These are some of the day to day events that happen to me as a professional makeup artist.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This month the commercial for Gatarade that I worked on with Dwayne Wade finally came out. It was a day full of grooming Dwayne, designing wigs, and creating rip away clothes. It was a great time, but I'm sure I'm not making any sense right now so let me just slow down and start from the beginning.

Well it all started on a hot day in June when I got a phone call from my booker from the Opus Beauty agency. They wanted to see if I was available to do makeup on a celebrity in Chicago, but they didn't have the name of who it was going to be. "Sure, I'm available!" I said "What do they need me to do?" I asked expecting to hear the usual request, but almost choked when I heard the reply. "They need me to create a disguise?!"...."ugh....ok?!...what kind of disguise?"

I wasn't sure if I was being pranked or if this was going to be some kind of Mission Impossible type of situation so a celebrity could get around the city without being noticed. I wasn't sure what I was going to do yet but after getting the basic information and hanging up the phone, I began brain storming on the possibilities and ideas of what I could possibly do.

"Ok. Maybe I can make the person look older with wrinkles or add a mole or something." I said to myself as I tried to figure out what I could do. I didn't have much information to go by, but I thought it would be a good option no matter who the person was going to be. While I was in mid thought I got another phone call. I quickly answered it. It was the producer! "Hi...yes this is Candace." I answered with anticipation "So you need me to create a hair piece?!" I must have sounded unsure of myself because I had to start explaining that I could do it, but this was getting more and more unusual that I didn't know what was going to happen next. "Doing a hair piece won't be a problem, but I do need to know who I'll be working on so I can use the proper hair texture and color." I explained. I was hoping I could finally get more info on this mystery person, but it didn't make any difference. The only information I received is the person was a guy and he was African American.

By the day of the shoot I was prepared with everything that I was asked to, a hair piece and now several pairs of rip away clothes that I had to personally create. Now I was sure it was a prank until Dwayne walked in the door!

Well like I said at the beginning, we all had a great time!

Beauty Questions
Beauty question: "I'm African-American with a dark brown complexion. I normally wear fuchsia lipstick but I would like to try a more subtle brown lip color, but I'm afraid it will just blend into my skin. What do you suggest?"- from Marcy in Ohio.

Answer: If you feel a typical brown lipstick is not to your liking, try the shade in a different texture like one with shimmer in it. I like the Black Opal Patent Lips Liquid Lipstick in Uptown Brown. The bronze flecks of shimmer give the color additional depth and dimention that won't 'blend in' to your skin town.


My favorite thing this month is the NYX Black Lable Lipstick. I really like how you don't need a lot of it, because it is so highly pigmented. I like to apply it with a brush instead of straight from the tube so I don't waste any of it.

It is a great creamy lipstick to try! Love it!

CANDACE COREY            Makeup Artist - Hair - Bodypaint - Airbrush