Palettes and Stacks

October 27th, 2012

I have always loved the bright, shiny look of all the shimmer powders available on the market. Across the board in various brands – there are 1000000000000’s of shimmer colors to choose from – right? And yet I have always picked up my palette of shadows. Maybe because it is so easy.


Color Theory and Makeup Play

September 7th, 2012

It’s been a long hard hot summer and no two ways about –

it’s time to renew, refresh, create and learn. Autumn is upon us … School is in session.


Time to get out and look your best for the season. Take advantage of all of fashions formulas and products new this season.

Looking at the trends – beauty and luxe are in! More bolds, innovative designs, big shoes and enough jewel tones to make you feel royal . One of my Fall feelings of inspirations this season is BRIGHT Emerald with MUTED Silver/Gray. In theory, muted and bright can work very well together all the time.

Interview with Marietta Carter-Narcisse

September 4th, 2010

Makeup Artist, Educator, Diva Businesswoman, Mother, Beauty Writer for Black Elegance Magazine, National Spokeswoman for Interface Cosmetics, Member of IATSE Local 706, Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the list goes on! A diva of all trades and a woman of excellence for September!

I had an inspirational interview with Marietta at her home in Los Angeles. Her home is warm and inviting, filled with photographs on every table with culture abounding in every square inch of her home. She holds fast to her roots as a native from the Caribbean Island of Barbados. She is a mother (among other things) of 4-and-a-half-year-old son Grégoire. Marietta keeps a full schedule as a working makeup artist in TV, film, print, commercial, and videos. Early in her career she toured as Natalie Cole’s personal wardrobe, hair and makeup artist. Now, Marietta’s reputation as a makeup artist has her celebrity clientele list overflowing! Her personal attention is requested by Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Denzel Washington, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Cindy Crawford. Marietta’s passion is educating makeup artists on how to makeup women and men of color. She protests it’s not about skin color but undertones! She is a goal setter, never looks shabby on a job, represents the epitome of professionalism, is energetic, passionate, and an advocate about her job. (Which she insists is her money making hobby!) Marietta is a package deal with credentials and experience that will raise your eyebrows. She prefers to work smart not hard. Always seeking out knowledge in unknown areas, she is not someone who relies on hear say to develop her own trends or innovations. Read about this once pre-med student turned makeup artist’s career and you will be inspired, as I was.

Interview with Michael Burnett

August 29th, 2010

Ghosts goblins, monsters, gore and more! That’s what October’s makeup artist of the month, Michael Burnett specializes in. Michael is a Halloween Extraordinare, as he is the mastermind behind Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights! This is his third year in charge of 5 Halloween mazes, live stage shows and keeping a crew of 35 makeup artists busy cranking out classic movie monsters, mummies and more. I had a true Hollywood gore and effects experience as I got the behind the scenes tour of Michael’s effects shop, where all the Halloween magic comes to life. Michael is a true all-around artist, dabbling in all sorts of creative venues from special effects makeup, the makeup department head on Nickelodeon’s show, “All That,” an instructor for UCLA’s Extension program, and a Dad!

Interview with Marvin Westmore: Make Up Artist and Educator

August 22nd, 2010

I met with Marvin at Westmore Academy and got the Hollywood scoop on the Westmore family dynasty! Marvin is the father of five kids: Kevin, Kandy, Eric, Kris and Matthew. Four out of five kids work in the TV and Film Industry! Marvin is one of the forefront educators in makeup artistry education, has a classy resume that will knock your glitter eyelashes off, and is even a Boy Scout Mountain Man for the Western LA County Council. Marvin serves on many local committees, is a fabulous cook and insists if he doesn’t learn something new at least once a week- its been a bad week! Read all about Marvin’s career and family history in Hollywood’s Motion Picture Industry.

Interview with Beckie Kravetz: Sculptor, Master Mask-Maker & Make Up Artist

August 15th, 2010

I interviewed Beckie while she was in Los Angeles for the opening of her latest work “Sculpted Arias.” The exhibit was held at the Los Angeles Music Center Opera. Art buff’s and opera lovers were among the crowd viewing her collection of famous opera characters. Get the scoop on Beckie’s fascinating career as a multi-talented artist!
How did you get started as an artist?

Art was something I always did. I took art classes from the time I was a kid. I was involved in children’s theatre workshops, in addition to acting stuff I took puppet-making classes. I was always putting on plays and making costumes. I always had my hands in “craft” stuff.
When did you discover you had a talent for creating faces?

Interview with Ian Goodwin: SPFX Guru of Makeup Mania and Rogue Planet

August 8th, 2010

Fast facts on Ian the SPFX Guru: born in Santa Cruz, California, used to be a D.J., hates fashion, colors distract him, likes women with a clean all-natural looking face, never touched a tube of lipstick before moving to LA for makeup school! Read into Ian’s story about becoming a Special Effects Guru!

How did you know you wanted to become a Makeup Artist?

Interview with Melinda Douglas: Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist catering to the Bridal Industry

August 1st, 2010

I interviewed Melinda after reading her beauty tips for brides in the Summer 1999 issue of Los Angeles Wedding Pages Magazine. Working exclusively with brides in the San Gabriel Valley, Melinda is highly experienced in the field of bridal makeup and hair design. Her work has been featured in Latina Bride; the March/April issue of Super Onda Magazine, and in LA Wedding Pages article “Total Beauty”. April showers bring May flowers and June brides are among us! Read up on the latest bridal scoop for 1999 with Melinda’s expert advice.

What made you decide to work exclusively in the field of bridal hair and makeup?

Interview with Art Anthony Make Up Artist

July 25th, 2010

Creator of “STATE OF THE ART,” revolutionary silicone Flesh Putty and the proud father of 2 year old, Jasmine!

I interviewed Art here at our home base Makeup Mania. I got the inside scoop on Art’s new line of products. We will soon be offering “State of the Art” products to all you SPFX’S manias! Art’s career is diverse and interesting. Read up on all his interesting talents.
How did you get started as a makeup artist?

Interview with Gregory Arlt: Make Up Artist

July 17th, 2010

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c911da.gif” alt=”" width=”189″ height=”300″ />I had a fabulous date with Gregory, after he finished a hectic day doing makeup! Gregory is a freelance makeup artist based in Los Angeles whose focus is in fashion, video, and beauty editorial. He is also a Senior Artist with MAC Cosmetics’ Pro Team and has lots of Hollywood beauty scoop. Read on all you makeup maniacs!
How did you start in the makeup industry?