How to start your facechart?
How to start your facechart? That is a really good question! Because what paper do you have to use? And which products? When I made my first facechart, as you can see in my last post here, I had absolutely no idea about facecharts what so ever. This facechart I got on my makeup school and the assignment was to make a makeuplook on it. How little did I know! The makeup I used didn’t stick to the paper, the colors weren’t intense enough, I got frustrated and I kept asking myself how in Godsname did Liza make such beautiful facecharts?! At this point I could do two things: 1: Quit making facecharts and start doing makeup like the other students. Or 2: Practicing. I chose the last option.
The Facechart book of Liza Kondrevich
“Thank you for your enthusiasm. I want to give you the book for personal use. You were always so enthusiastic about facecharts and I really appreciate it,” Liza wrote to me. I couln’t believe my eyes! Liza gave me her book!! Woowww!!! Enthusiastic as I was, I started with chapter nine: Vows to perfect brows, because I had difficulties making eyebrows. But then I realized something important: If I am going to read the chapters all together, I ignore the most important thing: The basics! In Liza’s live instagram session with NYX she said: “What I miss at [makeup artistry] schools is the importance of color theory.” Liza devotes an entire chapter to it in her book! 25 pages of color theory. Not just something to ignore. So, I started at the beginning of the book. And with my old facecharts I fill up the posts. My new work has to wait for a short while.
Facechart. Drawing with Makeup. Edition one 2020.
The nice thing about the e-book is, that at the bottom of every page it says: “Prepared exclusively for…” followed by your e-mailadres. That’s a nice personal touch! And ofcourse, it helps prevent unwanted publication, but that aside. The book contains ten chapters and 366 pages. Chapter one provides an introduction to facecharts and Liza herself. Chapter two is about tools and equipment. What do you need to make a good facechart. Chapter three is about color theory and chapter four to ten deal with the different parts of the face and how to build up a face with makeup. The book is written in English. The layout invites reading because it has a lot of drawings, photo’s and different fonts to support the text. And that is very nice for visually oriented people such as makeup artists. The text is smooth, modern and good to read. Even when your knowledge of English is very basic.
How to start your facechart: Tools & Equipment
After writing my first facechart blogpost in Dutch, I posted a photo of it on my instagrampage and almost immediatly I got this question of people from all over the world: “Which paper do you use for your facecharts?” I had to laugh. This is exactly what Liza writes in her book: “Assuming that what my mailbox indicates is correct, this might be crucial. ‘Which paper do you use?’ The question that far surpasses the rest.” (p.49). I really think that everyone who wants to make their first facechart, prints it on normal printing paper. But the makeup doesn’t stick to it and the colors won’t be intense enough. In bold pink letters Liza writes: “AVOID THE USE OF PRINTING PAPER!!!” (P.50) According to Liza there is not given enough attention to printing paper. It is made with the idea to produce as much as possible for the least amount of costs. That is why there is no structure in the paper and the quality is poor.
Which paper do you use for a facechart?
Liza says this about the paper: “I base my choice of papertype on two factors: *The thickness of the sheets *Quality and degree of fineness of the fibers.” (p.51) Liza advices us, that if we don’t use ‘fluid’ or ‘wet’ products (which we ofcourse do not on facecharts), the best paper we can use is paper made for pastels. Pastel paper. And she was so kind to add a shoppinglist at page 342 of the e-book with links to products on Amazon. That is so handy! Now you know for sure you use the same paper as Liza! In the hardcover however there’s no shoppinglist. But here is a link to Liza’s facechart workbook with 12 templates!!!
One important tip!
So, how do you start a facechart? Start with the right paper! That makes it a lot easier. But: you can buy every product Liza advices you and use the same paper, but that doesn’t mean you produce immediately the perfect facechart. What Liza said before: “It is 10% talent and 90% practicing.” So, go for it! Make mistakes and make photo’s of your art. Make a portfolio and give your artwork a date. So you can see your progress with your own eyes. Practice your skills every day and good luck with it! Tag me on insta to show me your artwork: @britstyle.nl
I am very curious about your dicovery/opinion or tip about facecharts so leave your comment below!
Do you want to learn more about Liza’s book and make your own facecharts? Click on this link.
For Dutch review click here.