HOW DID YOU LEARN HOW TO DO MAKEUP?
I never went to school for makeup application. I am a self taught artist who would’ve never thought I would have a passion for this. It started out as a job at Sephora on 34th street and all these years later, I can not see myself doing anything else!
I would definitely have to say that my cosmetic retail background with Sephora and MAC cosmetics was a great school in itself! You are constantly problem solving and that is the perfect way to master your skills as an artist. The clientele was alway different and you learn to think quickly and accommodate on the spot with what you have in front of you, A skill that is EVERYTHING when you are on set.
As my interest grew for working on films, I searched for the best in the game to learn from. I found the online school of Stan Winston, which I LOVE and I also watched a lot of the Brick In The Yard videos. Theres so much information out there! I buried my head in Special Effects books about Dick Smith and other pioneers of the craft and I just engulfed myself in it all. I LOVED every bit of it. Well not grabbing reference pictures… thats not the most fun thing in the world.
I am always learning and challenging myself and I will keep it that way! I even went to my FIRST hands on class with the amazing Mike Marino and Mike Fontaine and could not be more satisfied with what I learned from them. I just believe you’ve got to surround yourself with greatness if you want to be great yourself!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BRAND OF MAKEUP AND PRODUCT?
There are a lot of great makeup brands and products out there, and I believe a well rounded makeup artist explores all options.
IF YOU COULD ONLY HAVE 3 ITEMS IN YOUR KIT WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
NOOOO!!! That is impossible!! Ok ..I guess they would have to be….
A alcohol palette with some alcohol (That HAS to count as 1)… Baldiez with some acetone (again that counts as 1)…. and sponges.. LOL
Listen I do not pack light!! and I envy those that could.