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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Easy come…easy go…

Carly Rae Jepsen won the Canadian Idol and hit the #1 US Billboard Charts with her hit song “Call Me Maybe” along with the #1 spot in 20 other countries around the world. In the last week I got hired to do her hair and makeup two times…and released two times when her Canadian makeup
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Models, Heartache, and Sauvie Island

    I was on Sauvie Island Tuesday for a creative test photo shoot. I decided I’m in love with Sauvie Island. It’s beautiful out there. There’s houses that float on the river. For a brief moment I decided I would move there, and then I remembered I had a six year old daughter, we
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The Simple Life

   The other day I had a test shoot out on Sauvie Island, the outskirts of Portland where the farms are, where you can pick your own berries in the summertime, swim in the river, and get lost in the corn mazes at Halloween time. It’s not even that far of a drive, so I
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Adidas Yoga

Adidas Yoga Believe it or not, these clothes were about 3 sizes too big and we had to bunch and clip them where you can’t see in the shot. I can’t believe we somehow made them look like they fit. These girls held these yoga poses for about 4 hours straight. Their legs were burning
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Going for Gold!

Working with all of these athletes makes me feel so out of shape! Ashton Eaton not only won the GOLD for the decathlon for this summer 2012 Olympics, but he holds the WORLD RECORDS in BOTH the Decathlon and Heptathlon events. I’m proud when my daughter spells a word or ties her shoes. Imagine how
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You CAN be a MOM AND DO ANYTHING!

One of the questions I get asked as a makeup artist is, “Can you manage a free-lance career and raise a child?” Well, I did, and I’m still doing it! Being free-lance often means getting last minute jobs, and it isn’t always easy to spontaneously juggle child care and work, especially when you don’t have
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This is Rob Reiner

I had the great pleasure of working for the second time in my career with the director of some of your favorite movies, and some of the most memorable and funniest moments in film history, Rob Reiner. I’m sure you know what moment I’m talking about when I mention his film, When Harry Met Sally,
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When Celebrities Call

Only two times in my life have I been truly star struck by a telephone call, and one time just took me plain off guard. The first time I felt star struck by the phone was years ago when Ben Kingsley called me looking for a hairdresser for his wife, and the second time was
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Social Networking

    Constant Contact gave a seminar today on social networking. They talked about how marketing your business today is really not about marketing, it’s about networking. The majority of the population is now trusting total strangers online to make the bulk of their consumer decisions on how to spend your money, which doctors to
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HOW TO APPLY MASCARA

The other day I spoke to my BFF, my confidante, and my advisor since the age of twelve. Conveniently my advisor friend is now a Psychiatrist, which makes her advice to me over the many, many years quite professional. Yes, I have been receiving professional advice for free, and a lot of it. This is
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To Be or Not to Be…

Being free-lance is not easy. People think that we are lucky to have so much freedom and flexibility, but in actuality, it can be quite the opposite. When you are a free-lancer, every fun activity you schedule in life is mentally categorized as “tentative,” because when you get a job, the job comes first. As
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Working in the Elements

Bella’s House in Twilight Having lived in Los Angeles my whole life, except for brief winter vacations to the east coast or a quick jaunt to the mountains to play in the snow, I had never really experienced much change in the weather. My working life hadn’t seen the need for much more than sneakers
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Inspiration from Nature

It was such a gorgeous clear blue-sky day today that I took two walks to the park. While I was there I discovered tiny white daisies popping up all over the damp green grass. It’s barely even February. Could spring already be pushing its way through the earth? I panicked a little. We haven’t even
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