How Fashion Week Is Like for a Makeup Artist

I have never taken my mind off being a makeup artist…This is what I was born to do. When I was younger, I was obsessed with makeup! I couldn’t wait to head down to the drugstore to buy the newest eye shadow and lip stick. Only thing was, I never really realized you could actually have a career in beauty! Once I got my first taste of makeup in a fashion week, I was hooked.

One of my first times in a fashion Show, someone told me ‘As a makeup artist you’re there to provide a service. Your job is to not only make someone look beautiful, but feel beautiful. Be the quietest and positive person in the room. Someone is trusting you to create a beautiful image of themselves, always show up and do that.’ I’m so thankful for that.

Each show is very individual and stands for itself because every designer’s also completely different, has a whole different cut. Each designer has a whole individual vision and accordingly any makeup look is to be considered individually. Clear everything comes out of my hands, accordingly, it is one direction taste.

During a Fashion Week I get my inspiration from so many different things: people’s stories about life, different cultures, plants and nature.

The biggest challenge of my career has been wanting to do everything! I always say I wish I could clone myself so that I could do everything for work and be a full-time mommy at the same time, and I know that so many women feel the same way. It has been a challenge for me to step back, take a moment to breathe, and to accept the fact that I logistically just cannot do everything and be in every event at the same time!

Why I love working with brides

 

Maybe some of you are wondering why a makeup artist can be important during your wedding day. I will not try to explain it only from the side of professional  makeup artist but also from the side of a woman. And especially the reason why  I love to do bridal make-overs.

First of all I have to mention that it is not just all about a simple makeup application session, it is something more than this. Its is such a honor to be asked to be a part of someone’s very special day.

I love working with women and what is better than making them feel pampered and beautiful on their special day. It is such a beautiful feeling to be able to witness the joy a woman feels on her wedding day. 

 

With the exception of how demanding these hours may be during a wedding preparation. Sometimes I deal with really challenging situations. It has happened to pamper 8 persons, (hair & makeup) with no help for a bachelor party, and I was really feeling like getting on fire!!! But to be honest it was so passionate and even thought I was feeling exhausted, I was also excited and happy, to see them have fun, sing and dance while I was preparing each one of them.

 

 

When I do a bridal makeup I am really full of emotions. Except of the passion that I feel by doing what I love, as a romantic woman that I am, I feel so beautiful to see all the preparations, the friends, the bride-maids, the family who come to give a hug to the bride and give their wishes to her. Sometimes I have to take a break from what I am doing just because the bride has to be blessed from someone. Also others professionals can come to ask and take orders from the bride, she can speak on the telephone often, move a lot, leave the room. I know this can be really demanding sometimes, and that is why a good professional makeup artist must have experience on dealing with such a stressful day, keep calm and work with confidence and understanding. But you know what? This is your special day and I am present there as a witness of this blessed day! I am patient and I know that this is an important part of a wedding preparation.

 

My favourite part of doing someone’s hair and makeup is seeing their reactions when they look in the mirror after I’m done. Ok I will admit that sometimes especially if we haven’t done any trial before, I feel butterflies on my stomach about this first reaction. I am always prepared even to do changes, but hopefully, (God bless those two hands that seems to be talented and my good instincts to understand other women’s character and unique style) most of them they smile with satisfaction when they look at the mirror.

 

 And yes then I feel myself even more blessed and happy. I love being able to make someone feel gorgeous, whether it’s for their wedding day, a photo shoot or a fun event. I’ve gotten tears, shrieks of delight, hugs, bows of worship, and huge smiles to name just a few of the reactions at the end of a session. There is nothing that feels as good as making a woman feel good about herself. The best reaction I have ever had was from a mother of a bride who wasn’t speaking at all during the makeup process. She had her eyes close and she just opened when I finished (ok and a little before while I was doing her makeup but there wasn’t any mirror in front of her).

 

 When she looked herself on the mirror she said, Oh my God and she started to cry. She hugged and thanked me. Her daughter after told me (because the mother wasn’t speaking some of the local languages here in Luxembourg) that she wasn’t used to do makeup on herself and that she was so thrilled with the results. That was also for me maybe one of the best after makeup reactions I ever had.

 

One of my attitudes is that I am specialised in clients who don’t normally wear much makeup and I make sure to learn about their personal styles and comfort zones.Makeup is about looking like the most amazing version of yourself, in person and in every photo. When we go without makeup, our features tend to look harder to distinguish and we may look washed out. On the other hand if we wear our everyday makeup, we may not get the results we are hoping for ( most everyday products and application methods do not translate well on camera) The truth is that the person that you will choose to provide your bridal makeup the day of your wedding will likely be spending several hours with you and probably and your bridal party. So it is important to have a good communication and chemistry with this person, and mostly that you like her or him to being around you this special day. You might even suggest to your attendants that they have makeup done by this person, which means that the results of her work will be the focal point of about 80% of the photos taken that day. So it is important to trust and feel confident about this person.

 

 

Most times when I do bridals I am the one who go first to the bride’s place and the last who leaves. Sometimes I am the only person who is with the bride (there were brides whose families for many reasons weren’t present) I will be there to support them, advice them, make them feel comfortable and at the end help them to dressed up, put their veil or even their shoes. I never leave my bride if I will not check her makeup and hair at the end after she will wear her wedding gown.

I do not know if this is something that all professionals do, but I feel that this is the right think, I feel an important part of this day and except of being a good professional I am also a woman, who feels and have strong, feminine emotions during a wedding event. Because beside all I also come from a country where wedding is a very important part of our life where we celebrate like a big fete and prepare this special event for many months before.  

 

Finally at the end when I leave what is left not only for me but also for them are sweet memories who we keep them into beautiful photos. It is not you will eat, it is not what you will drink on a wedding venue, it is all those beautiful photos that you can show to your children after many years, to remind you those romantic moments of that special day of your life. And this is a good reason to think why to look on your bests that day is really important. Yes many they will speak about your dress, or even your hair, but most people will remember your beautiful smiling face.

For me photo I love seeing the end result of my work. Whether it’s a simple photo shoot or a wedding, it’s so rewarding to see my hard work captured forever in a print.

Theatrical Makeup

Makeup storytelling can go way beyond the palettes and contours of our favorite beauty bloggers and vloggers – sometimes it defines the characters we know and love. Stories cannot be fully told without makeup – and I’m here to explain why.

The makeup concepts for a show actually come directly from what the actors and directors have to work with – the costumes, inflections and resources of the world that’s being portrayed on stage. I went through all of the costume changes, sketches, palettes. I looked through every costume basket for every character – on stage, it’s really a collaborative process.

And while it’s collaborative, a lot of changes are constantly being made depending on what theatre and actor you are working with. You may have picked out the perfect shade of red lipstick, everybody loves it in the dressing room – and then you put that actor under the stage lights, and you can’t see it. It doesn’t read – the red all of a sudden is looking pink or orange – and well, you have to go back and start all over again.

Carefully selecting products is the next step in makeup design process – and it’s all based on what type of character or monster I’m creating.

I have to reveal that everything having to do with makeup is timed and choreographed during changes backstage. “How long would it take you to take your lipstick off, your face makeup off, and your eye makeup off? OK, let’s time it. These are the products you need to take off; these are the products you need to put on – it really is down to a science!

And it’s all of these moving parts combined that tell the story in its entirety – with each makeup look embodying a persona of its own.

The latest celebrity-approved trends in semi-permanent makeup

The latest celebrity-approved trends in semi-permanent makeup

Semi-permanent makeup – a variant on the tattoo – is creating buzz among those seeking fuller eyebrows, lusher lashes, even more youthful-looking lips. They’re not the makeup tattoos of yesteryear: digital technology, more precise needles and blades, plus advancements in ink shades, yield more-natural looking results that last about two years, meaning you won’t be permanently inked if trends change dramatically!

Microblading eyebrows

The most popular form of semi-permanent makeup, for many it is the answer to natural-looking brows, whether your genes left you with sparse hairs or you were overzealous with the tweezers.

To the naked eye, you see hairs, not a powdered look or a dark line like you used to get with a traditional tattoo.” I use a small phibrows  round blade, rather than a needle, to cut the skin in tiny strokes that mimic individual hairs. Ink is then deposited into each stroke.

It is use a manual tool, not a machine, and I don’t go as deep as a traditional tattoo and I don’t deposit as much ink, so I am able to create very fine lines that resemble hairs. I aim for very thin hair strokes that blend with a client’s real hair.”

A full appointment, including consultation, numbing and drawing, takes two hours , with a touch-up appointment four to six weeks later. As for the level of pain on a scale of one to 10, my clients rate it at a three. “It feels like a scratch for most. Clients have said it’s much less painful than a regular tattoo.”

 Powdered or ombre lips

It used to be that injectables were the only way to achieve a plump, pillowy pout, but thanks to advances in tattoo technology, repigmentation means youthful-looking lips are only a digital pen stroke away. “As we age, our lips crack and fade predominantly from wind, sun damage and use,” says Emilia Berry, semi-permanent makeup artist to the stars and founder of New York City-based PermaLine Cosmetics. “It’s common for lips to become patchy.”

Emilia offers an “ombré lips” service, using a digital pen to exert control over both the speed and depth of the needle to precisely implant a hint of colour that punches up a client’s natural shade by a hue or two. As a result, “the lips will have the illusion of fullness along with being rejuvenated and smooth, in a very natural way,” says Emilia.

She achieves this effect by matching the pigment colour to the inner lip. “This is usually the best indication of the natural lip colour. I then discuss the client’s desired result with them and adjust accordingly.” To create the illusion of fuller lips, Emilia enhances the lip line ever so slightly.

It’s worth noting that your lips will appear bolder immediately after a treatment, fading to the desired shade within three days and continuing to do so as they heal. That’s why Emilia recommends starting with a lighter shade. “We can always go darker at the touch-up. We cannot go lighter.” Like microblading, the process is quite brief – between an hour and 90 minutes – with a touch-up eight weeks later. Emilia says most clients rate the pain at a two to a four on a 10-point scale.

Lip Service

It used to be that injectables were the only way to achieve a plump, pillowy pout, but thanks to advances in tattoo technology, repigmentation means youthful-looking lips are only a digital pen stroke away. “As we age, our lips crack and fade predominantly from wind, sun damage and use. “It’s common for lips to become patchy.”

I offer an “ombré lips” service, using a digital pen to exert control over both the speed and depth of the needle to precisely implant a hint of colour that punches up a client’s natural shade by a hue or two. As a result, “the lips will have the illusion of fullness along with being rejuvenated and smooth, in a very natural way.

I achieves this effect by matching the pigment colour to the inner lip. “This is usually the best indication of the natural lip colour. I then discuss the client’s desired result with them and adjust accordingly.” To create the illusion of fuller lips, I enhance the lip line ever so slightly.

It’s worth noting that your lips will appear bolder immediately after a treatment, fading to the desired shade within three days and continuing to do so as they heal. That’s why I recommend starting with a lighter shade. “We can always go darker at the touch-up. We cannot go lighter.” Like microblading, the process is quite brief – between an hour and 90 minutes – with a touch-up eight weeks later. Most clients rate the pain at a two to a four on a 10-point scale.

Lashings of ink

While false lashes and eyelash extensions are standard for celebrities both on- and off-camera, a new procedure might make these standbys a thing of the past. Lashline enhancement involves a semi-permanent application of tiny dots and hair strokes, applied within the line of the lash, to give the illusion of a naturally full set of eyelashes.

Don’t get this confused with semi-permanent eyeliner, which is a decorative line drawn on top of the lash base. Lashline enhancement uses a digital micro-pigmentation pen to fill in any gaps in the lash line – top, bottom or both – for a denser lash base and a more defined eye.

After the two- to three-hour appointment, downtime is almost non-existent, with many patients returning to work immediately afterwards. For patients fearful of anyone wielding a needle so close to their eye, rest reassured that most clients rate the level of pain at a four. And like microblading and ombré lips, the results will only last a few years.

“Our faces change over the years as we age and trends also change,” “It’s important that your semi-permanent makeup can adapt with you.”‘To the naked eye you see hairs not a powdered look or dark line like you used to get with a traditional tattoo’

 

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