Makeup Artist Showcase

Makeup Artist Showcase: Trish from the UK by Erin Baynham

1. How did you get started doing makeup?

Makeup has always been my life; it was something that found me rather than me finding makeup. My makeup journey started over 20 years ago, when I was having fun entering beauty competitions. I was appointed as one of the tow girls to promote the official West Indies Cricket Support Association at the Oval in London.

I was also the first black model to enter in Ms Thamesdown in Swindon. I was placed runner up in Miss Nightclub UK, Miss Press Queen & Miss Levi Poster Girl. I also entered Ms Jamaica UK, and Ms Black UK.

Whilst attending a charity fashion show as a model, I was asked if I could help with the makeup for the evening, as they were short staffed and that was it, I was hooked.  As much as I loved modelling I found a new passion in makeup and then my journey started.  I never thought about the makeup side but finding my true passion was a dream come true.

I now also work as a trainer – working on your inner beauty from confidence building, resolving conflict to effective communication. This enables us to project the “real inner “beauty that we ALL have.  My workshops also include Healing Our Scars – healing our internal scars, whilst also minimising /removing our external scars.

2. Did you go to makeup school?

Once I decided that this was the industry I wanted to be involved in, I enrolled on a makeup course.  This course was incredible, as much as you think you have an idea of how things are meant to be, this takes you to another level.  We are all born with a gift but the courses will help to bring out your strengths and weaknesses.  It gives you a great standing for any job that you undertake as a makeup artist.

3. Did you work at any makeup counters? Was this a benefit to you? If so, how? 

I did not have the chance to work at a makeup counter, but what I did do which was beneficially to me was to become a beauty consultant for Amway & Body Shop.

I love working with people and I love the interaction that this brings. Being able to organise parties and makeup for so many people at once was amazing.

4. Do you do bridal work? If so, give us details.

I am involved in so many other things now, but I actively work within the Bridal industry and tend to work with at least thirty five brides a year.  My passion is definitely within the bridal industry.  I feel absolutely honoured to be involved in the wedding day preparations. I love the transformation of the bride from the dress, hair and of course, the makeup. But more importantly the amazing inner beauty that seems to shine through them on the day. A breath taking experience, I seem to be the one who starts off the tears first.

5. Rates! This is the question people ask about most. How do you deal?

My rates are very competitive and you are paying for my knowledge, advice and guidance and over twenty years experience.  Obviously all makeup artist have to earn a living, you are paying for my time and experience and my rates reflect this.   I would advise all customers not to forget this, when they are booking you.  Rates may also be affected depending on the area that you live in.

6. People always have crazy stories about doing makeup in the worst places! Where's the most unfitting place you've worked? 

I was booked to do a wedding and when I got to the hotel, it was one of the darkest hotels that I had ever seen.  The room was painted in a deep red with heavy navy blue drapes. We were forced to set up in the bathroom to do the makeup for the day.  The bonus was that it was a decent size so I was able to put out my kit and continue the job. But just seeing the bride’s face when she was being made up, as she sat on the toilet was a picture in itself.

7. What’s the best thing about your job?

This is my dream job; no two days are the same. I am now involved in;

  • Makeup Courses/Workshops
  • Weddings
  • Editorial/Photo Shoots
  • Music Videos
  • Fashion Shows
  • Calendar Shoots
  • Family Projects
  • Guest Speaker for a Trauma/Domestic Violence Groups

What is their not to like.  With all that I have encountered in my career I am now able to pass on my experience, by teaching courses. I am currently teaching a course at our local college called “Makeup for Black and Asian skins tones”, also Black and Asian hair. I am  involved in work at the local hospice where I teach cancer patients how to come to terms with facial disfigurement, discolouration of the skin and showing them how to recreate eyebrows that have been lost through chemotherapy, also being involved in camouflage makeup workshops. I have been invited by the Trauma Group and Domestic Violence Groups as their regular guest speaker to talk about beauty from within. I am an enthusiastic participant in International Women’s Day every year, where we provide woman of colour free makeovers and advice and support for the day.

I have also been nominated for the Hair & Makeup Suppliers Award with the Bridal Magazine. This is an absolute honour and reward, of course I would love to win, however being nominated and recognised for the work I do, is reward enough.

I feel so honoured to be working in a job that I absolutely love.  There is nothing else like it.  It has taken me to places that I could have only dream about.

8. How do you keep your makeup skills fresh?

As a makeup artist things are always changing and updating within this industry, so attending Beauty Exhibitions and Trade Shows several times a year will keep your skills fresh and up to date.

By constantly working with new groups and individuals my skills are continuously being updated.

I am also approached by companies regarding new products and will always give good honest feedback.

9. How do you market yourself? 

I tend to market myself in many ways.  It is important to have a website that can showcase your work.  At the same time look at the field of artistry that you want to be involved in and register yourself with these companies. I attend monthly networking meetings, but as I have been in this profession for many years I am very lucky that I have built up a good reputation so I am always being referred by my clients. I am always offering my services to different projects. I have been involved in Family Projects where I have been asked to go in and do a makeup workshop for mums whose children suffer from ADHD and need some time out, also

I have been working with the Carers Association providing makeup workshops.  I have business cards/postcards which are left with my clients and I am now getting into the social media side of things.

10. How did you go about creating your kit? 

I think the help and support that I received when I was on my course helped me to create my kit.  Over the years I have worked on a multitude of skin tones and types, it is important to have the kit. I have a wide variety a makeup within my kit - the brands that I tend to use are:

Benefit -Ben Nye  - Bobbi Brown - Clinique – Dermacolor - Kryolan – Mac – Max Factor – Mehron – MUA – Nars - Sacha – Smash box - Sleek

I believe that when you look at investing in makeup you should always use products that work well and will deliver.  Now that I am attending more makeup trade shows I tend to look at products in a new way.  I am happy to spend the money on the product to get the results that are needed. My makeup kit has taken me years to get it to where I am happy with what I have purchased.  There are times when I have gone to show and purchased some foundation and when I have gone to use it, it really does not perform like it should, but like everyone I am always learning.  I would say that one item you should spend money on is a good quality set of brushes.  They are definitely worth the investment.

At the start of my career I brought everything in sight thinking that I must have that, or needed that and then when you have your kit sorted you then know what will work for you and what won’t. I went through a stage where I had so much stuff in my kit that I no longer used that I then transferred them to another case.  What I tend to do with them now is to use them as presents, gifts and raffle prizes when I am attending teen workshops and family projects.

11. What do you use to carry your makeup?

I use a metal makeup case as this is perfect to showcase your makeup.  Everything is to hand and they are easy to store and carry your goods.  I have at least 4 of them.

I have also invested in a high director’s chair as this may be my dream job but over the years it does take it toll on your back.


12. Do you have a professional portfolio? Has this helped you? 

Yes I do have a professional portfolio.  It is an absolute must for any makeup artist as it shows your growth.  I am going back over 20 years now and there are pictures in there that I do not have on my website.  The makeup is so different and the same with the makeup that we use today the foundation is so much lighter so looks much better. As much as everyone is on the internet and involved in social networking there are still some people out there that just like to see things in hard copy.

I do have a website and also have photographs on my phone for the more technical people.

13. Do you have any makeup artist role models? If so, who? 

Wow, this is a hard one.  I have so many people who can fit this role and who have inspired me on my own personnel journey.

It is so hard to name just one, but it is not just about your skill as a makeup artist or your passion, drive and commitment, but more importantly your communication skills and how you process information and deliver the goods.

One particular makeup artist that stands above the rest for me is Damone Roberts best known as a Celebrity Makeup Artist and also for his work on 10 Years Younger US.

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Makeup Artist Showcase - Meagan Shea' from Baltimore by Erin Baynham

  Meagan Shea and Res

How Did you Get Started Doing Makeup? I got my start doing makeup in the Fall of 1999. I started working at The Body Shop & none of the other girls who worked there wanted to do makeup applications on the customers. I started doing it because, there was clearly a need & it wasn't being met. I kind of just did it. LOL

Did you go to makeup school? Was this a benefit to you? If so, how? I didn't go to makeup school. Everything I've learned - I taught myself via studying, practicing and research. Constant research. Meagan Shea and Veronica

Did you work at any makeup counters? Was this a benefit to you? If so, how? I worked for Prescriptives in 2002-2003. It was definitely a benefit to me, as I got to learn about lots of different brands (working in a department store). I also was able to apply makeup to a much more diverse clientele that I hadn't necessarily been exposed to before.

Do you do bridal work? If so, give us details. Yes, I actually started doing more bridal work this year. It's not necessarily my favorite thing to do, as there is a LOT of personalities in the wedding day pot. However, I do have a good time and enjoy seeing the brides happy when they're all "jacked up" (a term I learned on, "Say Yes to the Dress") and ready to walk down the aisle.

Rates! This is the question people ask about most. How do you deal? This is always a hard thing to deal with. I tend to go case by case. I have set half day & full day rates, however depending on what type of project it is I will negotiate - sometimes up, sometimes down (depending on the budget).

Meagan Shea Kit

People always have crazy stories about doing makeup in the worst places! Where's the most unfitting place you've worked? MAN! I once had to do makeup in a bathroom of a halfway house in DUMBO, Brooklyn. There were ex-cons all over the place, hitting on me and the rest of the team. ALL BAD. (jesus take the wheel)

What are the things you wish you knew before becoming an MUA? Just how long it takes to build your brand and establish yourself in this industry. Had I known that years ago, I would've started long ago... Then again, everything is as it should be - God makes no mistakes. :o)

How do you market yourself? SOCIAL MEDIA! WORD OF MOUTH! NETWORKING! These three components have really helped me quite a bit with regard to marketing myself.

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Do you have any makeup artist role models? If so, who? Absolutely! Romero Jennings! Billy Brasfield! Vanessa Evelyn! Sam Fine! Roshar! and lastly, I LOVE Pat McGrath. She's really come through and created a path by being a trailblazer in the industry! She's a black woman, who happens to be the most sought after makeup artist in the world. She's definitely an inspiration for me with regard to my business. All of the people I named are very out of the box thinkers, as far as how they approach their craft. They are amazing and all have very different styles, some (if not all) very unconventional - even if it's to acheive a simple, natural look. I really respect them all as they represent what I always aim to be - an authentic artist.

What motivates you to continue as a makeup artist? Makeup & the art behind my skill is the one thing that allows me to fully focus. I am able to direct 100% (well maybe 90%) of my attention to the canvas and create. I'm still shocked that I can complete a face in a timely manner. I'm just glad I figured out what it takes to get me to pay full attention to one thing. This is how I know that God intended for me to do this, I feel as if it's my gift from him. Something to bring me peace and a sense of calm/tranquility in my spirit. :o)

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Celebrity Makeup Artist Interview: Tia Dantzler by Erin Baynham

Tia Dantzler

Tia Nance-Dantzler is one of the sweetest people I know, and by "know", I mean on the internet. She's quite humble, which is a rarity these days. Her hands have graced the faces of  Jennifer Hudson, Maxwell, and our  Commander in Chief, Barack Obama. I could go on, but I'm sure you get the point. Read on for a glimpse into her career!

How Did you Get Started Doing Makeup?

It all happened on a whelm. I traveled to Washington D.C. to attend my Brother's wedding and his Bride-to-be asked if I would do her makeup and I gently told her that I didn't know how to do makeup. Then my Mom said she would do it so I stepped in to do her makeup for fear of what my Mom would do to her!

Did you go to makeup school? 

I did eventually attend Columbia College Chicago for their Makeup Artistry Program. It taught me basic and advanced makeup skills, all about highlighting and contouring, stage makeup, clinical makeup and so much more. What I valued the most was that one of my instructors really noticed my "gift" and gave me the hardest time which in turn has truly been a blessing for me now.

Did you work at any makeup counters? Was this a benefit to you? If so, how?

I had the pleasure of working at the Estee Lauder counter and later went to work as a MAC artist. I valued my time at the makeup counters because I was focused. I went into the job knowing that I would gain alot of knowledge in working with all skintones. I didn't want to limit myself as an artist so I jumped at the opportunity to work with every nationality. Doing makeup repetively was definitely a plus in honing my skills.

 Do you do bridal work? If so, give us details.

I don't get the opportunity to do many brides these days due to my schedule. Although, I have done a few platinum destination weddings in past couple of years that were amazing. However, years ago I worked with many brides and that was one of my favorite things to do. I loved to gently transform brides on their "special" day.

People always have crazy stories about doing makeup in the worst places! Where's the most unfitting place you've worked?

I would have to quickly say when I did a major ad campaign in a dessert in California. I wasn't given all of the details so I had no clue we would be shooting in a dessert. Hence, I wasn't prepared dress wise. I had on the wrong clothes and shoes and I felt I could've planned better kit wise had I known.

What are the things you wish you knew before becoming an MUA?

I wish I was more aware of the challenges you would face as a MUA. What it takes to market yourself, how to build a great rapport with clients and so much more. This is why I'm in the process of writing a book of experience so I can share some of the experiences that I have encountered to help shape and mold me in my career.

 How do you keep your makeup skills fresh?

I pull inspiration from so many places. I love finding inspiration from fashion magazines, the internet, the event, the dress, the atmosphere etc.

 How do you market yourself?

When I first started out I did as much free work as I possibly could and although that was a sacrifice it all payed off in the end. Doing this allowed more people to hear about me and the rest is history. I believe in following up with people quickly after meeting them which has scored me lots of work. Also using social media to showcase your work is another great way for people to learn of you and your work.

Tia Dantzler

How did you go about creating your kit? 

I started off with the basics. I purchased Sonia Kashuk brushes, Black Opal Foundation Sticks, and Wet 'n Wild lipliners. I started off slow with just the necessaties then when I started working at Estee Lauder and MAC I was able to use my discount to re-focus my kit. I use to buy so much makeup that I thought I needed and now I advise young MUA not to get caught up in purchasing every product at the counter. Experience has been my best teacher. I use products that I can use multiple ways to lessen the amount of products I travel with. I also cater my kit to the jobs which takes more time however, in the end it gives me better focus on the job at hand. I've had so many of my luggage pieces torn from traveling that I use Olympia Expandable Luggage which I've now had a couple of years and it's in perfect condition.

Do you have a professional portfolio? Has this helped you?

Early on I started testing with photographers, hairstylist & stylist to get the perfect images for my portfolio and to my liking. Testing for the perfect image took lots of trial and error however, I'm pretty confident in my portfolio as a result. My portfolio has definitely scored me work. I would ship my portfolio to potential clients often to gain critiques as well. I still find the drugstore handy when looking for products. One of my staple products to use on my clients for red carpet events is Johnson's Baby Oil Gel which gives the perfect to the skin and it's found at every drugstore for under $10.

Do you have any makeup artist role models? 

I have so many role models and most are not makeup artist. I love to pull inspiration from individuals that are truly making an impact in their industries. One of my inspirations is Carmindy from the show, "What Not To Wear." She silently moved her way to the top and I love that about her.

For more information on Tia, be sure to follow her makeup blog, The Beauty Elixer. She's also an active tweeter, so follow her there too!