Welcome to my blog where once month you can follow my adventures and life. I say adventures because when you love and are truly inspired by what you do, it’s definitely not a job, which is why you’ll never find that word in my posts!
Working for Too Faced as a lead artist for the LA region, I’m able to connect with fellow beauty enthusiasts at Ulta Beauty and Sephora stores. Sharing knowledge, running events, and then running my family life of three boys and two Dalmatians at home seems like a handful but it means creativity and beautiful things constantly surround me.
Over the last month, my adventures included operas, weddings, working on a movie set, and working with body paint at a Halloween convention, HauntCon. Body painting is something entirely new to me, so I really took it as a chance to impress and push artistic abilities for myself. The whole month was a collective, creative pool that I dove right into.
In the beginning of January, I took part in a smaller, more intimate opera at Loyola University called After Life. It touched on concepts of art, politics, and war, and recently was announced winner for a prize supporting the composition of new works that can be performed and produced by colleges. It was incredible performance to see, and to work on!
Madame Butterfly is a pretty well-known opera and I was able to be a part of its production this past month in Pensacola, FL. It’s common in opera for the women not to be empowered and there’s usually always some heavy tragedy woven into the scenes. I didn’t enjoy the lack of empowerment of women in the performance, but the music I loved so much. It was a beautiful show with many actors to prepare. Being on the set for Madame Butterfly (or any opera) it’s the director’s vision I’m bringing to life opposed to mine. Stage makeup is not about perfection, but about manipulating, creating, and adjusting shapes for great profiles. In this particular opera, we had an hour and half for 40 cast members, totaling about 15 minutes per person for hair and makeup. The lace was kept longer on our wigs (compared to wigs in film). To save the integrity of the wig, we slowly cut back the lace as needed, allowing it to be used for multiple productions and performances.
Two weddings filled January with love and bliss. One was for someone dear to my heart—Julie, my vet’s technician, who takes care of my two pups! I was her hair stylist for the wedding party, and between her hair and makeup she absolutely shone at the sweet bayou wedding in Jean Lafitte.
The second wedding took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans. I did the hair and makeup for the party, and it was a great time to catch up with friends in such a lively, celebratory scene. Congratulations, Jessica and Matthew!
I also worked on a movie set, Green Book. There’s something magical about being surrounded by other artists and like-minded people. The movie was filmed in the Orpheum Theatre and Roosevelt Hotel, and the lunch provided during shooting was as incredible as the sets!
Body painting is such an incredible art, and was such a new experience for me. I did it for Graftobian Makeup, a family owned, made in USA product that’s easy to use. Applying creativity goes a long way in body painting, and being in a different scene that supported the artists’ ability opposed to the client’s needs was invigorating. I got to paint next to famous/well known body painters Nick Wolfe, Kyle Vest, and Brittany Pelloquin. I really enjoyed painting next to other artists with cosmetic brands such as Cinema Secrets, Merhon, and Kryolan, and seeing what they created. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone and seeing the results surprised me. Using an entire body as a canvas opposed to just the face was a challenge, and being complimented on for my work by such enthused artists was a great feeling. You can only achieve something new if you push yourself.
I’m looking forward to sharing more adventures with you all.
Stay beautiful! xoxo