Makeup artistry is a fascinating profession, and as a makeup enthusiast I have always wondered what it’s like behind the scenes. I recently had the opportunity to interview Rebekah Banks, who has been working as a makeup artist for six years. Rebekah works on editorial shoots, as well as doing makeup for weddings and other special events. She shared with me about her career, and also some tips for how to improve your makeup.
Tuesday, January 26th 2016 Makeup
Something that I like to do from time to time is to take turns with a friend to play makeup artist on each other’s faces. It means we get to hang out, try different makeup products, and have the experience of doing someone else’s makeup which is actually so hard! This time my canvas was the lovely Laura of Laura Laura Blog. We met through the #brunchclub bloggers meet ups that she is an organiser for and now we are really close friends and talk pretty much every day. I loved having the opportunity to use some different makeup products like the Colourpop eyeshadows and her Urban Decay Naked 2 palette.
Doesn’t Laura look beautiful? (the only acceptable answer is yes).
Let’s have a closer look at her makeup
I used a mixture of my makeup and her makeup, depending on what I thought would work best/my curiousity. We ended up with quite the makeup carnage on my bed and makeup table
The products that I ended up using were the following:
- Dermalogica HydraBlur Primer
- Clinique CC cream
- Rimmel stay matte powder – transparent
- Collection concealer*
- Nars Orgasm blush
- Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Busted and Booty call eyeshadows
- Colourpop eyeshadow – High tide and Truth
- Colourpop Lippie Stix – Tootsi
- Collection Does It All Mascara*
- Billion Dollar Brows taupe powder*
For her base, I started with Dermalogica HydroBlur Primer – it has the classic smooth primer base to it, but I didn’t see much of a blur effect, probably because Laura’s skin is smooth and wrinkle-free. She was a bit in between with foundation colours so I actually used my Clinique CC Cream and a wee bit of Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer to even out her skin tone. I set it all with my trust Rimmel Stay Matte powder, before finishing off with NARS Orgasm blush on the cheeks. I can see why Orgasm is a super popular blush, I love the shimmer and colour to it.
Colourpop High Tide (left) and Truth (right)
I didn’t have a specific plan of what I was going to do with her eye makeup, I just sort of went with the flow. I started by applying two different Colourpop Supershock eyeshadows to her eyelids, with High Tide closer to her lashline and Truth back towards the crease. I found them to be hard to blend with my fingers, and I was scared of poking her eye out with my long nails. So I used some eyeshadows from her Naked 2 palette since those were easier to use with brushes.
Here’s how the look came together – the two Naked 2 eyeshadows Busted and Booty Call were quite similar to the Colourpop ones so it blended together nicely. On her eyebrows I used Billion Dollar Brows Taupe powder. I always use the Taupe powder in my Billion Dollar Brows All About Brows kit, it’s an almost universal colour that is really flattering, and handy that they sell it separately too. On her lips I used Colourpop Lippie Stix in the shade Tootsi – the name is pretty ridiculous but the colour is nice. When I did Jordanne‘s makeup a while ago I used Colourpop lippie stix too and they were really nice.
L-R Billion Dollar Brows Brow Brush, Bdellium Tools 766 Blending Brush, Urban Decay brush from Naked 2, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Real Techniques Multi Task Brush, and Diane #4350 Professional Powder Brush.
I mainly used Laura’s brushes, and it was nice getting to try some other brushes. They aren’t usually something you can try before buying. The Billion Dollar Brows brush & spoolie comes with the powder which is great, very useful for filling in brows. The Real Techniques brushes were great as expected, they can always be relied on for great brushes.
To read about the makeup Laura did on me, and see some closeups, visit Laura Laura Blog.
What do you think – should I quit my day job? (Kidding!). Let me know in the comments what you think, and don’t forget to pop over to Laura Laura Blog to see my makeup!
*PR samples for review/use.