A Life In Makeup – Step Back in Time

Stepping Back in Time with Linda Morton!

Each week I shake my head in wonder at the sheer magnitude of ‘tutor talent’ that we have walking through the doors at BAMM HQ, and last week was no exception.  Linda Morton (‘Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels’, ‘The Criminal’, ‘Finding Neverland’ and ‘The Fifth Element’ to name but a few); came in to teach our students a little about current film hair and makeup, and then took students back in time to Georgian, Edwardian, 20’s and 30’s period makeup and hair styles.

Linda tutored students, who worked from our wonderful collection of wigs, and not only did they learn how to create authentic looks from history, they were also taught how to differentiate between ‘evening and day’ looks for each period; vital when it comes to working as a designer on a film set.

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Here at BAMM we believe that the best way to learn new skills is by enjoying the journey and that includes injecting a bit of fun into each of the courses.  Students were in fits, after our rather serious ‘model boys’ – who had very generously donated their time to us – were subjected to bald caps. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place as the girls giggled (and boys) their way through each session!

The tables were soon turned as students then took it in turns to transform each other into Geishas, Kabuki and Maori tribal women!  You just never know what you are going to get asked to do on set (be it film, TV, theatre or fashion shoot) and having base skills over many different disciplines can help students develop the confidence to try anything and succeed.

On a more serious note, whilst the girls were on lunch, I quizzed the rather talented and wildly experienced Linda on her top tips for creating the perfect period makeup.  And, as always, learnt a thing or two (old dog, new tricks and all that….!)

  1. Take time to research your period correctly; use different sources to ensure that what you are creating is accurate.  Be careful when looking on the web as this can sometimes be misleading!
  2. Print out a photo reference and keep it at hand on set.  This will help keep you focused when you are making up and will prevent your creativity getting the better of you.
  3. As part of the prep process, ensure that you have the correct tools to create the desired look.  Sometimes there need to be ordered in, so do this well in advance.
  4. Check with ‘costume’ to see if the artist is wearing a hat or any hair accessories and bear that in mind when you are creating your look. This information will help you allocate the right amount of time to your artist’s hair and also ensure you can create a style to suit around the hat.
  5. Never be tempted to ad lib on period work. A lot of styles are obvious to what period it is, so don’t be tempted to mix the periods. Some hair styles of certain periods are not that flattering to every face shape, so this is something that can be researched and discussed with the artist/ director in the planning stages.

Meanwhile over on the Fashion Course, our students have been having some fun with Body Art in conjunction with the Bath Half Marathon and Cancer Research. Stepping up to be models we had runners Paul Slavin –http://www.justgiving.com/Paul-Slavin1 (please, please donate, to his Just Giving page) and Sarah Lewis, both whom kindly donated their bodies to the cause.  This was the stunning result….!