Video: Percy Jackson Makeup/Cosplay Tutorial (ft. FACE atelier)

     A few months ago I got the opportunity to work with Canadian beauty brand FACE atelier on a special makeup tutorial, and it is my pleasure to be able to share it with you today. Founded by Debbie Bondar, this company aims to create unique, professional and versatile makeup – and indeed, they deliver!

     In my time in high school I’ve gained much experience in makeup for stage, and I wanted to share a little bit of that in this video. This tutorial turns from a subtle beauty look for men into special effects makeup real quick – watch carefully, or you might miss it!

     The look is based on one of the heroes of contemporary urban-fantasy: Percy Jackson from Rick Riordan’s “Heroes of Olympus” series. The books revolve around Percy, the half-mortal son of Poseidon, ancient Greek god of the seas. I first read “The Lightning Thief” in sixth grade, and have been a fan since. This was a chance to take on Percy’s heroic role and show my interpretation of his merman-like powers.

     In case you are interested in the FACE atelier products that I used in this video, here is a quick recap of each of them.

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     The Ultra Foundation in the shade Zero Minus is not your traditional foundation. It is intended to be part of a kit, to help lighten foundations to match a client’s skin tone perfectly. I found it to be the perfect alternative to heavy, greasy face paint, and incredibly easy to work with. Apply it with a brush or a disposable sponge for easy cleanup. Truly, this is an essential kit piece.

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     This Ultra Bronzer in Malibu is great for a golden, tanned complexion – a bit hard to pass in the Canadian winter! Apply this to the perimeter of the face using a specialized brush with a longer handle.

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     If you’re looking for a buildable pressed powder blush, the Ultra Blush is a good option. Peach Glaze has a pretty golden sheen to it, making it a great option for medium skin tones on men and women.

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     These highly pigmented Shimmers are a gorgeous alternative to pigments. This one in White Gold registers far more gold on the skin than in photos, and a little goes a long way. Apply lightly with an eye shadow brush and blend using a fluffy eye brush. Use Shimmers on the eyes before the foundation to avoid fall out.

You can check out FACE atelier at or follow them on Twitter at


4 responses to “Video: Percy Jackson Makeup/Cosplay Tutorial (ft. FACE atelier)

  1. Apologies in advance: I didn’t realize you were so young, and when I read “my time in high school” I (involuntarily) groaned. But this is really great work. Your imagination + execution are impressive.

  2. What a great video! You have mad makeup talent. I love the merman and the book series. I have only read The Lightening Thief books but Heros of Olympus are on the list. I salute your fandom. Great post!

    • Thank you so much, Julie! ❤ Heroes of Olympus was just great, minus the final instalment. I'm looking forward to Riordan's new Norse mythology bases series later this year!

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