Is there anything more dispiriting whilst watching a movie than a dodgy syrup? (syrup of fig, wig, but you knew that).
It can make or break a film or TV production. Anne Hathaway, Broke back mountain; Halle Berry in X men and any character from Twilight. All the wigs at Christine Blundell Makeup academy are made on a fine lace and have been used on the big productions that she has worked on. This means they are of great quality. A perfect place to start understanding why and what.
- Understand how to measure a head. All the differing ways of prepping the hair under the wig.
- Taking care of wigs (these wigs are very expensive. You will not last long on set, if you damage one).
- Padding, nets and shaping and blow-drying techniques.
- Creating period styles.
- When to use a wig or hair piece.
- The dreaded finger waves!
Since leaving CBMA I have had to style, dress and apply so many wigs, so I am so grateful for how much wig work we learnt on the course. It is so highly requested on Films and TV productions, so it is a great skill to have!
Module Syllabus: Wig Makeup
- Learning about a hair wraps and cling wraps.
- Learning about the head: its shape and understanding how to measure.
- Pin curling a whole head and placing a wig.
- Padding out the block
- Blocking up a wig
- Washing a wig.
- Set a wig for an Edwardian style.
- Finish dressing out
- Pin curl
- Full make up and putting wig on.
- Kit – equipment and products
- Different types of wigs, wig structures, hair and hairpieces.
- Re-cap of wig week one, blocking, washing, combing, etc.
- Choosing wigs and blocks for the week’s work.
- Dressing a ‘natural’ looking wig.
- Creating a waved style. Either 1930’s, 40’s or 50’s
- Marilyn Monroe / or Land Girls
- Creating a 1870’s style
- Using padding and nets.
- Shape rather than detail, silhouette.
- Working with Yak wigs to create a late 18th century look. (Think Dangerous liaison, Marie Antoinette and the Duchess.)
- Choosing a style that will suite each others’ hair and adapting the style to the person.
- Using products.
- Discuss why the style was chosen and the products used.
Note: the above syllabus is illustrative of a typical module. It may be subject to change at any time.