Q: When did you know you wanted to be a makeup artist?
A: I’ve always been an artist/creative. But when my corporate career went kaput in the late 90’s with retail companies downsizing and merging across the country, I ended up working as a counter manager for Lancome on the account of my need for any job I could get at the moment. I was tired of being a sales person but fell in love with the creativity of makeup. I had no idea this career existed until someone said “Mary you should do makeup for magazines and television.” I was intrigued and thus my journey began.
Q: What product would you totally freak out if it was discontinued?
A: Dior Beauty’s 5-colour eyeshadow palettes. They really are the best, especially for someone who travels. Not only are the colors beautiful, but the quality is one of a kind. They are durable which is essential for my kit, that gets bonked and bumped constantly. They also have very little fall out waste so they last forever. If they change their formula, I just might have to stop being a makeup artist. No… just kidding.
5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Trianon Edition
Q: What is more fun, creating really out-there looks, or do you prefer something classically beautiful?
A: I think I have a reputation of being an artist that does “clean” makeup. I love soft pretty beautiful makeup. Early on in my career I learned that clean natural beauty would get me more work than “out there” fashion. Plus there is a fine line between crazy cool fashion and just plain corny. And personally I think natural beauty is far more challenging. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got edge but perfecting natural beauty makeup is what gets me hired.
Q: What’s your top tip for the girl at home trying to look fresh and ready to go in 10 minutes?
A: Take care of your skin first. Developing great skin care habits and before bed routines will save you time every time. If your skin looks great then you will not need much makeup. Finding what works for you can be a challenge. Remember it wouldnt be a multi billion dollar industry if one product was perfect for everyone. We all have different body chemistry. So my advice is to start at the drug store and work your way up. My mother has been using Ponds Face Cream since I can remember and her skin is great. I use Dior’s Capture Totale Multi- Perfection Creme (my face hates Ponds dang it!) and Loreal Revitalift Triple Power eyecream. For me…. they work!
CAPTURE TOTALE Multi-Perfection Creme
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment
And be yourself, make sure you’re makeup isn’t wearing you. Confidence is the best product out there. If you feel good about your face, it will show. I’ve had the same makeup routine for years, well almost, a bit more concealer over the years but for the most part, 5 minutes and I’m done (10 if my hubby is taking me out on a date :-).
Q: What is your daily routine as a freelance makeup artist going on a job?
A: Timing is everything. I hate being late, so I’m up an hour before I have to leave and I always allow extra time for traffic. Holding up a production or photoshoot is a perfect way to ruin your reputation and end your career. Early to a gig is always better than being late. I have a kit system that works well for me with minimal set up, I can work directly out of my box, which is also great when the makeup area is a 3 foot by 3 foot room (yep it happens). And I can have someone in my chair in minutes. I can unload and roll my gear in easily with my Kart-A-Bag (my first one was an awesome gift to me from The Batterman Group’s Song Lopez). Production will appreciate a makeup artist who is self sufficient and efficient. Knowing my craft inside and out also allows me to do my job quickly. If I’m running the hair and makeup department on a set, production will never be waiting on me. Communication with your director/photographer is the key!
Remin Kart-A-Bag Tri-Kart 800
Q: What is your beauty (makeup artist) mantra?
A: Well it was “There are no rules to makeup.” But Song beat me to it! So I’ll go with “Work hard for your passion and success will follow.”