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

Monday, February 13, 2006

This month had a lot of things going on! I was the makeup artist for a commercial, where I had to depict the actors to be in the year 1911.

It was fun to see the costumes, attach the fake mustaches and have to slick their hair in the styles back then. I was even able to use one of my students from my Makeup Artist Workshop to assist me on the shoot.

It was pretty cold when we shot it, but we had so much fun....we didn't mind. Here are a couple shots from behind the scene.
I also have an opportunity to do a beauty shoot for Skin Inc magazine, to show the new Spring color makeup.

Colors are in variety of beautiful shades. They range from seafoams, pink, greeens and pastel blues, to rich mango, bright teals and eye popping cobalt blues. For the more suble, there are still shades of gold and cream too.

The shoot is for April's issue of Skin Inc magazine, so I will show you the images at that time, so you can see how beautiful they are!

Speaking of beauty here are some beauty questions that you've had for me................

Beauty Question: "I want to be a makeup artist. where do i start?" by Jennifer in California

Answer: Makeup artists create for others on a regular basis, so the best place to start creating as a makeup artist, is with YOU. Learn to be your own personal makeup artist.

Do you like to try new makeup shades or do you do the same thing all the time? Learn to recreate yourself in various ways. Try different textures to see what you like and what you don't like.
Learn to create looks through various techniques like trying to apply your makeup using your fingers to put on lipstick instead of from the tube. Since makeup artists have to learn to be versatile, all of these things are the beginning steps to becoming a makeup artist.

Makeup artists also have to bring the beauty out in people. So learn to see the beauty around you, to help increase the creative side within to enhance other's beauty. As your creativity grows, so will your vision and your skill. Then you will be ready to move forward on others.

I will be holding a 2 day HANDS ON Makeup Artist Workshop tour in various cities. Come and join me, to increase your skill, creativity and begin your journey of becoming a makeup artist. Here is the link for more information:

Beauty Question: " I have very light skin. but i love my cheeks to look like that of a porcelain doll. any tips on where to apply blush. what type of blush to use? i use maybelline dream mousse on pink frosting and apply it to my upper cheekbones.. any tips?" by Pamela in Texas

Answer: It is better to put your blush on your cheekbones instead of your upper cheekbones. Start with the "apple" of the cheek and work the color back towards the hairline. To ensure that you don't create a 1980's streak on your cheek, take your powder brush (without picking up additional face powder) and blend the edges. This will make your blush fade into the skin, instead of having a long streak of color slaped on your face.

To give a more youthful look, use a coral color through out cheeks and then get a brighter pink and put it only on the apples of the cheeks. Some of my favorite blushes are Stila Convertible color, Victoria Secrets beauty in Mosaic Spice and Mosaic Pink. Those are great colors that mimic your natural color when you blush, yet fresher!

Beauty question: "My nails are getting stained from polish! What's the best way to put a coat on so that the whole colour comes off? Is there a more effective way to apply polish without having to jump through so many hoops just for a set of nails?" by Bruno in West Virginia

Answer: LOL....I used to do the same problem, but I would get it on my fingers when I would try to take it off. Now-a-days men are just as creative with their nails as women. We see shades of black, white and even blue on rock stars, basket ball players and artistic men all the time, but the average man can also have a neat set of nails for the office too without looking too edgy or even girly.

The best way to start is with a base coat, not to be confused with a top coat. Base coats are just like makeup primers, they are designed to make the color last longer, fill in nooks and crannies so your polish goes on smooth. Then you put on the color and then the clear top coat. A top coat is designed to seal in the nail color, and protect if from getting chips while making your nail color look shiney and brilliant.

Your real problem is getting the color off your nails without it getting into your nails. The biggest problem?....HOW you are taking it off. You are probably taking off your color by rubbing it off. What you are actually doing is rubbing the color INTO your nails. So the best way to remove nail color:

1. Saturate your cotton round with nail polish remover. Put enough remover on to get the cotton round wet without causing it to drip.

2. Hold the saturated cotton round on the nail for about 10 to 15 seconds, but DON'T move it around.

3. Then wipe the polish off, moving it away from you in one smooth stroke.

4. Fold the cotton round in half so that you are now working with a clean side and repeat. By using only the clean sides of the cotton rounds, you don't risk staining your nails and skin with the old polish. Removing your nail polish will now be faster because you are allowing the polish remover to do its job by breaking down the old polish.

Well.....that is another month in my life as a makeup artist. I look forward to talking to everyone next month. Keep those beauty questions coming!