I often get told what an incredibly fun job I must have. what a glamorous, fun, and colorful life I must lead because I am a makeup artist. After all, everyone knows "playing with makeup all day is a dream job."
While I absolutely LOVE being a Makeup Artist, I often wish people knew that there is SO much more that goes into that "title" besides just another pretty face in my chair.
One of the greatest rewards as a makeup artist has been witnessing the impact that I have had on many of my clients, and the repeat customer loyalty that has developed as a result. To date, word of mouth referrals have been my greatest advertisement. It validates that the client was happy with the work that I did for them. It also shows that they trust me to take care of the person they are referring as well. The most satisfying aspect of my work has been the fact that I've helped to build the confidence of so many clients I have worked with. While I am a huge advocate of finding your inner beauty, first and foremost, I absolutely love playing up the outer beauty as well. There is a definite transformation that takes place during the makeup process, and it's not just a physical transformation. There have been numerous occasions where I have worked on someone who is really embarrassed about their skin, due to uneven skin tone, blemishes, maybe even facial hair loss. Upon completion of the makeup, that same person, who was once shy and self conscious, is now beaming with confidence, and ready to take on the world because of the way they look!
It is so fulfilling to be able to help boost someone's spirit and make them feel as beautiful as everyone else perceives them to be.
"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind- the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel"
Often times when I am working on set for an Editorial shoot, the models themselves occasionally come in with terrible skin and last nights makeup on, greasy hair, and have under eye bags that not even a coffee IV and concealer alone could possibly fix; but hey, they are human too and Sometimes our fast paced society doesn't allow for enough sleep, and the stress may lead to unhealthy habits that tend to show in our physical appearance. This is where I come in, wave my little magic wand, and Poof! they are ready to be in a magazine spread; if only it were that simple...
Society tends to not realize how much work goes into someone to make them "model ready." From the moment they sit in my chair, It is my job to perfect and banish those flaws from every ounce of sleep she or he didn't receive, to color correcting unwanted colors and tones on there face, and at one point contouring so much the model becomes unrecognizable. (phew! Thankfully this trend is dying down) She or he becomes who the general public wants to see and who humanity decides is Beautiful. Behind the scenes the model themselves may be a little self conscious when they first sit in my chair, filled with the pressure to be that girl or guy in the magazines that "everyone wants to be" The type of models some younger generations waste hours in front of the mirror comparing themselves too. However, after one glimpse of the printed version, Society fails to realize that this beautiful edited, photo shopped and printed version of ones self was probably running on no sleep and has beauty flaws of there own.
I will leave you with this, "Be your own kind of Beautiful" and when you may need that extra pick me up; there is always space in my makeup chair.
- Sara xO