How To Avoid Designer Rants?

30 Jan 2013

Spoiler Alert: This is me rambling, mumbling and grumbling to myself. You may or may not decide to take heed.

It is the new year and I am sure everyone is looking to get more work either with brides or for fashion shows or fashion designers.

In my short span as a makeup artist in Nigeria (I am not sure of anywhere else), I have come to understand that fashion designers are a rare breed. Their designs are the most delicate things on the entire planet and thus are to be treated as such.

A lot of the time though, this fragility tends to create a kind of cocoon for the designer and the makeup artist is expected to work through it.

I am of the belief though that after the designs are ready, the planning of the lookbook or collection launch or fashion show should be done with the makeup artist, photographer, hair and wardrobe stylist and any other person who will play an integral part in the process. Oh well that is just me rambling.

I have learnt to work with whatever idea the Designer has in mind though and everyone should learn to do that too. Afterall, they say ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’.

As a makeup artist, always have kit essentials. The best essentials I always make sure I have are multi-use products eg. stick foundations, loose powders, cream blushes (can be used as eye, cheek and lip colour), pigments etc.

Believe me when I say Designers are divas and can change their minds at any time. It is always good to be prepared.
The initial theme for this shoot was vampy but we ended up with a lot of dewy skin, thin eye liner and dark lips. Imagine what would have happened if I had not been prepared.
Don’t say I did not warn you.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this. All creatives need trust to work well together and that takes time to develop.

    You are correct, in the meantime, have a versatile kit- you the MUA might even decide to change your makeup design when you actually see the models/clothes/hair etc :)

    1. Yaaay! first time you commented on my blog and it has definitely made my day.

      The trust part is only too true for everyone and most especially creative people (SMH cos it happens at work everyday, lol)


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