For this week’s blog post, I am excited to announce that I have pictures! My mentor and I finally got to complete some designs and looks this week. As well as planning out future ideas.

During this week’s meeting, my mentor and I went over a lot of basic techniques by creating realistic wounds. (Scratches, bitemarks, bullet holes and cuts.) Using spirit gum, sculpting wax and various different cream makeups. She also taught me how to apply false lashes both in strip form and with individual lashes, which is something I have been trying to complete effectively for a long time. Individual lashes are not something that I have used in the past, but after trying them, I’ve discovered that I actually prefer them.

After this weeks meeting, my mentor left her box of supplies with me. She basically told me to experiment and play around with the supplies. I am so grateful to her for this immense show of kindness. This is especially kind of her considering that special effects makeup is NOT cheap. I really appreciate her trust in me. Now that I have access to the materials and the expertise to do so, I will be able to continue practicing on my own time when I’m not with my mentor, and experiment with some of my ideas, which I will hopefully be able to share with her and get feedback on. I will also be posting anything I create up on my blog, so keep an eye out!

For next week my mentor and I are planning to get into higher level techniques, like skin rips with latex and building and attaching prosthetics. We also have a plan in the works for a “field trip” to a makeup store downtown, so that I could potentially get a few of my own products.


  1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?  Why?

Similarly to when I create art with other mediums, I have trouble getting my ideas to work out how I envision them. This translates into my mentoring process because I have all these ideas that I want to create and design, but I have to learn the correct techniques first. Patience is a virtue when learning makeup design, and it will always be something that I have to strive and work for.

  1. What is working well? Why?

My mentor and I share a lot of the same likes and dislikes. I have mentioned this earlier, but I really appreciate being able to have a friendship with her rather than just a mentor ship. This mutual respect for one another has allowed us to expand and combine ideas that both of us have to create fun and engaging sessions.

  1. What could be working better?  How can you make sure this happens.

We could be getting a bit more done at our individual sessions. Most of our meetings end with us running out of ideas and just tapering off. We could prevent wasting any time in the future by writing out timetables and planning ahead for exactly what we’re going to do in each meeting.

This project continues to become more and more enjoyable the more I partake in it, and I am looking forward to my next creation. Onward!