Today’s FAV is LAT Makeup Services. She did the make up for the Stylized Senior Model Session! Not only is she a fabulous artist but she was so nice to work with!
How did you get started as a makeup artist and how long have you been in business?
After working in retail and institutional pharmacy for 15 years, I decided I wanted a career in something exciting. I’ve had a passion for makeup since the 8th grade when I attended a Mary Kay party and it blew me away. It was love at first sight. In 2000 I went back to school to get my license in makeup artistry. I decided I would do something everyday towards my goal of becoming a successful celebrity artist.
What is your favorite item in your make up bag right now?
My favorite item in my makeup bag right now is my NARS Taj mahal blush….I absolutely love that blush.
What is the most memorable experience being a makeup artist?
I’ve had so many awesome experiences but once I was hired for a tv shoot and I was given very little details. I got to the mansion it was being shot in, and I stood there wondering what in the world are they shooting? I assumed it was some student film. Finally the producer asked if was I ready to do makeup for the host…come to find out Cicely Tyson was the host and she was in the very next room. On another show my biggest regret was not talking a picture with Quincy Jones. He was very gracious but I was afraid to ask. I still regret it.
If you could give another business owner one piece of advice, what would it be?
My best advice is work on your goals absolutely everyday. There will be times that you will question yourself, think about giving up but stay focus and keep your eyes on the prize. Self employment is tough but the freedom is priceless.
What do you recommend for someone looking for a makeup artist?
If you’re in the market to hire an artist be sure to see their previous work, Don’t be afraid to ask for the look that YOU want. Never leave the chair unsatisfied but don’t micro-manage…you won’t know the finally look until the artist is done. Checking out the makeup half way thru the process may frighten you.
If you weren’t a makeup artist what would you be doing right now?
I can’t imagine not being an artist but I could see myself working in promotions and marketing.
Finish the sentences:
I’m inspired by… hard working successful entrepreneurs
My number one guilty pleasure is… Magnum Ice Cream bars! The BEST!
You would never guess by just looking at me but… I’m a sports fanatic and I’m highly competitive.
My life isn’t complete without.. my family.
My celebrity crush is… Hmm, Idris Elba is cute…I really don’t have a crush on any of them to be honest.
My biggest goal in 2014 is… to maintain my current clients and do more ad campaigns. I would love to build a bigger clientele in Southern MD.
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I love this simple cat eye with the pop of purple underneath! I found this on tumblr with no credit and tried to do the reverse image search and nothing came back up! If you know who did this look please let me know so I can credit them!
“All good things are wild and free.” – Henry David Thoreau
I really fell in love with photography when I started taking landscape and nature photographs in my high school photograph class. The darkroom was pretty awesome and it is something I’d love to have time for. These images bring me back to that time.
Hop on over to Brad Jolly’s page to see his translation!
1. I sat outside the other day when the weather was SO nice and this little ladybug landed on me. That means good luck right? They seemed to be all around my house so hopefully thats a lot of good luck!
2. Made a trip to Ikea and got a new comfy computer chair that i’m so excited about! I could spend forever in there.
3. Its so bittersweet when the leaves change colors because its so pretty, but I know that its about to get so cold, and I am not a fan of that freezing weather.
4. Fall smelling candles and Harry Potter to relax? Yes Please!
5. My Granny’s Homemade Caramel Apples are amazing! So YUMMY!
I read this article and have already decided to have an unplugged wedding, whenever that may be. And I will have no problem stopping my own ceremony to keep my guests in line
Then I watched this video
It made things clearer. We live in a world where we “need” to always be connected and because of that we miss out on things around us. I’m completely guilty. I remember going to Katy Perry’s concert and feeling like I HAD to record the performances. And while I’m glad I have the videos to look back on, I definitely missed out on the full experience. So when I was at Justin Timberlake’s concert I made it a point to not be as concerned with recording the whole show. I did record a few favorite songs and some snippets throughout but I actually enjoyed the concert and had an awesome night. (I was third row from the musical love of my life since 1998!)
I’m trying to be more conscious of not being so distracted and being on my phone. Sometimes when I’m at the movie theater I’ll feel my phone vibrate and check it.. Is it really that important that it can’t wait and hour and a half? I also have made it a personal goal to read more and get projects done instead of getting sucked into Facebook or Pinterest for hours at time. I have so many books that I haven’t ready because “I don’t have the time”. Well I actually DO have the time… I just don’t prioritize it that way.
The first thing I did was download the Self Control App. Self Control is a free and open-source application for Mac OS X (10.5 or above) that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click “Start.” Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access those sites–even if you restart your computer or delete the application. So if i need to edit images, I can set the app to not allow me on the internet, no more time suck from Pinterest. It would also be good for students who need access to the internet for writing a paper or doing research but you wouldn’t want to be distracted with social media or Netflix. (Under their FAQ they have links for PC version apps as well)
And I’ve already changed my email settings on my phone. I no longer get alerted EVERY single time I get another email! I have to go to the app and update to see what in. IT HAS MADE ME SO HAPPY. I know email is a big way clients get in touch with me but a lot of the time I will read and email while I’m out, or in the middle or something, or just don’t want to type out a long response on my phone and then forget about it! I hate that.
I think my next thing to do is turning off notifications for other applications. I mean do I really need to know the second someone comments on a Facebook post? No, probably not.. If its dire need to get in contact with me they can call or text me.
I was planning on spending one Saturday unplugged, so I turned my phone off and was almost finished cleaning out my closet when my best friend just showed up at my house to make me go shopping and then last minute road trip to Pennsylvania’s Field of Screams. I had a few good hours until she showed up and I did have a good time so I guess it all worked out!
I’ve also heard of this game where whenever you go out to dinner everyone puts their phone on the table in a pile face down, the first person to check their phone pays the bill. Who wants to grab lunch?
Its hard not only living in today’s society where we are always so connected but having a business where I use the internet and social media to connect and share my work. I actually really enjoy blogging and posting but instead of taking the time each day to come up with posts, I’m going to start scheduling posts throughout the week. Understanding that people will always expect an immediate response, but sometimes its okay to get back in a couple days.
I really don’t experiment with make up that much. I stick to my neutrals in the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette but this look is cute, I might need to get out of my comfort zone and try it for Thanksgiving. Hop on over to Special Koko for more pictures and the list of products she used!