While in the Hair/ Make Up Chair

People think getting your make up and hair done all the time must be amazing well there are a few things you should know. Aside making sure your stylist has clean tools is the first and foremost.  If its not clean use your own.  Back before HD, make up artist could just pile on make up and change you whole face.  Not anymore, skin is very important.  Your skin should be on point at all times. When your skin goes to work you need to take care of it.  Primer is ok every once in a while but its not meant for everyday wear.  Primer will clog your pores something fierce.  Try to avoid touching your face with or without make up on it. While in the chair DO NOT Chew gum Be on the phone Talk to much Tell them what you want, your face has been rented for the day. It’s all about what the client wants. Change anything after you have been approved DO When your getting eye make up done, look to the opposite direction of the eye being done. i.e.. if your right eye is getting eyeshadow look all the way to the left.  This will help you keep still. Ask questions, how long have you been doing _____?, Where did you go to school? What products do you use? Pay attention, be focused on your face.  Unless your learning sides. Try your best to preserve you lip color until you go to...

Ryder Make Up Labs Shoot

Monday I finally was able to participate in the Ryder Make Up labs shoot that happens twice a year.  I have been wanting to shoot with them for a couple years but Ive always been out of town or booked. I did two looks, one was the peacock cigar girl and the other was Ke$ha as a...

My Thoughts On Retouching

Some photos never end up getting retouched. Some get to much retouching.  Misrepresentation is a huge issue.  You never never never want to find yourself being sent home from a job because you don’t look like your photo.  Keep the retouching to a minimum.  If you’re working with a good photographer an know how to do your job you shouldn’t need all that much.  Not so such as to misrepresent yourself.  I worked on 2 photo shoots with the same girl who was sent home from both because she looked a mess.  Horrible hair mostly.  Don’t wear crap extensions, or extensions at all if you can help it.  The point is she’s building a send this girl home reputation.  It’s not what your after.  Models and actresses are meant to be a blank canvas in which the client may paint them to be what they need.  In the same light, don’t be offended when you are made to not look like you.  Its a skill to be a cameleon embrace it because it’s your job.  Once in a make up trailer an actress fought with the head of make up for a film for an hour over “at the end of the day its her face on camera”  not its the face the production rented that on camera.  If you cant hang let somebody who wants your job have...

Visit To Salon Duarte

My new friends at Salon Duarte invited me to come in for a complimentary Keratase treatment.  Salon Duarte happens to be in my favorite neighborhood, Franklin Park.  Above the Birds restaurant hides this little salon.  Besides the fact that the staff is incredibly talented, the great part of this salon is that its out of the way.  I personally don’t like establishments that are in high traffic areas.  Trendy doesn’t equate to great service or beauty treatments.Salon Duarte offers discount treatment packages and  discounts for advanced bookibg and referrals. My hair is seriously abused from all of the ironing and product manipulation that is a side effect of my line of work.    Balancing my dry split ends with my healthy roots is a challenge.  I don’t dy or process my hair so I’m not overly dammaged. Moving from VERY humid Michigan weather to SUPER dry LA weather has changed my hair compleatly. The Keratease treatment made my hair look and feel amazing!!!  There are 4 Keratase formulas that treat different hair issues.  A 3 step process of shampooing, masking and a conditioning treatment transforms hair.  The hair mask is the longest step.  After apply the mask to freshly shampooed hair, the mask should be heated for 15 minutes. Cool hair then rinse.  Fallowed by conditioner hair is like new.  Eva Diaz is the head stylist and performed my Keratase trreatment along with her assistant Erica they hgave me the best blow dry I have had in my whole life.  I was extreamly inpressed with their work.  My hair was the best I have ever seen it and I...

Occupation Preparation

There are few times when the photographer, MUA or art director are out of ideas.  If you’re new to the game you will run out of ideas quickly.  To avoid drawing a blank while shooting, keep clippings of hair or make up ideas you like.  Magazines and web ad’s are good for this.  If you are doing a shoot for your own personal portfolio or  comp card.  Preplan your hair, make up and styling. Know which colors you will have for lips, cheeks and eyes.  Start simple and gradually go more dramatic.  It is easier to build on existing make up than to take it off and start over.  Premoistened facial cleansing wipes or baby wipes are a life/ time saver in this situation.  They make it easier to cleanly change eye looks.  Your make up should showcase you, not the other way...

Fashion Show Hair and Make up.

When you can say that you have changes and prepared for a show in any place imaginable you know you have modeling experience.  Fashion shows are particularly tricky.  You never know what to expect.  I have gotten dressed in garages , kitchens, tents of all shapes and sizes, hotel and mall bathrooms.  Hair and make up anywhere else can be even more tricky.  You should always be prepared for the worst.  NEVER leave home with out anything you could ever need.  Show up ready to do you own hair, make up, styling, shoes and accessories.  You never know when somebody will be late, not show or just plain fuck up.  You should come to any job (unless specified) as a blank canvas for the client to make you into what thy want you to be.   In the event that something goes wrong as it always does.  Be prepared to make your self the finished canvas to the clients specifications. If there are not enough people to go around, make sure you’re covered.  If you have to beg and borrow do it.  Help  when you can.  However I don’t recommend lending things for more than a second.  In addition to that note keep our things together and out of the way.  If you keep organized and an eye on your things the less likely it is that your things will not get broken or stolen.  Bitches take shoes and accessories that’s just the way it is.  Girls will throw things everywhere.  No place is your...