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Makeup 101: Private Lesson


Inclusive Mythology: Pride SFX Makeup Series

Discuss queer themes in Greek mythology while practicing makeup special effects (SFX) techniques using easy-to-find makeup in this fully guided ongoing class with themes based on Greek gods/goddesses/goddexxes and LGBTQ+ identity.
Iris Imaginoria (Jessica Gray)
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Learn more about Green mythological figures commonly associated with alternative gender and sexual identities through the artistic expression of SFX makeup design and practice. 
The teacher has a PhD in theatre, having taken several stage makeup courses and a makeup certification program as part of her studies, and she runs fantasy day camps as part of her small business The Imaginorium. She also focused in ancient Greek theatre as part of her studies because Greek mythology has fascinated her since middle school. Her recently completed fantasy novel includes mythological characters, and she teaches several classes based on Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" series. She's also teaches an ongoing series in "mythological makeup." As a wellness and sexuality educator, Jessica Gray has completed training in, coordinates, and facilitates elementary (beginning at K-1), junior high, high school, and adult comprehensive sexuality education programs. She created and directed Rainbow Wizards as an in-person wellness day camp and afterschool program for LGBTQA+ students in 2017 and has now started the LGBTQA+ group Multiverse Travelers on Outschool. For several years the instructor worked with high-risk youth who were dealing with teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and significant health issues, among other challenges at an alternative high school. She also taught wellness in public school at the middle school level. 
- A makeup mirror - Makeup wipes (get the most gentle kind) - Eyeshadow in lots of colors (My current favorite is the Lisa Frank palette - - Moisturizer and/or moisturizing primer - a lot of students say they have a hard time getting makeup off! The best way to make sure these makeup designs come off is to put something on underneath. I use three layers - moisturizer, full-face primer, and primer spray. - Eye primer (there are many. No need to get an expensive one. Concealer also works for this) - Water-based Facepaint - I like the Mehron multi-colored palettes. Basic gives the most important colors. Basic + Pastel gives everything you need. I've also heard this is a good economical option: - White face paint stick - We always need extra white, and having it in this form is extremely convenient: - Foundation in your own skin color. Honestly, I use Maybelline. - Makeup brushes - a liner brush, powder brush, and foundation brush are the most useful. (you can use cotton swabs, paintbrushes, and your fingers if you don't have brushes, though) - Optional - Glitter in many colors (as many as the rainbow), gold powder and mixing liquid or setting spray
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Greek mythology includes violence and sexuality inherent in the stories, though I will be careful to keep these stories as age-appropriate as possible while staying true to the myths themselves. I do not like to change the myths. Any good historian looks at more than one version, and we will always encourage the need for consent in romantic and sexual relationships. We will focus on these as empowering archetypes rather than discussing details inappropriate for young students. The myths will be presented from a cultural, not religious, perspective. 

Kids with sensitive skin should be careful about makeup content. Kids should only use makeup approved for use on skin and should check for makeup allergies. I wrote the following in response to a question about brands for makeup for sensitive skin:
Some of my favorite brands claim to be good for sensitive skin in general. Urban Decay is one of my go to brands, and it claims to be hypoallergenic. But that doesn't mean it would work for everyone (nothing does). And different colors are more abrasive than others. Burts Bees and MAC are also really good.  I found this article when I was looking for some more info to answer your question:  For foundation and my makeup wipes, honestly, Neutrogena does a really good job. It's inexpensive and drugstore brand, but it has worked better than a lot of the more expensive brands.


Iris Imaginoria (Jessica Gray)
Lives in the United States
Artist, educator, writer, creator
479 total reviews
296 completed classes

About Me

I am taking a summer break. I will be returning to teaching on Outschool in September.

For over fifteen years, I have created and directed innovative programs that incorporate literature and pop culture into educational experiences through The... 
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