I am in the midst of coming down from the best trip ever. I went to London and Paris for my birthday and was lucky enough to book work for Paris fashion week. It was such an amazing feeling to get on the subway in Paris and go to work. Amazing how the most mundane things can be so exciting when you love what you do and opportunity knocks! Actually, when you persistently bang on the door and someone lets you in. Thanks to everyone who helped facilitate my dream come true. To view photos see “live action” section under portfolio.
Yes, you read that correctly. I did 7 weddings in 7 weeks over June and July, which I think pretty much sets a record for me. I don’t even consider myself a “wedding makeup artist”, nor do I advertise as such, but word gets around and I really do enjoy being a part of that special day. Due to recommendations and industry referral, I had the pleasure of making 7 women and their bridal parties look and feel glamorous as they walked down the aisle and into their future. Kind of hokey I know, but I can’t help being a romantic at heart. I also have been busy working on two new test shoots and a TV commercial for Miller Lite/ESPN, that should air in about three weeks. Who knew that making boys look sweat free for 13 hours as they danced outside in sweatshirts in 80+ degree weather would be so exhausting? Four paper towel rolls and a lot of powder later, we wrapped and I went home to sleep for 11 hours. As for the test shoots, fingers crossed those photos will be up to par and on my site within the next few months. One never knows how these things will come out. I hope the reality is as good as my imagination.
It’s been one hell of a few weeks in the freelance world! It started with doing makeup for the Rivini Show for bridal fashion week. The look was an ethereal silver winged out liner, beautiful skin, and glossy nude lip designed by key artist Gina Bettelli. This look really complimented the stunningly gorgeous dresses that floated down the runway. (My favorite part, was a sign on the wall backstage reminding the girls to “SMIZE” on the catwalk.)
At the IMATS, not only did I get to buy all kind of do-dads and wing-dings for my ever expanding makeup kit, but I was lucky enough to catch demos and workshops that really proved inspirational. It was just one more reminder, that no matter what I think I know, there is always more to learn. London based artist Lan Nguyen created the look pictured below and I also got to see the SNL makeup team execute a flawless bald cap in 9 minutes! I didn’t even know that was possible. SO good.
Which brings me to the most exciting thing that happened in the last few months. I showed up for what was otherwise just an average makeup booking for video interview touch-ups, only to discover that my subject was none other than the great Liza Minelli. You heard me right, my brushes and hands got to touch the face of a performing icon. I can’t believe it. The whole time she was speaking, I couldn’t stop singing in my head “Life is a Cabaret.” Yes, it surely is! (Sorry to geek out, but I just had to talk about it.)
Just booked work on the Rivini Bridal show in April, then attending IMATS (International MakeUp Artist Trade Show) in NYC. It looks like it’s gonna be a good month for learning new tips and tricks as well as implementing them on the bridal runway! Stay tuned for updates on what happened backstage and new product recommendations/application tips that I pick up at the trade show. I can’t wait!