Inside IMATS

by Abby Woodman

Battle of the Brushes is a makeup competition open to students of a recognized make-up school. Eight competitors from all over the world are selected for each competition. There are two catagories that can be entered: Beauty/Fantasy & Character/Prosthetics. Every year a different theme is announced and the contestants then have 2 hours to apply their makeups. This year at IMATS L.A. 2013, Uncover Magazine was honored to have 4 Uncover Artists running for the Beauty/Fantasy competition. The theme was the 4 elements, Our very own Devan Weitzman took 1st place with her earth inspired makeup.
Also competing were Jessica Ramos, Suzy Zeytuntsyan, and Margaux Rocher from France who wowed us with their elegant water and air creations. Competing in the Character & Prosthetics "OZ" themed competition where even more Cinema Makeup graduates as well. Suzy Zeytuntsyan competed once again with a well executed Wicked Witch character and Melissa Jimenez placed 2nd with her fearsome "Winkie" Gaurd. In addition to the Battle of the Brushes, two of our artists KC Mussman and Anna Chicon, both graduates of the Cinema Makeup School, engaged in a live makeup demonstration. They turned fellow Uncover Artist and model Mo Meinhart into a living doll true to the original design "Waterfalls" created by French fantasy doll artist Virginie Ropars. Virginie Ropars Interview - Art Doll Quarterly Winter 2014. "Waterfalls" I needed to make a very simple piece of work for a show, and so the Idea behind this is very simple waterfalls. I used a verticle line and the hair to give the impression of water falling down . I like the color of it- the golden grey and stone light - which combined with the peacefull expression give a nice look and mood to the whole doll. The Students of Cinema Makeup School did some very impresive makeup on a real model inspired by this piece. They added great things to her like lights in the little city on top of her head and very long optic fiber lights in her hair. It was shown at the 2013 International Makeup Artist Trade Show (IMATS) in Los Angeles. I was very honored and thrilled. My thanks goes out to them.