How long have you been a makeup artist and how did you start out?
I started out 37 years ago. I danced on American Bandstand as a teenager and the older dancers took me in the bathroom at ABC Prospect and put makeup on me and did my hair. That was it! I knew that makeup and hair could change you. The shape of your brows made your eyes completely different. Some pencil in the waterline of your eye turned your look from teen to sexy. I was hooked! I worked for free for anyone who would let me, swept the hair up in the makeup and hair rooms. I got everyone food and coffee. I took a course from Joe Blasco when he himself taught it at Sunset Gower Studios. I took a job that not only was free; I had to pay my air fare and food. I stayed with strangers too! Back in LA months later, a call for pick up shots led me to my entire career. I did those shots at a little studio in Glendale. A man watched me transform a woman and take care of my unknown talent with the same care I do with my celebrities today. I had no idea who he was. Turns out back in those days he was the head of programing for ABC and was renting production space to do a T.V. show. There with a man by the name of Pat Boone. It was a show before its time - a cooking show with celebrities. He asked me for my card. I still had no idea until weeks later when he called and offered me a major job. I worked for Pat Boone for quite a while after that too (some reading this won’t even know who that is anymore!). One thing led to another when I interviewed for a big T.V. show. They called for references and I actually had them. I am still close to that executive producer as I type. Years of sitcom T.V. with him and that is how my career was born. All because of that crazy free location job!
What’s your favorite part about being a makeup artist? What’s your least favorite?
My favorite part is the transformation giving people the same feeling that was given to me. My least favorite is not always having the perfect situation to do it in. Sometimes we are locations in massive heat with no light and you just have to make the best of it. It’s about making your talent look like its perfect weather and comfortable always.
What is your favorite Tweezerman beauty tool and why?
That's a hard question! I love them all but if I could only have one it would be the Tweezerman Slant tweezers. I can’t work without them. I can work fast to shape my clients brows, and put on individual lashes or strip lashes so fast. I can flip them around and use both ends for adjusting and lifting. I love the colors you can never lose them! You can never have to many pairs in your kits.
What clients have you worked on in the past?
I am the head of the makeup department for many shows. Most recently I worked on NBC’s Hollywood Game Night where we have 6 new celebrities each show. That could be 60 new amazing gorgeous and handsome celebrities coming through my department each season. My celebrity list can go on for pages. I have been Howie Mandel’s personal artist for 11 years and yes - men need grooming too. I also worked on Deal or No Deal for NBC. This was a big show for me. I designed the makeup and hair for all the models. I worked with Jay Leno on his new show Jay Leno’s Garage, after he retired from The Tonight Show. What a privilege to hang out with Jay! I worked with Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls, Chelsea Handler, Loni Love who is the host of The Reel. Other artists I have worked with include Lizzie Armato, Tony Hawks, Brandon Routh from Superman Returns, Melissa Etheridge, Kate Flannery, Apolo Ohno, Chrissy Teigan, John Legend, Pete Wentz, Henry Winkler, Nate Berkus, David Beckham. That’s just off the top of my head!
What is your dream beauty tool?
My dream tool? That's a great question. I would love a lighted slant Tweezerman. I think that might make me smile! Other than that, my hands are my dream tools. I feel blessed to have them.
What advice do you have for makeup artists just starting out?
Never think you know everything. We always keep learning from everyone. My belief is a makeup artist is 33 1/3% artist and 33 1/3% scientist. Why? Because we mix products to make the magic happen! The most important – we are 33 1/3% psychologists. Why? Because you have to make your client (whether its may be a celebrity or not) sitting in your chair feel like they are a million bucks. It’s not about you! You have to adjust to each personality. If you can remember that you will go far!
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