the beat: Scott Yoder + Fiona
Welcome to The Beat, a new TGE feature where our fave artists/bands/people give us tips on makeup! The most feature to ever me! Today we welcome Scott Yoder + Fiona (bassist).
I've only really taken to wearing makeup for about half of the four years that I've been performing under my own name. Starting out, I would apply it in private so when I emerged from the green room, van, bathroom stall it would have the effect of a sort of "unveiling." I eventually grew out of that pretentious conceit and now enjoy the vain conceit of just setting up next to the merch table like a pretty little peacock dandy in full view of everyone.
It begins with the teenage goth vibe of "Manic Panic Virgin White Pressed Powder." This is definitely superior to any cream or paste I've tried. The least bit of sweat will make them all blotchy and uneven. I'll then continue with some super cheap brush-on eyebrow makeup that seems to be marketed to children. The logo wore off but I'm pretty sure I got it at Target for 3 bucks. NYX Blue eyeshadow is the next step and I will usually just rub directly onto my eyelids. I wear gloves while playing so I don't consider getting makeup on my fingers an issue. The best lipstick that I've ever used was this Rimmel Stay Matte Fire Starter that I got at a drugstore in Scotland. I still get it all over my microphone, but much less so than anything else at least! Also a reason I don't loan my mic out -- people would end up looking like they had some infection after the various lipsticks rubbed off on their chin.
So yeah that's my approach: cheap, loud, marketed-to-teenager style that doesn't get everywhere when I'm being careless onstage. Also: most of my stage outfits are black, so it really wouldn't matter.
First off i’d like to comment on the bag itself, made by fashion designer and lovely person Maret Cissner (IG: @cissnerzuverza ) made specially for me, It’s a perfect small canvas makeup bag with my name and a secret cryptic message printed on it in thiox. It fits perfectly in my backpack on tour. Scottie and I travel light on the road so pairing everything down to one bag is essential.
During the day i don’t often wear much makeup. I just try and keep my skin hydrated. I really like Herbivore face oils. the Orchid and Lapis are great for me in the morning after i wash my face to keep my skin clear and healthy, and i also use them after shows to take off makeup, I don’t really pay for them though, I get them from friends who work there lol! Part of being a musician is pretending you live a glamorous life by exploiting all the free swag you can get right?
Other than that, I've gotten really into drawing my eyebrows on lately, which i do with some black eyeshadow in this Sephora “overcast filter” palette, it also has a decent sized mirror so i find myself putting on my stage makeup with that and my cell phone light in the van very frequently before shows. My eyebrows are dark and big anyways so instead of fighting it i just fill them in as dark and blocky as possible.
Show time is a whole different story! I think the look we are going for is somewhere between glam and ghoul. Heavy makeup and glitter. I'm pretty much sold on everything Milk makeup makes, whatever marketing tricks they are using, they are definitely working on me *shrug emoji*
Foundation: I use Milk porcelain matte foundation. Get a good ghoulish pale going on.
Eyes and Brows: I like Milk All Nighter and Jam Room Eye Pigments they are super easy to put on and really pop. I go heavy and dark on the brows and eyes to get a good sunken in malnourished look. I also carry a couple other bright colors of eyeshadow to have fun with, right now i have pink and orange that are just from Make Up For Ever.
Lips: I rarely stray from the Milk OG Red. it's easy to put on and it comes off nicely, i kind of like how it fades and kind of rubs off on the microphone.
Glitter! : We used to have custom glitter for sale as merch, that was neat! Now i just use costume glitter that I get hella cheap from Champion costume supply here in Seattle. Silver. Apply liberally to hair, face, around eyes, and clothing. By now you should look like an exhausted but sexy crypt keeper. Have Fun!