Professional make up artists are master wielders of brushes and sponges, Q-Tips and sprays. Theirs is a talent that is in demand all year long whether an actress needs to go timeless glam for an Oscar event or foxy babe for a night out in New York’ most exclusive clubs. Behind every beautiful face in Hollywood is a professional make up artist.
The Revered Experts and Professionals
Think the late Kevyn Aucoin, Bobbi Brown and Nicky Lieberman of Sex and the City and Devil Wears Prada fame. All these individuals are behind the lush lashes, come-hither pouts and the glowing skins of the most beautiful faces in tinsel town.
While celebrity make up artists take part in the fun and glamour that is part and parcel of their industry, they are also expected to project a professional attitude each and every time they need to do their job. All of them once took a makeup artist class or two during their early years before relocating to the big city in order to be shoulder-to-shoulder with the big names in Hollywood. Their junior years were spent in study and apprenticeship of beauty and makeup in order to become the artist they are now.
Make Healthy Skin a Priority
All celebrity make up artists agree when they say that a great canvas is especially fun to work with, which is why they also know all about skin care and health. Nicky Lieberman took great pains to make sure that the cast of Sex and the City takes good care of their skin.
Bobbi Brown’s astoundingly successful line of beauty books always has sections where she talked about the importance of skin care. While a near-perfect epidermis may sometimes be hard to achieve for a few individuals, it certainly makes their job a lot easier.
Celebrity Make Up Artists’ Goal: From Classic Beauty to Corpse Bride
In some cases, celebrity make up artists get to play out their wildest dreams when they land movie assignments that will require them to play the role of special effects makeup artists. Neil Scanlan is one such artist who was able to cast Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter’s fine features into nothing short of demonic in the highly acclaimed Tim Burton musical movie entitled Sweeney Todd.
With a little bit of imagination (and some extra budge-proof white makeup), Neil Scanlan was able to transform Depp and Carter’s Hollywood-ish looks into an unforgettably dark mask that showcased how their characters lived their lives in the film.
Truly, only a professional make up artist can turn a celebrity’s face into a million and one looks for all occasions. From a magazine cover to a dark and frightening movie, it is always a marvel to note that one’s favorite star is able to channel a different persona all thanks to the wonder that is make up transformation.