Wuk up in make-up
Carnival excitement is in the air and it is all about the music, dancing, having fun, letting go of inhibitions. Of course, it is self-expression in myriad forms, but at the core it is art.
Besides the vibrant costumes that revellers will choose to don next Sunday, make-up will be front and centre to add that je ne sais quoi to the dramatic garb - or lack thereof. Though many will join the cries of 'don't wear none' (the make-up, that is), one can't deny that it completes the Road March look.
What goes through a make-up artist's mind when confronted with applying the essential face ornament for carnival? Tonisha Kong first considers "the colours of the costume as well as the theme of the band" and aims to complement the costume with her artistic strokes.
To the clean 'facial palate' she first adds moisturiser and sunscreen, which is a must because of the hours of soca and sunlight. However, Kong suggests putting it on an hour or so before applying foundation. This gives it time to be absorbed into the skin and prevent the make-up from 'sliding' off the face.
Next on is the foundation. Kong advises "go for a long-wearing, full-coverage foundation, because you will be out in the sun and sweating a lot so you will need one that is waterproof." For added staying power, some make-up artists choose to use a primer, preferably a mattifying one before stippling on the foundation. Powder is then used to set it.
Kong also defines the brows, which is important because they frame the face and give added definition. After this, she pats on eyeshadow and eyeliner, which can be as bold as necessary. She then contours the cheekbones and sweeps on some blush.
And then the fun really begins, as Kong adds the glitter and rhinestones. For these an adhesive known as Spirit Glue is recommended by some artists, as it is thought to be able to stand up to the wearer's chipping, wining, and gyrating.
She adds flair with lashes. One can simply enhance what's already there, but where's the fun in that? It's Carnival, so feel free to go all out with the long, colourful, feathery ones.
Kong moves on to the pout and applies lipstick or lip gloss, depending on the look. Some may opt to skip the gloss and go with a matte lipstick, which will stick with them all day with no need to reapply.
Of course, a setting spray is used to hold everything in place. Kong advises one such as "Final Seal, which actually stops the sweat". She explained that sprays like this particular one is used in stage make-up application where there are lots of hot lights. However, any good setting spray will do.
Forty minutes after Kong starts her make-up magic, a vivacious vixen emerges from the chair ready for the road. But one still has to ask - will the make-up really stand up to the rigours of the road?
"Yes, it does," Kong laughs. "As long as you pat your face - do not wipe and do not rub your eyes. Remember, you will be using more make-up than you would in everyday wear."
The long-wear foundation, the Spirit Glue and the setting spray have all got you covered ladies - even if the costume does not....