My parents wouldn’t let me wear makeup until I was 16…so my first experience was at 14 when a friend’s mom basically implored me to start wearing mascara and blush! My most cherished memory is actually maybe a year or two after that, when I was 16 and my mom brought to me to a makeup counter and helped me pick out some basic makeup items, including fancy brushes. At the time, I was tickled by the experience, and now, looking back on how poor we were, I have additional appreciation of it because I know what a sacrifice it was for my family.
2. How/where did you study makeup?
I actually fell into makeup work through modeling. I was doing my own hair/makeup for photo shoots, and a photographer (Joe Branske - http://branske.com/) pulled me aside and said, “Hey, I think you could be really good at this.” Over the course of the summer of 2003/2004 and beyond, I would go over to his studio practically every Saturday and do hair/makeup for all these models…and then we’d look at the photos afterwards and critique them. So I learned most of what I know about makeup from “on the job” experience. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that I have three younger sisters who let me experiment endlessly with makeup while we were growing up!
3. Why did you want to become a makeup artist?
The thing that draws me to being a makeup artist is the opportunity to touch another person and remind them of how beautiful they are (with or without makeup!) - fostering a sense of confidence and self-love is my raison-d’etre - it is what inspires me within the realm of glamour!
4.What are some of your favorite looks?
My favorite looks are the most natural ones - ones where you can hardly tell someone has makeup on. Truthfully, I love seeing a fresh, clean face, too! To me, makeup is a choice, a tool that you can use when you feel like creating a more glamorous persona! That said, I love a bold, over-the-top look, like a big, smoky eye or red lip, and love it when I see someone rockin’ a well-applied, dramatic makeup look.
5.What are your goals when you’re teaching someone to apply makeup?
My goal is to inspire a sense of confidence. I think learning makeup application can be very overwhelming, so finding ways to impart tips and tricks while allowing the student plenty of room for mistakes and self-discovery is key.
I grew up in the beauty industry. My cosmetologist mother is a beauty icon to me, not just because of how gorgeous she is, but because she taught me from a very early age that everyone is beautiful. Showing someone their beauty is a really a special gift my mom has and I hope that I also have. Especially women who have been trying to live up to some unrealistic idea of beauty. I want to give women confidence so they know they are just as important and powerful as anyone else, and they are allowed to treat themselves kindly.
1. What is your first makeup memory?
I remember my mom teaching me how she used color theory to do hair and makeup. She also showed me how to see where someone had been highlighted or contoured in a photo. It’s so funny now to think about how I basically learned the two big cornerstones of makeup when I was five! I use both in every makeup application I do.
2. How/where did you study makeup?
I went to film school, and my natural eye for style and design lead my friends to bring me on their student films to do the art department. From building sets to picking out neckties, I did it all. Of all those jobs, the thing I liked and was the best at was makeup. After I got my degree I realized people actually wanted to pay me money to do makeup, so I started taking classes. I actually still take classes 11 years later. I feel like there is always something new for me to learn or master.
3. Why did you want to become a makeup artist?
I honestly never set out to be a makeup artist. I knew I liked doing it, I was good at it, and people wanted to pay me to do it, but I think I was three years into working before I realized I was a makeup artist. The reason I’m still a makeup artist is because it’s always something new; every face, every job. I learn something on every job and I get to problem solve on every job which are the two things I love the most in the world.
4. What are some of your favorite looks?
I love the clean no makeup look, the one that just enhances someone’s natural beauty. I’m also drawn to the looks from the 60’s—think more Mad Men and not so much mod. I love a full brow, a cat liner and lots of lashes.
5. What are your goals when you’re teaching someone to apply makeup?
That they feel empowered by their new knowledge. That they don’t feel intimidated by makeup. That they have more confidence. And they see how beautiful they are.
The Beauty Parlor is a Chicago-based makeup studio. Our goal is to allow everyone to have their own personal makeup artist. We provide a wide array of makeup services, including special event makeup application, makeup parties and classes. We teach makeup classes so that you’ll have access to a makeup artist everyday—you! We empower our clients with practical, easy and personalized advice.
2. What do you want every person to know about makeup?
Makeup should be fun, not intimidating. Makeup companies and women’s magazines often tell us makeup is necessary, complex and expensive—but makeup doesn’t have to be any of those things! Makeup is an accessory just like a pair of earrings. Makeup is a cool and temporary way to show off your personality and enhance what already makes you beautiful.
3. How can the average person benefit from taking a makeup class?
Our classes are empowering. Our aim is not to sell you a bunch of makeup, but to show you what is unique and beautiful about yourself and show you how to play that up. We want to demystify makeup and show how fun and easy it can be. Clients leave our class knowing about products and tools so they are able to shop for makeup smarter and not feel like they need to buy every product they see.
As we finish up “guess the makeup line: fun facts”, please don’t forget to look at our post explaining all about our blush madness contest and how you can win a free makeup lesson at The Beauty Parlor!
Now please meet our other 8 makeup lines:
9. This diverse pro line not only makes beauty makeup but is also famous for their special effects makeup.
10. This brand started as a skin care company. As they started adding makeup products they continued to focus on making sure the makeup also did great things for the skin.
11. This brand is 100% cruelty free. Their products are never tested on animals nor do the buy ingredients from manufacturers that test on animals.
12. This line was created in 1976 by an Emmy nominated makeup artist as the first professional makeup line with natural wearable colors for everyone.
13. This budget friendly brand is known for following youth focused tends for their customers who are often first time makeup buyers.
14. In 1989 proctor and gamble acquired this drug store brand that is known for the many famous faces that have modeled for them.
15. This paraben, phthalates, and synthetic fragrance free line started in the creators one-bedroom apartment.
16. This beauty retailer not only sells their own line of products but also sells many other lines as well and is considered a one-stop shop for all beauty needs.
We thought it would be fun to tell you a little bit about the 16 blushes we will be reviewing.
Here are the first eight.
Feel free to guess which blush is which.
1. The creator of this makeup line is doing so well he bought his own island.
2. This line likes to do their part to stay green, by giving their customers a free lipstick every time they bring back six empty makeup containers.
3. This brand started as a haute couture fashion line in 1961.
4. The creator of this line started out as a painter and sculptor before becoming a makeup artist and makeup maker.
5. This family owned and operated makeup company prides itself on keeping overhead low and passing the savings on to their clients. It must be working, their blushes are only $2.99 each!
6. This makeup company was created by twin sisters; whose products are known not only for their quality but also for their fun names and cute packaging.
7. This relatively new UK brand started in 2008 with an emphasis on keeping the makeup edgy, punk, and high in pigment!
8. This line was created by a chemist over 25 years ago. They have become know for their customizable palettes which gives consumers the freedom to build the makeup bag they want without a bunch of extra colors they don’t.