Last week I had the immense pleasure of attending a class with celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes hosted by The Working Artist Company!
Scott is known for his expertise in complexion and the famous faces he works on…in fact he created that infamous glow that Jennifer Lopez is known for!
A lot of people call themselves makeup “artists” but Scott embodies the true essence of the word. His background in fine arts painting shows from the way he handles his tools to the way he sweeps and blends the product… It is mesmerizing to watch his human canvas transform.
His approach with makeup is much like how he painted. His attention to light and shadow resulted in the monochromatic look he’s famous for.
The glow…the contour…this approach essentially birthed a movement within makeup.
One thing that Scott said that really resonated with me was, “A good artist knows when to stop.” He demonstrated this by his minimal use of product and impeccable blending. Something we all should take a cue from with the recent contour craze that has swept beauty trend!
Reading something in a book, seeing pictures online, or even a quick video is helpful but nothing compares to being able to see things in person…and having the ability to ask questions!
Along with all of the amazing tips and techniques he demonstrated came a huge dose of inspiration!
Attending this class reminded me yet again of a very important truth: Education is not a destination, it is an ongoing journey. And a true professional never stays still.
So the question is, makeup artist or not, how are you moving forward in your education?
Cheers to Education, Art, and Always Moving Forward,
May 7, 2015