Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Make Up For Ever seminar with Lottie in NYC
Lottie, a makeup artist from California who is currently one of the most sought after artists for fashion editorials and runway shows. The class was geared towards fashion print editorial. Starting as a graphic designer in California, Lottie took an interest in career about ten years ago and would do makeup on just about anyone in her office that let her do their makeup. Lottie is a self taught makeup artist with no formal training in makeup artistry.
This is interesting because I, along with the vast majority of aspiring MUAs start out like that, with the idea that super creative is what will get you noticed and set your makeup artistry skills apart from everyone else. It felt good that she also began that way. Lottie stated: Super creative, over the top makeup looks don't get you work, they hinder you from getting work." Another thing she stated in regards to this is that "the more high end your book, the less creative, the less makeup on models." Fashion makeup is about the garments first.
Lottie stressed that makeup begins with fashion, thus encouraging all in attendance to study as many runway shows and familiarize ourselves with every look from brand, hair styles etc. It is of extreme importance to stay current with trends and study magazines in our market. We live in the U.S. so the type of fashion makeup and work that will get us booked is that found in the magazines of the country in which you reside in.
We had the opportunity to watch her do makeup and prior to starting the makeup application she stressed the importance of proper skin care. Independant of makeup facet, this step should not be skipped. I was pretty happy and proud of myself because I am huge on skin care and never bypass great skin prep, even when pressed for time. I liked that Lottie mentioned that if a model brings her own makeup due to sensitivities to set, that we should just use it.
Lottie told us to be confident on set and learn to speak up for ourselves when on set. I also appreciated the fact that she invited anyone taking the class to ask any questions we had for her. Being the chicken that I am, I didn't ask anything.
After the class was done, we got to meet her and take an up close look at her kit. This class was very informative, and it was a great learning experience. I was so happy to get to meet an artist that is so inspiring, creative and innovative. It was an honor to take this class and after getting to know more about her, I respect her as a person and her craft even more.