What an amazing group of talented Future Professionals. I can’t think of a better way to spend the last two days than doing makeup and giving back. Thank you to all who made Trending Tour Fresno such an amazing success! LOVE YOU MEAN IT – DEBRA
Last week, I was working on a job at H.P. pavilion in San Jose, CA and I was looking at my set-up and I began thinking about the particular gig I was doing. It was a lot of men and five-minute or less touch-ups before they went on to a stage in front of 35,000 people with many HD screens all around the arena.
I was doing probably 10 to 15 people per day so I thought maybe I would use the triangle disposable sponges good quality but nevertheless the triangle sponges, I haven’t used them in years since my new staple have been the Beauty Blender. I use the first triangle sponge and quickly put it down, reached for my beauty blender and said never again. I actually took my five packages of triangular sponges and tossed them. What would cause me to do that? Well after using the blenders for so many years one becomes used to how they glide on the skin, it is like night and day.
I always have my KETT Airbrush System and my FIXX Creme set-up so I have the option of doing either one depending on the face and the situation. It is very important to have an electric razor for men in your kit, especially with the long days of doing HD. Those 5 o’clock shadows appear out of nowhere sometimes as early as 2 PM depending on what time the person you’re doing shaved that morning.
Here is what I noticed:
- In the beginning some men are very hesitant but you know you’re doing your job when they are standing outside of your curtain area waiting to be done on day 2.
- Be sure to ask “What have you had done with makeup in the past?” when speaking to large groups.
- Be sure to consider the talent, meaning: Who are you doing? What position do they hold in the company and do they prefer privacy?
- Make sure you ask for the schedule ahead of the time if possible, so that you can Google their names, it is always good to know who you are working on.
- Sometimes, the schedule is crazy enough when you walk in that you may not get a show schedule, so be sure to ask for one.
- Once you have completed your makeup application, on a male in particular, be sure to offer removing the makeup once he comes off stage. I often put wipes into a little baggy and offer that option as some of these men were jumping on airplanes immediately following their presentation.
- Anything I can do to make the experience more pleasant is always appreciated.
I think it’s very important to have more than one foundation in your kit. It also depends on what kind of work you can be doing out in the marketplace. If I’m doing a lot of private clients, it’s important to find out what foundation your client has been using and make sure that they do not have any allergies to products.
Most of the time I’m airbrushing so my product of choice, is KETT Foundation for airbrushing. And of course I could not live without the Fixx Creme, which works great as a foundation by itself, and also is amazing as a concealer.
This is a question that I get asked all the time. It does very depending on what part of the country you’re living in, however I can give you some basic information about the union, and the importance of having it on your resume.
Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Local 706 is composed of Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists that work in the production of Film, Television, Network Broadcasting Television, Commercial, Legitimate Theater, and any place of amusement where Local706 has a contract. There are several ways to join Local 706 depending on the area in which you wish to be employed. For those desiring to work in the Film and Television Industry, there are two defined ways to join. The first is what is referred to as “60-60-60”, and the second is referred to as “Off-Roster” hire. To work in Network Broadcasting Television, Commercial, or Legitimate Theater the qualifications are similar to the “Off Roster’ hire. All are explained below.
Qualifications for Membership through 60-60-60
Industry Experience Roster Status (as per I.A.T.S.E. Contract, Paragraph 68)
It is first necessary to become eligible for the Industry Experience Roster. An individual is eligible for Industry Experience Roster Status upon the completion of sixty days of Non-Roster work experience in each of three (3) years, within the last five (5) years (from first day of hire), in Los Angeles County. This would include network television, videos, or non-union film or television production.
Qualification for Membership through Off Roster Hire
Industry Experience Roster Status (as per I.A.T.S.E. Contract, Paragraph 68)
An individual is eligible for Industry Experience Roster Status upon the completion of 30 days worked (from first day of hire) with one or more producers within a period of three hundred sixty-five (365) calendar days in Los Angeles County. To qualify all benefit contributions must be made to the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans by the producing Company. Benefit contributions sent to any other Trust Fund will not qualify for roster status.
Qualifying in this manner is done at a time when all union members are employed and, therefore, jobs are available for non-roster fulfillment; or an individual is employed on a Non-I.A. Signatory production, which becomes organized by the I.A.
Again this is a question that is often asked, and in my opinion if you have an opportunity or desire to get into the union, then you should pursue that. I worked on many union jobs and had many opportunities that would not have been given to me had I not had a union card.
Coming to a Paul Mitchell School near you, this full-day makeup class is designed to elevate the artist in everyone. Peeling away the glamour of the glossy magazines and runways, understanding the principles and technique necessary for creating that near perfect composition on the face. Debra shares how mastering makeup is really about the intention of each brush stroke, the detail of color harmonies, contrast and form. Ideal for the Hair and Makeup Stylist, Debra Dietrich leads this one-day makeup workshop teaching the fundamental techniques required for makeup artists in any media. From understanding brush selection and building a makeup kit to developing your approach and technique for composing the final vision.
I attended Marvin Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts. I did makeup before I went there, being self-taught it was important for me to validate where my skill level was. Did I learn much taking those classes? Absolutely I did. I learned about products, techniques, and tools and found it to be a great resource for networking with other people trying to do the same thing I was trying to do. I also believe that having gone there because it was an established name in Hollywood, it helped open doors for me.
Do I think that formal training is necessary nowadays? There are so many different classes 1 to 5 day classes that you can take, the internet, networking with other makeup artists, doing internships and assisting successful makeup artists. I didn’t have those opportunities when I started doing makeup. So for me it was important to have some classes that I had taken.
My suggestion today would be do your research check out 1-5 day workshops. Make sure that the class being taught has great reviews and a following. Of course, in addition to taking classes, you have to really practice, practice, practice! Then go to the next level and takes more classes, get out there and get some experience, assist if possible and get some experience. The above answer is really for beauty makeup, special effects makeup is a much bigger learning process. There are fewer opportunities for getting into serious special-effects makeup and takes a very long time to build your reputation.
I might rephrase that question is there skin that shouldn’t wear shimmer? I think the answer that question is that the “Eye doesn’t lie” so tried on if it adds to the look of the skin then great on the other hand if it detracts or takes away the beauty of the skin or brings out texture that you’re not happy with then avoid shimmer in that area. I’ve never been one to really talk about age when it comes to makeup; I think it depends on one’s lifestyle their attitude, skin texture and many other things. Makeup can definitely add to or take away from your ultimate end result, so always try it on check it out and determine if it works or not. The last thing I want to say is that even shimmer products, because of technology, are more forgiving than they used to be.
I don’t think that there is exactly one answer. I also think that inspiration can be learned, nurtured and developed.
First of all you have to think about inspiration and what it means to you. I personally feel like yellow way you can really do that is to “ stop and unplug” sort of a time out for yourself. If I’m moving so fast that I don’t even have time to think, then how could I possibly be aware of what inspires me? For instance living in San Francisco and looking out at a super gloomy day where I can’t even see Alcatraz, there is dew on the trees the streets are wet and there is definitely a chill in the air. If I’m looking for the sun and not liking the cool air I’m missing a great opportunity to really see what’s out there before me at that moment in time. On the other hand if I’m driving down 6th Street and really pay attention to what’s around me I can also become inspired to make a difference for people in need or I can just look the other way. What I’m really trying to say is it’s important to live in the present, and notice at all times there are things that can inspire you. What you do with that idea or thought that comes into your head is file it or jot it down and then take time out to think about your observations. I mean there are so many ideas for me that have come from doing just that.
To recap for me inspiration comes from being present, and then taking the time to think about observe get clear about my observations. I think when I was younger it might have been a little bit more phonetic for me, now it’s a planned activity for “Debra”. I usually set with a pen and paper or my iPad, and write from those observations. If an amazing idea blossoms from my “time out”, then it gets a file; the file gets labeled and miraculously magic starts falling into the files. It’s kind of like “write down make it happen”