Makeup is one of the most artistic fields in aesthetics. Although there are some “rules” to follow, most of the work is left to the imagination of the makeup artist.
There are several factors to consider when applying makeup either to yourself or to someone else:
- Skin tone
- If applicable, any special requests of television, film, theater, etc.
As a makeup artist, there is so much more to learn than just makeup. You have to be open and ask a lot of questions to gain understanding of the person you’re doing makeup on. Including, but not limited to yourself, the person you are doing makeup on, your artistic view, and the view of directors, photographers, producers, etc.
If you are doing makeup on someone else, it is necessary to get to know their personality while you prepare the skin (which involves analyzing the skin, but more on that later). You can get to know someone by asking a lot of questions about their lifestyle and how much makeup they are used to wearing, what kind of look they would like to achieve (natural or dramatic) and if the makeup is for a specific occasion (wedding, daytime, night time event, photography). Notice their hair color and their eyes, and use that as a guide to choose eye shadows and the brow shade. It should not take more than 2 minutes to get to know someone well enough to do their makeup provided the right questions are asked. You want to make sure they will feel comfortable and that their personality shines through.
Makeup is also learning how to work with other people and share in a vision. Therefore, as an expert, the makeup artist needs to have knowledge in skin types, bone structure, lighting, and of course art: color theory, shading and highlighting.
Despite all the beauty rules and application tips, the most important thing to keep in mind is that the main ingredient of beauty is confidence. If you can feel confident in the skin you are in, then makeup should help to amplify and exude that confidence. When I apply makeup on my clients, I make sure that they not only look pretty, but feel pretty as well. Spreading confidence is one of the best gifts in the art of makeup.
Confidence is everything, but a little makeup can’t hurt Bobbi Brown