Many aspiring makeup artists don’t realize the amount of preparation that can go into a project they’ve been hired for. While a simple basic beauty makeup might not require much beforehand, a film and television show might require quite a bit of research and planning. Also any outside-the-norm makeups like an editorial shoot or avant garde runway show requires thought and preparation.
Two common tools at the hands of a professional makeup artist are the face chart and the mood board. The mood board helps an artist get inspired as well as convey the “mood” to other artists working on the project. Most simply put, it’s a collection of photographs. In the old days, we would cut out pictures from magazines and glue them to poster board. While that certainly in still an option for those who prefer something tactile, most artists today use a computer to design a PDF file. It’s important to take note, a mood board is NOT a series of other artist’s makeup designs to simply copy. The mood board is to help create something original. Get artsy with it. A successful mood board portrays colors, textures and, of course, mood! If the design was for an edgy, urban inspired editorial shoot, the mood board might have photographs of graffiti and a concrete city street, for example.
The face chart is a little more commonly known. It’s a piece of paper with the makeup design literally drawn out with notes about color and products. Most artists use their actual makeup to design the look on paper, but one can also use colored pencils and pen and ink if so desired. The face chart isn’t just for fun, it’s an important tool to prepare the look as well as a literal way to convey the design to the makeup department.