at their Olympic park as we walked to the Aquarium.

Life's Laughs

And my black eye is still there! See my last “Life’s Laughs” post to see what happened, it’s actually a pretty funny story.

Life's Laughs

And no, TIffany hasn’t grown 2 heads– you’ve gotta love our photo bomber friend

Life's Laughs

Inside the aquarium…Life's Laughs

and the show goes on…

Life's Laughs

Our makeup & hair chamber, getting better every shoot, we loved it!

Our trip up to the top of our hotel. They have telescopes up there so you can see the city….but Tiffany had more fun being a creeper, determined to find a crime scene and  to save the day.

We hope you enjoyed our journey and had a laugh or two on us! Have a wonderful week, and share your funny insights, stories, or thoughts, or what made you laugh as you went through this post. Remember, laughter is the best medicine to get you through life!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

A makeup artist’s dilemma–to take a movie or not

a makeup artist--to take a movie or not

A makeup artist’s dilemma–to take a movie or not….

I’ve had quite a few notes from our viewers wondering about the period feature I was prepping in my last diary post, so I thought I’d better fill you in..

Well, things don’t always work out, or sometimes they work out even better.  This show is one of those exceptions and I’ll tell you why……

So in my last post, I was breaking down a period film script and digging through 1940’s period looks just before meeting with the director.  I mentioned how hard it can be if the director isn’t willing to let me give him authentic period looks and so at that point I have to decide if I really want to take on the job or not.

Maybe you guessed it already, but I met with the director and he really wanted to go with looks I wasn’t crazy about.  I really love this director and thought the script was great.  I know they already have distribution and think it will be a hit……but I also love what I do and I knew I’d be frustrated the entire show if I was locked into putting together looks that don’t sell the period.  I also had quite a few other job options coming at me and knew I could make more money in less time by taking other options.  So, that’s what I decided to do.

It can be hard and really drive you nuts if you think about giving up a show that has a lot of potential to do well, but I learned long ago to just keep pressing forward and never look back.  It could make you crazy because it’s such a guessing game.  I also believe in being loyal to anyone I commit to work on a show with.  If they are first in line, I won’t bail.  I see too many people who do, and I just don’t feel good about that.  But it’s come back to bite me many times when a better job (always with better pay) comes along.

I did that last summer while I was on a show in Boston.  I got a call for a new TV series needing a makeup artist, but it overlapped with what I had committed to do and so I had to pass it up.  I also knew that the Boston show would lead to a couple more shows, including one to be shot in Austria, so I hated turning down the TV series, but felt I needed to be loyal and that it was better long term too.  The Boston show led to another film, but the Austria film never happened (not yet anyway.)  But as luck would have it, the TV series I turned down went big and has literally traveled all over the world and has been paying top rates–ugh.  Yeah.  DON’T LOOK BACK LAURIE!  Sometimes I have to kick myself to keep making myself look forward!  LOL!

So in the next few blog posts I’ll let you know what other projects I ended up taking on instead of the WWII show.  Also, some of you asked for some period tutorials, which I agree would be fun.  So maybe after Halloween, Tiff and I will work some of those up for you.  In the mean time, we do have one on our website under “hairstyles” videos.

I really wish I had pictures of all of the period looks I’ve done, but I haven’t been great at gathering pictures of my work, but here are a couple more pictures of the 1930’s-1940’s looks that I’ve done on films…  enjoy and please feel free to comment, we love to hear what you have to say!!

ps. the following pictures are the same actress, the top photo is her in the 1930’s and the bottom one is her in the 1940’s–and yes, her hair is the same length in both.  crazy, huh??=)

And please comment below, I’d love to hear your suggestions!

 xox

Laurie & Tiffany

 

Life as a Makeup Artist – From Vegas to Portland

Life as a Makeup Artist - From Vegas to Portland

 

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Life as a Makeup Artist - From Vegas to Portland   Sorry, these 2 pictures were small for some weird reason…so you may need to get out your binoculars if you really want to see them. Just trying to keep life exciting for ya I guess, lol!

Life as a Makeup Artist - From Vegas to Portland

Life as a Makeup Artist - From Vegas to Portland

 

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Life as a Makeup Artist – From Vegas to Portland

Wow, what a week!

I was frantically looking for an apt. in Portland, but the bottom line is I really needed to be in Portland myself to get it all figured out. But instead, I was busy filming in Nevada.

Yeah, and Nevada was quite a ride too. We traveled all day Tuesday and arrived that evening. The cast & crew went out to an all you can eat sushi bar…ahhhhhh amazing =)

After that one of the actresses and I went into the attached mall and were SO excited about the prospect of shopping, but had both left our wallets at the hotel. ummmm, big bummer to be so close to amazing shopping, but not able to actually indulge. Is that a problem? Maybe I need to enroll in shoppers annonymous! LOL!

Anyway, I still had a couple of actors to see so I waited up late for their arrivals so we could make sure they were all set for our shoot. I was doing wardrobe on this shoot as well, so I had to make sure their wardrobe would work for the activity, background and work cohesively with what the other actors were wearing. I didn’t get to be til 12:30, and we had to be up and ready to go by 5am. Waking up was not my idea of fun!

We got loaded up and headed out to Red Rock Canyon. I’ve filmed in Vegas quite a few times and never knew Red Rock existed, so that was a cool surprise. It was really pretty. The crazy thing no one had anticipated was how windy and cold it was, yikes and brrrrrr! We did great in spite of that, but there were some pretty funny things that happened. We hiked a couple miles into where we did most of the filming, loaded down with all our gear. It was a great workout to say the least! But as we filmed, we were on the top of huge cliffs that made it pretty intimidating to look down. The wind bursts were so strong at times that it literally picked me up and threw me. The scariest was when I was on top of the cliffs with the actors, pinning down their shirts to keep them from flying around in the wind. I was standing by the edge, behind our lead man, pinning away. The camera crew were positiioned below us. Suddenly a huge burst of wind came up behind me and pushed me right into the actor. He was kindof surpirsed and I was just happy to be alive! But I couldn’t move as the wind kept pelting at us and I didn’t dare let go for fear of my life! So it was a little crazy, but had to be a hilarious sight!

It was funny, after that, someone mentione that they’d heard of a little dog that was picked up in a windstorm and literally landed 1 mile away, unharmed. Just the visual of that makes me laugh!! “There goes todo!” Guess he’s not in Kansas anymore =) funny!!

Right now I’m in Portland looking for an apartment. Everything has gone wrong so far, but I’m still alive and it’s so amazingly beautiful. I know it will all work out, I just am running out of time fast.

After returning from Nevada, I went straight home and threw everything in the car, said sad goodbyes to my baby girl, Tiffany and her little sweetie and my hubby. sniff sniff.

Then I pulled away, not really sure what lie ahead.

I drove til 1:30am and found a hotel. Got right to bed and woke up early for a good start. My good start took a twist when I plugged in my laptop and it was dead as could be. I was worried cuz it had been in my bag with a banana that leaked onto it. The thought that my Apple was destroyed by a banana was a little humorous, but at the same time, not so funny =(

So I packed up and headed on to Portland. I had 2 GPS’s and still had some troubles getting lost here and there. But I got to some of the apartents, and really didn’t find any good options. As I drove toward the SE area to an appointment, a black cat ran right across the road in front of me! I was like, “noooooooooo!” But then I thought maybe that cancels out bad luck if your day already has been full of it! =)

A funny thing tho, as I was leaving that apartment, my car alarm got stuck on and my car wouldn’t stop honking, with me in it. So I tried to drive, hoping it would stop, but no! It seemed like it only got louder! And the funny thing was that there was a mom with a little girl in the yard right by my car, 2 guys talking on the corner (probably a drug deal! haha, just kidding!) and the landlord. So I waved at them awkwardly, shrugging my shoulders and pulled out of the neighborhood. I felt like I was in a parade. They probably never have that many people outside at one time until I came to make my grand exit! Anyway, I finally got the car to stop honking, and went on my way.

I found an Apple store and they’re fixing my computer, but not for about a week. ugh. lucky for a business center at the hotel! My phone charger was buried in my bags, so I couldn’t charge it last night, so right now I’m writing this and charging my battery at the same time. And now I’m off to see what kind of adventures lie ahead for me today. Knock on wood!

Say LOVE – Behind the scenes

Say Love…I can’t think of a better name for this song by Hilary Weeks, and not only because it explains the song so well, but because it also explains Hilary so well. Every time I work with her, I have the most inspiring experiences, and this music video was no exception.

I had literally stepped off a plane, coming home from a shoot in Seattle, when I got the call. It was a hurried, “We’re shooting a video of Hilary’s new song on Saturday, can you do her makeup, hair, and wardrobe?” Even though it was only 2 days away, it didn’t really matter.  After my experiences with Hilary, I would be sure to make it happen, no matter what.

Hilary is shorter than me, but we have similar builds, and I knew what colors and styles would make her come to life. Since they happened to be in my wardrobe studio, I had her come over the next day. We did fittings and pulled together some fun options for the shoot.

 

Hilary Weeks, Say Love

On Saturday, I showed up at the location, without any idea of what we were going to shoot. I hadn’t seen or heard the song, and hadn’t been given a script. Hilary showed up and we got her glitzed and glammed for the first set-up. I always love working with her because she is so fun, appreciative, and just radiates a special light that makes you want to be around her.

Other than that, I had no idea what the shoot would be about. I thought maybe they were hungry for ideas when they started shooting paper airplanes at Hilary, and then framing her with a bunch of dangling airplanes. But I was having fun, so whether I understood where we were going with all those planes or not, didn’t really matter to me at the time.

Then we went outside, and found a bench for Hilary to sit and write nice affirmations on the airplanes. Interesting, I thought, still unsure of where we were heading.

Hilary Weeks, Say Love

Hilary Weeks, Say Love

Hilary Weeks, Say Love

Next, we climbed to the top of a parking garage, and Hilary was given a box of paper airplanes to shoot off the roof.

 

Then, the sweetest thing happened. Two little girls below saw the airplanes and ran over to them. Unaware that we were above them, watching their reactions, they picked up the planes. One of them noticed the writing, and showed the other girl. Excited, they ran it to their car to show their mom, dropping the blank planes behind them.

Hilary WEeks, Say love

We watched in awe, and sadly didn’t get it on tape. But Hilary was thrilled and I was deeply moved. This was what this song was all about. It was pure and sweet, and a spontaneous reaction to kindness and love. Those girls felt it, and we each did too.

Hilary has struck again. She has a wonderful way of touching hearts, and moving us to action. Enjoy her new song, and know that the story behind the video was as real, genuine, and authentic as it could possibly have been. Again, I feel honored to have had a glimpse of a very tender and sweet behind the scenes experience. There is goodness in this world, and it’s based around love. Say love, it makes a difference!

For another very moving experience, head to my post on BEAUTIFUL HEARTBREAK

I love you each, because you are incredible!

Please share your thoughts–we love it!  🙂 Have a beautiful day!!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Filming At A Haunted House

Filming At A Haunted House – eek!

I don’t know what the deal is, but for some weird reason it seems like we keep filming in houses, castles & villages that appear to be haunted…and I’m way toooo curious to just leave things like that alone!

This house seemed to be begging for us to enter it, so of course, helloooooo haunted house! =)

Watch the video to see what we found inside.

Life of a Makeup Artist: Filming a feature in Boston

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Ohhhhh wow. I’m working on a feature still, called “Out of the Dust”. It’s been a blast, which makes the hours and all night shoots do-able! We’re all having a hard time flipping over our schedule, can’t say I’ve ever loved all nighters, ugh!

This picture was taken by one of my cute assistants as we were filming in a tiny little cottage.

Luckily we’ve had a wonderful cast & crew that have become just like family. We’re scheduled to wrap on this one next Thursday, and it will be sad to say goodbye to our little gang. I remember my first big feature, I was literally sobbing when it came to saying goodbyes. Then the fun thing was I ended up working with so many of them again and again. It’s weird tho, cuz with each show, you get such a great synergy, so it’s kind of a bittersweet thing when it comes to an end.

The director wrote this film with sequels in mind, so who knows, maybe we’ll be back again after all. I wouldn’t mind it at all.

I’ve had some challenges with makeup and hair on this one, but I love them, cuz it pushes my skills. I’ve had 2 actors they replaced, so I had to make them look identical to the previous cast. It worked out great, but was a little exciting to figure out how to get there without time for prosthetics or anything. We even got desperate for a hair match and rigged ringlets out of crepe wool!

We’ve filmed most of this show in Boston, and are now filming in Utah, so we’ve gone from pure humidity to absolute dryness. It’s made hair work a little exciting!

We also had 3 main unit segments on this film and did pieces in the fall, winter, and now summer. So matching everything has been a task, plus it’s an 1820’s period, so that’s longer guy hair and facial hair cut into the look of the period.

We’ve had a few effects on this show…I got to do a swollen thumb and a little blood, some babies being birthed, some sick people, lots of added facial hair and wigs. Funny, but I actually love all that! =) Am I warped or what? haha!!

Anyway, I’m really tired, so posts have been spotty, but I’ll be back before too long! And here I go, off for another night!! See ya soon…

Please comment and let us know what you’re up to–you guys are the best!

xox

Laurie