Seven Things Clients Want To Know About Being A Makeup Artist-
My favorite thing about being a Makeup Artist is having a vast knowledge of products, skin types, and beauty trends, accompanied by a good understanding of color. With clients from all over the world who are so curious to know what we know, sharing that knowledge with people truly makes me happy! I get asked so many questions ranging from my professional experience, insider tips and tricks, to how my clients can treat things at home. Here are seven questions I get asked the most!
-How did you get into the profession? Do you like it?
Do you see yourself doing it forever?
Every Artist has their own story of how they got to where they are today. My career in the Hair/Makeup field solidified in Cosmetology school when I assisted Sharon “Mama Makeup” Gault on an Elton John shoot. At that moment, I fell in love with the structured chaos that is the art of makeup in entertainment and haven’t looked back since. I love what I do, and honestly couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else!
-Who else have you worked with?
I have had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented people over the years. One of my favorite moments being when I worked with Will Ferrell; it was press junket day for the movie “Get Hard” and we hadn’t been introduced yet since he was still with the costume people. As I rounded a corner too quickly, we nearly walked right into one another, and all I could manage to say was “You’re tall”. The rest of the day he kept cracking jokes about how tall he is in comparison to my tiny stature. I was laughing so hard, my stomach felt like I had done a million crunches! At the end of the day, you forget or who they “are” or what they’ve been in, and they just become another awesome human that you get to hang out with.
-How do you get jobs?
Getting jobs as a Makeup Artist can be tricky sometimes. You just have to go out there and get it! Starting out, I didn’t know too many people. I would spend the majority of my free time sending out countless emails to job postings on any and every job posting site I could find. After 10 years in this industry, I’ve built a network, and most of my jobs come from referrals. I still spend countless hours a week sending emails, maintaining social media (which, let’s be real, that’s a job in and of itself!), and maintaining relationships with colleagues and clients. Finding, and knowing, your people is absolutely crucial. Every job is going to be different, but when you’re present on your job with your clients and good at what you do, word of mouth can travel far and quick.
-Secret brow advice?
If I can give you any “secret” brow advice it would be that no two brows are created equal; work with what you got, and less is more! Please, no more squiggle brows! Use a brow pencil that is a little lighter then your natural color to shape/fill and a brow gel to keep those babies in place. Boy Brow by Glossier and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer are my favorites.
-Tips and tricks?
Great makeup starts with great skin! When you focus on having good skin, your makeup application goes much easier and looks a lot better.. Makeup can hide a lot but it can’t fix texture!
If you’re doing a bold or smokey eye, start with your eye makeup. THEN, do your foundation. It will make cleanup of the fallout much easier!
If you find that your face has run off by lunch due to your skin’s natural oils, try using an oil eliminating moisturizer underneath a good primer. I love the Bioderma Sebium Mat Control and Smashbox Pore Refining Primer.
If you have dry spots that are flakey, my favorite thing to do is just some exfoliation! My go to product is the Dermalogica Resurfacer packs. They’re great exfoliator pads you pop on your finger and do a quick circular scrub on the affected area!
Another great way to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh is to keep a bottle of Rose Water spray in your bag. Give yourself a little spritz when you’re feeling dried out. It’s a great way to rehydrate on top of makeup, and it also allows your skin to pull through the makeup and breathe a little better. I use the Mario Badescu Aloe, Herbs and Rose Water Spray.
Long Wear Liquid Lipstick- why must it feel so funky?? Liquid lipsticks are basically the greatest thing to happen since sliced bread. If you’re anything like me, once its on, you want it to just be there. Sometimes, you get liquid lippies that feel like you put colored Elmers glue on your lips! That’s just the weirdest feeling ever! After some trial and error, I found a solution. LIP BALM! Not chapstick but an actual creamy balm. I love the Birthday Balm Dot Com by Glossier, and who doesn’t love the taste of birthday cake?!
-What Products am I obsessed with right now?
Other then the products I’ve already mentioned throughout this, I have a few new favorites to tell you about!
I just started using an Oganic Toner by Artisane Lab called Lemon Drop No. 201, and it leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean, and hydrated all at the same time. This toner has made a noticeable difference in my skins overall texture and brightness.
Foundation that basically sets itself, you might not think this is real, but indeed it is! I recently got these amazing mini-pallets from Senna Cosmetics called Slip Cover Foundation Pallets. They’re a cream to powder foundation that I highly recommend any working Makeup Artist add to their kit. It has saved my life a couple of times on shoots with insanely quick resets. I don’t know what I would have done with out it!
Last but not least, my favorite concealer in all the concealers I have ever tried is the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers. From tattoos, to bruises, dark circles, blemishes, etc., a little bit goes a long way and I have some serious appreciation for a hard working multi tasker!
-What are some Home Remedies can you recommend?
Coconut Oil , Avocado, Lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Honey are probably my favorite “Home Remedy” ingredients that are very easily located if you don’t already have them in your kitchen.
Coconut Oil has incredible antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which makes it great to include small amounts in making home skin treatments for many things including razor burn and ingrown hairs. Coconut oil makes for a great eye and lip makeup remover, especially with those stubborn waterproof and long wear products. Just make sure you use a good toner after to remove the excess.
Avocados are loaded with moisturizing oils and minerals that are basically face/skin food. They are loaded with vitamins C and E which help fight free radicals, such as UV rays, that can cause skin damage and aging.
Lemon or Lemon Juice is another great tool for anti aging. Loaded with Vitamins B and C, as well as citric acid, lemons are great for treating a variety of skin blemishes from acne to dark spots.
Honey is definitely up there in the magical super face food universe. Honey is loaded with antioxidants which can help slow down the aging process but it is also naturally antibacterial properties making it a fantastic acne treatment.
Apple Cider Vinegar used topically has some pretty impressive abilities in the beauty and self care regime. It contains enzymes that foster good bacteria, and is naturally acidic, making it a great organic way to naturally whiten and brighten your teeth. ACV can also be used as a skin treatment to fight acne AND sunburns. It’s a true miracle beauty product working for us inside and out.
I make a pretty awesome rejuvenating hair and face mask using mashed Avocado, Lemon Juice, ACV and Honey. The leftovers make for a great salad dressing!
If you have any other questions you would like to ask please feel free to reach out! IG: @Laura_Raczka and check out more of my work at www.LauraRaczka.com
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