I tried to offer myself and my help anywhere I could. I tried to be as helpful as I would want an assistant to be for my day. Aside from the basic tasks above, I asked my fellow artist some nights before if there was anything in my kit that she might want -- so I brought my whole kit along and we actually had some difficulties with her airbrush machine. While I tried to fix it, I just lent her mine to save some time. To be extra aware of the building and to get a good seat in the studio, I arrived about 30-45 minutes before we were suppose to meet and saved our spot so in case she was late or got lost, there was a spot for her. During her photoshoot, I'd bring any extra product we could in with us for touch ups if needed. As she was working on her model, I would take flash photos to show her how the lighting would effect the shadow or contour/HL. Lastly, when my artist and model were content and didn't need anything for the time being, I'd offer my help to others and the instructors as well. Basically just staying busy and motivated! I wanted to make it clear that I'm here for anyone who needs help and to make the day run smoother. :) Just remember, being an assistant is a great experience and it doesn't make you less of an artist. Some great assistants go on to being well known makeup artists or even editors in chief of great magazines! Every opportunity is an opportunity to shine.
The second day was my time to create a natural and glamour look.
As for the glamour look, I had about 2-3 different looks in mind depending on the model we had for our application (they were chosen for us). My model had a great eye shape, but not much lid space, so I felt inspired to recreate an edgy Jaclyn Hill makeup look Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial. It was time to deepen up the contour, glue on some lashes, line the lips and fluff up the hair! There were a couple of details I left out of the look but overall just a bold liner with big lashes were my goal.
A helpful tip I have while applying makeup for your photoshoot would be to take pictures during the whole process! I'm not talking about a picture with a fancy camera and studio lighting, just your phone would do. This way you'll get a general idea of how the makeup would show and what you should enhance or fix. Remember, in a great camera and bright lighting, a lot of your work can disappear on the models face with those conditions, the flash can completely wash out the color. I always made sure that my flash was turned on so we can get a sense of where the light hits the face and what washes out.
To my upcoming artists -- Don't let the unknown worry you, I spent days worrying myself over this photoshoot thinking I wasn't ready or I wouldn't be prepared, but if its what you love to do and its your passion, It'll all work and come into place. I loved the outcome so much, I tear'd up when I was shown my work. Just have fun and create whatever you desire!
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