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Christine Blundell hands on Teaching:

There is always a wonderful air of anticipation when the students know that the Principle of this wonderful makeup school Christine Blundell is due in to teach. Even though she is a successful makeup designer, she is also very proud of her makeup academy and the incredible achievements that her graduates have to date achieved.

Christine is an incredibly talented all rounder but if push comes to shove, she would have to put her hand up and say period hair is her thing.

Luckily, that is exactly what we had asked her to do.

One cannot emphasise what it means to be taught by some with over 25yrs experience. It is not just the skill level but what I find the most warming part is her humbleness in the way she approaches teaching. She has the confidence to occasionally put her hand up to say what she lacks or is not very good at. Yet what she knows you can fill a big fat book with!

Teaching is all about inspiring the individual, getting them to a place of confidence where if they are not successful the first they will get nail the look later. It is the building up of confidence through research and preparation and of course having an excellent tutor.

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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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New techniques for prosthetics and makeup at the hair and makeup London:

Everyone loves a monster or a gargoyle and we have seen our fair share of these after eleven years at the makeup school. Yet, prosthetics is not about just that. It is not just about creating something from silicone or gelatine and to make it a gruesome as possible with lots of blood; particularly if you are an aspiring hair makeup artist.

We run a two week module of prosthetics makeup. In these two weeks we need the student of hair and makeup to get to grips with a brand me makeup style; using new materials and a new approach. The devil is in the detail and having when creating something from fantasy it can have a lot of detail.

These two weeks are also a good lesson in designing makeup at a later date of course but it is a good learning curve. There is always a time frame that all hair and makeup artists need to adhere to. Do not make the design to complicated to the time scale you have. It does not look good if you do not finish on time even at the makeup academy.

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A successful Change Of Career

People talk of career changes; society at large has lots to say on the subject! And do not get me started on advisers…..

Danielle graduated from Christine Blundell Makeup Academy in August 2017 and started working straight after graduation, first doing a number of wedding make-up jobs and also doing hair & makeup for a Dance company video that same month.

This was a far cry from her caring job of old. Yet she knew this was not her chosen path and after uming and arghing over which makeup academy, Danielle finally chose well and joined ours!

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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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Christine Blundell’s interview for Reel FEEdBack with host Kevin Dawson, talking about her career as a Makeup Designer in the UK Film Industry

Christine recently gave an interview for Reel Feedback, with host Kevin Dawson, who talks to people from the music, TV and movie industries about her art and working behind the scenes and / or on screen. Kevin chats to Christine about her inspirations, her work and anything else that may come up in between.

The focus of the discussion was to get to understand not just how Christine began her Hair & Makeup career but what made her open a Makeup school for budding Makeup artists, too! Christine begins by talking about the night of the Oscar awards and how surreal it was walking past Clint Eastwood who congratulated her and someone else shouting her name to turn around and see that it was none other than “Brad Pit”!

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Latest Day Taster course at CB*MA visited by Aladdin!

Day Taster Course - Visited by Aladin
What a wonderful surprise for our Weekend Day Taster Students, when Mena, who plays Aladdin in the new Guy Ritchie film with the same name, popped in with Christine. It was a great day, even without our special surprise guest arriving.

A great aspect of the Makeup school is that when Christine Blundell begins a film, she preps most of it at the Academy. This not only allows the students to get a glimpse of certain actors but more importantly, where possible, Christine shares what she is planning and how she is prepping for the Film.

We had a full house on our Taster Day course. The students this time and our Tutor who was Makeup Designer Stephanie Smith. Stephanie is not only a regular tutor running modules from Casualty to Script Breakdown and “breaking down a character, ” but also trained at the famous Hair & Makeup course herself.

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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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