Monday, January 25, 2010

Your Questions Answered - How to become a Makeup Artist

Hi Eman,
First off I'd like to say your videos and tutorials are great. I'm 18 and living in Calgary Alberta. All my life I've wanted to become a makeup artist. I'm hoping to go to a school here called Artists Within. I was wondering if you could give me any advice towards becoming a makeup artist? Also, what school did you attend before you became a makeup artist? Any tips or insight would help me greatly...

Thank you for your email. I'm glad you are enjoying my video tutorials!I got into makeup kind of on a whim. I was really into fashion and it then turned to makeup. I started to learn and practice a lot on my own. And then I decided to go to school. I did a one year program and got my makeup artistry certificate.
I did a lot of volunteer (free) work at first to get experience then I started getting paid work. Building your portfolio is the most important thing. Its what represents you and your work. The better your portfolio, the more work you will get.

Here's some advice and tips:
Do makeup as much as you can,be creative - don't be afraid to try new things, read and research about makeup, styles, brands, techniques - never stop learning.
Network, network, network! Meet as many people as you can in the industry. That's how you'll get jobs and build a clientele. Remember that being a makeup artist is a business.

Well I hope this was helpful :) Good luck with everything!

xo Eman Aziz

Monday, January 18, 2010

Gaga for Natalie

I think there's a little bit of Gaga in all of us. In a shoot I did recently, we wanted to bring out the Gaga in our model Natalie. Photographer Tiffany Alzono
and her assistant Jill did an amazing job at styling the shoot. She captured the softer side of gaga and the crazier side.

For makeup and hair - I started with a softer look, perfecting the models skin and defining her features. The look worked well with the softer lighting and background. The second look I did a strong black cupid lip with lots of liner to define the models eyes. I went with stronger makeup so it can stand out against the accessories we used in the shots.

Check out some of the images from the shoot below:

Monday, January 11, 2010

FMA Entertainment

I had the pleasure of working with TV hosts Erin Ireland and Meena Man for promotional material for their new television show called FMA Entertainment Weekly.

FMA Entertainment Weekly is a weekly, half-hour entertainment and lifestyle show featuring the latest in fashion, music and arts based on West Coast lifestyle trends from LA to Vancouver. The TV show will not only have related features, but also cover topics such as health, beauty, fitness, hotspots, cultures and lifestyles to broaden its appeal to their audience.

The show launched on January 9th, 2010 and can be seen every Saturday night on KVOS TV at 10:30 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time).

For more on Erin and Meena or on FMA Weekly, checkout the links below:
Erin Ireland:
FMA Weekly:

xo Eman Aziz