Makeup Artist ~ Stephanie Mazzeo
From zombies to brides, I am a Freelance Makeup Artist who has been fortunate enough to work with multiple make-up companies and alongside national and international professional makeup artists at all levels of the industry.
Florida | California - Makeup Artist * Airbrush Makeup * Tattoo Cover Up * False Lashes * Special Effects
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
"Spot On" - a film by David Karner, ScareScapes LLC
With any film project, budget must always be taken into consideration. The script called for some specific apparel items and a bit of ingenuity to find the appropriate pieces. The lead actress required two identical red dresses and the two actors needed similar style clothing. I used some creative sourcing and I think we pulled it off!
Producer / Director: David Karner, ScareScapes, LLC
Starring: Madison Cee, Joshua Doss, Eric Jordan and Zack Roundy
Wardrobe Styling and Design: Stephanie Justine
Makeup Artistry: Stephanie Mazzeo
Hair Styling: Ciara Coldiron
Script Supervisor: Russell Sanders
Director of Photography: Gary Lester
Camera Operator: Ed Butler
Production Sound Mixer: Amanda Waldman
Boom Operator: Max Karner
Still Photography: Becky Pourchot
Craft Services: La Piazza Cafe
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
First of all, never sleep in your makeup; this includes eyeliner and mascara. You want to be sure to remove all traces of makeup using a quality face wash and makeup remover. Cetaphil is a great choice and perfect for sensitive skin.
If you are rushing from one place to the next, use a makeup remover wipe to remove most of the makeup. This will give your skin a break and allow it to breath.
Take the time to exfoliate your skin to rid it of dead skin cells and renew that healthy glow. Philosophy's Microdelivery Peel Pads are perfect for quick at home exfoliating.
Your skin needs moisture to stay healthy. Be sure to always drink plenty of water. Stage and set lights are hot and drying. Your skin and body will need the extra moisture.
Avoid tanning and always protect your skin from the sun (not just your face, but every part of your body is susceptible to damage.) Never go without something on your skin; at the very least a moisturizer with SPF.
Pay attention to your hands and arms when driving in the car. A car's windshield does not protect you from the damaging rays, so prepare accordingly with long sleeves or SPF lotion.
Take care of your face... it's the only one you've got!!
Friday, July 25, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Many aspiring artists begin with attending a makeup or trade school. There are hundreds, with more schools opening every month. Some focus on beauty, others on special effects and some encompass everything, even hair styling. Graduates exit with the highest of hopes that they will walk right into a top paying career as a makeup artist.
With all these schools pumping out new artists by the thousands, there are now way more artists than there is work available. When I began my makeup career in 1992, schools were extremely rare. Cosmetology schools were readily available, but the focus on makeup was and still is about 2-4 weeks worth of lessons. And of course, the courses are taught by cosmetologists who focus on hair and makeup for every day looks, not for professional styling.
For those that choose to go to a school, keep in mind, you'll spend many hard earned dollars on getting that certificate and truly it means absolutely nothing. It will be worth as much as the paper it's printed on. There is no certification for makeup artists. Certifications exist for careers such as an electrician, plumber, doctor... You can not be a certified makeup artist because that does not exist in the US. You can get your state license as a cosmetologist or esthetician. Check your local laws as certain states will require you to have at least an esthetician's license before you apply product to anyone's face.
In Florida, if you apply makeup on someone with the intent to sell that product (such as a counter rep), you are exempt from needing the esthetician's license. If you are inside a salon and are applying makeup on someone, you will need to be a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician. There are also very strict rules for providing makeup to the general public outside of a salon setting. Please refer to the State Statutes for full details.
All of these makeup schools fail to tell you the honest truth about working as a makeup artist. You're in for a rough wake up call when you venture out to find work.
A piece of paper and a makeup kit does not make one a makeup artist. Anyone can print out a certificate and go to Ulta and stock up a caboodle full of products and call themselves a makeup artist. But you'll be hard pressed to find someone to pay you as a makeup artist.
With that being said, your best bet is to begin with your network. Learn for those with the experience. Being a makeup artist is much more than just knowing how to apply makeup. It's a business.
If your focus is on fashion and print start with building your portfolio. Begin by contacting some photographers that will allow you to "test" with them. This means that you won't get paid, but you will be provided images of your work that you can use to add to your portfolio. Your goal is to keep working with better photographers and models as you build your book. If you can't find any photographers willing to work with you, consider paying a great photographer and some awesome models, to collaborate with on a shoot.
For those that want to venture into the bridal industry, I don't suggest practicing on actual brides,. The worst thing you could do is ruin their wedding day by giving them a bad makeup job. So, until you are comfortable with your work, start by doing makeup for friends and family members. Take photos of your work. Then connect with some wedding photographers and see if you can collaborate together on a bridal shoot. You want to be sure your work is perfect enough for a bride well before you show up on her wedding day. Build up a great album of bridal images so you have something to showcase to the bride. Once you have a decent amount of fantastic images, consider setting up a booth at the local wedding expo or sign up for some online wedding vendor sites to get those bridal leads.
The film and tv makeup artist can be the toughest one to find work. More and more filming is being done with CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) and the need for makeup artists, especially special effects, seems to be in a decline. California was once the mega for all things film and tv, but with tax incentives offered from states such as Georgia and Louisiana, production companies are pulling out of CA.
Being on a film set for 10 to 12 hours a day is only for the strong at heart. You must absolutely love this side of the makeup world. It's often long and boring and I've had many assistants who much rather prefer to be busy doing runway makeup where the hustle never ends than to sit around and wait for touch ups on set.
Theater and stage makeup is a whole different can of worms. A bit easier to get into than film, theater may be found in your home town. Check into colleges, schools and churches to offer your experience. Many times these may be volunteer positions, but with persistence, they may lead you to broadway or a traveling production.
No matter what area you choose to focus on, you want to be sure to do your research. Contact some seasoned artists and take them out for coffee or lunch. Be a sponge and soak up as much information as you can. Don't burn bridges, because although the makeup industry has grown tremendously, it's still a very tight network.
Next week: How to build your makeup artist network
Friday, July 11, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Makeup for the bride, bridal party, mother of the bride, and mother of the groom and for the groom as well!
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Friday, June 27, 2014
- Applying Makeup To Dry Skin - If you try to apply makeup to dry skin, you will find the makeup sits on top of the skin instead of blending in. The makeup tends to accentuate the dryness resulting in flaky skin. You want to be sure to exfoliate at least once a week, followed by a moisturizer suitable for your skin type.
- Not Applying Primer - Primers create a smooth surface that not only helps your makeup glide on, it provides a base to keep your makeup in place. After applying moisturizer, apply the primer and then your foundation.
- Not Knowing the Proper Way to Contour - There are oodles of contouring guides available on the internet. But be aware of what areas YOU need to contour. Blending is as important as the placement. Stick with using only one shade darker of your foundation for the contour.
- Using the Wrong Shade of Foundation - When choosing your color, select two shades that come closest to your skin tone, apply them at your jawline and then in natural lighting (outside) pick the one that looks natural. Change your foundation shade with the seasons, being sure to color match properly.
- Testing Makeup on the Back of Your Hand - Your hands will not be the same color as your face. So, it's better to test the makeup on the area it's meant to be used . Test foundation on your jawline, and lipstick on your lips, blush on your cheeks, etc.
- Picking the Wrong Under Eye Concealer - If you try using a shade that's lighter than your foundation, you may end up bringing more attention to the area. It's better to choose a color corrector for under the eye area, such as peach to counteract the purple under eye circles.
- Overusing Bronzer - The purpose of bronzer is to add warmth to the areas of the face that you can imagine the sun to hit, the forehead, temple and nose. It's not designed to be an all-over color nor a blush. Pick the high points of your face and subtly apply the bronzer.
- Applying Powder All Over - Powder needs only be applied in the areas where it's needed, usually the T-zone. You don't need a ton of powder which could end up looking cakey. Use a brush and tap off any excess powder then stipple (press) into the areas. If you've applied too much powder, it will look heavy and made-up. Spritz your face with a moisture spray to bring back the natural dewy look of skin.
- Using Dirty Brushes - Not only does this attribute to causing skin breakouts it doesn't allow your makeup to look fresh. Wash your brushes regularly with a good brush cleaner. You can use a mild shampoo in a pinch. Try not to use alcohol as this is damaging to the bristles and shortens the life of your brushes.
- Curling Your Lashes After Mascara - Always curl your lashes prior to applying mascara. If you try to curl them after you've already applied mascara, you may end up pulling out your lashes. Especially when the mascara is still slightly wet and tacky. You will also cause the lashes to clump together.
- Wearing Dark Lip Liner - Excessively dark lip liner was in 20 years ago but not anymore. Choose a lip liner that's just a shade deeper than your natural lip color. Be sure to blend in with your lip color to avoid any telltale line.
- Too Much Glue on False Lashes - Only a minimal amount of glue is needed. Just apply a slight amount of glue to the lash rim. You also need to wait for the glue to slightly dry, about 30 seconds. You'll find the lashes won't slip and slide as easy when you allow the glue to get tacky.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
There's nothing wrong with doing it yourself, if you're well-informed and excellent at applying your own makeup. I've been doing makeup for well over 20 years and even still I would never attempt to do my own makeup for my wedding day. But to those who are more adventurous, I will provide you with a few important tips.
Flawless makeup begins with flawless skin. Get routine facials, wear sunscreen, avoid harmful tanning, drink lots of water, watch what you eat and take care of your skin. We can always make our skin darker with bronzers and spray-on tans but once you damage your skin with UV rays, there's no way in reversing the negative effects.
Invest in quality, professional makeup products and tools. Using consumer geared products may have less than stellar results. Consumer makeup not designed for photography may present a problem with artificial flash of the camera washing out your skin tone on pictures. Most "over-the-counter" cosmetics lack beneficial pigments and will fade away long before the night is over. Just like quality cosmetics, a good set of brushes can make your application so much easier. Expect to pay a decent amount for quality products and tools. One professional brush can set you back between $35 and $75.
When working with clients, a makeup artist will take into account such things as; weather, heat, attire, skin tone, genetics, season, indoor/outdoor and many more variables. Understanding how all these things can affect the final photography outcome would take months, maybe years to master. But if you begin to make yourself aware of them, you can start to see how it all comes together to create the end result.
Cameras will be in abundance at your wedding and you're bound to have your picture taken more times in this one day than at any other time in your life. So, you definitely want your makeup to stand up through it all.
Be sure to practice with a full blown makeup application and take as many pictures in different lighting and locations as you possibly can. Apply your makeup early in the morning and note how well it lasts throughout the day. Do this for several days; wearing your makeup while you workout, clean the house, go shopping, etc. You want to see how well it holds up under the worst conditions. This way, you can rest assured knowing your makeup will still look fabulous from the moment you walk down the aisle until you make your final get away at the end of the night.
Many area makeup artists will offer tips and technique training classes with either individual or group lessons. I highly recommend attending a class or private session to tweak your wedding day bridal look. It may be difficult to learn how to master the art of creating flawless skin but with practice, you should be able to create a picture perfect look.
Best wishes to all the happy and beautiful brides. Please feel free to contact me for more tips.
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