Sanitation and Hygiene

Sanitation and Hygiene

Sanitation and Hygiene 

Roxanne

July 13th, 2020

Following up from my previous post, I have further expanded my knowledge base on sanitation and hygiene to develop the best practices to keep everyone I encounter safe. In addition to the certifications I had already received, I now also have been trained and certified by Sanitation Conversation, Dermalogica, and Lucsol. 

The health and safety of those who sit in my chair, and those I work alongside with, has been something that I have always greatly cared about. However, there is always room for improvement and things we can change and add to our routine. With this in mind, I am revamping my gear and practices to better meet the health needs of everyone I work with at this time. Going forward, I will be wearing a mask during makeup applications for the foreseeable future and will potentially also be wearing a face shield and gloves. I am redoing how my tools and products are stored in containers to limit there exposure to possible contamination. I will be using more disposable applicators when that is a viable option. Tools that have been used will be placed into a separate marked container away from those that are clean to prevent cross contamination. Along with routine cleaning and disinfection after items have been used, I’m also looking to add a UV Sanitizer Box, and other such tools to further aide in germ removal from my gear. 

As we slowly (and safely) begin returning to sets and shoots, I will continue to evolve to what is necessary and what can be improved upon. I think we all know that this is a strange and uncertain time and the only way we can get through it is to be open to change and by being flexible. 

Looking forward to getting back to work soon! Until then, stay safe, stay healthy, wash your hands, and wear a mask.
-Roxanne

 

Number One Priority

Number One Priority

My Number One Priority 

Roxanne

June 19th, 2020

As everything is on hold for a uncertain amount of time, there are a lot of questions and concerns naturally about how to return to work without risking the health and safety of ourselves and those around us. Proper hygiene and disinfection has been something I have always taken a great deal of care with. Having started in retail cosmetics this was something taught to me very early on, as we’d see so many people daily coming in and trying out products in store. But with the rise of Covid this has put a whole new focus on proper sanitation and disinfection practices. 

I want anyone who hires me, or sits in my chair to feel safe and confident that every precaution is being taken to ensure that they are not being put at risk at catching any sickness or infection. So I’ve taken the time to become better educated by taking a number of course. I’ve now received certification from Barbicide, MildayPro, and Safe Sets International. I have several others I plan on taking shorty. 

Looking forward to when I finally get to go back to creating beautiful makeup looks with you all! Until then, stay safe, wash your hands, and wear a damn mask!

Broken is Beautiful

Broken is Beautiful

Broken is Beautiful

Roxanne

July 19th, 2018

I’ve always believed as art as a form of therapy, as a way of processing emotions and helping to deal with pain and trauma, to help visualize feelings and events that are too hard to explain to others. As a makeup artist, I always had a hard time findings ways of using my medium as a tool for this though. majority of the time on shoots I’m hired on to add to someones else’s vision and follow their directions. I realized that to correct this, I needed to take creative control and organize my own photoshoots to tell the stories I wanted or needed to tell. 

While in Texas in June, a member of our crew was involved in a terrible accident and suffered massive physical trauma, so much so that over a month later he’s still in the hospital. I was one of four people who raced to the hospital the night of the accident. The experience of being there for 12 hours, not knowing what was going to happen is one of the most surreal of my life. After that day me and my friend Ben went and visited everyday until we had to leave town to complete the film we had all been on. Since then a group text chat has been keeping me updated on his progress, and its been amazing to see how much the doctors have been able to do for him and how much the human body can take and do. 

That first night when we to the hospital, after being there for several hours, the surgeon came in and started the long list of all the injuries he had suffered and everything they were having to do to save his life. I broke down crying as he rattled off the extensive list. It was the moment when we all realized the full extent of what had happened. After the surgeon left to go back to the OR, the four of us sat there trying to wrap our heads around what was happening and trying to sort through our emotions. I continued to cry. At one point I said, “It’s so much damage. What do we do? How do you come back from all that?”

But he has endured, he has begun the healing process. He has fought through countless set backs and potential risks and dangers. And he will continue to do so. It won’t be an easy process or a short one, but it’s one that he has started on. The body can recover from so much trauma. In all this, I’ve been so amazed to see what the human body can endure and come back from. The fact that it can take so much damage and still survive is absolutely incredible. 

A few days after the accident, while on set I can across this concrete bench that had been badly cracked at some point.The cracks had been filled and repaired, but they were still there like scars. Forever a reminder of the damage it had taken. I was instantly intrigued by the pattern and wanted to recreate it in someway.

The more I thought of it, the more the idea of of a cracked body merged with everything that was going on. And so it morphed into this concept. The idea that something could be so damaged but still stand up, be fixed and recover. Not just inanimate objects, but the human body as well. I wanted to do this makeup as a tribute to that. To all that the human body can take, and that people can learn to move on from both the seen and unseen scars. To focus on the healing that was happening and the strength of continuing. 

 

This is the first shoot I have ever done from coming up with the concept, putting together a team to create it, and then executing it. I’m really glad I did this as I’m so happy with how the images came out, but also feels good to turn my experience into art that I hope others relate to and respond to. Thank you so much to Audrey for taking these beautiful photos. And thank you so much to Amanda for becoming my canvas and bringing your grace to this shoot. So grateful to have such amazing and supportive people in my life. 

 

 

Pigmon the Demon Pig

Pigmon the Demon Pig

‘Pigmon’ the Demon Pig

Roxanne

July 5th, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to take a workshop put on by The Hollywood Makeup Academy in San Diego taught by Drew Talbot. The class went over the application and coloring of foam latex prosthetic pieces, bald caps, and hand laying facial hair. It was fantastic getting further training and guidance with these techniques. I had done some very simple bald caps prior, and some work with prosthetics, but having hands on practice was so wonderful. I’m so excited to practice more and create new characters in the future. From when I first got into makeup, creating unreal things has always excited me and pushed me to learn more. I loved fantasy and sci-fi as a child and dreamed of escaping my day to day life and to be surrounded by the surreal. And with makeup I’m able to bring the far off worlds into reality.

I had been given the pig nose and horns on the second day of the class and decided to try and keep my ‘pigmon’ based in reality by giving him a more realistic paint job. Initially he looked too “sweet” so decided to make him appear a bit creepier by adding in the eye shading and adding some maroon tones. I decided for the facial hair to give him some “pork chops” (if you didn’t chuckle at that there is no helping you), and the goatee so he would have a kind of biker feel to him. You can click through the gallery to see some of the various steps and the final images too. ( my model took selfies whenever he could to document the whole process)

I would have loved to had also given him som ears and tusk teeth, however they weren’t available in the workshop (next time though, that’s so happening!)
And I of course need to give a huge thanks to my long time friend and former roommate John Beers for being such a fantastic model! He drove with me down to San Diego and back, and even wore the prosthetics all the way back so we could get these great images. Sitting through this process is long and not super comfortable. But he did it like a champ and was cracking jokes the entire time!

Shakespeare on the Range at the Louisiana Film Prize

Shakespeare on the Range at the Louisiana Film Prize

Shakespeare on the Range Trailer

October 7th, 2017

To be sentimental or not to be sentimental, that is the question. Well at least me me it typically is. So let’s do a little bit of both!

When I was newly out of college I had the notion that I wanted to do makeup for the film industry, but really had no clue had to get started. I was fortunate enough that a friend of a friend was working on their first feature and with no set experience at all they brought me on. That film maker was Christine Chen. Over the years we’ve been very fortunate to work with each other again and again. Multiple times I’ve gone with her and the Moth to Flame production family to Shreveport to make short films for the Louisiana Film Prize Competition. All have been adventures in many ways, and as a team we’ve been able to grow, expand our skill sets, and do things that we just wanted to give a try.

This year marked the 3rd time that I had the opportunity to work on a film for the LA Film Prize. I once again got to work with Moth to Flame Films for the short ‘Shakespeare on the Range’, and man oh man was it a fun filled one for me! Being set at a prison we got to do a lot of work with fake tattoos, we had fights, we had flash backs to the crimes that brought our characters to their current predicaments, and got to do some fun blood gags as well. This short gave me the opportunity to do so much work that I enjoy and the chance to experiment with a few techniques I had been eager to do.

The festival is now in full swing this weekend, however, I sadly will not be in attendance for the first time. Monday I start a new film in Los Angeles that I had to prioritize prepping for instead. Won’t lie it breaks my heart to do so. I love seeing all the films that made it, meeting the different filmmakers, having a chance to hang out with my film family, and just have a genuinely fun time. For those going I hope you have an amazing time and enjoy the work we did!

Here’s a trailer for the film, and you can see a couple of blood gags that I worked on in it as well.

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