How it all started
I have never experienced any particular craving for makeup and drawing - my current profession was predetermined by chance. I have always been a creative person, I even dreamed of sewing clothes, but I painted no better than other children. At the age of 18 I moved to Moscow, I had nowhere to live, and I really needed money. There were options: return to yourself or stay and start working - I chose the latter. I came for an interview with a girl who was then working in M.A.S. in a high position. That's when I got my first experience of makeup: before the interview, I painted my friend in the bathroom, because we thought there would be someone to paint up there. I gave him some awful red lips and crooked arrows.
But then I come to that girl, and, as if in jest, she says to me: "Sell me this turquoise waterproof eyeliner." I did it with a plus, saying that the eyeliner is universal: it can be applied to lips, eyes, eyebrows, and anywhere else. She perfectly understood that I was not any makeup artist, but decided to send me to the store and see how I would cope there.
I arrived at the corner of M.A.S. in TSUM, stood for two hours, offering nothing to anyone and generally not understanding what to do. On the very first day there was some kind of promotion: it was necessary to make a correction with purple shadows, but nothing worked for me. It was saved by the fact that I can communicate with people and can persuade them to do anything. Those were the times when I painted huge red lips for everyone, with a pencil, glitter - that was my favorite feature.
I was just starting out, but I wanted more. I worked a lot, developed independently, read books, learned to draw more professionally.
Ideally, before you start practicing in public, you need to learn how to make face charts on paper. A face chart is a makeup scheme, that is, a piece of watercolor paper where you need to apply shadows, lipstick, blush on a painted face - in a word, those products that are used for regular makeup. I painted them a day more than one, filled my hand, and soon my work began to be among the best in Russia. Although there is not a living face in front of you, training gives results: over time, you begin to feel the brushes, combinations of colors and textures. In general, making a face chart is not easy: you have to drive in the shadows very carefully so that on paper you get exactly the color of the product that we see in the jar. It will not work just with a brush: dirty spots will remain, shadows will form in dense, ugly pieces. When you learn how to do such complex things on paper, such problems will no longer arise with a person's face.
But constant practice on paper is almost a utopian option, so few people do, because the practice takes place in a store where the main goal is to sell. Ideally, after applying makeup, you sketch the whole process on paper for the person so that he can then repeat it on his own. Face charts can and should be done both at work, for clients, and in your free time, already for your own training.
Photographer and makeup artist
I continued to work at M.A.S. until I met the photographer Yenisei. As every woman dreams of finding the perfect tailor, every aspiring makeup artist wants to find the perfect photographer.
I found him absolutely by accident on Facebook: he was already known both in my company and among professional makeup artists. I wrote to him and offered to work together, then not yet as a make-up artist and photographer, but as a photographer and model. I said that I work as a make-up artist, and we decided to shoot my work. At that time, he had a permanent make-up artist with whom he worked in tandem, but for some reason they stopped working.
I made him terrible red lips and crooked arrows
When you have a photographer, there are suggestions: filming, magazines, covers, advertising campaigns and just a huge number of contacts with which you then move on. You get regular clients, important from both commercial and creative points of view, acquaintances with beauty magazine editors, with the best hair stylists. Plus, the peculiarity of photography is that on it you are much better than in life, you see all your mistakes.
For the portfolio, I had to do a lot of filming. For each, as a rule, the makeup artist creates three images. Any shooting is exhausting, because you are always on your feet, constantly analyzing, thinking about what and where to apply, how and what to shade. Only with time and experience do you start to do it automatically, but in the beginning it is always difficult.
Nowadays most of my work is commercial photography for advertising and fashion photography of creative projects. I worked at Russian shows two or three times, and I didn't really like this experience. No makeup artist will tell you that he wants to work according to a template and repeat what a leading specialist came up with. It is more interesting to get acquainted with designers and their collections and come up with makeup yourself. However, in M.A.S. I had a chance to get into a team that deals with shows, but again, because of my ambition, the management decided that I could not adjust and do like everyone else, although I think I could.
A year ago, my dream was to be the main makeup artist of some cosmetic brand, no matter which one. I wanted to be famous and very cool, but over time this desire became less and less, although I still do not mind being attached to some brand. Firstly, it is stability: on freelancing you earned forty thousand in a week and sit around for two weeks, and then a huge project falls on you, after which there is another lull. Secondly, it is very prestigious to have a record about a company in your resume. For example, “the leading makeup artist of the MA S brand” - that says it all at once.
"Leading makeup artist of the brand M.AS" - that says it all at once
My dream is to work with Alex Box. Just stand next to her when she comes up with another crazy makeup, and understand how she does it, how she feels. She really inspires me, and looking at her pictures, I want to see all this live.
Now I am not only a freelancer, but also a permanent makeup teacher in one of the studios. Next year, it would be nice to go abroad for three or four months, to Paris or New York, and work with foreign experts, because fashion is not born in Russia, and makeup is very much connected with it. But to work abroad, you need to know almost perfectly English. For now, I can only come and say, "Hey dude, how are you?" But I need to explain why I put a more glossy tone here and a more matte tone here, and here my knowledge is still not enough.
People who are now graduating from all sorts of schools of make-up sometimes know the theory very well, but do not have practical skills. Practice, practice, practice, experience, experience and experience - that's what a beginner needs. Know the products, go to the shops, watch the professionals work, adopt all sorts of techniques and paint everyone you can to learn how to work with different types. It is necessary to get down to business thoroughly already when you have no doubt that this is exactly what you need. If you follow the fashion and everything that is happening now in this environment, then creating something of your own will be much easier. If there is no opportunity to get a professional art education or go to a makeup school, you need a lot of independent drawing work.
Practice, practice, practice, experience, experience and experience
It's important to practice symmetry, because you can perfectly draw an arrow on your right eye, but you can't do the same with your left, and it will be a complete failure. Draw face charts, experiment.But with all these complex make-ups, we must not forget the classics: an even tone, red lipstick, perfect arrows - this is the base, something that every makeup artist should be able to do without hesitation, blindfolded.
For the first year and a half, the make-up artist simply fills his hand, trains a lot. And only then you can begin to come up with some of your own chips both in makeup and when collecting a case: your own style is developed, brushes appear that other makeup artists do not have, or you just use them in your own way. This is how Vaseline appeared in my cosmetic bag, which gives the skin some incredible alien glow, and a bar of soap to whiten my eyebrows.
Every makeup artist has their own ideas that they usually don't share with others. In my case I have broken mascara brushes to comb my eyebrows, a dental spatula, on which it is very convenient to apply textures and mix them there, different jars with ready-made mixed shades. My case is still dominated by MAS cosmetics, although I no longer work there. MAS are very loyal employers who stimulate their employees, donate their cosmetics, and conduct various trainings on seasonal trends.
Of course, you always assemble the case yourself, based on your needs, although you can spy on something from others. The most important thing, when you start to get hung up on one product, on one color scheme, is to put it aside in time and go further, because the makeup becomes very monotonous, and in the profession of a makeup artist, novelty and experiment play almost the main role. But I always have the means to create both a classic image and some completely crazy art objects. The most basic tools that you cannot do without and with which you should start - this is all for the perfect tone. When doing makeup, you can even finish at the tone stage, and you get a very natural version. Or you can add blue arrows and green blush, and it will already be fashion. A make-up artist should not be afraid of experimenting: you need to try to do anything, if only it does not work out smoothly and one size fits all. It is important to understand exactly what they want from you. You need a beauty option - you slightly emphasize the dignity of the face: tone, arrows. If they want trash, pull a net over your face and aerobrush, you get an art.
The closest connection a makeup artist has is with fashion, fashion design. It is the designers who set the fashion for textures and colors, which immediately turns into makeup. Complex colors have become fashionable in clothes - you need to be able to mix them and apply them to everything: lips, eyes, skin. If it is not possible to take trainings, just turn on the Fashion TV channel and watch what new designers have come up with.
It happens that you are not working with a person for the first time, they already trust you and one day they say: "Well, we know that you will do everything perfectly, here is a model, do what you want." At times like this, I become just like Harry Potter after Dumbfounded! and can't figure out what to do at all. Here you need to sensibly analyze what kind of project, what audience is designed for, what should be the reaction to the result. Relatively speaking, if this is a story for metalheads who listen to hard rock and drink in the yard, they will understand the metallic pasted eyebrows and black lipstick.
In any field, specialists are always appreciated who deliver a high-quality and original product in a short time. You need to train on your own for a while and look for some of your chips, because no one needs a monotonous copy-paste.
If you love your job, then washing your brushes can be the biggest nuisance
This is how I allocate time for makeup: if it is one accent, lips or eyes, - 10 minutes, if an even tone and again one accent - 25 minutes. For a full-fledged makeup - an hour, for complex art - a maximum of 1.5 hours. In the allotted time, it is necessary to have time to draw also a face-chart in order to remember the general picture and the products that were used. If a makeup artist applies lipstick for half an hour, no one is interested in him.
The coolest thing about working is to see the result in a well-processed photo. You look and understand that this is not a picture downloaded from Yandex, but your work. And the realization that this makeup is no longer there, and someone will someday look and say: “Wow, this is so beautiful, and who did it?” Is the most pleasant thing. In the work of a makeup artist, it is important that you can never repeat one to one what has already happened. That is, you can copy someone else's style, but it will still be different, because you are letting everything through yourself.
If you love your job, then the biggest nuisance can be perhaps washing your brushes. After shooting, there is no longer any energy, but here you look at your belt (case for brushes -..), And there are 59 dirty brushes. And now you wash them with shampoo, balm, dry them, fold them, and the next day you will take pictures again, and in the evening it will be the same.