Beauty School Drop-In

So, I finally decided to take the leap.

Starting tomorrow, I will be a student at the Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers. By the end of the year I will be a licensed esthetician and electrologist.

I am ecstatic! For so long I had been hemming and hawing, putting off the next step in living my dream. But no more! I’m looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life and I can’t wait to give you my inside look at what it really takes to be an artist. Stay tuned!

Bridal Beauty, Part 1


Photo by Neal Rabulan

Doing makeup for a bride is, in my opinion, one of the best opportunities any makeup artist can get their hands on. Unlike editorial work, having a bride trust you with their face on what is arguably the most important day of her life communicates a high level of trust in the artist and respect for his/her work. In my case, Lauren (the lovely diva pictured above) is much more than a client; she is a dear friend and mentor, so this job was extra-special and deeply personal for me.

On the other hand, the pressure for the bride to look picture-perfect can cause great amounts of anxiety for both parties. Thankfully this is an obstacle that can be overcome by artists in using the following business tips:

Trial runs are non-negotiable: This is not the time to just show up the day of and hope the bride likes what you’ve come up with. When it comes to bridal makeup, having a trial run or two (or three) is mandatory. This gives the bride time to work out a beauty vision with you and gives you ample time to play around with different looks according to the bride’s needs. 

Be kind, flexible and available: To say that planning a wedding is stressful is a vast understatement. Even the most Zen-minded brides experience some anxiety when it comes to their look. Be ready for the bride to change her mind, even up until the day of her wedding, and have the materials handy to accommodate her. This leads me to…

Be prepared: Once you finalize the look, have a paper blueprint handy  so that you can recreate the look without the added stress of trying to remember what was done during the final trial run (trust me, it will save your life). Additionally, show up early and have your kit packed with everything you could possibly need-and I mean EVERYTHING, especially makeup remover and sanitizing materials. For this wedding, the availability of makeup remover wipes saved the groom’s tuxedo (hi Kenny!) Every makeup artist should be over-prepared for every job, especially this one.

Listen, listen, listen: At the end of the day, the success of every job comes down t being a good listener. For bridal beauty, however, the role of listener may turn into therapist. Embrace the role! Letting the bride communicate her stress and let it out will ultimately help the process. It’s amazing what some lipstick, a hug and reassurance that everything will be okay can do to calm a bride’s nerves.

Starting Over

It’s a fun process rediscovering one’s passion. It’s a fun, slightly painful and worthwhile process.

In case it isn’t clear, I LOVE makeup and I pride myself on being a great artist. Unfortunately, life got in the way of pursuing my passion. So, what I thought would be a short break turned into a long, unwanted hiatus where I had to put my dreams on hold.

All of that ends today.

I’m picking up my brushes again and getting back to my craft. I’m starting virtually from scratch in terms of clientele, but I have plenty of passion, spirit and drive to get the ball rolling once again. I can wait to share my work and tips with you, and I hope that, in following my story, you become inspired to map out your own dreams.