Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post in which I wanted to study makeup artistry. I’ve always loved makeup, ever since high school. While my love of makeup waxed and waned during my adulthood, it came back full force when I started performing on stage. Not only has my love of makeup come back, but I learned that stage makeup needs to be heavily applied – almost “clown-like”. I love that’s there’s really no such thing as “too much makeup” for the stage. If you scare people up close because of your heavily-made face, then you have succeeded in applying stage makeup.
In August of last year, I preformed at the Sahara Dance Summer Carnival with my dance troupe, Raquettes Samia. People would always compliment me on my makeup application and this time they asked if I would assist with their makeup. I was delighted to have this opportunity. I decided not to charge any money, yet. I’m not a professional and I took the opportunity to practice my skills on different faces. This is an essential skill if I want to be a makeup artist.
Since this was a carnival-type setting, one of my dance sisters, Isabel, suggested using face paint. I loved this idea! I decided to go with a butterfly motif.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take before pictures, but here are the after pictures:
Here’s how our makeup looked on stage:
(The following stage photos are courtesy of Janine Gajewski©)
Unlike previous performances, I learned quickly that we had less time for makeup and tech rehearsals during the summer show. While the ladies were responsible for their own foundation and lipstick, I was responsible for their eye makeup. And boy, did I hustle! I agreed to apply makeup for 8 women (including myself) in the short time frame that we had.
But, guess what? I loved every minute of it. And as a person who doesn’t like to be rushed, I saw this as a sign. If I’m going to go into a new career, this would be it. This was the day that I decided to try my hand at makeup artistry.
Love & Shimmies,