CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2013 |
Long before the age of computer-generated special effects, Marcel Vercoutere helped create a scene widely considered among the most terrifying in movie-going history. In "The Exorcist," the 1973 horror film that became a pop-culture phenomenon, the head of a helpless young girl twists completely around as a young priest battles the demon that inhabits her body. With its wild, animated eyes, the life-size robot used as a stand-in for actress Linda Blair was built by Vercoutere, the film's special effects director, with help from its chief makeup artist, Dick Smith.
March 24, 2013 |
Pink may conjure visions of Barbie dolls and Bazooka bubblegum, but spring's new hues are all grown up - decidedly more chic than sweet. Makeup artist Peter Philips is something of an authority on the color, having created products and runway looks that span both sides of the pink spectrum. Philips created pale, glossy pink lips and nails, paired with metallic eyes, for the spring 2013 Chanel fashion show, and fuchsia pouts to accent the grunge-influenced Dries Van Noten show. "Pink, in whatever shade or intensity, is flattering for most women," says Philips.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2013 |
It was no accident that British makeup artist Stuart Freeborn resembled his most famous movie creation - Yoda, the wrinkled, ancient sage from the "Star Wars" films. "I looked at myself in the mirror and decided that I was comic, with all these little knobbles. So I built myself in," he later said, and added a "highly intelligent" flourish by incorporating Albert Einstein's furrowed face. A self-taught wizard of greasepaint and gadgets, Freeborn crafted the diminutive Yoda partly out of wire, electronic circuits and bubbly latex skin.
January 30, 2013 |
Hunched over half a naked body, Barney Burman uses a hand rake to shave chunks of molten clay from the skull, while a co-worker scrapes air bubbles from a severed hand. On a separate table, two men are working on the other half, sawing through the foam legs of a victim who has been cut in two for an upcoming episode of the NBC series "Grimm. " Burman, an Oscar-winning, third-generation makeup effects artist, had just a few days to create the severed cadaver, which he personally delivered this week to Portland, Ore., where the supernatural series shoots.
January 13, 2013 |
Badly matched foundation can look downright scary: too gray, too goopy, too mask-like. This is an area where one size does not fit all. And now the diversifying face of America, the rise of high-definition image technology and a photo-happy population has translated to consumer demand for foundation that's natural looking, full of skin-healthy ingredients and color-customized for the fairest through the deepest complexions. Beauty companies, rising up to meet the demand, have steadily expanded their offerings - and it seems to be paying off. According to market researcher NPD Group, in the 12-month period ending in October, total U.S. foundation sales generated $965 million, up 7% in dollars from the same time last year.
December 12, 2012 |
Hollywood makeup artist Julie Hewett has worked on Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale, just to name a few. Her movie credits include "Hitchcock," "The Artist," "Ocean's Thirteen" and "American Beauty. " And she has her own line of beauty products . This Sunday, she is scheduled to give 30-minute private consultations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Blushington , the makeup studio at 8591 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Call (310) 652-5874 to book an appointment.