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2.0 Makeup Styling, Prosthetic & Special Effects: Sean Foot the stylist of Lords of The Ring, The Last Samurai, The Hobbit & Now Robot 2.0

 

Akshay said, “It was a very challenging role and it took a toll on my body. But the pain and sacrifice was worth it. My character required around 4 hours of prosthetic make-up and another hour and a half to remove it. In my whole career, I’ve never put so much of make-up.”

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This stalwart makeup artist is one of the many hardworking people from New Zealand who have benefited from Peter Jackson’s meteoric efforts to make the country a cinematic powerhouse. Starting with Jackson’s first foray into true drama, Foot was there as a prosthetics technician for the effects house Weta as it worked on “Heavenly Creatures.”

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Akshay Kumar’s Robot 2 look has taken everyone by a surprise. The action king of Bollywood looked unrecognizable and way too scary in his recent avatar.

Talking about it, he told The Quint, “When you are shooting with prosthetics all over your body, the pores on your skin can’t breathe because there is no oxygen since your whole body is packed. So, for the five to six hours that I used to shoot, all the sweat used remain inside my body. When they use to remove the whole thing, I used to smell of sweat”.

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2.0, the costliest film ever made in the history of Indian cinema, is gearing up for release this year. It is a known fact that the VFX effects of the film consumed the larger part of the film’s budget, since director Shankar was keen on setting a benchmark with the film.

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Here’s a curiosity-buster from our end! Makeup artist, Sean Foot is the legend behind Akshay Kumar’s fiendish-vampire look and the Khiladi made sure that the artist’s work is accounted for by posting a video of the prosthetic makeup on his Twitter and Instagram account.

And true to his profession, Sean in the video made best use of his art skill rather than the special effects of technology to give Akshay Kumar, the look that will keep us up at night.

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The makeup artist, Sean Foot the man behind James Cameron’s Avatar look, created this look for the Khiladi and gave him the distinct Crow Man look in 2.0.

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Foot’s association with Weta continued doing home-grown effects for the popular Hercules television show, but his real claim to fame was at having his hand on someone’s foot – namely that of Sean Astin – as that actor’s prosthetic worker who was charged with putting Hobbit feet on. The joke was an amusing one: Sean Foot put feet on Sean Astin. Though he was visibly tired of this joke by the time Foot’s behind-the-scenes footage was taped for the DVD of “Fellowship of the Ring,” this hardworking makeup artist surely will be remembered as having stood a head above the rest.

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International make up artist Sean Foot was appointed to do the makeup and the movie’s trailer suggests he has done a fantastic job! As per the reports, it took 6 hours for Akshay Kumar to wear the prosthetics!

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Apart from the stellar star cast, the film also boasts of a powerful behind-the-scenes team. Sean Foot is the makeup artist, Kenny Bates has been roped in to direct action sequences. 2.0 is also being hailed as the first Indian film to have been shot entirely in 3D technology.

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Though Akshay Kumar has starred in several South film remakes, this is the first time that the action superstar will be seen playing a mainstream role in a Tamil film, where he will be seen at logger heads with Rajinikanth in high-octane action scenes.

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Scarf Fashion, Type and how to wear them

In ancient Egyptian culture, scarves were viewed as a social status symbol. Queen Nefertiti is one of the first known scarf wearers. She donned a scarf-like piece of cloth beneath her iconic headdress. Scarves were found on sculptures of Chinese warriors dating back to 1000 B.C. Also, at approximately 230 B.C., Chinese Emperor Cheng prescribed that his warriors don cloth scarves as a symbol of their rank. In ancient time long head scarf was mandatory dress code for Indian brides as it adds a regal element to the Indian bride’s look. Lets c how scarf has changed fashion in this century:

20s – 30s

The 1920s was the age of the drop-waist hem, over-embellishment and loose, boyish shapes. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel turned the fashion world on it’s head by designing the first modern, timeless wardrobe staple: the little black dress.

40s – 50s

As World War 2 approached, the fashion of the ‘roaring twenties’ withdrew into something more ladylike and coy and after WW2 everything was changed. Sleek and tidy feminine forms made an appearance with more drawn in waists and calf-length skirts. Also scarf tied and worn in the hair as a turban. To keep slippery silk from sliding away use bobby pins around neck the base and crown.

60s – 80s

Longer silk scarves were tied around the hair, with the lengths of fabric left flowing down the back. A long and wide scarf could also be turned into a fashionable stole, cardigan or belt. scarves were worn to coordinate with an outfit or an ensemble. Women wore suits of a skirt and matching jacket, and finished the look with coordinating gloves, handbag, hat and scarf. Many women found middle-ground by using a scarf and tying it as a pussy bow. The pussy bow was often paired with collared shirts or shift dresses.

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After 80s

After 80s mass production, quick supply chain, internationalization, TV commercials and global communication created hyper personal market and different people started opting for different scarf which they individually like.  After 80s one can find African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, European scarf and style in any metro city of the world.

 

How to wear a scarf:-

Tying a scarf around your neck can make your outfit look more polished, and it can help keep you warm on a cold day. You can even create a variety of looks depending on how you tie your scarf!

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Drape on Shoulders  

Dress up a casual T with a thin, over-one-shoulder scarf. Find a double-wrap or wide belt to keep it secure. Tip: Opt for a thin (think silk) scarf to avoid bulk.

Head Cover

This is the most adorned style in Indian tradition. Over-the-head drape is the most elegant type of carrying a dupatta and showcase many amusing hairstyles as well. It adds a regal element to the bride’s look. The fabric used in this style is generally net, chiffon, or sheer silk which translucently reflects the face of the wearer.

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The Side Tie

The Dot Delight Kerchief is the most adorable way to wear a scarf tied to the side. Simply drape the scarf and tie a knot on the side of your neck.

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French Knot

Just fold the scarf in half put it around your shoulders. Take one loose end piece and pull it over and under the scarf loop. Take the second end piece and go under and over the same loop.

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African Style

Also known as iduku in isiZulu, dhuku in Shona, duku in Chichewa, and gele in Yoruba, the headwrap is an undeniable and glorious African statement.

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Necklace

Fold a long scarf if half lengthwise. Grab the diagonal ends and knot them together. Put it over your neck, then twist it and loop again.

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Knotted Headscarf

It is simplest style. It was very popular, especially among royalty and celebrities, with Queen Elizabeth adopting them as part of her uniform, wearing them—to this day—as headscarves. 

Pussy Bow

It is tied like bow. The pussy bow was often paired with collared shirts or shift dresses.

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Glasses: Types, Evolution in Decades, Design for faces shapes & How to Remove Spectacle Marks

Off course everybody loves glasses, goggles and spectacles but have ever encountered any issue with it such as 

How to choose glasses/goggles and frame as per face shape and size?

How to remove spectacles? What is LASIK? How is it done?

Why Glasses leave impressions and marks on Face, Nose and Under Eyes – Why?

Home Remedies to Remove Spectacle Marks

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A great pair of glasses can make a huge difference. Not only can a great pair of glasses look good, but they can feel good, help you see better than you ever have, and can make you forget that you’re even wearing them. Faces come in all sizes, and glasses should sit in the right position and be the right proportion to the rest of your face in order to avoid distracting from your appearance or obstructing the rest of your face. Eyewears evolved in different decades and were always part of fashion statement.

1900s-1930s : Round and Cat Eye Shape

This period was marked by lorgnette and pince-nez style glasses. Worn by men and women alike, lorgnette glasses did not rest on the wearer’s face, but rather were spectacles held up to the face with a handle. These were lauded by women because they did not fully cover the face, and they were used more as an accessory than a practical, vision-enhancing tool.

1930s-1950s

The biggest trend in eyewear in the 1940s was surely the “browline.” Introduced in 1947 and combining both metal and plastic, the top section of the frame is made in plastic, giving them their distinctive, signature faux eyebrow look. The browline was so popular after the second World War that it made up 50 percent of all eyeglass sales moving right into the 1950s.

1960s-1980s

As can be expected given the political and social climate of the 1960s, the decade’s eyewear was equally wild and varied. John Lennon, a trendsetter in more ways than one, popularized the round teashades–a style rumored to hide the effects of drug use and were considered a symbol for liberal ideologies.

How to choose glasses/goggles and frame as per face shape and size

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Oval Face Shape

An oval is considered the holy grail of face shapes. Those lucky enough to have a face that is noticeably longer than it is wide and with a rounded jaw should try not to look too smug when we say you can wear pretty much any frame available.

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Square

A face with a strong jawline and broad forehead will look good with rounded sunglasses that contrast with the face shape. Shop for sunglasses that have rounded bottom edges with top edges that are fairly straight across, like classic wayfarer sunglasses.

Heart

Heart-shaped faces usually look nice with frames that are wider on the bottom or have some kind of detail on the lower half of the frames. Be sure that the frames are slightly wider than the forehead for a proper fit

Triangle

A face with a narrow chin and wide forehead will look best with sunglasses that are heavier toward the bottom edge, like aviator sunglasses. You can find pair of aviator sunglasses in metal frames as well as plastic, so you have many to choose from.

How to remove spectacles? What is LASIK? How is it done?

LASIK or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis is procedure commonly used for removal of spectacle number (Glasses) of the patient. The surgery is done on the cornea which is the outermost clear part of the eye. A flap is created as a part of the process followed by laser delivery on the cornea to remove the glass number. The flap is positioned back at the end of the procedure.

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Why Glasses leave impressions and marks on Face, Nose and Under Eyes – Why?

  • Heavy glasses form impressions on the bridge of the nose. With long term usage, the marks deepen.
  • Continued usage will cause pigmentation.
  • Tight eyewear also causes marks.

Home Remedies to Remove Spectacle Marks

Aloevera

The gel or juice from an aloe vera leaf is very soothing for the skin. Draw out a little gel from a freshly cut leaf and apply it over the darkened areas. Leave it on your skin until it dries and then wash off with cool water.

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Potato Tomato Cucumber Mix

Rub fresh slice of potato or tomato on the marks. Do it on the regular basis. It will clear the spectacle scars within a few days. Rub cucumber slice on the affected area. Alternatively, squeeze the juice of cucumber. Add potato and tomato juice in it. Mix well. Apply this mixture on your nose, with the help of a cotton ball. Allow it to dry.

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Honey, Lemon and Apple Vinegar Mix

Take a fresh lemon. Extract out its juice. Mix equal quantity of honey, lemon and apple cider vinegar. You can also mix milk and oat in this mixture. Apply the mixture on the affected region.

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Fashion Quotes

Coco Chanel

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

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Alexander McQueen

“I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.”

Marilyn Monroe

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”

 

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Bill Blass

“When in doubt, wear red.”

Sophia Loren

“A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”

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Christian Louboutin

“Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.”

“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”

 – Oscar Wilde

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“Clothes don’t make a man, but clothes have got many a man a good job.”

 – Herbert Harold Vreeland

“One pretends to do something, or copy someone or some teacher, until it can be done confidently and easily in what becomes one’s own style”.

 – Cary Grant

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“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.”

 – Hardy Amies

“A well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men”

 – Anon

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“Like every good man, I strive for perfection, and, like every ordinary man, I have found that perfection is out of reach – but not the perfect suit.”

 – Edward Tivnan

“I CAN’T CONCENTRATE IN FLATS.” – VICTORIA BECKHAM

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“I LIKE MY MONEY RIGHT WHERE I CAN SEE IT: HANGING IN MY CLOSET.” – CARRIE BRADSHAW

“I REALLY WOULD NOT CALL MYSELF A FASHION ICON, I WOULD CALL MYSELF SOMEBODY WHO GETS DRESSED BY PROFESSIONALS…. I WOULD CALL ME MORE OF A MONKEY.” – JENNIFER LAWRENCE

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“Good, old-fashioned ways keep hearts sweet, heads sane, hands busy.”

― Lousia May Alcott

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.”

― Marilyn Monroe

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“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”

― Gwyneth Paltrow

“A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.”

– Christian Louboutin

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“Good shoes take you good places.”

– Seo Min Hyun

“A woman with good shoes is never ugly.”

– Coco Chanel

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