Fashion Editorial Soft Edges – captured by Toronto fashion photographer Dimitri Traganis for Flawless Magazine . Photographer Assistant: Adnan Saciragic , Styling courtesy of fashion stylist Felicia Ann Ryan. Hair styling and make-up by Makeup artist Jasmine Merinsky . Model Melizanne Bergeron
Creative director and Key Make-up Artist by Tri-Anh Nguyen, Represented by The Agency to Make-up Artists.
Captured by Vu Thi Thanh-Tinh, retouched by Vitaly Gerasimov.
Hair Style courtesy of Trang Doan.
Models Courtney Burling – Wink Models, Katrina Sly
Media Assistant Anh Nguyen and
Make-Up by Holly Kalsy.
10 Things I Love About Being A Makeup Artist
- Creativity: Makeup is truly an art. Even when I need to create the more “subtle” and “natural” looks, they still require a level of creativity to make sure I am emphasizing each individual’s features appropriately. Then there are the more “out there” looks, like for Halloween. Those are a LOT of fun!
- Business: I am fortunate to be able to run my own business making people up, waxing, tinting, and lifting lashes. To successfully run your own business though, you need to enjoy the business side enough to want to grow it and remain professional, even when it’s not easy.
- Diversity: I love the fact that I never really know what kind of client I will have next. Will they be quiet or excited? Will they be darker or lighter? Will they want the most subtle look or a completely dramatic look? Diversity definitely spices things up and makes this career more interesting and exciting!
- Eyelashes: Whether I am completing a makeup look with fake lashes or lifting and tinting your own lashes, I LOVE LASHES! So much so that I even have them tattooed on me! I love using individual cluster lashes to be able to fully customize the look per client. I love how many different styles of lashes come in. I love how much they complete a makeup look or open up your eyes, make you look more awake, and make you look camera ready.
- New Makeup Releases: A great aspect of being a makeup artist is never getting too comfortable with the makeup you always use. The cosmetics market is so saturated, you would be a fool not to try some new goodies every now and then! You never know what could be the next best thing for your kit and your clients.
- Wedding Day Bliss: I specialize in bridal makeup services and nothing makes me more elated than seeing a stunning, happy bride from the inside out! I adore seeing the whole look come together in front of their eyes and mine. Their confidence to walk down the aisle to their new life makes me so giddy!
- Makeup Lessons: Another fun part of my business I offer are makeup lessons. I have taught young girls just starting out, makeup enthusiasts wanting to become professionals, and older women wanting to refresh their look. I enjoy being able to fully customize the experience for each client’s needs while providing constructive criticism and a hand on approach to make sure they’re getting the most out of their lesson.
- Education: Makeup Artistry is definitely a world where you have to take voluntary continued education to continue to be successful with it. I say voluntarily because unlike other professions like teaching and nursing where you are required to take a certain number of hours per year to stay licensed, with makeup it’s usually not required. Every state varies in what is and isn’t legal when it comes to being a makeup artist. I live in CT where you don’t need ANY licensure or certification to be considered “professional”. This means I’m all about the education, certificates, and more to prove that I take this super seriously and want to provide only the best services to my clients.
- Networking: Not only is networking with other industry professionals like photographers, DJs, venues, etc. important to help your business flourish, it’s also super fun! Once you find your niche in this saturated industry, you’ll start attracting the right kind of industry professionals that will help you flourish both professionally as well as personally. It’s a lot of fun to make friends with people who understand your dreams and sacrifices!
- Photography: Although I would never call myself a photographer by any means, I love the aspect of photography that comes with being a makeup artist in the 21st century. Social media has become bigger than ever and it’s super important to put out content that is authentic, not overly edited, and high quality – in terms of the makeup AND photography. I invested in a good camera a couple years ago and it has paid off tremendously – not to mention it’s also fun to use!
Credit: Lauren Page – Owner of LA Page Makeup
Banner Image: Talia White
Makeup artist is certainly one of the most vivid and creative professions. We draw inspiration from everything that surrounds us, we use the textures that surround us, we change the person completely, create a new character, or emphasize the natural beauty. Human being is our canvas.
Everything you learn in makeup school is about techniques and, sometimes, if you’re lucky enough, about how to find inspiration. It is certainly not enough, there are so many aspects of this profession that you will have to learn by yourself. I will try to tell about them, based on my personal experience.
1) Thirst for knowledge. That’s basic! The work of a makeup artist is associated with constant training, improvement of your skills, testing various textures, mixes. You will have to learn the colors, light effects and to master the human anatomy. When you are left alone with the client, you have a couple of seconds to understand what textures, what colors you should use, where the shadow will fall and where will be partial shade. So if you think your makeup school will be enough then… don’t even try to be a makeup artist. Yes, you will have to invest your time and finances in your training.
2) Sociability. You have to constantly communicate. We are not just makeup artists for our clients, we are psychologists. How important it is to calm down the bride before one of the most important events of her life! Our customers are very sensitive to intonation, way of talking. Do not be familiar, be extremely polite, but friendly.
But our clients are not only brides and girls who have an important event, our clients are photographers, editors of various magazines. Be able to listen to the customer, their job and be able to explain how it is possible to perform. Communicate with photographers and videographers, because they are one of the foundations of being a makeup artist.
3) Respect for your work. Know how to say no when you need to. I had to learn it on my own. Set prices and keep them. Everyone wants it cheaper, but no one understands how much you invest in your tools, cosmetics and knowledge. The make-up artist’s work is truely work and worth its price.
Unfortunately, in our age of digital technology, our profession is almost devalued. Why? Because there are a lot of tutorials on youtube where you will be taught makeup tips for free. Most of the professional cosmetics become available to anybody!
That’s why many makeup artists feel the urge to get trained in an additional profession, manicurist, hair dresser, cosmetologist, etc.
Sometimes a client do not want to pay, well, it is also an experience. If possible, of course you should get paid for your job, if not, then wash off the client’s face !
While studying at school, you are already studying with your competitors. Now there are a lot of makeup artists, so you need to offer something that others cannot do. You need to be different from the others, so you have to invest time and money in your training, in your cosmetics, in your advertising (website, social networks, flyers…). Think of your name as a brand, even local brand.
5) Individuality. Feed yourself.
Our little secrets, our super tricks. This is what can set you apart from other makeup artists, from your appearance to the technique you use. Find the small thing in which you can be the best, in which you can express your talent at its best.
6) Stress and lack of affect.
This is important. Do not let emotions overwhelm you, be able to control yourself. No matter how capricious the client is, smile and keep working. No matter how extravagant the customer is, behave in a relaxed, friendly and open way. It may be a good opportunity to learn something!
If you show yourself irritated, then believe me, it will be an extra reason for your client to find something negative in your work.
7) Self-defense and security basics.
No one is safe from an aggressive client. It could be a Perv photographer or a hysterical client. Be ready for anything and fight back if anything happens. Sometimes your job can end late at night, but you will still need to come back home, so take any security measures. If you have any doubt about the client, tell all the details to your family or friends and ask them to call back within half an hour when you expect to arrive at the client.
8) Self-feedback. You must invest yourself in your work. You should follow the important events of the year, such as Oscar, Met Gala, etc. Watch all the fashion shows, cruise collections, bloggers, top makeup artists, because they dictate the fashion trends.
Read articles, go to the Museum, be inspired by art. Draw, create, think about makeup! Give most of yourself to your profession.
9) Good photographer. I hope no one thinks that right after school all the famous photographers and magazines are waiting for you with open arms. Of course no. In order to have a beautiful portfolio, you have to find good photographers and talented models. To do this, you will have to choose your target audience. If you plan to work as a wedding makeup artist look for a wedding photographer, models, dresses, participate in various wedding projects, etc. Believe me it is unlikely that a professional photographer (and model) will agree to work with a novice makeup artist showing a portfolio made of training pictures. Exercise your eyes to distinguish good photographers from bad ones and start networking. Ask them if you can help for collaborations and reassure the photographer regarding the quality of your work (and be sure you can do it !), you can even come to them with creative ideas.
Or be ready to invest money, for a good portfolio. Or be ready to marry a talented photographer like I did!
10) The most important from the most important, it won’t be taught anywhere. That’s basic! Love your profession, breathe it, live it. Being a makeup artist is great!
Website: http://www. charlottekh.com
Instagram : @charlottekh_mua
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Banner Image Credit
Kasia Struss Photographed by Victor Demarchelier
How to Create a Fashion or Beauty Shoot
Photoshoots are so much more than simply picking up a camera and snapping a few pictures. As a photographer, I constantly find myself in awe of the artistic process involved in transforming an idea into a visual medium. Given the endless possibilities for innovative content, it’s crucial to have a unique and creative concept that can be translated into a photograph. I find that the two types of photoshoots that best accomplish this are tied to fashion and beauty. Whether you’re going for simple or showy, fashion and beauty photoshoots have a distinct way of showcasing a vast array of talent. With that being said, I’m going to share eight-step process in developing the perfect beauty and/ or fashion shoot.
STEP ONE: THE VISION
Going into a photo shoot with no vision is like hopping off an airplane with no parachute; it’s simply a terrible idea. An excellent way to get started is to ask yourself some questions to get those brain juices brewing. What inspires you? What’s your style? What does your perfect shot look like? Once you figure this out, now it all must come together. Be as extra as you want. If a look seems impossible to pull off, that’s all the more reason to try it out. After all, this is your shoot. Why not do whatever you want? However, if you’re still having trouble developing your vision, no need to fret. Step two will help you out.
STEP TWO: RESEARCH IDEAS
If you have yet to hear about Pinterest, finish this article, go straight to the app store, and download it immediately. However, if you want to skip the app store or the internet altogether, inspiration is everywhere you look. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, let the hues of nature be your guide. The beauty of flowers and sunsets never goes out of style. If you’re more of a homebody (like myself), just look around your room. Perhaps you’ll notice certain colors or details in your comforter that weren’t there five minutes ago.
STEP THREE: RALLY THE TROOPS
A photographer is only as good as his/ her team members, so once you feel your vision is ready for execution, fire up the group chat to ensure everyone is on the same page. I can’t emphasize this enough, but articulate exactly what you’re going for. Do yourself a favor and eliminate the number of problems that may arise later on.
STEP FOUR: PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!
Now that you have steps one through three on lock, it’s time to set the date. This goes without saying, but make sure you, your team, and your model are all available on the same day at the same time. For instance, if your model only has a one-hour time slot to dedicate to your shoot, postponing is always a viable option. Even the most minimalistic shoot can eat a huge chunk of your day, so be sure to plan out every detail, and include some extra time for incidentals. This includes but is not limited to fashion faux pas, makeup mishaps, etc. Just remember to take a deep breath and not stress too much when things don’t go according to plan.
STEP FIVE: GET THE GOODS
While having an awesome photoshoot idea is, well, awesome, you must have the necessary tools to execute these ideas swirling around in your head. It’s like expecting a painter to paint without any paint (try saying that five times fast). Some basic things you’ll need to create the environment for a photo shoot are proper lighting, a DSLR camera, a makeup artist, a model, a backdrop, and software for editing(my recommendations are Photoshop and Lightroom). If you’re doing a fashion shoot, you must add in clothing, props, and any necessary permits if you plan on shooting at a specific location. This may sound overwhelming and potentially expensive if you don’t currently have these items, but the internet can be a magical place. There are countless apps and websites you can pillage through to purchase on the cheap, borrow, or even rent anything and everything you need. Now, if you have all these tools, what do you do with them?
STEP SIX: LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
Congratulations! The big day has finally arrived! This means that it’s time to haul out your equipment, play some music, and get to work. Before you get all gung-ho on your shutter button though, be sure to check your lighting and camera settings. Keep in mind that soft, natural light can work, but having studio lighting is ideal. A Speedlite unit, beauty dish, and reflector are great tools to give proper lighting and reduce appearances of flaws in the skin. This also entails constantly checking to see if the image is under or over-exposed. Don’t think you can fix everything in post! Additionally, understanding your camera settings on manual mode is the best way to shoot because you are in control of how the picture turns out. Settings will vary, however, based on the mood, lighting, and theme of your shoot. For example, in my most recent publication, the settings were at ISO 125, f-stop was 5.0, and shutter speed was 160.
STEP SEVEN: CONCENTRATION ON COMMUNICATION
I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase “communication is key.” Well, this is quintessential when it comes to photo shoots. Without effective communication, your entire shoot could be ruined. You may feel like a nag with having to open your yapper every second, but this infinitely beats the alternative, i.e., all your pictures coming out undesirable and unusable. Let your model know what poses your thinking of, and don’t be afraid to correct him or her if the pose isn’t exactly what you want. The same goes for your team; if they’re doing an awesome job, let them know. If they aren’t doing such a swell job, suck it up and let them know.
STEP EIGHT: HAVE FUN!
Last but certainly not least is my golden rule. Don’t forget that with fashion and beauty photography, there is no right or wrong way to be creative. The technique is still a crucial part of creating an image, but don’t let the stress of attempting to create a perfect image take away from the enjoyment of photography.
Authors: Alexa Tokich and Jenna Morgan
Editor: Jenna Morgan
Instagram handles: @tokich_photography and @jenna__layne
Beauty Editorial Submission Golden Eye – captured by fashion photographer Petro Tiahur for Flawless Magazine.
Credits to Mac Cosmetics, Melt Cosmetics, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Morphe Cosmetics, Sigma Beauty, Makeup Geek Cosmetics, LimeCrime Cosmetics, Mehron, CoverGirl and iWataMeda Airbrush Machine.
Beauty Editorial Web of Desire– captured by fashion photographer Katrina Forster for Flawless Magazine. Jewellery Designer – Celestial Fine Jewels , Hair styling and make-up by Makeup artistMelinda Wenig and Models -Rachel Macintosh ,Kate Van De Jagt Brooke Moorehead ,Sienna Wiltshire,Reece Conley
Beauty Editorial Bedroom Eyes– captured by Weybridge fashion photographer Konstantin Sedlacek for Flawless Magazine.
Beauty Editorial Bedroom Eyes– captured by Weybridge fashion photographer Konstantin Sedlacek for Flawless Magazine. Styling courtesy of fashion stylist Jourdan Walker. Hair styling by Jourdan Walker and make-up by Makeup artist Jourdan Walker and Model: Jourdan Walker.
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