Thursday, December 11, 2014

Makeup Artist Icons: Vincent J-R Kehoe

"Vincent J-R Kehoe, the make-up book author, artist and president of RCMA Professional Products, died Aug. 17, 2008 in Somis, California. He was 86.

A former professional ski instructor, Kehoe served in the U.S. Signal Corps during World War II before embarking on a professional make-up career in 1940. He served as make-up department head for CBS in New York (designing all the Ford Theatre and Studio One productions) and for the NBC Hallmark Hall of Fame series. His filmography includes the musical Carousel, the 1958 horror classic The Blob, and the dramas Giant,The Thomas Crown Affair and Charly. All in all, he oversaw make-up for more than 3,000 major TV, film and stage productions. The list of celebrities he made up is long and varied, ranging from Grace Kelly to Boris Karloff.

In 1949, Kehoe joined Local 798, the East Coast union of make-up artists and hairstylists; from 1962-1966, he directed make-up for New York City’s International Beauty Show. And in 1999, he served as speaker at the International Make-up Artist Trade Show.
Kehoe wrote more than a dozen books on make-up, including Special Make-Up EffectsThe Technique of Film and Television Make-UpThe Technique of the Professional Make-Up Artist for FilmTelevision and Stage;Photographic Make-Up for Stills and Movies and The Professional Make-up Artist, written with colleague Joe Blasco.  These books were Kehoe’s contribution to the education of make-up artists, something he took to heart.
“To become a knowledgeable, competent and complete professional make-up artist requires, first, a sincere desire to learn everything there is to know—and then some—about make-up procedures, products, ingredients, lines, comparative work and how it is or was done,” he wrote in the introduction to The Technique of the Professional Make-Up Artist.
Kehoe also wrote several articles on advanced make-up research for the Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. As president and director of the Research Council of Make-Up Artists, a post he assumed in 1963, Kehoe designed and produced the Color Process line of RMCA Professional Products.

“Mr. Kehoe was a true gentleman,” said Samuel Bekerian, owner of Naimie’s Beauty Supply. “He was intelligent, fun, witty and an honest businessman. His amazing artistic talent and pioneering spirit led him to create much-needed specialty make-up products that continue to serve the needs of our professional artists in the make-up industry in all corners of the world. He had an unwavering commitment and passion to serve professional make-up artists, which is unmistakably evident in his RCMA brand. He always referred to RCMA as a professional product for the professionals only. I believe Mr. Kehoe never wished to create a cosmetic brand for the masses. He achieved his goals, reached his dreams and lived contently."

Biography from Makeup Magazine visit the link to find out more

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Books on Laboratory Procedures for Special FX

Dick Smith's do-it-yourself monster make-up handbook, Dick Smith, Imagine Inc., 1985

Contains instructions for transforming your face into fifteen monsters using make-up and other materials.

Facial and Body Prosthesis, Carl Dame Clarke, C.V. Mosby Co., St. Louis, MO 1945.
A classic in this field, but based on rather old methodology.

Facial Prosthesis, Arthur Bulbulian, W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia & London, 1945.
A classic in this field, but based on rather old methodology.

Foam Latex Ovens, Gary Boham, Alchemy Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1991,1992 and 1994 editions. All very informative for make-up artist use for preparing foam latex.

F X Source Book Gary Boham, Alchemy Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1996/1997 edition. "National directory of over 480 manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, for SFX artists, shops and consultants, prop shops, model makers, sculptors, display builders and others in the visual arts."

Molding and Casting, Carl Dame Clarke, Standard Arts Press, Butler, MD 1946. In it's day, it was the standard for make-up as well as medical prosthetic use, but like the first two books in this section, the newer methods, and especially the materials recommended in Volume II of The Professional Make-up Artist supplant most of this information.

Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying ProstheticsTodd Debreceni, Focal Press, 2013

Todd teaches you about the gear you will need, how to maintain your kit, how to take care of the actor's skin, how to airbrush properly when HD is involved, and so much more.

Monday, June 2, 2014

MUA Associations & Unions

Professional Beauty Association
The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) advances the professional beauty industry by providing our members with education, charitable outreach, government advocacy, events and more. Probeauty is the largest organization of salon professionals with members representing salons/spas, distributors, manufacturers and beauty professionals/NCA.

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The International Alliance of Theatrical     Stage Employees (IATSE)
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada was founded in 1893 when representatives of stagehands working in eleven cities met in New York and pledged to support each others’ efforts to establish fair wages and working conditions for their members. Our union has evolved to embrace the development of new entertainment mediums, craft expansion, technological innovation and geographic growth.

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The Powder Group
The Powder Group brings artists together like never before while providing access to the most relevant makeup industry information, career guidance, promotional opportunities, and the biggest artists, brands and products in the makeup business. The Powder Group invites you become a part of the fastest growing artist community anywhere - and the new TPG Pro Membership program. Participation in the program affords you a wide variety of members only benefits to help to keep you inspired, informed and motivated - benefits that will grow you as an artist, strengthen your relationships and deepen your connection to the artist industry. We hope you'll join us and see what membership can mean to you and your career.

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International Make-Up Association
We provide an industry benchmark for make-up artists and those who want to employ make-up artists. To hold an IMA qualification, you must first have achieved a high level of skill in your field, thereby a potential employer or agent can be assured of your talent and credentials. 

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