Amazing support for a small business, MadeYewLook is a makeup rock star!

I’m like a true pixie. I feel like I can only have one emotion at a time, and right now I’m brimming with happiness and excitement!

The talented artist, MadeYewLook, or has done not one, but TWO makeup videos while wearing costumes we sent to her and given my store Lakewood Costumes a shout-out! AHHHH! I was so amazed that she even asked for our help. She is a popular artist on YouTube, approaching 1 million subscribers, and for someone like her to want to support US is a huge compliment. She also uses a lot of products we sell, so it was a fabulous chance that I couldn’t pass up.

I’ve followed Lex for over a year now. Her videos first came to my attention through Mehron. The store had just had a representative from the company come and go over their makeup in August 2013, showing proper application, various uses, and explaining things/products that I hadn’t even been aware of before. I’m not a trained makeup artist or esthetician, so I learned more in one day from Gene than I had ever learned before. (THANK YOU MEHRON! YOU HAVE FOUND A CUSTOMER FOR LIFE!). We have been a retailer for them for a long time, but it was the first time we actually understood a lot of their products, and so we were better able to help customers find what they need.

This experience also helped me to understand makeup tutorials that I had been watching for a long time, and why products I had tried using in the past hadn’t worked. Now that I had an understanding on the differences between oil and water based makeups and the proper way to apply them, now that I knew about pigment levels and other information, I could see the problems that many artists on YouTube were not addressing, and that the popular looks were often being done with makeup that wasn’t going to last or look good for more than a few minutes. Some products artists love to use were never meant to be used that way, and could damage skin! I was amazed and determined to do better.

Lex had her Little Red/Wolf makeup from Halloween 2013 on Mehron’s home page, and I was hooked. Not only was this woman talented, she was using quality products. She was showing different techniques, she was making videos on skin-care, and she was doing it with a positive outlook. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a truly negative word out of her. I watched the other artist’s videos for the Ryan Seacrest Halloween Guru contest , and I had no problem using my vote for her. She deserved every vote she received. Not only that, but if I ever find it difficult to explain to a customer why a certain makeup will work for their costume better than something else, she has given me a visual way to show uncertain folks how a product can be applied, that they can watch again and again at home!

I highly recommend her videos for people who love makeup and body-painting. She is a gem and promotes good stuff. Check out the videos she made for the Monster High costumes we sent! You might end up watching videos for hours, beware!

Faun, Emerald City Comic-con, Saturday, 2014

Faun, Emerald City Comic-con, Saturday, 2014

So I was a faun on Saturday of con, and I really loved my makeup! (I didn’t want to take it off!)

I used this youtube video to do my makeup, using Paradise Black from Mehron instead of lipstick for my nose and upper lip (It stayed all day with no touchups needed!):

I also wore Satyr Legs and hoof shoe covers for my lower half to have goat legs. The Ears and horns I’m wearing come from, a site that specializes in LARP stuff! The pincurls I put my hair in the day before for the Harley costume I left in overnight, and it made my hair beautifully wavy and curled for the next day.

I wore a steel-boned corset from Daisy Corsets that I purchased from my shop, Lakewood Costumes. It was wonderfully comfortable and flattering! I also wore my pointy teeth from Foothills that I got from the shop as well, because I feel like all the fey have a dark side to them. 😀

I had such a great day.

Maude and The Dude of Emerald City Comicon, 2014

Maude and The Dude of Emerald City Comicon, 2014

So we did it! Finished our costumes, went to the convention, and had a blast! My hubby is dressed as the Joker, dressed as the Dude. Purple Bathrobe, yellow V-neck undershirt, checked shorts dyed purple, white tights, yellow/purple/green socks. He has a long sleeved white shirt on, green gloves, and a green wig that I trimmed to the Dude’s shoulder-length, and he put green Mehron liquid makeup in his beard, mustache, and eyebrows. We used Clown White oil-based makeup from Mehron for an authentic clown look. I painted the black mask around my eyes with Paradise black from Mehron, after I had powdered and set my oil-based makeup. I used an invisible lipliner and then a matte red lipstick from Wet & Wild. (That way the lipstick wouldn’t bleed into the surrounding white!) He is carrying a bowling bag filled with gag-items like a rubber chicken, a rubber fish, and a bang gun. The carton of milk he has is a joke one that “moos” when you turn it upside down. He painted the rims of his sunglasses purple too. His last, and I think best, touch, a stack of joker cards printed with the literal words “The Joker” on them. In red marker on each he hand-wrote “abides.” If someone recognized his costume he would say “Pick a card” and when the person did, no one failed to laugh or smile.

For my costume, I tried to echo the silhouette of Maude’s dress as much as possible. I acquired a red and black magic bicycle deck and created the look of the squares on her skirt by making an overskirt with them.

I wanted to be able to sit down in my costume without bending the cards, so the card skirt is detachable. I used the left-overs of the bias tape used on the straps of the dress to go around the seam of the waist. I used snaps to keep it in place. There is a row of black chain-mail links sewn to the bias tape, and then each card has holes punched in the corners and more chain-mail links hooking them together. I laid out the cards carefully, so on the skirt the red portion is backing the black, and the black portion is backing the red.

Joker and Harley

I’m wearing a 28 inch long blonde wig, braided into long pigtails with black and red ribbon wrapped in them. The Viking helmet I’m wearing was painted black and red with plastic bonding paint (but the helmet is made of some weird material, so it didn’t bond properly. In the future, I may create my own helmet from scratch, but this worked for what I needed). The horns are detachable so it was easy to paint without touching them. I burned holes into the tip s of the horns with my stencil maker, and then pushed hot glue into the holes to anchor the pom-poms. I added glue and pressed them into the horn until they felt secure. I wore small men’s gladiator costume shoes, painted red and black with vinyl paint. The paint is from Kryolan, and I found it at Autozone. It was wonderful, and after it dried it wasn’t sticky. It didn’t rub off onto my skin during tests or later onto the black tights I wore. The day of I wore black tights with red fishnets over top. In the future I might just sew a red and black pair of tights for myself to continue the half red/half black look. But here, in this picture, you can see my legs:

Sharctank lebowski mashup photo

The bowling ball chest pieces were the vacuum-formed clear plastic I showed in earlier blog posts, painted on the inside with red and black plastic bonding paint. I peeled off the inside layer of protective covering, but I left the outside on until I was completely finished messing with the costume. A belt sander was used to even up the pieces. I used my stencil maker (Its like a sautering iron with a very fine-tipped point, I bought mine from Joann’s for about 18 dollars) to melt tiny holes all along the outside edge, and then I hand-sewed pieces of red and black elastic with ruffly edges along it to give it a finished look. I attached more of the elastic between the two pieces to make a place for snaps to be sewn, so that I could securely attach them to the dress. I also attached two hooks to each piece, one at the side of the bust line and one on the shoulder strap at the top. I might add a second hook at the top, on the other side of the strap, just for a little extra stability. After pulling off the covering plastic WOO did those pieces shine!

I made the chest and cards detachable for the simple reason that I couldn’t ride in a car with them on the dress. A seatbelt wouldn’t have worked properly, and I would have destroyed the cards. I’m VERY glad I made the dress that way! To attend panels and sit down I had my hubby unlink a couple cards in the back so I could sit, so that wasn’t a real problem.

I’m sad, I forgot my trident (pitchfork really, lol), but in the end I’m glad, because the convention was madness! I got bumped into a lot. I’m very glad that I didn’t wear this costume on Saturday. Funny enough, quite a few people misunderstood my costume, but it was mostly the younger con-goers. I doubt they had ever seen the Big Lebowski, but that doesn’t really matter to me. I’m glad we did this! I only wish we could attend Lebowski fest this year, because Jeff Bridges is going to be there!!!!