L.A. makeup artist Liza Macawili Ramos shares advice on kit building

Our friend Liza Macawili Ramos is back again with some tips on kit building. She was here a few years back sharing some tips with you guys. Circle back to her interview here!

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I asked her the same questions that I asked Christopher Milone, check out his answers in the last post here. 


 1.What is your advice to someone starting out as an MUA on how to build a solid kit?

If you are just starting out as a makeup artist, I suggest you buy a starter kit from your makeup school or favorite brand. They usually deeply discount the kit and it contains the basic necessities for doing a makeup. I also think you should work in retail for a beauty supply or counter. Not only do you get familiar with a variety of products but you get gratis from several lines. You really get to figure out what you like and don’t like.

 2. The 1-3 things everyone should have in your kit.

Every makeup artist should have a range of foundations to match every skin color and quality makeup brushes.

In my kit I’ve been using a lot of the Viseart palettes for eyeshadow, concealer and lip color. I also love the Youngblood powders and highlighters. There is a new Illuminating palette that’s coming out this summer I am really excited about. The Cinema Secret foundation palettes are great for offering a wide range of colors, offer beautiful coverage and travel nicely.

 

3. What you wish you had known when you started building your kit?
I wish I didn’t waste so much money on cheap makeup. Yes, you can make it work, but you have to work harder to blend it and keep it on.  I would rather just spend the money on quality products and not have to fight the makeup as the shoot goes on.

Follow on Insta @lizamakeupartist

Follow on Insta @lizamakeupartist

Bio:
Liza Macawili Ramos has over 20 years of experience working in the beauty industry. She is a current judge for The North American Hairstyling Awards makeup category and a member of the Youngblood Cosmetics Artistry Team. Her clients include Wella, Clairol, Sebastian, Nordstrom & The Enthusiast Network.

I love to follow Liza on Instagram, she is so fun! @lizamakeupartist or @lizamakeup

I said this on the last post with Chris’s tips but I will say it again because I can’t scream this loud enough…….

Surround yourself with artists like this!!!!

Artists, like Liza, who are smart, experienced, kind and generous enough to share their knowledge with you. Why? Because they get it. A rising tide lifts all boats! Build your community with people who lift up others. Be the person who is lifting up others. That is how we strengthen and grow this industry.

Want more insight on how I built my kit? You can pre-order the Kit Building Course today. It will be available at the end of April. Use the code PRESALE to save $10 before the course goes live.

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Professional Makeup Artist Kit Building Tips. How to do more with less!

The question I get most often, after people subscribe to the email list and get the list of kit basics is what specific brands and shades of products that I recommend. The answer is always to first evaluate who your Ideal Client is (you should really dig deep into this guide!)

Since I get this question so often, I decided to dig a bit deeper into what is in my actual working artist kit. The work that I do is mostly in commercial production, portraits and special events, so my kit is built for the type of client that I work with.

In this video, I talk a little about the 2 main foundations that I use (Graftobian and Temptu S/B airbrush) and why they work for me.

No matter where you are and what type of clients you are serving, I recommend choosing products that will take up minimal space in your kit. Palettes are great space savers.

A professional artist is prepared for all complexion colors and skin types!

In this video, I talk about choosing foundations that you can build up the level of coverage or mix moisturizer to sheer out as needed. Be prepared to manipulate your products to customize the shade and coverage that is ideal for your client.

More Kit Building Tips are coming soon. If you would like to walk thru how Ive built my kit and why it works for me, join me for the Kit Building Course in April. Pre-Order now here and save $10 by using the code PRESALE.

If you have questions, add them in the comments and I will make sure to add whatever you are looking for into the course before it launches!

xoxo

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13 things you need to add to your Pro-Mua Kit today

Over the years my kit has grown and expanded with my career. I have gone from the tiniest little tackle box to a loaded down SUV full of everything I can think of that I may need!

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Yep, that is the actual little tiny Caboodle (but a knock off!) that I used to keep my treasures in when I first started many, many moons ago! I keep in the closet, (empty and apparently very dirty!) to remind myself of how far I’ve come. And maybe just in case I ever need it

In the event that a client needs anything, especially anything personal (hello tampons!) they are going straight to the makeup artist/stylist. You want to be the one who saves the day! That is kind how my kit grew and grew. Anytime someone would ask me for something, if I didn’t have it that day, I would make sure to have it the next time.

I work in a market where I do hair, makeup and wardrobe styling so that is one reason why I have so much stuff. Another reason I can afford to bring so much with me is because I am driving my kit around in my big mama SUV. Regardless of where you are in your career or how you travel with your kit, you will want to make sure you have some of these “in case of emergency” items.

Yes, we are talking about a makeup kit and what I am about to tell you has nothing to do with makeup BUT when someone on set or at a wedding needs one of these things, the makeup artist is the first person they ask. If you don’t have it, they won’t hate you forever and never hire you but if you DO have it, you will basically be a super hero who saved the day from impending doom.

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Sounds dramatic but its just so true. Production or special events can be a full on soap opera at times. I like to avoid the drama and turn frowns upside down whenever possible. Here are some things I carry with me that have wowed my clients.

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  • Snacks- For you or your client in a low blood sugar situation.
  • Tampons
  • Drinking Straws- To keep your lipstick in check!
  • Lint Roller
  • Sewing Kit- Get one with prethreaded needles, scissors, safety pins, seam ripper
  • Manicure Kit
  • Eyeglass Repair Kit
  • Baby Wipes
  • Breath mints/Wisps/Mouthwash- Keep everyone’s breath minty fresh!
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Bug Spray
  • First Aid Kit- You never know when you need a bandaid or OTC pain reliever.
  • Umbrella

These are not expensive items, but they are priceless when you need them. That umbrella is clutch when the bottom falls out of the sky and that gorgeous client you’ve been working so hard on has to step out into the rain. Or when you are on an outdoor set working in film and tv, that umbrella may be the only spot of shade you can find for hours! If its summertime and you are in the south, you will want to make sure to have bug spray and sunscreen.

If you subscribe to the mailing list, you have gotten the list of kit basics and pro discounts. If you haven’t gotten that, make sure to subscribe today. The list of basics doesn’t go into specific products, shades and brands because that is really personal preference and should be tailored to your ideal client. But the question I hear most often from you is that you want to know what I am using in my kit.

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So that is why I am designing the Build Your Own Pro-MUA kit course coming in April. You can pre-order and get it for just $19.99!

To preorder, head over here and use the code PRESALE, this will be available for a limited time so act fast if you want to save $10. 

This course is for you if you want to see what I actually use in my real working artist kit. I will show you how I pack and organized my products and which specific products/tools I use and why I chose them.

This course is NOT for you if you want me to tell you how to “get cheap products”. Building a kit to work as a professional artist is an investment in your craft. Your products should be chosen with your ideal client in mind and I don’t think anyone would describe their ideal client as a girl who wants “the cheap stuff”.

I work in special events (brides), portraits and commercials/tv so that is what my kit is build for. If you are building a kit for special effects or body painting, this course is NOT for you. I do some editorial and high fashion shoots, mostly for personal projects, so I will chat about that but we will mostly focus on what to put in your kit to work (and make money) as an artist.

What you can expect in the videos….

  • Getting started
  • How to chose the right bag or case.
  • Storage
  • Brushes and Tools
  • Complexion
  • Color
  • Definition
  • Lashes
  • Lips
  • Airbrushing

Of course I’ve got some good bonus info for you! Here are some of those extras…

  • Hygiene Tips
  • Product Expiration
  • Handling Mature Skin
  • Working High Def
  • Bridal Musts

You can order pre made kits to get you started but I feel that building your own arsenal of carefully curated products and tools lets you show up and work as a true professional. There is not one way to do this. Your kit will be unique, (think beautiful snowflake!), just like you as an artist and your fabulous clients.

I would love to give you a video tour of the kit that I have built over the last 13 years.

Pre-Order HERE and Save $10 Today!

Use the code PRESALE (for a limited time) and save! Once the course is live (April) it will be $29.99 and some extras will not be included.

Know a friend who is struggling to build her kit? Be a pal and pass on this info!

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Grow Your Business in the Slow Season

It doesn’t matter if you are working as a full time makeup artist or if you are doing a little freelance on the side, OR if you are primarily in bridal or strictly commercial work, this time of year can be a little quiet. And for creatives, sometimes we get stir crazy!

So what do you with the down time? My suggestion is that you use this time to GROW your business and take it to the next level!

Here are a few things that I am working on now to grow my business.

Work on New Portfolio Images

This time of year is booming with workshops and styled shoots. This is an excellent time to   get together a team and add some fresh work to your portfolio. These are the best types of images because you can control the content. Unlike with paid clients, you can choose the model, the wardrobe, exactly how you want hair/makeup, the photographer and location.

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This gorgeous shot of Helen Kreutzer (hellyofficial on Instagram!) by Caroline Lima Photography is stunning!

 Make Friends. Influence People.

It’s easy to hibernate in the winter. I get it, you just want to snuggle up and wait for spring time. But it’s so, so, so important to get show your face…like in real life, not on social media only! If you are new to life as a creative entrepreneur, make sure to get out and connect face to face with other creates.

How? Check out the Rising Tide Society and find a group that meets nearby. I think there are 4-5 groups that meet up the first Tuesday of the month in Richmond, VA. If you don’t know about the Rising Tide Society, look it up, join the movement. #creativityovercompetition

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Brainstorm New Services

If you have a busy season and a slower season, you should brainstorm ways to keep the money rolling in year around. At last months Rising Tide Society meeting, my dear friend, Joanna Avant (amazing wardrobe consultant) and I snapped the above picture at the meet up. Can you see the see the sheer excitement on our faces?!?!

Its because we were finishing up the details and getting ready to roll out our new package for Valentine’s Day called the Refresh Sesh. Its a virtual makeup and wardrobe edit! Cool, right? Its a mini version of our services that we are offering via Skype/Facetime and only selling 12 spots this week

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Educate Yourself

Sometimes I can be a big old nerd. I just love to learn new stuff. I don’t know why, but knowing new stuff is fun to me! Another super cool thing about the Rising Tide Society in addition to the community aspect is their focus on education.

Their blog is a wealth of information on SO many topics that creative entrepreneurs struggle with. For the last few weeks, I have been signing up for their weekly webinars that have had incredibly informative speakers sharing valuable information that we all need. Check it out!

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Refresh

I have mentioned this a couple of times, and it is mostly because I want to make sure that you guys are ready for this……2016 is the year of Refresh for me.

What does that mean? Coming soon, I will be rebranding and fusing together Emily Hudspeth + MMMUA to live under a new brand that is going to be awesome! I have been hard at work with a super talented designer to create a beautiful home for all of this info to live. There will be new resources and guides and I can’t wait to show it to you later this Spring.

  1. If you have purchased a guide from the Shop, those are getting updated.
  2. The Instagram page for MMMUA will go away and Emily Hudspeth will change to the new name and all posts will come from there. So join me there and follow along.
  3. I will deleting this email list and starting over fresh. Don’t worry, you will have a chance to opt in to the new list here before April.
  4. More to come!

RefreshCan you guys believe that its February already!?!?! Time to make the magic happen before busy season strikes again!

In case you missed it, please update your opt in if you want to continue to hear from me. Either unsubscribe or join our fresh start list here. 

xoxo

Emily

The Makeup Show 10th Anniversary

This year The Makeup Show is celebrating their 10th Anniversary!

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It took me a few weeks to believe this was really true! More on my fears and insecurity here in this blog post on the site I use for my personal freelance business. 

I swear I didn’t believe it was true when I saw the email saying that I had won! Then they announced it on their blog here and their Instagram page and it started to feel a bit more real. I posted to the MMMUA Instagram feed (are you following there?) but just now got the confidence to share on my Emily Hudspeth blog and Instagram where there are so many more eyes to see it!

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Thanks Sarah Kane Photography for this photo!

So I guess it is real! This is really happening! I am traveling to New York in a few weeks with my new baby daughter. I am both terrified and excited for what this adventure will bring!

Over the next few weeks, I will be preparing for the show. I am making my wish/shopping list and deciding which key note speakers can’t be missed and signing up for Focus sessions. In the past, I have been fortunate enough to attend the blogger previews and social media events and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to get a media pass this year. Then I can report back on more behind the scenes adventures!

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I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend this amazing educational and inspirational event. Every year, I come back ready to grow into the next level of my business. This year is especially exciting, more to come on that!

Will you be attending the Makeup Show this year? In New York or any city? What are you most excited about? I would love to meet up with you at the show or the Gala event!

Leave me a comment and lets connect!

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Who is in your network? Why it matters who you know!

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The One Thing Every Successful Money Making Makeup Artist Is Good At (It’s Not Makeup)

In almost every profession your success depends on two things. Results and relationships. Makeup artistry is no exception. Whether you are rising up the ranks in the fashion industry or establishing yourself as as a local MUA for weddings, if you do exceptional work but no one knows about it then your success will be stunted.

Some would say there’s a missing element to the equation – that as well as results and relationships you also require some luck. I would argue that if you actively build meaningful relationships, if you give your time as freely as you can and if you are generous to all in your circle, you will make your own luck!

Emily’s a great example of this – she’s warm and friendly, and generous with her time (she’s been kind enough to respond to all my emails and take my calls before she even knew me), is engaged with her followers on social media and blog comments and consequently has a great network to reach out to for everything from interviews for her site to help with her business.

So in other words, if you want to be successful you need to be building a network.

Emily uses events like The Makeup Show as great opportunities to network with other artists.

Emily uses events like The Makeup Show as great opportunities to network with other artists.

But isn’t networking a bit sleazy?

If there is a book that could be said to be the bible of networking, it is Never Eat Alone (and other secrets to success one relationship at a time) by the master networker Keith Ferrazzi. (There is no book I wish I’d read more when I was still in school than this one!)

In it Keith argues that good networking, far from being that cliche of stopping to talk to someone just long enough to find out how they can help you, is in fact all about finding ways to make other people successful. He says this…

“A truly effective networker begins with the question “How can I help this person?” and not “How can they help me?”

This may sound a little back to front. Surely you don’t want to be surrounding yourself with people who need your help?

Well first, consider the people that you think are successful. Have they achieved this success all by themselves? Of course not! Many people have helped them on their journey. And why? Because generosity leads to generosity – perhaps they’ve asked for a favour in the past. Perhaps they just take pleasure in helping someone out.

Which leads to my second point – helping others is actually one of lifes great pleasures! Yes it can be time consuming, but it can also be satisfying, rewarding, fulfilling, all of the above.

As Emily says in her book Market Yourself to Make Money –

 

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“We all grow our businesses by supporting each other. I have learned some of the best tricks and secrets from other makeup artists. I have gotten some of my best jobs from referrals from other artists and I am convinced that it only makes me look better when I have a good person to refer to a photographer or client when I am unavailable.”

And what makes this “help-others” mindset so fantastic when it comes to a room full of strangers? Because it removes every last drop of sleeziness. If you’re thinking how can I help this person every time you speak to a stranger there’s no way you can come across as grasping!!

But I hate to ask…

A mindset of generosity will get you so far, but as willing as you are to offer help, you must also be willing to ask for it. For many people this won’t come easily. Many will not like the feeling of asking for a favour, or potentially owing someone one.

But look at it this way – do you enjoy the opportunity to help out a friend or colleague? Isn’t it satisfying when you can connect someone with just the right person to help them out – a good recommendation for a stylist or an accountant who you trust? Why should your connection feel any differently? Plus we’re all adults here – they can say no if they wish and no harm done. But if you don’t ask you won’t receive!

Don’t delay – start yesterday!

Okay, you’ve come to terms with networking being a good thing and you’re comfortable with asking for help. I cannot emphasise this next point enough…

START NETWORKING AS SOON AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!

Why do I say this? For two reasons –

  1. Cultivating meaningful relationships takes time, and getting to know influencers in your field will not happen overnight. Even if you have a clear idea of who you’d like to connect with, reaching out to them directly might not be workable, and getting the right introductions might take some work.
  2. Because people already in your network will start to slip away unless you pro-actively stay in touch. When I think about all those people at school, uni, former jobs that I’ve lost touch with it makes me sad

And inevitably it will be the opportunities that you haven’t anticipated that will benefit most from beginning now (or suffer most from not!). Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve thought “I used to know someone that would be perfect to chat to about this… man I wish I’d stayed in touch!”. Well never again!!!

Have a plan

While you shouldn’t exclude anyone from your network (you just never know), that is not to say you shouldn’t be clever about expanding your contacts. And the best way to think about this is in terms of your career goals. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • As a makeup artist where do you want to be in five years time?
  • To get to where you want to be in 5 years time where do you need to be in 2 years time?
  • To get to where you want to be in 2 years time where do you need to be in 6 months time?

Once you’ve got answers to these questions, you can use these career goals to define your networking goals:

  • Who if you got to know them could help with getting to your six month goal (Person A)?
  • Who if you got to know them could be a big help with getting to your 2 year goal (Person B).
  • And who if you got to know them could be a big help with getting to your 5 year goal (Person C).

And final step is about using your pre-existing network to make all this happen!

  • Who do you know already that could introduce you to person A
  • Can person A introduce you to person B, and if not who can?
  • Can person B introduce you to person C, and if not who can?

Write the answers to these questions down! It’s a proven fact that people who write down goals are much more likely to achieve them!

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(To help with this process we’ve created a work sheet. At the end of this post we’ll be running a competition, with this as a bonus free download for everyone who signs up and enters)

Once you know who you need to know, you can start doing a bit of research and finding ways to connect with them. Ask friends for introductions, which are always better than going in cold. Follow them on Twitter, or their blog if they have one, contribute to conversations and let them know you like their work. Sharing, liking and engaging with their stuff is a great way to get on their radar.

Some incredible artists that Emily met at last years Makeup Show in Los Angeles.

Some of the  incredible artists that Emily met at last years Makeup Show in Los Angeles.

Most importantly, don’t let your first conversation with them be asking for something! Remember – what can you do to help them?

And have a system…

If you’re going to maintain warm, deep relationships with tens, if not hundreds of people that you can potentially call on at a moments notice, you’ve got to stay in regular contact, and this means you’ve got to get organised. It sounds clinical – but the simplest way to do this is have a reminder set up for every person in your network, to prompt you to check in and say hi.

You can do this one of several ways – and this will depend on your personal preference. You could…

  • Keep a list of names in the back of your diary and write next to them when you last contacted them
  • Use a task manager such as Microsoft Outlook on your PC or Wunderlist on your phone. Set up a reminder (in Outlook the shortcut is Ctrl-Shift-K) and then set the task to recur every 6 months
  • Put an recurring appointment in your digital calendar
  • Use LinkedIn’s built in Relationship feature – where you can make a note about how you met and set up reminders to reconnect.

Whatever you do, make the time to do these regular check-ins. You don’t always have to have an excuse (“Hey Emily, it’s been a while so just thought I’d say hi – hope you’re doing okay and had a nice Christmas”), or it can be flimsy (“Hey Emily, just passed the bakery and the pie in the window reminded me of your cooking! Hope you’re cool”), seasonal (“Hey Emily – Merry Christmas!!!”) or as extensive as you like.

But trust me – get into this habit and not only will you have this expansive network at your fingertips – but you may just get some nice replies in return too.

Next steps…

Okay, if a message is important it’s worth repeating – start your networking efforts TODAY!! Write down all your potential sources of connections – school, college, work, clubs – for each one try to list the people you’ve perhaps lost touch with, and then start re-establishing connections. No pretense – just a “I haven’t been in touch for while and I just wanted to say hi! How’s it going?!”

For your career’s sake, this is especially important to do for people that you’ve worked, other MUAs you know or anyone working in the industry.

So to both motivate and challenge you we’re launching a special competition! The winner will receive a special career building bundle:

  • A copy of Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi (Chris’ Networking Bible)
  • A copy of Emily’s eBook – Picking Your Ideal Client
  • A copy of Emily’s eBook – Marketing Yourself – which includes her own tips on networking

(all downloads by Emily can be found here)

But it’s not just any competition – to encourage you to stay in touch with your network every entrant will receive a “lucky link” to share – if some else enters through this link you’ll receive a further ten entries into the competition!! Brilliant huh?!

Click HERE to enter

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Plus everyone who signs up will receive free access to our Networking Goals Worksheet!

So no excuses – reach out, build and maintain those connections, help your peers and take your career to the next level!!

Images courtesy of EventphotosNYC, Keoki, Jason,Chris Small


Chris is one half of the team at CareerInMakeup.com – a website focussed on how to become a makeup artist and how to run your business once you get there. He’s passionate about helping MUAs to run their businesses effectively so they can get back to doing what they love – Makeup!

 

 

 

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Thanks Chris!

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You can also use social media as a way to network and connect with artists all over the world. Join us for the February Photo Challenge, get inspired by what your new friends have in their kits and win some products for your kit. Check out this post and see how to win!

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The First Step in Building Your Business

For the last few months, many of you have emailed me, asking for more info on workshops, courses and 1-1 coaching.  That been on hold because I was slammed this year with my own freelance biz, seriously business was booming like never before!

And, as I mentioned in my responses to you all, I was hard at work turning the content from the workshop into a series of self study courses that you can access and do on your own time!

Buy the first guide,  Start Here First! Who is your Ideal Client? here now!idealclientguidesale Now you don’t have to wait around for me to take on a new group for coaching. You can grab the info and get to work! I am SO excited to share this with you this year. I have missed the groups and working with people personally. Since we are weeks away from meeting our new addition (we are having a new baby in March!), I will not be doing any coaching for a few months. I would never leave you hanging! I am super excited to announce that the first in the series of ebooks is available for download now!

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You can click one of the images, or take a peak at the new Shop page at the top, and head on over to purchase the first (and most important) guide. Start Here First! Who is your Ideal Client?

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This is the most important thing you can do for your business, I can’t stress that enough. Where ever you are in your business, whatever you are working on (pricing/marketing/kit building), everything comes back to what is best for your ideal client. Get clear here and you are all set!

For more than 10 years now, I have been working as a full time professional stylist. In this time, I have been in 4 different states and my wants/needs have changed each year. As I think about the changes and opportunities that 2015 will bring to me and my family, I am going back to this very important exercise to help me set my goals and make decisions for my business this year.

Let’s do this together! Cheers to making 2015 the best year ever!

Make sure to get the free download that I made for you that was in the last post. It’s a great tool to help set your intentions and keep you on track with your goal setting in the new year.

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Artist Interview: My chat with Face Off’s Ve Neill

One of my favorite moments from The Makeup Show in Los Angeles this year was having the opportunity to sit down and talk with the one and only Ve Neill!

20140301_192935You may know her from  SyFy’s Face Off, a great reality show where special effects makeup artist’s compete in fascinating challenges to create the best human artwork you have ever seen. The show gives you a look into the process that goes into what it takes to create special effects characters, like aliens and horror characters,  that we see in the movies.

If you haven’t see the show (you should watch because its fascinating!), you may not have seen Ve Neill, but you have seen her work for sure. She is the master of makeup behind some of our most beloved characters, such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Edward Scissorhands (I think this was one of the first movies I saw in the theater and it was life changing!) and Beetlejuice. She was the creative genius behind the looks we saw in the Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean and the first Star Trek film. Her thirty year career is impressive and it was an honor to sit and talk with such an amazing artist.

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I wasn’t expecting to be able to have the opportunity. It first day of the Makeup Show, and I was fighting the exhaustion of the previous day’s travels from the East Coast. It was easy to keep going because there was so much excitement around me from the amazing education to the products the brands had to offer. As a blogger, I had a press pass and I got an unexpected invite to a press event that evening right after the show ended that day. The event was put on by Crown Brushes and was hilighting the new brush line they had for Ve’s brushes. I wasn’t going to miss that!

20140301_181349 Luckily, I had the forethought to jot down a few questions in my notebook, JUST IN CASE, I had the impromptu chance to talk with a pro that you may be interested in. I had no idea it would be her! Below are a few questions that I asked her…

What would you choose as a career or job, if were not a makeup artist?

She said she would either make jewelry or have an antique store. I thought that was a pretty brilliant answer! Then she shared with me that she used to make jewelry for fun, and as a hobby…can you believe this woman has time for a hobby?  A little known fact, the beads that Johnny Depp wore in his hair for Pirates of the Caribbean are from her jewelry making collection!

What is the project you are most proud of? Or a project that was most challenging or most fun?

She has done so many impressive projects, I was embarrassed to ask this question! She did tell me that she is very proud to have created brushes for the everyday woman to use. (You can check them out here, Im seeing like 10 more that I want now!)

I also asked Ve what is next for her, she said that she would love to have an exclusive line with a department store like Nordstrom. She also wants to create tools and products at a price point that would make them available to students. Ve believes (and I agree!) that students must have great tools available to them to excel! I would love to see Ve create a product line, how about you?

What is your must have, can’t live without tool or product that is always in your kit?

Ve loves this Kabuki brush for applying liquid foundation and liquid products. She is never without it!

What is your biggest piece of advice for someone at any phase in their journey as a makeup artist?

“Never compromise your art!” She added that you must be flexible enough to make adjustments but do not compromise your art! I love this. Thank you, Ve Neill!

20140301_183350 Just having the opportunity to talk with such a talented artist and legend in the industry was an honor! Seeing her new brush line, by Crown Brushes (shown above) was amazing. But watching the talented special effects artists, work on these characters, live at the event was super impressive.  If you have the chance to make it to the Makeup Show in Orlando this weekend, do not miss it! Its the last one of the year, so if you can’t make it, plan to visit one next year.

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Im thinking about trying to make it to Chicago in June or Dallas in September. Which one will you be at?

Thank you, Krystal from Beauty By Krystal, for sharing your photos from that evening with me. I met at The Makeup Show in Los Angeles, she rocks!. See her post on her chat with Ve here. 

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The Makeup Show Los Angeles 2014

There is so much I want to tell you about my experience at the Los Angeles Makeup Show this past March. I don’t even know where to start! (which is why it took me so long to write this!)…..I posted my recap of top moments on my other blog that you can find here.

One (of the many) thing that really rocked my socks was being able to sit down and chat with some industry greats. I got a chance to talk with James Vincent, Orlando Santiago and Ve Neill. Here is a little snippet of what we talked about.

Let’s start with Orlando, an education focused beauty artist. I really enjoyed talking with Orlando. We share a passion for beauty makeup and on going education.  One of the first questions that I asked Orlando was who is ideal client is. He told me that his ideal client is the every day woman, which was nice to hear. It is a common misconception that an artist with a resume like Orlando would only be interested in  high fashion or celebrity clients. It is nice to hear an artist like Orlando talk about real beauty on real women.

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In addition to being a working artist and educator, Orlando recently launched his own academy in Orlando, Florida. When I asked him what project he has worked on that he is most proud of, he said the school for sure. The answer was the same when I asked him to tell me about the biggest risk he had taken in his career. It is no surprise that the academy felt like a big risk but is also his total pride and joy. Thinking big and taking risks, leads to big rewards and that is what keeps a driven artist like Orlando moving onward and upward.

The academy offers both day and evening classes to accommodate people’s needs. Two week intensive programs are also available. Even though I have been a working artist for going on 12 years now, I would LOVE to have the opportunity to experience a 2 week intensive at the Academy! That would be a total dream come true! And don’t worry, I would report back on all the juicy details because you know I love to share!

I asked Orlando to share his biggest advice for an artist at any point in their career. It was no surprise that his answer went right back to his passion….education! This guy has great experience and knowledge of the beauty industry to share. If you have the opportunity to learn from him, soak it up!

One of my favorite questions to ask any person who has excelled in their career, is what would they be doing if they were doing something totally different. This is always a fun question for creative people. Orlando says that he would still be something creative, probably a sculptor or clothing designer. Given an extra minute to think about it, he says “or a UFC fighter!”, which is just an awesome answer!  I could totally see it, Orlando is super fit!

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Follow Orlando on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For more information on the Academy, email them here.

If you get the opportunity to attend The Makeup Show in any city, make sure to sign up for a class with Orlando.

Artist Interview: Dee Dee Metzger

Back in March, I traveled to Los Angeles for the Makeup Show. It was an action packed weekend full of adventures. My head is still bursting with all the knowledge I absorbed and I’m still organizing my notes, processing everything I learned and outlining some good blog posts for you. (You can see my first recap here…more to come!)
When I was just about to board my flight back to Richmond. We were about an hour late boarding our red eye, headed to Charlotte, NC, where I was connecting to get home to Richmond. Sitting next to me was a super stylish chick and we struck up a conversation. In the back of my mind, I was thinking this girl has to be in hair/makeup/fashion. She was just too chic not to be! I had to ask and of course, she was a stylist. I grabbed her card and checked her out when I got home.
Meet my friend Dee Dee! Check her out here. Thanks for sharing your story Dee Dee!
How did you get started in the industry?
I started as an assistant at a hair salon as a junior in high school. I did one semester in college and missed the hair salon so badly. I went back and started cosmetology school.
What do you specialize in?
I’m most passionate about hair color!
What is your favorite part of the business? What do you think is the most challenging part? I work in a salon and I work as a freelance hairstylist in the movie and music industry.  The most challenging thing for me is to balance being with my family and traveling to work and leaving my family.
What do you love most about your work?
What I love most about my work is to see my work on the pages of a magazine, in a movie or on the red carpet!
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What is your favorite product or tool you can’t live without?
I can’t live without my Kevin Murphy ” Matte Texture Paste”, It can be used on every texture of hair!
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How do you stay excited, inspired or motivated?
I stay inspired as a hairstylist by constantly learning new things and studying my craft. A day of studying consist of me sitting in a book store for hours flipping through hair and art magazines.
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Who is another artist you admire?
Larry Sims is a artist I admire. I’ve always thought he was a great hairstylist. The way he expresses his creativity with Lupita Nyong’o hair is amazing, I now consider him to be a hair beast.
What advice or words of wisdom would you like to share with someone who is just getting started?
Continue to challenge yourself, if you get the call to do a style you’ve never done, be honest say you never have. be sure to also say if you’re willing to allow me to try I’m willing to take on the challenge, then stay up all night watching videos and then practicing using a mannequin until you master it.
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What advice would you give to someone at any point in their career?
As hairstylist we always have goals, we always have a desire to get to the next level. In our quest to be greater always share what you’ve learned with hairstylist that come behind you. What ever you give in life that’s what you get back. I’m willing to share everything I know about hair and I’m always meeting hairstylist that share new things I don’t know.
If you were not in this industry what would do you think you would do professionally instead?
I can’t imagine a life without Hair! My motto is “God first, family, then Hair”
What is next for you?
I don’t know in what order, but somewhere in my future I will win a Emmy or Oscar for hair. I will do hair for a Vogue cover!  I will be an ambassador for a major hair product company!
Thanks for sharing your story Dee Dee! You rock! If anyone out there has questions for Dee Dee, leave them in the comments and we can get that answered for you!