Interview with a beautiful, up and coming model, Imahn

Thanks to the internet and social media increases,  I have the opportunity to reach USA wide via twitter a hew model citizen Imahn.  Imahn is located in Charlotte, NC. She was gracious enough to take time out to be interviewed.

Thank you Imahn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1)      How long have you been a Model?

 I started modeling at age four; around twelve years old is when I took my career into my own hands and began searching for work and representation.

2)      Tell me what got you started in modeling?

Initially my mother place me into modeling and acting because of my bright personality, love of the mirror and camera! As I grew older I noticed that I looked different from most kids, I was super tall! I also loved fashion, and wanted to be a fashion designer. I realized that I wasn’t so great at that, and figured I would look better modeling the clothes.

3)      What do you like most about being a model?

 I love learning, especially since learning is something you can never stop. Researching and exploring new poses and facial expressions is a thrill to me. I know that I have much to learn in order to perfect my craft, and I own that. Learning is how I have stayed steadfast in this industry. Even when I am a mainstream model, I will never stop learning.

4)      What is your least favorite part of being a model?

 Modeling is my passion but there are some times I am discouraged. Runway models are typically rail thin, and I am not. But I am still in shape, but I believe my bustier build sometimes hinders me. This is why I have learned how to photograph less busty. Modeling is a illusion, and a great model makes positives out of the negatives.

5)      Where do you see your career going?

This is a question I ask myself every day; I aspire to be a high fashion model. But I also see myself doing an abundance of commercial work. Commercial work is awesome; it is very flexible with a models everyday lifestyle. I have a degree and plan to utilize that degree and model; so that path would be fitting for me as well.

6)      Have you participated in a modeling/photography workshop?

Yes, since the age of twelve I have done several workshops and even attended Barbizon modeling school. With any experience you have to try and obtain something valuable from the experience, which I did. But I believe a model is born not made, and I was never taught to be a model, a model is who I am.

7)      What advice would you give to those who want to become a model?

An aspiring model should always stay zealous and aware. Love the industry, love your craft and beware of scams or people trying to take advantage of you. Also remember if you are going to go down this career path be ready for the ride, and don’t take any short cuts. A true model was never handed her career.

8)      Who would be your dream person to work with?

I am a fan of duo photo shoots, it is a amazing to feed off another person’s energy in a shoot. Skin tone, weight, or height contrast is great for this style of shoot as well.

9)      What was your most creative shoot?

I am my biggest critic, so I believe that I have not yet reached my most creative shoot. I have done several outside shoots, but I think the most thrilling shoot was a shot right in the heart of busy downtown Washington, DC. It was February and freezing, with thousands of tourists parading by.

10)  What magazine is your dream to work with?

 I grew up reading Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Some of the most beautiful faces have graced their covers. I think Harper’s Bazaar represents every woman, with a touch of glam. As a model I want to be that sparkling, dazzling, high fashion model but I also want to be the relatable, down to earth model. So in short, I would be honored to grace Bazaar’s cover. 

11)  Any favorite time period that inspires you?

The 1940’s and 1950’s fashion is a amazing time in history. Women looked so feminine and confident in their appearance. I absolutely love how the hugged women’s bodies. These styles of clothing allowed women to be sophisticated, fun, classy, but most importantly SEXY! I plan to do a shoot inspired by these time periods. I have been waiting for the right wardrobe choice, the goodwill of the thrift store will have the best choices.

12)  What do you think a model should do to prepare for a shoot?

 Preparing for a shoot can be nerve wracking, especially if you are shooting for the first time with a photographer.  I am a Christian, so first and foremost I pray. But that’s just me. If a model has her shoot planned out ahead of time, she/he definitely needs to get exercise in. Cut down on sodium intake you DO NOT want to be bloated. Absolutely no drinking alcohol the night before a shoot, but do get plenty of water prior to the shoot. Relaxation and rest the night before is essential and by far the most important. Personally, I have lazy eyes, and if I am tired, that is not going to go over well on the camera. Wardrobe and model back should be pack day before shoot, rushing lead to a disoriented model. Models need to channel positive energy, as we are artist and we need to go in ready to work.

13)  What’s your trade beauty tip?

 Try using a great bronzer if you have skin that allows you to be light on foundation. Over the years I have worked on clearing my acne, and I have become successful. Now I do not need a lot of make up on a daily basis. A golden bronzer will give you a clean, chic look with a hint of pizzazz.

14)  What might we find in your model bag?

Goodness, that bag is going to be a mess to dig through. But you would find foundation, eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow,  Blush (a must have), bronzer, lip gloss, tweezers, a washcloth, tooth paste, toothbrush, face wash, nail polish, razor, baby oil, comb, brush, hairspray, extra pair of shoes, underwear, a snack, water, vitamin water, business cards. Anything you think a model needs I am sure I have it in my bag! As you may notice, I didn’t say flat iron; I stay away from unnecessary heat on my hair.

15)  Do you have any favorite photographers and which one would you most want to work with?

Gilles Bensimon essentially transforms the way a model comes through the camera, and I love that about his work. Models and photographers depend on each other and I would love to depend on a man with work like his!

16)  Are you multitalented (doing more than just modeling)?

I have some experience in commercial acting, and I am also a wedding planner in for the Levine Museum of the new South.

17)  What is the one thing a model should always have with them? 

 Wow! One thing, that is hard to decide on. But I will say a model must always have…Drum Roll…Blush. Blush accentuates cheek bones, looks simple and beautiful.

18)  Anything else we should know about you?

 I mentioned earlier that modeling is a talent and passion of mine. When I first started in the industry as a child, my manager engulfed me into acting. I am proficient at scripts and sold reads. I hope to dabble in acting as my career progresses.

Thanks you SO MUCH IMAHN!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish you much success.

If you wish to reach out to Imahn, you can reach her at http://www.jnsqmodels.com/

Makeup Artist Interview with the Superfly Natasha Renee

Today’s Interview is with the wonderfully talented Natasha Renee. I have worked with Natasha and I loved her work. She has a wonderful personality which I believe is key when working with someone.

Thank You Natasha for taking time out to answer my questions.

1)  How long have you been a Makeup Artist? 

Ive been doing makeup going on 13 years now.

 2)  Tell me what inspired you to become a makeup artist?

  I was brought into makeup artistry when I started modeling. Once showed how to do our own makeup and saw my own transformation I knew I can achieve success at this.

3) What do you like most about being a makeup artist?

I love the fact I can bring out confidence if it was lost, if a surgical procedure left a flaw and the client isnt happy with it I can fix it and show them how to achieve the same results. I love the fact I always leave them with a smile on their face and that always brightens my day and I know I have reached my goal at peoples’ happiness.

 4) What is your least favorite part of being a makeup artist?

 My least favorite part is when I have to leave the client and they are still beaming. You get attached to each person and have a bond for life especially if it is a time in their life to remember (prom,wedding,etc)

5)  Where  do you see your career going?

I can see my career only growing more. Im open to learning new techniques, accepting changes in fashion and adapting.

6)      Have you ever thought about doing a workshop?

I do teach classes whether one-on- one or group sessions. I love showing people what I know, where some people don’t want to teach their trade secrets. Im definitely not that person.

7)      What advice would you give to those who want to become a makeup artist?

Follow your dreams. This is a career and not a hobby, so it takes time and money to be one of the best. Creativity and interpersonal skills is a must.

8)      Who would be your dream person to make up?

 I was saddened of Lena Hornes’ death. She was my dream idol.

9)      What was your most creative shoot?

I was called to do a music video and had to make all the dancers look like robots by using silver bodypaint. To see the finished product on BET brought tears to my eyes.

10)  What magazine is your dream to work with?

I am a fan of all the magazines whether locally or world wide, so any one that would love to be graced by my creativity.

11)  Any favorite time period that inspires you?

I am inspired by the late 60s early 70s, the Marilyn Monroe and Julie Newmar pin-up girl looks.

12)  Do you think makeup artist should go to school to learn?

No, if you can find a makeup artist to shadow under you will learn the techniques that the schools will not teach.

13)  What’s your trade beauty tip?

 Don’t be afraid to use color whether it be eyeshadow or lipcolor and use eyelashes everyday, they are addictive and make your eyes pop.

14)  What might we find in your makeup kit?

In my makeup kit you will find makeup brands from your neighborhood stores to the high end retailer brands. The result is the same it is the technique that is used that differs.

15)  Do you have any favorite photographers and which one would you most want to work with?

 Well you of course and I a photographer in Hanover,Md (Kevin Johnson) that I recommend to anyone in the Maryland area. I don’t have one that I most want to work with as long as I am given a chance.

16)  Are you multitalented (doing more than just makeup)?

Yes I also do hair, nails and a esthetician.

17)  What is the one thing a makeup artist should always have in their kit?

Moisturizer is the key essential to the start of a flawless face.

18)  Anything else we should know about you?

No, I think if I’m given the opportunity to work with anyone my best is brought out and a lasting impression is left in my heart which pushes me to learn and do more. Thank you for this opportunity and I am truly honored to be apart of your site. smooches

You Are Quite Welcome Natasha 🙂

If you wish to contact Natasha, you can reach her at makeupbynatasharenee@yahoo.com

Interview with the very talented Michelle Larner.

Today’s interview is with a wonderful woman who has talent oozes out of her ears. I have only had the opportunity to work with Michelle once but I never forgot her or her talent.

I want to thank Michelle for taking time  to talk with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) How long have you been a Makeup Artist?

Since 1997, professionally. But, I was always curious and fascinated by makeup, since childhood.

2) Tell me what inspired you to become a makeup artist?

Well, my family is full of hairdressers. It’s a related skill, in the blood. I was also captivated by films and magazines. I tried duplicating the looks that I saw there.

3) What do you like most about being a makeup artist?

I love that no two days are alike. I also get to step into worlds that I would never have seen otherwise. I meet people from all different cultures, religions, ages.

4) What is your least favorite part of being a makeup artist?

Proving my value as an artist. We are not all alike, and just the price is the difference. Not true.

5) Where do you see your career going?

Along the way, I learned what my stamina can handle, and my patience. I don’t take work, that I know I am not suitable for. I did try a little bit of everything along the way. It was fun, and a great experience. But I know the genres that I am best for.

 

6) Have you ever thought about doing a workshop?

Yes and no. I am best one on one at the moment. I see other makeup artists offer courses, which I think is a great thing. At the moment, I can’t see myself doing it. I also think that most of what I do, can not be taught. It has to come from a drift, a feeling, an inspiration, that is unique to the artist. The rest would be just breaking down a few looks, and getting someone to churn out the same idea, step by step.

7) What advice would you give to those who want to become a makeup artist?

I am strongly opinionated about this. This isn’t a slumber party with a paycheck. Do you think that you are strong enough to make this your sole profession, and survive from what you are earning  I wish those with spouses, 9 to 5 jobs, that are looking to do this for fun, or the love of makeup, really not take jobs away from true makeup artists, that devote their whole lives and being to this career.

8) Who would be your dream person to make up?

That’s a challenging answer. There are faces that are beautiful, that belong to ugly souls. In other words, you may not enjoy working with your fantasy celebrity. If I had to pick one, I would say, Sophia Loren. Seems to be a rare combination of beauty through and through, inside and out.

9) What was your most creative shoot?

I was an assistant body painter to the makeup artist Joanne Gair. What an incredible woman. Gracious, humble and funny beyond words. It was an incredible experience. I learned a lot from her.

10) What magazine is your dream to work with?

Vogue, Vogue, Vogue. I don’t care which country it’s from, just want to be in there once. Also, I would love to have a chance to work with the NY Post, for there weekly fashion shoots. I know this is one extreme to the next, but this is what I want.

11) Any favorite time period that inspires you?

I am not so much interested in the past, as I am about the future. I am more so influenced by a country and culture, than a time period.

12) Do you think makeup artist should go to school to learn?

 I didn’t. But, can’t hurt to try once, and start somewhere.

13) What’s your trade beauty tip?

Please take good care of your skin. Clean your face properly. Get facials. Avoid excessive sun exposure. I have seen horrific skin issues. A lot of it could have been avoided. Most of it can be corrected, and controlled. Its amazing the amount of active, corrective product choices available. Please use something. I often see total neglect, premature aging, dehydration and damage.

14) What might we find in your makeup kit?

I use a variety of products. All different companies. Some expensive, some not. I love them all equally. I couldn’t live without my false lashes. I buy them in bulk. I go through them like water.

15) Do you have any favorite photographers and which one would you most want to work with?

 I work mostly with the same people. That’s a good and a bad idea. I feel my print work got better, when I understood how each of their cameras interpreted my work. I really do feel that a camera is a machine, and each one is very different. The outcome for makeup will be different for each photoshoot, even if I did the exact same makeup, on the same face.

16) Are you multitalented (doing more than just makeup)?

I also do eyelash extensions, spray tanning and waxing.

17) What is the one thing a makeup artist should always have in their kit?

Sponges. I can’t live without them.

18) Anything else we should know about you?

I am very shy mostly. I prefer to have my work speak for me, than speaking for my work. This is a special treat to be interviewed, thankyou kindly!

You are quite welcome Michelle.

If you wish to work with Michelle, you can reach her at makeupbymichelle@aol.com

Interview with the Multitalented GlamourPuss, Makeup Artist and Photographer extraordinaire

In today’s interview,  I sat down with Courtney, a fantastic makeup artist and photographer located in North Carolina. I had the privilege of working with Courtney. Her work and her personality is phenomenal. A truly creative spirit.

Hi Courtney. Thanks for taking time out of your day to talk to me.

1) How long have you been a Makeup Artist?
 
I have been a make-up artist for 18 years.
2) Tell me what inspired you to become a makeup artist?

I can remember when I was very little, before I started school, sitting and watching my Mom put on her make-up every day. I was mesmerized.

3) What do you like most about being a makeup artist?

I like being able to make people see things in themselves that they may have never seen before. It’s such a rush when someone takes that first glance in the mirror!

4) What is your least favorite part of being a makeup artist?

The work is feast or famine, so it’s hard to plan out…life, really.

5) Where do you see your career going?

I definitely have an interest in product development. I get a lot of products and have recently started focusing on reviewing them (http://iamglamourpuss.blogspot.com/), so that has me scrutinizing anything I get into my hands.

6) Have you ever thought about doing a workshop?

I have done workshops before. If there was enough interest, I would consider it.

7) What advice would you give to those who want to become a makeup artist?

Network like crazy and constantly play with make-up and try to emulate looks you see that you like. Sure, there are lots of great books with techniques out there, but you’ll only really learn by working hands on. And remember, heavy contouring/highlighting is not for everyday use.

8) Who would be your dream person to make up?

I tend to wish I could do make-up on the celebrities you see running around looking a mess. Or the ones you see flop at red carpet functions. I really feel like I could work a number on Courtney Love! And I think Kristen Stewart is really pretty, but her stylist team has no idea how to bring that out and keep it age appropriate. The answer to this question changes daily.

9) What was your most creative shoot?

I have had many creative shoots. If it involves bright colors, cool hair or wigs and fun clothes, I’m satisfied. I have a concept I will be working on soon that will be pushing the limits. I can’t wait to bring it to fruition.

10) What magazine is your dream to work with?

I think I would prefer something with edgier images, like Nylon, Black Book or Interview.

11) Any favorite time period that inspires you?

I love the ’60s…you’ve got the mod hipsters, the beatniks, the hippies and the sex kittens like Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren.

12) Do you think makeup artist should go to school to learn?

I think a make-up artist should have to go to art school. I learned volumes!

13) What’s your trade beauty tip?

I rarely put mascara on the bottom lashes. In my opinion it opens up the eyes more and reduces the risk of dark shadows from falling mascara debris.

14) What might we find in your makeup kit?

My airbrush and compressor, MAC palettes, brushes, tons of lip glosses and lipsticks…then hair products and a wardrobe “fix it” container with clips, pins, double-sided tape, scissors, etc. It’s always best to be prepared.

15) Do you have any favorite photographers and which one would you most want to work with?

16) Are you multitalented (doing more than just makeup)?

I am multi-talented. I also do the hair that is seen in my portfolio. I think I’ve worked one shoot where there was a separate hair person. And I am a photographer. I’ve only been shooting for about 4 years and it’s a lot of fun learning and growing.

http://www.photosbyglamourpuss.daportfolio.com/

17) What is the one thing a makeup artist should always have in their kit?

An eyebrow razor. You never know when you will need to shape someone’s brows and if it’s on short notice, you can’t have the redness and swelling that you can get with tweezing. A razor is a great quick fix.

18) Anything else we should know about you?

I am also a henna tattoo artist. I worked with the first company to offer henna tattoos as a service in the US. I lived in NYC for a year doing henna. It’s a skill I am so glad I know. It is such a beautiful art form.

I have been a make-up artist for 18 years.

 
Thanks Courtney 🙂
 
 To view Courtney’s work and contact her at  Photos by Glamourpuss: I take pretty photos. 
P.S. Courtney does travel

Makeup Artist Interview with the Fantastic Glasslips

Hey my budding fashionistas.  To add a little more spice to the blog ( which I have sadly neglected), I will be interviewing people who are in the fashion industry. The interviews will range from makeup artists, photographers, stylists, specialists, buyers you name it. Anyone in fashion.

Today’s Interview is with Glasslips.

Glasslips is a phenomenal makeup artist that I have worked on more than one occasion. She is extremely talented and professional. Based in NYC (Fashion Mecca), she took time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions.

Hi Magali aka Glasslips. Thanks for taking time out to talk with me today.

1) How long have you been a Makeup Artist?

I’d like to say I’ve been a make up artist since the age of 6 when I first started experimenting with my mothers make up as a child. I have been freelancing for the past 10 years though. I attended Cinema Make Up School in Hollywood California in 2003.

2) Tell me what inspired you to become a makeup artist?

Fashion magazines I would see as a child first sparked my initial interest in make up. The bold crisp colors of the 80’s did it for me. Kevin Acoin was a big inspiration also. I bought all his books and tried to master his techniques. Ve Neil, also a big inspiration. A female success story in the special effects field.

3) What do you like most about being a makeup artist?

The creativity, the glamour and the mess of it all.

4) What is your least favorite part of being a makeup artist?

I pretty much love it all. Washing brushes is pretty tedious though.

5) Where do you see your career going?

My career so far has taken me in so many different directions, from music videos, to magazine shoots, commercial spots and weddings. I enjoy weddings the most and also the finished product of a really successful fashion shoot. I’ll stay open to whatever the universe throws my way.

6) Have you ever thought about doing a workshop?

Yes. I may be giving classes this summer due to overwhelming interest. Lots of women want to experiment with make up but don’t know where to start.

7) What advice would you give to those who want to become a makeup artist?

You have to love it. You may have to work for free to build your portfolio, the long hours and the heavy ass case you have to carry is just not worth it if you don’t love what you do.

8) Who would be your dream person to make up?

Jennifer Lopez has always been my dream subject, but lately I’d love to get my hands on Lady Gaga.

9) What was your most creative shoot?

Gothic Hangman always has some creative sh!t up his sleeve. Whether it’s involving, birds, branches, goblins and sandwich meat, he’s your man.

10) What magazine is your dream to work with?

Zink
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11) Any favorite time period that inspires you?

Not really any one particular time period that inspires me the most. I mean, I do have my favorites like the paleness of the renaissance era, or the bold shiny colors of the 80’s. I love where make up is going now. The sequence and stones and pushing the envelope. Things that are new fresh and different are most inspiring to me.

12) Do you think makeup artist should go to school to learn?

Not necessarily, if you have natural talent everything else you can learn from a book, or through trial and error. What make up school can teach you that you may not be aware had you not gone to school are the sanitation practices that are so important. It is so important to clean your brushes and sterilize. Clean hands are a must and you must replace your product often.

13) What’s your trade beauty tip?

concealer, bronzer, lipgloss. that’s all you need.

14) What might we find in your makeup kit?

Astarte pressed powders. So hard to find. But so worth it.

15) Do you have any favorite photographers and which one would you most want to work with?

Gilles Bennsimon, Janine Addison.

16) Are you multitalented (doing more than just makeup)?

I do hair and nails too, but only if I have to, and then I have to charge you.

17) What is the one thing a makeup artist should always have in their kit?

Make Up remover and wet wipes.

18) Anything else we should know about you?

No. That’s all for now.

Thank you Magali.

If you wish to work with Glasslips, you can reach her on her website http://www.glasslips.com/

Because that’s the way UH huh, I like it, UH HUH— A lil bit Of 70’s touch

Hey Lovelies.  Well, I got to make a lil boutique shop for the Brand She Said… Carried by JCPenney.  She Said is making some really great slouchy pieces that have a truly retro feel almost going back to the 70’s but 70″s Glam where you have great color and shine.

I put 2 outfits together to make my ladies look FAB!!!!!

These are my party girls so lets price what they are wearing , shall we? 😉 you can order all these great pieces at JCPenney.com

For my girl on the left, she is wearing She Said Drawstring Print blouse currently priced at $29.99, raw earth top underneath priced $19.99 and the skinny pant is $29.99. The necklace and bracelets are from MIX IT.  MIX IT has kick ass accessories (side note).

For my girl on the right, she is wearing my current fav She Said Faux leather jacket $49.99, Extreme Flare Pant $29.99 and asymetrical knit top $29.99. Once again, chain necklace is from MIX IT.

Enjoy the lil flashback my price conscious loves 🙂

Trend Colors – Citrus Yellows & Lime Greens

Lets Talk about colors.. The colors for spring are citrus fruits  Yellows , Greens and Oranges.  So ladies, let brighten up our wardrobes.

One of my co-workers introduced me to a new site called  greatglam.com.  I will warn ya. It is definitely for you lovelies who wanna keep it extra sexy.  I have found a few pieces that work with the color trend while keeping you looking like hot MAMAS

First up YELLOW ” announcement dress”  $26.80. Told ya..Hot mama dress but I think it is very cute. I would recommend it for those who have a great hourglass figure and no muffin top. Please ladies.  To quote my girl Nafessa ” Thats disrespectful”

Next up Beautiful green Tunic called Dream Role $ 21.80

Another top Clearing secret in a lovely orange $21.80

Here is the lucky mint Dress $29.80. Love the v in the front with just the right amount of cleavage to be seen. Wicked grin

There are also some shoes that also look like they cool be great fun to wear priced $28.80, $29.80 and $30.80 respectively. Enjoy the looks ladies 🙂

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