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A day in the life of a Film Makeup Trainee…

Christine Blundell has just started working on her new film , Guy Ritchie’s new project “ Toff guys”, where she was also able to invite a number of our recent graduates for their onset work experience. Shelley, one of our August 2018 graduates, joined Christine on set as her Makeup trainee on this film – please Click Here to see Shelley’s corner on the set of “Toff guys”.

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Listen to latest CB*MA Students’ & Graduates’ Podcasts

Our latest podcast is a great conversation with Scarlett Mcpherson, a graduate from six years ago! Who would have thought!!!

We are about to embark on a new podcast section at CBMA. We are asking our graduates and students to talk to us… that’s it simply tell us how they are or what they have been up to and share it with us!

Our first is Lisa. As she said herself it was so outside her comfort zone doing this that it makes it special and honest. Do have a listen; it is an insight into someones thoughts and life. Enjoy!

And click on the arrow below to find out how our recent graduate Emmalee decided to train as a Hair & Makeup artist, why she chose CB*MA Academy, what she thought about our 4 month Hair & Makeup course and jobs she did so far, after her graduation this August.

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Naked Video Diaries At The Makeup School!

Starting from Monday this week, our students at the makeup academy London have begun recording their thoughts and creations as their personal short Daily video diaries. It is an idea that we have had for some time and finally we have begun during our Facial hair module.

Each student is given the iPad to talk and video whatever they choose. It is almost like a personal Makeup tutorial in the centre of London. It can be on any makeup look that they are creating or simply to chat about how they are getting on!

What I find interesting is what the students decide to talk about and video and share. These makeup videos will not be edited or changed in anyway, so that any prospective students can get the real insight into what it is like to study at CB*MA.

Here at Christine Blundell Makeup school we believe that openness and honesty are paramount, even if it is sometimes uncomfortable.

Because we have small classes, the intimacy can hopefully come through on the filming; we shall see.

One student & one story each day will be delivered for you to see our students in action, listen to them talk freely about their time at the Academy and the challenges and highlights they are experiencing with us every day.

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What It Takes To Become A Makeup Artist?

Did you go to the IMATS 2018? Was it what you expected if it was your first time?

I managed to catch an invite via the launch of the new book “Leading Ladies of Makeup Effects” by Patricia Terry and Gary Christensen.

It features many brilliant designers and makeup artists; not just or very own Christine Blundell but the amazing Fran Hannon and Julie Dartnell. We also had the chance to meet “Montse Ribe” from Barcelona and up and coming makeup artist KC Mussman.

I will not write about Christine this time, as I am sure you have read about her already, if you are one of our avid readers.

Julie Dartnell’s career began when she got admitted into the BBC makeup department; one of 24 from 1400 applicants. Prior to this she went to evening classes to gain her A levels and then to a makeup course to learn makeup and hair.

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The BAFTAs are upon us once more and our congratulations go to:

Well done to our very own Christine for being nominated in the Outstanding British Film Category for being a Makeup Designer on Paddington 2 .

– Hugh Grant For best supporting Actor in Paddington 2.

 Our Very own Tutor Daniel Philips Nominated for Makeup And Hair for Victoria And Abdul.

 Tutor Lizzie Lawson, Hair Supervisor on Blade Runner Film nominated as best film.

 Tutor Tony Stasi, Barber, working on Nominated Films Victoria and Abdul and Darkest Hour.

 Graduates: Oonagh Bagley, Flora Moody, Darkest Hour. Holly Cady for Victoria And Abdul.

 Any many more CB*MA graduates Makeup trainees & artists who worked on the other BAFTA nominated films……

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Hello from Christine’s “Aladdin” desert adventure

Christine Relaxing While Filming AladdinSo filming in the desert isn’t so bad

We have been out here in Jordan for the last two weeks now filming “Aladdin” for Disney. As everyone knows Will Smith is our Genie and I have to say he is a pretty amazing person as well! He threw a “Welcome to Jordan” party for us all in the desert which will go down in filming history as one of the most generous nights: a feast was laid on, camels were brought in so we could go for a ride to watch the sunset and later on belly dancers and dancing, too – what’s not to love!! I have Lesa and Chloe with me whilst the rest of the team are packing down in Longcross after a mammoth couple of months of crowds  which was run seamlessly as ever by Charmaine and as the years of having CB*MA go by, how proud am I to see so many of my graduates out as dailies on my films not to mention all the new graduates we had out as trainees!!

Goes without saying I can’t show any photos of filming so you will have to make do with me in a tent !!!! Xx

Chris Blundell
Makeup & Hair Designer

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Christine Blundell features in the new “Leading Ladies of Makeup Effects” book, launched last week

Leading Ladies of Makeup Effects
This is the 1st book to offer portrait biographies of 26 Leading Ladies working in Makeup effects for film and television. Featuring their influences, training, projects and careers, these biographies express how and why these Ladies have risen to success.

The book, written by Gary Christensen, a California based Makeup Artist and Patricia L. Terry, a Theatre Director, features 12 Oscar winners, 9 Emmy winners, and 5 Emerging Artists (the possible award-winners of tomorrow).

It’s a man’s world….as the famous James Brown song goes and in certain professions it most certainly can feel just like that. No more so that with special effects makeup, or even makeup itself! If you search on the internet, best or most influential makeup artists, at least eighty percent of the names will be men.

This is certainly understandable in the early years when men predominantly ran most professions. Yet, as time moved on so too did makeup artists and the skills and applications they used. One of the slight criticisms of today is that awards seem to go special effects makeup. The art of subtle period makeup or wigs etc seem to be slightly out of fashion?

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CB*MA graduates in the spotlight again with Paddington 2

After beginning the first Paddington film in the “darkest Jungle of Peru,” (Costa Rica), which was incredible by the way!! I sadly had to go one to the film “Kingsman 1” and so I could not continue. It was such a shame, so when the second opportunity came my way to design Paddington 2, I simple could not and would not refuse! The response to the film was amazing and well done to Graham Johnston for doing such a great job.
When the second opportunity did come by i could not refuse and could commit, so was very happy. I had my team of makeup artists that usually work with me and managed to get on board three full time trainees from the previous hair and makeup course.

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Guy Ritchie’s “Aladdin”

With three full time trainees and many others coming in to assist, it looks like the new Aladdin film by Guy Ritchie is going to be very busy! We have not even mentioned the CBMA juniors and makeup artists that are rolling up their sleeve and getting ready for some great work! All these people are headed up by Christine Blundell, who is Hair and Makeup designer.

Will Smith has made his first post of him and the crew! As mentioned we have many of our girls working and assisting on Aladdin. We are lucky enough to have three fulltime makeup trainees, juniors and makeup artists working on Guy Ritchie’s latest project. Very soon we too should have a post about our girls’ experiences on set!

We were very lucky to have most of the actors coming into the makeup academy for makeup tests. Marwan Kenzari came in hot off his success starring in “Murder on the orient express.”

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Sarah Brock, Gal Gadot’s personal Makeup artist, talks about Christine Blundell’s role as Wonder Woman’s Makeup Designer. Courtesy of Warpaint Magazine.
Bridal to Box Office

Last week she shared with us the step-by-step secrets of the Wonder Woman look she created for Gal Gadot. Now Sarah Brock lets Warpaint lift the lid on her experiences on set

WP:  Congratulations on the beautiful looks that you created for Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman.  You’re much better known for your Red Carpet looks – how did you transition into movies?

SB:  It really was a fairytale story as to how I came to work on the Wonder Woman movie – after being in beauty and fashion for 18 years, the movie industry wasn’t something I had ever considered.  Patty Jenkins, the director, was searching online for inspiration for the make-up look for Gal and she kept coming across an image from a bridal designer campaign that I did back in 2008.  My name wasn’t on the image, so she asked the team in the USA to find out who did the make-up for the campaign – they found my website, Patty looked at my work and loved what I did (plus I was based in the UK where most of the filming took place, so it was perfect).  I had an email one evening from Patty, I went to the Warner Bros Studios to meet her – we got on so well immediately and she offered me the job as the personal make-up artist to Gal on the movie and the rest is history.

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