1. Are you taking clients? / Why aren't you doing pro makeup anymore?
These have the same answer, so I put them together.
I've been doing makeup professionally in one capacity or another for over 20 years. Since my Multiple Sclerosis symptoms started a couple of years ago, in terms of physical symptoms, my hands have taken the worst of it. I have reduced sensation in my fingertips, weakness and occasionally tremors (especially in the summer.)
I managed to get through a light makeup application on a friend a few weeks ago without much incident, but I was sore, shaky and tired the next two days. I was so tired by the end of the session I even forgot to take pictures of my friend! It was so much fun and I enjoyed every second of it -- but I paid for it. And I realized that if I wanted to take pro jobs, I'd have to hire an assistant just in case I wasn't able to finish the application. It's just not worth that to stay in that side of the beauty business.
If I can't finish my own makeup application (on myself), or if I press too hard because I can't judge pressure well, or if I shake too much and have to wash everything off, no one else but me is bothered by it. On a client, I just don't want to risk it.
That said, I will continue to do crazy makeup on myself and occasionally glue things to my face. :D
My effort now is in covering product launches, reviewing products that I think would work well for dancers and other performers, and putting together a guide book for makeup application in the social dance world.
2. Didn't you write for . . . ?
|A cropped Polaroid picture of the last issue, in 1997, of Luxe Beauty Report. Thanks to too many moves, that might be all I have left to show for it. Thank goodness for the digital age!|
|A behind-the-scenes set up shot from a YSL Beauté launch in 1998.|
Shockingly, a few of you remember me from the Beauty Buzz days. I was both astonished and flattered by that. :D I became a beauty journalist in the early 90's first with my own (print) publication, Luxe Beauty Report, and then for other beauty and fashion websites like Lucire.com, La-Story.com, BeautyBuzz and MakeupAlley.com. I am writing for Lucire once again, and you can see my latest article here:Lucire.com - Pat McGrath SkinFestish003 Launch
3. Are you certified?
No, unless you count Sephora's Makeup Artist training program, in which I was certified. I was also a Fragrance Foundation Certified Fragrance Specialist. But in general, I am what's called a "brand trained" or "vendor-trained" makeup artist, not a cosmetologist or aesthetician. I considered it but I would spend too much of my time learning hair and waxing and other skills that I had no intention of doing professionally, and it wasn't cost effective for me.
I was very lucky to have started in cosmetics in the late 80's when companies spent a small fortune training and retaining their people. For example, I studyied with an aesthetician when I worked for Payot Paris. Training would take months and would continue nearly constantly. I also worked in environments where cross-training was strongly encouraged. Some brands still spend tremendous resources on training, but they are getting fewer and fewer.