Do you struggle with laying facial hair and beards?

michelle1When I was in makeup school several years ago, the one thing I struggled with was creating fake beards. Hand laying facial hair is not an easy thing to do. I would break out the crepe wool, iron it, cut it, then break out the spirit gum to lay the hair down. What used to drive me insane was that the hair would always stick to my fingers without fail! Half of the hair would end up on the face and the rest on my fingers. I tried coating my fingers with baby powder to keep the hair from sticking, but then it would turn into a goopy mess. I got a little better at it over the years, but I can’t say I really ever mastered the technique. I think that this is something that a lot of artists are still aspiring to improve upon. For this reason, we have asked Emmy Award winning Makeup Artist Fred Blau of Reel Creations to teach a workshop on “Laying Facial Hair and Beards”.

Mr. Blau began his career in 1964 under Gordon & George Bau at Warner Bros. He went on to do such films & productions as “Who Is Afraid Of Virginia Wolfe”, “Cool Hand Luke”, “The Illustrated Man”, “Tattoo”, “Planet of the Apes” (TV Series), “Apocalypse Now”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Beauty & The Beast” and many, many more. Blau is a member of and serves on the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (The Oscars), is a member of the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences (The Emmys), is an Emmy Award Winner, is a 6 time Emmy nominee and is a nominee of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA). In the early 1970’s Blau was presented the challenge to come up with a realistic looking artificial blood. Today it is known as REEL Blood. Then in the late 1970’s, because of his experience on the movie “The Illustrated Man”, Blau was offered the movie “Tattoo” with Bruce Dern and Maude Adams. At that time there were no inks that were realistic looking or long lasting, so we invented REEL Body Art Ink – thus the birth of REEL Creations, Inc. During this movie the REEL Body Art Process, which was invented for “The Illustrated Man”, was further developed for both the entertainment industry and commercial use.

So if you live in Los Angeles or Burbank, come join us for the taping of Fred Blau’s workshop on Thursday March 12th at 6pm. The class is going to be held at Fastlane Broadcast Studio: 3062 N. Lima Street, Burbank, CA 91504. Learn from the best the movie industry has to offer. This class is going to be a part of our “Masters and Industry Legends” series. If you don’t live in Los Angeles, don’t worry you can always watch the entire class in Virtual Classroom section of our website.

For more information on this class, Fred Blau, or Reel Creations visit:

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick


March 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Hair & Makeup Marketing, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist.

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