#Throwback - Professional Beauty Industry Profile: Makeup Artist Miss Dodo Divine December 12, 2016

The best way to describe Miss Dodo Divine is a cross between a retro Snow White and an eccentric Dita Von Teese. With her trademark brighter than bright red hair, matching eyebrows, a sweetheart bow and dramatic winged eyeliner, Miss Dodo Divine knows how to stop ‘em in the street. This philosophy translates seamlessly to her day job as a hair and makeup artist at Kryolan’s Sydney store.

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“I love the creativity, and meeting new people. I have met some lovely inspiring people working in the industry, as well as some beautiful clients,” Miss Dodo Divine tells PB. “I’m still in awe I am able to do something I love and be paid for it.”

Before she was a store manager for Kryolan, Miss Dodo Divine, aka Dianne Murphy, worked in the musical theatre industry and hadn’t yet developed a passion for pinup.

“Before I discovered pinup I was incredibly self-conscious and embarrassed about my body type,” says Dianne. “It wasn’t until I started dressing pinup I felt comfortable and sexy in my own skin. This led me to compete in a few pin-up pageants and then to pinup alternative modeling, which in turn lead to my career.”

In 2015, Dianne competed in Miss Pinup Australia, a nationwide event that encourages women of all shapes, sizes, and ages to showcase their self-love and confidence through their expression of vintage glamour. While there are a series of awards, the core of Miss Pinup Australia is celebrating every individual’s self-confidence.

With her Ariel-esque hair and red dyed brows, confidence isn’t something Dianne struggles with now, and she urges others to embrace their inner eccentricity and express it however they choose.

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“Flaunt what you have and don’t care about what others think! They’re usually just curious or jealous,” she tells us.

Asked where she draws her inspiration from, Dianne cites the sophistication of the 1940’s and 1950’s, but also admits to loving the creativity of special effects makeup, with bright colours and fake blood being her favourite.

“My mum is a nurse so I grew up with medical shows on TV,” says Dianne. “I can’t fully explain my attraction to it, but making something look real and horrible that makes people react is so much fun.”

While she enjoys the theatrical side of makeup, transforming individuals into grotesques isn’t the only thing Dianne relishes.

“My favourite experience so far has been when I worked on National Geographic’s show ‘Mars the Live Experience’ in Sydney and Canberra last month,” Diane tells us.

“I got to do hair and makeup for the likes of Buzz Aldrin (second man on the moon), Jason Ceran (Director of Advanced Exploration Systems, a division of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate) and Professor Mark McCaughrean (European Space Agency – Senior Scientific Advisor in the Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration).”

So what’s next after working with Buzz Aldrin?

“I hope to be working full-time either as a brand ambassador and senior artist travelling around the world, or in film and television,” says Dianne. “I also want to keep growing my own brand through pinup, both on and off camera.”

A self-confessed nerd and comic book lover, Miss Dodo Divine isn’t your typical beauty babe, but that inability to conform and a love of self-expression is what makes her an industry favourite.

“I get a lot of women say to me ‘oh I love that style but I could never pull it off.’ I say to them yes you can! You just have to do it and love it. People will respond well to your confidence and you will feel amazing.”

Simply divine, no?

Diane Murphy, aka Miss Dodo Divine:
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How to transform into a Perfect Pinup!

Have you ever liked the vintage aesthetic and always wondered how to do that amazing hair and nail that winged liner?? A Vintage themed party could be your calling!

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So much fun doing this pinup makeover on the gorgeous @delilahdollbaby 
Scroll through to see before and after photos!
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Let me introduce myself, I am Dianne, a Sydney Based Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist specialising in Pinup / Vintage. Born and raised in musical theatre, I have had a passion for all things creative from a young age. Drawing together passion for Film & Television production and Pinup Styling, Makeup Artistry was the perfect way to combine the two and move into my dream career.

It all started when I moved into a house full of women! My amazing female housemates were a little alternative and not overly vintage, however we would go out to a Rockabilly event each month and all get dressed up together. The event became a regular thing and I started to experiment more with my hair styling and trying to achieve that perfect winged liner.

After focusing on teaching myself how to do vintage hair styling and makeup I realised that I was sick of my corporate job and wanted to pursue a new career, so I quit my corporate job and started a makeup course and the rest is history!

So how do you approach vintage makeup?

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Model @scarletsoda

Let’s start with the famous Marilyn Monroe look. Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950’s. Her draw and allure is still strong today, and numerous people have impersonated and dressed as her for Halloween parties and photo shoots.

Foundation was very matte at the time, so her base would have been set with a translucent powder. Blush used was more of an orange undertone and also added to the tip of her nose to make the appearance of the nose shorter. Monroe’s makeup artist used Vaseline as a highlighter on her cheekbones and cupids bow, however for longevity its best to use a modern powder highligher on these areas.

Eyebrows were shaped like peaks which Monroe believed helped minimize the wideness of her forehead. For the eyes a subtle brown was used on the outer lid, and white used on the eye lid and inner corner of the eye, finished with that famous winged liner. Sadly there is no easy way to do a winged liner, however I suggest to draw a guideline on the outer corner on the eye to make sure the angle and length matches on each eye before filling in the rest of the liner over the lash line. Practice makes perfect!

Lashes were also important for the Marilyn look. Monroe wanted more of a natural look so her makeup artist cut regular strip lashes in half and added them to the outer corner of the lash line to create a longer lash look that was more subtle. Final trick on the eyes, she used a brown eye shadow under the lower lash that would mimic a shadow from her top lashes for the illusion of a longer lash. Lastly lips, use a rich blue based red for that Holllywood glam finish!

Pinup to me has been such a powerful tool as well as a large part of my confidence, and the most rewarding thing for me now are my clients. To be able to see a woman see herself for the first time in full pinup hair and makeup start to cry from happiness is absolutely priceless. I love being able to share my passion for vintage with others and see their own confidence and personality shine!

Interested in having your own vintage experience??

Contact me via my website – www.diannemurphy.com so we can chat about your idea and achieve your pinup dreams!

Erstwilder - Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Release

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So you are probably wondering who is Erstwilder and why are you writing about it?

For those who are not aware I am IN LOVE with brooches! I wear them nearly everyday, and love creating a whole outfit and makeup look using that daily brooch as my inspiration.

Erstwilder are an Australian made and owned brooch brand based in Melbourne, who have just done a collaboration release with Sesame Street for their 50th Anniversary!

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I, along with millions of other children worldwide grew up with Sesame Street. Teaching us how to count with Count Von Count, learning our ABC’s whilst teaching us to be kind to each other. Jim Henson's puppets were so vibrant, unique and larger than life so it was a smart tool to get young children to pay attention while learning.

The brooches themselves are stunning. They are collectible, limited run, layered resin adornments - they don’t only do brooches, but also have large statement piece Necklaces and lovely earrings with themed releases each month.

Sesame Street will always hold a special place in my heart, and I hope to share that joy of Sesame Street in the years to come with my niece and any other young people in my life!

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Marilyn Monroe Makeover!

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Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950’s. Her draw and allure is still strong today, and numerous people have impersonated and dressed as her for Halloween parties and photo shoots.

I have done a few Marilyn makeovers in the past but my most recent one was with popular cosplayer Infamous by Laura, aka Laura Gilbert. She has portrayed many characters in her cosplay career and I was happy to help with her newest cosplay and photo shoot of the 50’s icon.

Marilyn Monroe and her makeup artist Allan "Whitey" Snyder had a very set way they did her makeup, with her classic winged liner and red lip. However she also used very subtle techniques to enhance her eyes and create that ‘bedroom look’.

Foundation was very matte at the time, so her base would have been set with a translucent powder. On Laura I used MAC Studio Fix Foundation and set with RCMA No Colour Powder to take away any shine.

Blush used was more of an orange undertone and used also on the tip of her nose to make the appearance of the nose shorter. Snyder used Vaseline as a highlighter on her cheekbones and cupids bow, however for longevity I used a modern powder highligher on these areas.

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Eyebrows were shaped like peaks which Monroe believed helped minimize the wideness of her forehead. Laura has lower closer set eyebrows so I was able to accentuate the peak of her brows to mimic Monroe’s.

For the eyes a subtle brown was used on the outer lid, and white used on the eye lid and inner corner of the eye for which I also did on Laura.

Monroe also wore white pencil on her waterline to make her eyes appear more open. However as Laura has big beautiful eyes I used a brown liner on the waterline to reduce the large appearance of her eyes to be more like Monroe.

Lashes were important for the Marilyn look. Monroe wanted more of a natural look so Snyder cut regular strip lashes in half and added them to the outer corner of the lash line to create a longer lash look that was more subtle. On Laura I used the Model Rock Lashes in #273 as they are heavier on the outer corner for the same effect.

Final trick on the eyes, Snyder used a brown eye shadow under the lower lash that would mimic a shadow from her top lashes for the illusion of a longer lash which I also did on Laura.

Lastly lips, which I used Kryolan Lip Stain in ‘Rock’ for a rich blue based red with long lasting matte finish. And of course not to forget her signature beauty spot!

Check out the final result on Laura’s Instagram and Patreon via www.instagram.com/infamousbylaura

Main image photo by Mercy Photography www.instagram.com/mercycreative_

Hair styling and Makeup by me! www.instagram.com/diannemurphymua

What is it like to work on Fashion & Editorial Photoshoots?

What is it like to work on Fashion & Editorial Photoshoots?

Fashion makeup can be very different to makeup you would do for someone attending a wedding or event. When I do makeup for a wedding, my goal is for the makeup to last as long as possible, especially in extreme weather conditions (such as the very hot and humid Sydney Summer) however Makeup for fashion and editorial is very different. The look of the skin and makeup is the focus, and not longevity.