TACB Student Natasha Hassan has an incredible talent for dazzling face charts. We spoke to her about her experience so far at TACB and asked her advice on creating the ultimate face chart!
How long have you been studying the Diploma of Specialist Make-up Services? I’m currently eight months into my course.
Why did you decide to study this course?
I’ve always been fascinated by the art of makeup and special effects, so I knew this course would be a great way for me to get qualified and help start my career in the make-up industry.
What has been your favourite technique or subject thus far?
Every aspect of the course so far has been great but I would have to say that my two newly discovered passions are creating elaborate face charts and jumping into the world of special effects. Everything from creating characters to bruising and wounds are what I’m really enjoying so far.
Have you always been interested in art and drawing or has this really only come to you during your time studying?
I have always considered myself to be a creative person. I love learning and exploring new ways to express myself artistically. I do everything from painting, sketching, fondant cake art to butterfly framing! But since I started my course I’ve been able to use my skills and inspirations as an artist to translate my ideas into makeup designs. For example I had created a painting before I had started the course, then once I started to learn skills as a make-up artist I was able to translate my painting and turn it into a make-up design.
What do you love about creating face charts?
What I love most about creating face charts is the way that I see a character coming to life through a make-up design. The possibilities are endless and the fact that all of my designs start off as the same blank face yet finish off completely different is always the best part of the process.
What products/ materials do you use to create face charts (watercolours, pencils, pastels, real makeup etc.)?
When I create my charts I always use make-up to colour everything. I mainly use eye shadows/pigments and lipsticks as I find it gives me the best results. I apply everything with a cheap makeup brush set that I purchased just for charts.
I only use a pencil and a super fine black felt tip pen to re-create or re shape the main features of the face and to make everything more prominent.
What are your top tips for creating amazing face charts?
My top tips in creating face charts would be –
- The most important step of all!!- Take your time… the more time you take when creating your chart, the better it will turn out!
- Re shape the main features of the face – I always start my charts by readjusting the facial features. A lot of the time they are either non-existent or just don’t look right! So by taking this step you will be creating a more realistic face to work off. I use a pencil first to reshape the main features of the face (eyes, lashes, nose, and lips) then once I’m happy with everything I will go over it all with a super fine black felt tip pen to make everything more prominent. I do this before applying any pigment to the paper.
- Definition- In order to get a more realistic face chart, I take my time to create the natural contours of the face, the same way you would on a real face. I find the best way to achieve this on paper is by first applying a skin coloured pressed powder as a base and then start creating contour on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin with a slightly darker shade (I use a nude / light chocolate coloured eye shadow) and build the colour lightly and SLOWLY.
- PIGMENTS PROBLEMS- I find when I’m applying pigments to my charts, especially around the eyes, things get messy quickly so I try to work on one eye at a time using smaller brushes because they help control the pigment better.I constantly clean off any excess pigment to avoid smudging. I also find that placing a blank paper to cover the face while working on the eyes will help to keep everything clean and stop the side of your hand from smudging and ruining everything you have worked on.
- Highlighting – The last step I feel that helps bring a chart to life is to use a rubber to create highlights. I do this by simply rubbing out where highlights would be found on the face (minus the cheeks because I find it does not translate well of paper). E.g. line down the centre of the nose, corners of the nostrils, inner and outer corners of the lips etc. I also use a rubber to create tiny lines in the lips and eyes. This gives the illusion of reflection which I feel makes it look more realistic.
Where do you get your inspiration from? I would have to say a lot of time I find my inspiration in nature and looking into different cultures, simply because there is an abundance of colour combinations and patterns found in animals, landscapes and cultures that can always be used to create something different and new.
Do you find it challenging taking photos of your face charts? I find it extremely challenging at times to take a good photo of my charts because unfortunately not all pigments will look the same way when photographed, especially if I have used pigments that have shimmers. However I find the best way to capture a good photo is by going outside and using bright natural light.
You can find more of Natasha’s amazing face charts and some of her ‘gory’ special effects on her Instagram page!