A Makeup Study: Zebra
by: Rochelle Huynh
To achieve this fun mask like makeup for our model, Veronica LaVery I used a combination of cream and powder makeup. After prepping her skin with moisturizer and foundation primer I first used a sponge to apply a layer of white. I used the sponge to create the basic shape of the mask. Once I was satisfied with the general layout I then used my foundation brush to get more coverage in the more sensitive areas around Veronica’s eyes and to even out the opacity of the white. I find that using both a sponge first then finishing with my foundation brush gives me a bit more control over the coverage I want to achieve. Once the white is even I take the unused portion of the sponge dipped in a little moisturizes to clean up any makeup that may have strayed.
Once the basic shape is in place, use a foundation brush to apply white base to the more sensitive eye area and to even out the opacity of the makeup.
Using a synthetic flat brush and black cream makeup start creating the stripe design using the anatomy as a starting point.
Have fun with the design! Step back if you need so that you can keep the stripes balanced on both sides of the face
If any fall out occurs from the black shadow, go back over with the white base and foundation brush.
The fun part was creating the zebra stripes with a synthetic bristle flat brush. I used Veronica’s own anatomy to help me create the lines to mimic the stripes found on a zebra face. The eyes were my first focus because that helped to set the tone of how the rest of the stripes would fall into place. Once I had the stripes in place I then went over them with a black eyeshadow to help them set. I took the opportunity to use the brush to create a subtle texture by slightly pressing outside of the lines I made with the flat brush. This makes the makeup look similar to how pony hair would look and gives the character makeup just a bit more personality. To finish around the eyes, I used black pencil eyeliner and added a very dramatic set of false lashes. This keeps the look very feminine. To hide the seam from the lashes I just went over the dried lash glue with black liquid liner. Lastly, for the makeup I used black lipstick to give Veronica’s lips some definition. Your lip brush is your best bet when using such bold color. If you need to clean anything up, a cotton swab dipped in liquid makeup remover is all you need.
Section out a roughly shaped horseshoe at the top of the head, with the rest of the hair left create another ponytail at the occipital bone.
Smooth the top after teasing and bring it into a roll to create a voluminous shape at the crown.