The Wall Street Crash

My lovely friend Kat, who’s a qualified makeup artist and is studying a degree in the subject, recently asked me if I’d be the model for a 1920’s makeup competition that she was taking part in. Now, if you don’t already know, I’m ridiculously uncomfortable in front of the camera. I can tolerate the odd “Matthew, take a photograph of me in front of this beautiful landmark” type thing, because I know it’s my camera and I could always delete it anyway. Again, when I’m feeling pretty fly (hands up if you just mumbled “for a white guy”), I’ll take a cheeky selfie. But, the idea of putting that power into the hands of a professional, meaning I’d be unable to double check and delete any images that made me look bad, gave me the jitters. She’s my friend, though, and I was absolutely over the moon to help her out. Either way, I got to dress up as a rich 1920’s lady of leisure and that was pretty exciting.

For me, a full face of makeup is made up of my trusty mascara, winged eyeliner, translucent power on my nose and a bit of red lippy. Being put into the hands of a makeup artist, who literally has a suitcase full of makeup with her, was pretty daunting. I was met with primer, foundation, a ridiculous number of different eye shadows, false lashes and lots of other things that I don’t even know the name of. Honestly, it felt weird but I definitely wouldn’t look too out of place during the 1920’s.


The brief was “Wall Street Crash”. Kat’s plan was to do a full face of 1920’s inspired make-up, before sitting me down alongside lots of other models, as all of the makeup artists performed their special effects magic. I was expecting a pretty tense atmosphere but I actually had a really good time – Kat covered me in fake blood, cuts and bruises, whilst I just sat there and watched the world go by. There was such a range of different looks going on in the competition room. Some makeup artists went for realism, like Kat, and some took it to the other (far) end of the spectrum with stilettos in eyeballs or shards of glass sticking out of the model’s skin.

Kat’s overall look was incredible. It showed how I was trampled during the people’s rush to the banks, hence the huge bruising to one side of my face. It looks bloody painful, right!?




Didn’t she do such a good job!? If you want to have a look at her makeup artist Facebook page, you can click here! She posts all of her makeup work – from beauty makeup to special effects – on this page, so it’s definitely worth a like.

What do you think of the final look?


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Word Play #3/3 | Semantic Change

It’s Sunday already! Where did the weekend go?

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On the bright side, it’s one less weekend until Christmas Day!


Today’s post is the final instalment of my ‘Word Play’ feature, which will be focusing on semantic change. Semantic change is the evolution of the meaning of words, to a point where the original and modern uses are hugely different.


Original meaning:
Daft originated from Old English ‘gedæfte’, meaning “gentle and mild“. It continued to evolve throughout the years to mean “to put in order“, “suitable” and “to fit“. Between the 1200’s and 1300’s, it evolved from meaning “mild and well-mannered” to “dull and awkward“.
It wasn’t until the 1500’s that the word evolved into it’s current meaning.

Current meaning:
“Foolish and silly.”


Original meaning:
Until the mid 1800’s, fun meant “a trick, joke, jest, cheat or hoax“.
Current meaning:
Amusement, enjoyment.


Original meaning:
In Old Norse, a ‘ladd’ was a “hose, or woollen stocking” and it was common to use words for socks and stocking as terms of abuse. Eventually, it evolved from “stocking” to “fool” to “inferior boy” to “young male servant”, before arriving at it’s current meaning in the 1500’s.

Current meaning:
Boy, youth, young man.

There are hundreds of interesting semantic changes throughout history, but these three in particular are very commonly used today.

All three definitions are the complete opposite of what they originally meant!


So, I guess that’s all. The end of my Word Play feature! I hope you enjoyed reading them, because I certainly enjoyed creating them 🙂