Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. If I were a customer looking to hire a makeup artist and hair stylist I would make sure I love their work. Makeup and hair work can be subjective, make sure you love the style and see something in the portfolio that strikes you. Also don't be afraid to call and feel out the personality of the service provider.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. If I were a customer I would wish I knew that reference pictures are a good idea when achieving a look. Communicating a desired makeup or hair look can be tricky. What smokey eye means to you may not be the same smokey eye I have in mind. Also makeup and hair can be adjusted if your not quite feeling the do. Nothing is set in stone, a professional can be trusted to enhance the mot beautiful version of you. Speak your mind, we want you to be satisfied and feeling confident in your own skin when you walk out the door.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. What love most about my job is the opportunity to meet people fro all walks of life. My job is very personal and when working with someones face, making them look their best, you get to connect and share things. I have heard so many cool stories from people sitting in my makeup chair. I also love the gratification I get when my client is so thankful for making them comfortable and beautiful.
I also love that every day is different from the next. In one week i could have a toy commercial booked along with a wedding, head shots and a red carpet event. Its always exciting and challenging never a dull moment.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. If someone where looking to get into makeup and hair as a free lancer i would advise them to take some beauty classes (not at the most expensive school) Get your cosmetology license under your belt. The best thing you can do is assist an amazing makeup artist or hair stylist. Do your research and practice practice practice. There are no rules when it comes to makeup, there are many ways to do one thing. Practice is really the best teacher. Study the great makeup artists out there like Kevin Accoin and Sam Fine. Have an eye for color and learn the seasons fashion trends. Work on your marketing, your people skills and most of all your talent. Hone your talent and stay humble.