Thursday, May 21, 2015

True Colors

Today's blogpost is more about my own personal journey in my career and the relationships I have made along this journey. I am opening up my soul and baring it for all to see right now so, if this is not your cup of tea then, check out one of my other blog posts here.

 When I came into the world of makeup I was a bright eyed, excited young girl with big hopes and dreams. I wanted it all and I wanted it now! Silly girl. Life just doesn't happen that way or at least it didn't for me. I've always felt like I was taking small steps towards my goals. Never leaps and bounds. Always small steps. Sometimes these steps would seem like they were miniscule or maybe I was just at a standstill. Only in the past 5 years have I felt like I was really making big steps, I was feeling confident about my choices, my abilities and the relationships I was forming. Here is where things get sticky.

 After running my own business for some years I knew and understood the importance of self promotion. I didn't do it for the accolades or the notoriety. I did it so clients would find me and to book paying jobs. I did it for that reason and because I wanted to help out new artists who are in the same position I was once in. Please know that I am going to be completely transparent here and honest. I do get paid for my Youtube tutorials via Adsense and I do get paid for videos I put out for other companies. I will not and do not put out videos for products I don't believe in, don't use or am not getting paid for.

 Now, with this self promotion and what appears to most as a very giving spirit comes those that would take advantage of it. People will begin to come into your life and appear on the surface to be a friend or big supporter of what you are doing with big "opportunities". Well, guess what? If those so called "opportunities aren't paying your rent then, those "friends or supporters" are just a using you. They are getting FREE product advertisement with the promise that "now, you'll have these images to add to your portfolio or now, you can say you've been published or now, people will know who you are or you'll be able to network and meet important people who can help advance your career. All of these things sound great on the surface but, in reality they are not paying your bills or putting food in your mouth.

 Let me give you a couple of examples; As a freelance artist for a makeup line I was paid $25- $30 per hour to represent the makeup line and offer makeup application on customers. I was always PAID for my services. I was given a contract to sign and they would give me Gratis or free product to use as a way of saying thanks and so I would wear their products while representing them. Now, being that I've had that experience I know or should have known what to expect from other companies.

 There is never a reason to pay to work for a company or to work for free. What do I mean pay to work for a company? I mean do you need to take off a weekend of work? Will you need to pay for a flight? Will you need to pay for food? If you are say working for a bride and she wants you to do her makeup but, is having a destination wedding. She will need to pay you your day rate for each day that you are there, pay for your hotel room, pay for your flight and pay for your meals. This is just the standard and the norm of what's expected. Why would you expect anything less from a makeup company, convention or corporation?

 I hate being or sounding cynical but, there will always be those who try to get something for nothing whether it's a client or a brand or a corporate agency.  If a company gives you free product for you to use it should be with either a contract for paid promotion or just because they think you are awesome and not expect anything from you. I currently have a friend who owns a makeup line and I love her. She sends me free product but, has always made it very clear that she doesn't expect me to give her free promotion. If I like one of her products and use it on a regular basis then, I will use it in a video, blog, step by step or photo but, only because I actually use and love the product. We have actually created a relationship from the beginning of my face painting career. An open and honest relationship and that's why it works. I also work putting out videos for a company that actually pays me for each video and sends me products and tools to use. They were very up front with me, let me know what they were offering and sent a contract. I respected this company so much for being honest and transparent so I said yes.

You need to stop and ask yourself these questions before you agree to the next "Awesome deal of a lifetime" that comes your way...
1. What's in it for me?
2. Will doing this pay my bills or will it cost me money?
3. Do I NEED this so called FREE Promotion and how will it benefit me in the future?
4. Do I want to be in the public eye? Am I prepared for what comes with that?
5. Do I have time for this project or will it just cause strain and stress on my life and family?

 All of these are now questions I ask myself before I say yes to the next big opportunity. I may seem like a nice, sweet girl but, those who I keep close and know me well know otherwise. I am not a sweet, nice soft spoken person. I am quite the opposite. I am loud, I use swear words and I let people know what I really think. Some may say I am honest to a fault. Can I be "ON" and be Professional? Yes, of course otherwise I wouldn't be in the position I am today. Most professionals know this and know when to hit the switch.

  I am calling it like I see it and exposing those who would try to take advantage. I have seen your true colors and will not let you take advantage of me and hope that if you are a new artist and you have read this entire post and are considering representing a company or be a brand representative, that you will ask yourself these questions before you say yes. Get a contract, get paid and do it because you believe in the company. Realize your worth and STOP working and teaching for FREE!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spring Floral Face Painting Tutorial

Just before easter this year I made this Spring Floral face painting tutorial for Face Painting I will be working with them on a few more projects this year and will always share them with my readers here as well.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How do I remove face paint?

Oh how long are the lists of products and big debates on which way is the best way to remove face paint.

 I'm here to offer you my advice and help. You can take or leave but, I promise I will never steer you wrong. First, can we establish the fact that FACE PAINT is actually MAKEUP... whoa, did I just blow your mind? Take it in for a minute, digest it.. ok.. ready? Let's move on.

 Now, if you think logically for a moment the best way to remove makeup is to use makeup remover...correct? Yes.

 As a makeup artist I have tried soooo many makeup removers and in my professional opinion there are a couple of hands down winners.

My first choice is Neutrogena Makeup Wipes or (the Generic Target brand) and Neutrogena eye makeup remover. I tell my own clients including those with children to use a makeup wipe like Neutrogena  to remove most of the face paint (makeup) then, wash with a mild face wash or tear free shampoo. This method works beautifully and there is little to no staining even with the toughest Teals and Red colors.

My second choice is a more expensive but, a green choice and that is Josie Maran's Makeup wipes. These are slightly more expensive than Neutrogena and the Target brand but, is really a lovely product that removes almost all traces of makeup, dirt and oil. They leave the skin feeling clean and hydrated.

My third choice is a yummy cleanser from Philosophy called Purity made simple. I actually use a Neutrogena makeup wipe first then,cleanse with this cleanser and a wash cloth. All traces of makeup are removed and my skin is left feeling moisturized and comfortable.

There you have it in a nutshell. Makeup Wipe + Mild Cleanser = Awesomely clean, comfortable non stained skin.

If your client doesn't have these products you can recommend using coconut oil or almond oil on a cotton ball to remove traces of makeup after the skin has been gently washed with a tear free shampoo or facial cleanser.

 If you have a great,winning makeup removing method please feel free to share it here below.

Until next time...
Happy Cleansing my friends.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Horse/Pony Step by Step tutorial

It's been a while since my last tutorial. I posted a question on my facebook page the other day and asked what "On the job" designs do you still struggle with? Horse and Unicorn were the overwhelming majority winners so, I put together my version of a Horse or Pony face painting design for you.

 I used the following products:
Cameleon Retro Colorblock with a 1/2 inch brush. I picked up just a little bit of the brown on the edge of my brush to give an outline to my design,Then I added white lines with my #3 round brush and finished with black on a #3 round as well. Starbursts and dots just glammed up the design a little to make it slightly more feminine and girlie.

If you are interested in learning more "On the Job" Style designs from me leave me a message here or email me at  to come teach in your city. I always give handouts, guides and in some cases include step by step sheets for you to keep and practice after my class is over.

This is a freebee and just a sample of things you can learn in my classes.
Feel free to print and use at your next event. I only ask that you do not sell it as your own.

Happy Painting my friend.
Shawna D.

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