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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Choose the Color of your Lips

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Lipglosses jammed in the corner of every purse I carry, drawers full of lipsticks in every shade possible; I think it can be confirmed that I have an obsession… I love me some lip TARS you can never ever have too many colors! NEVER!

I love OCC, which stands for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics they are 100% vegan, which is awesome. As a make-up artist you need to have supplies for everyone, some clients prefer a certain brand because of its texture, color, feel, or even the fact that is not animal tested. That is why you always have to be prepared. With that said, I am going to show you 5 of my favorite lip tars from this amazing line!!!

Though I am a BIG BELIEVER that anyone can rock any lip color if:
A. They own the color like it’s their job
B. They have immense confidence, which you always should!!!

All of OCC LIP TARS are very vibrant colors enjoy!!!
*Note: apply, blot the lips, apply again, blot, and you’re good to go!

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It’s so difficult sometimes to find an amazing RED color, but let me tell you the OCC has it down! This right here has saved me so many times on set! This color is called STALKER it is a classic red, but vibrant at the same time. Love love love!!! It is prefect for those 50s photos shoots!!

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A lot of make-up brands don’t carry the color black, so when I found out that OCC did I just got super excited. Now I will not have to mix colors on set in order to get that perfect black, let’s face it time is precious. TARRED is great for that vampire look or gothic look! I can’t wait to put my order in to get it !!! Eeeeek, that’s the sound of a super excited make-up queen.

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I have been a pink girl since I was little!!! So it’s no shocker that I have a pink shade to share with you! This lovely pink is called ANIME, so perfect for those sweet, soft, moment looks. This shade looks amazing when it is done with soft neutral brown eyes.

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You’re probably wondering why I have this awesome blue called RX in my list. This is a fun color to play with while in your everyday life or on set.

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Sometimes you have to live a little and have fun, why not with blue… We only live once right? So try it! You won’t be disappointed!

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This color almost like a light neutral pink is called BRIDAL NEUTRAL, how appropriate hahaha. It’s super pretty for that big day!!!!

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FEATHER is such a lifesaver!!! You can add it to any color and it dulls it down! It’s great for those days where you really want to wear that amazing color, but it’s just a little too intense for the occasion. A must have for all make-up artists!

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You can purchase all these lip colors online at http://www.occmakeup.com/ or if you live in New York stop by there store 174 LUDLOW STREET | NEW YORK, NY 10002

Introduction

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Hey my name is Ann Beckette, if you couldn’t tell already from the title of my blog hahahaha. I hail from the great city of St Louis, Missouri. And that is where my love affair with theatre and the fine arts began to blossom. I decided to pursue my dream at the University of Indianapolis. My experience there was crazy, thrilling, and loads of fun. Stage managing, acting, and so much more. I met some amazing people and made some long-lasting friendships but I kissed Unidy good-bye in May 2010.

And then I was off to the gorgeous city of LA to attend Make-Up Designory (MUD) and start on my way to becoming hollywood’s most notorious make-up artist. Since completing the program I has submerged myself in the market gaining experience working in film, commercial and print. And just like every crazy kid that comes to LA for with the hopes of making it big, I live each day as if it is a dream. People say I’m talented, I’m creative, but most of all I’m fun. I am easy to talk to and love to laugh.

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Read all about my crazy adventures in LA from TV sets to modeling runway shows!!! The best part is it is not over yet, with just the beginning of my career and so much to look forward to ahead, I hope you will join me in my journey. Whether you are an actor, model, director, photographer, or just a fun blogger I look forward to hearing all about you, your thoughts, and most of all how I can help.

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Thanks for reading,
Ann

*All content is edited and distributed by Bat-el Miller for more information or to contact Ann check out her website www.makeupbeckette.com