A Day in the Life of a Make-Up Artist

I love love love what I do. Yesterday I had a commercial gig in fountain valley, which is in Orange County, CA about an hour drive with LA traffic from where I live.

I had a call time of about 11 a.m., which gave me the morning to prepare my makeup kit, shower, get ready, eat some breakfast, and get on the road. Pretty exciting morning I do have to say. Lol

As I was going through my check list making sure I had all my favorite brushes, sponges , powder puff, Kleenex, and towel I was also doing my own makeup and hair and then I had to fly out the door.

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I was surprised that it only took me about 54 min with traffic!!!! A great way to start the day.

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When I got there I was told that we where doing 3 commercials in one day with the same spokesperson. This job is so exciting because you never really know what they are going to throw your way. My main concern was how the three commercials will look…. So I talk to John, who is the director, and asked what kind of look did he want for all three commercials.. We both came to the conclusion that it was going to be a simple, all natural makeup and simple curls for the hair. We didn’t have to change the look because of the simplicity of using the same actress for all three commercials … We didn’t have time to waste since we only had ONE day and THREE commercials to shoot!!!!

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I had about two hours because of the delay within the studio time slots .. So this gave me enough time to do hair and makeup on Lana my actress.

I decided to start with Lana’s makeup first, then move to her hair.

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I started out by first prepping the skin for the makeup with some MUD primer. Once that was all dried, I moved over to her eyes and I decided to do a natural brown eye on Lana. I started with two colors from crown brushes eye palette in order to cover the entire eye. I then used MUD senna eyeshadow on the crease of the eye making sure to blend it perfectly so no hard lines where visible. Then I mixed two MUD eye shadow colors together and placed it on top of the senna color on the crease. I had to make sure it was perfectly blended before the proceeded. The next two colors added were wheat and honeysuckle, which were placed on the highlight and inner corner of the eye to give the eye a soft look The last part of getting Lana’s eyes make-up ready was adding the cakeliner, Mascara, and fake lashes.

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To finish Lana’s look I had to mix two color that matched Lana’s skin perfectly. I used my Ve Neil foundation brush and a sponge. Once the foundation was dry … I worked my way up the contour of her face. First the cheek bones with some MUD bronzer called sunshine, then I placed this right under the cheek bone and brushed up, then I added the cream blush as a highlight on top of the cheek bone. Blending is the key y’all make sure that there aren’t any harsh lines!!!! Than I set Lana’s makeup with buttercream powder.Lastly for Lana’s lips I used a light pink gloss called cupid.

This was one exhausting yet fun afternoon can’t wait to do another commercial, show, or anything for that matter!!! Make-up is my life.

Thanks for reading,
Ann

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5 FAB Make-Up Must haves for Artists

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Whether you are an actor, make-up artist, model or just someone who loves just LOVVVVESSS to put on a little magical wonderfulness in the form of make-up than you have come to the right place. I love trying out new brushes, finding that perfect tool to craft the most accurate and effective look. It can be hard to find something that is a good price and works. Soooooo….I have compiled the 5 TOP BRUSHES!!!! The best in the biz, the beautiful wooden instruments that make my life as a make-up artist just FABULOUS!!!!

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1. MUD Make-up Designory Brushes – because they are soft and pretty 🙂

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my favorite brush is their fan brush! It great for putting on just the right amount of blush and shading of the cheeks

Where to buy: LA and NY MUD stores http://shop.mudshop.com/brushes

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2. Ve’s Neil Brushes – Ve’s Neil was the make-up artist who did Pirates of the Caribbean!!!! How exciting is that?? Super amazing to work on all different sizes great for spfx

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Where to buy: http://www.veneill.com/

3. Crown Brushes – is my back up brushes

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Where to buy: http://www.crownbrush.com/

4. Tarina Tarantino – are awesome brushes these where my very first set up big girl brush my mom and dad gave me…. And there PINK

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Where to buy: http://reviews.sephora.com/8723/P254913/reviews.htm

5. Elf brushes – I know that they are super cheap but they do get the job done! And if your pocket-book is a little low these are great! 1-3 dollar brushes … I use they a lot when I do a lot of special effects makeups

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Where to buy: http://www.eyeslipsface.com/makeup/brushes