Burt Reynolds

My first experience with Burt Reynolds was a drive by. I was told to sit on the teeter totter while waiting for the Smokey and the Bandit car to speed by my elementary school. I didn’t mind. I was allowed to play and I liked the teeter totter. The playground was full of my strategically
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I Did Senator John McCain’s Makeup!

When I met Senator John McCain it was one of the most important times of his life. He was selected as the Republican presidential nominee, and he was about to be interviewed by George Stephanopoulos, former White House Democratic Political Advisor and the host of This Week, the national network news show out of Washington,
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Another Makeup & Hair Bill in Oregon Passed!

Happy Fourth of July Celebrating Makeup Artistry Freedom in Oregon! In just 2 years, with the help of my community and wonderful legislators, we have accomplished so much! Only 2 years ago, I initiated my first bill ever (SB836), to change the law, allowing professional makeup artists who work in film, TV, stage and professional
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Makeup artist on camera

Just when you  least expect it, sometimes you are told on a shoot, “By the way, you are going to be on camera today.” Yikes! In this Levi’s spot with Alexi Lalas, it describes a typical day in his life, including getting makeup (that’s where I come in). He describes how you see him in
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Bridal Makeup

I think you need to be a special kind of makeup artist to love doing bridal makeup. It is a high stress day with high expectations! The bride wants her day to be absolutely perfect, and a big part of it relies on her makeup artist who sets the mood. Not only do you have
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Inside the Homes of Celebrities

  As I sit in my quaint little house, flipping through home decorating magazines, I fantasize about what it would be like to have a really large home, a home that I would hire a professional interior decorator to style. It would probably be on a mountain over looking the river. Who has a home
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The Pretty Blog

The other day I had a meeting with a new student. We talked about the program and she filled out an application. And then she said I was pretty. It’s not often that a stranger tells me I’m pretty. It gave me bubbles in my tummy. I had to temporarily shake it off so I
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Makeup tips for Seniors

Last month I was asked by the editor of local senior newspaper, The Messenger, to write an article on makeup tips for seniors. With a love for writing, I couldn’t turn it down. Besides, there are no age limitations to using makeup. You just need to know how to achieve the best results. Here’s what  The
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My trip to IMATS in Vancouver, B.C.

Growing up in L.A., I had access to the mecca of all the film industry had to offer. I didn’t just grow up in L.A., but I grew up in Hollywood, attended Hollywood High and started my makeup artistry training at the Hollywood High performing arts magnet where I practiced on the theater performances in
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Meeting Great Minds – Mac 30 Year Anniversary

When people ask me what my favorite type of makeup is that I do as a makeup artist, my answer is always the same. It’s not the makeup that is my favorite part of being a makeup artist. It’s the experiences that makeup artistry has brought to my life, and the people I have met
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From Makeup to Movie Star! Makeup Artists Who Get Discovered!

I am not the first makeup artist who started out acting or played in a band. And I hardly think I’m the only makeup artist who has fantasized about getting discovered on a set and pulled into a scene by the director who thought I had the just the look he or she needed. When
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Alternative inspiration: The Oregon Country Fair

Now here’s body makeup inspiration: The Oregon Country Fair…and no deodorant required! Or so many seem to think. Or maybe it’s the patchouli. No offense, just not my smell. Not to put down the Country Fair. I actually loved it! It was super creative and fantastic for people watching. The aerial acrobatic circus performances were
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I fought the law…and I won! Makeup Artistry Bill Passed

Senator Burdick and I I am proud to be a working makeup artist in Oregon. Before yesterday, I wasn’t allowed to charge for  makeup services in Oregon without an esthetician license, a license that requires the skills of someone who works in a salon, waxing and doing facials. We all love these services, but that
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Seattle, Doughnuts and the Challenges of Makeup!

I’m home! I just want to express the number one challenge of working on a set are all those dang doughnuts that keep showing up! Here I am working on a Clarisonic commercial while deep fried pimple inducing doughnuts are being served. So I indulged. Now I have pimples. I must use the Clarisonic now.
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Makeup Artists…In Front of the Camera!

Having just returned from the International Makeup Artist Tradeshow, I look back at the flurry of crowds, noise, amazing talent, and a tremendous variety of product. I think how IMATS has changed over the years.  I have been attending IMATS for fifteen years now, so I have seen a lot of change.       
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