A makeup artist is first and foremost an artist, who has chosen the human body as the medium for expression. However in contrast to the Tattoo Artist, a Make Up artist applies temporary beauty.
This of course makes Make Up Artistry a very personal experience between the artist and the recipient. Outside of applying makeup and prosthetics for theatrical, television, film, fashion, magazines and other similar productions including all aspects of the modeling industry, there is the commercial world of mostly women who look for special event make up artistry.
Those special events can range from Weddings and Romantic Evenings out to Job Interviews and Stage presentations. Try me out for your next Halloween or Costume Party and you’ll be the Hit of the Evening.
In the United States as well as other parts of the globe, professional licenses are required or at least highly recommended as product knowledge and performance expertise can have a severe impact on a person if applied incorrect.
As a professional Make Up Artist I am a licensed Florida Cosmetologist and a Certified Bridal Make Up Artist.
Make Up Techniques and Applications
To describe the various Make Up techniques, I’m referencing an entry out of Wikipedia here, because I haven’t seen a better and more concise description of the various techniques anywhere. (No worry, we donate annually for the pleasure of referencing this wonderful internet asset).
Fashion makeup is used in magazine photography as well as on the fashion runway. Avant Garde Makeup is also an applicable technique used for projects that require experimental themes. Fashion makeup is also commonly used in television and film ranging for the natural prime look to more sophisticated applications such as color balance.
Stage makeup is used as a method in conjunction with stage lighting to highlight the actors’ faces in order make expressions visible to the audience from moderate distances. This often includes defining the eyes and lips as well as the highlights and lowlights of the facial bones.
Special Effects Makeup (FX Makeup)
The use of special effects techniques enhancing physical features to exhibit metaphysical characteristics as well as fantasy makeup. The use of prosthetics and plaster casting are also required for projects that entails non-human appearances. Accents such as theatrical blood and ooze are also techniques applicable to this type of makeup.
The use of an airbrush which is a small air-operated device that sprays various media including alcohol and water-based makeup by a process of nebulization. The earliest record of this type of cosmetic application dates back to the 1925 film version of Ben-Hur, it has recently been re-popularized by the advent of HDTV and Digital Photography, wherein the camera focuses on higher depths of detail. Liquid Foundations that are high in coverage but thin in texture are applied with the airbrush for full coverage without a heavy build-up of product.
Bridal Makeup is fast becoming a new segment within a makeup artists repertoire. From ethnic, to glamouros to contemporary, most makeup artists now are a major vendor within the wedding planning space in Asia, Europe and North America.
This is an art which involves the use of light reflectors and ingredients such as minerals to give the skin a flawless finish. This was developed due to the further development of High Definition mediums and the cost implications of airbrush makeup.
Especially in the many Bridal applications I tend to excel in natural looking makeup, but I also love to have fun with dramatic or more theatrical looks as well.