Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Academy was part of my Makeup Artist “bucket-list”, so it’s going to be a bit hard to recall all these events but not feel so excited at the same time. Okey, so let me start with the first impressions.
Airbrush Makeup Course
I took the Airbrush Makeup Course simply because I needed to understand a lot of whys. Why are they big, why do brides prefer them, what’s the advantage over traditional… and I’ve been really curious how they work. Sure, I watched videos, listened to podcasts (yes, makeup podcasts do exist and I listen to them in the car). But, seeing airbrush in action, I think, is the best possible way I could grasp the idea, satisfy my curiosity, at the same time teach me how to do it.
We were introduced to Roque Cozzette, world-renowned Makeup Artist, and owner of Cozzette Beauty. I never imagined that I’d be this close to a Celebrity Makeup Artist and/or a Celebrity. Roque (pronounced as “Rowkey”) is not just a Makeup Artist, he is everything else! He’s a photographer, painter, web designer, etc. The most surprising thing I experienced in his class were his motivational and inspirational messages. What I learned from this class are more than just Airbrush Makeup. To top it all, he’s also funny and so light-hearted. And here are some motivational things that sticked.
Surround yourself with “good vibes”. Just block negativity out of your way. Believe in yourself, learn from your mistakes and move on (on haters and unsatisfied clients).Find your purpose as a Makeup Artist. And the purpose I suggest for you is to just get paid. There is value in what you do.
Something that blew my mind a bit is about “minimalism”. You don’t have to airbrush everything because “that’s just the way it should be”. Make it as natural as possible by going through the process of “Neutralize and Even out”. Neutralization is very related to Color Theory. You have to target the spots first that require color correction. The same concept that we use for the traditional makeup totally applies to Airbrush as well.
I was under the impression that airbrush compressors are big and all. There are plenty of things I realized in this workshop. And one of them is about the tools I use and how I fall right away for those commercial ones. For example, I bought some MAC brushes because they are popular. But when I got mine, some are not as brilliant as what I was expecting. I should be better at not falling prey to Sephora / MAC sales tactics. I should probably lean on those tools that are made by artists, not those tools that are endorsed by celebrities or something. The Cozzette brushes are like babies to Roque. I love how they’re made, and the bristles are not a disappointment. And I won’t forget about the cute “Brush Vessels” that you see here, don’t you want to sort out your brushes into different containers and color-code them? I would!
Finally Roque introduced to us a new way of cleaning the makeup brushes and making them ready for use immediately. It’s the next to automation that I can imagine for cleaning brushes. I think I spent more time cleaning brushes than performing makeup on clients haha! Brush cleaning is already part of our lives as a Makeup Artist. And this StylPro gadget is something that could help us out.
Something I learned from my Pure Glam training is about utilizing a Face Chart for “planning purposes” or plainly to plan your looks (for example, for a photo shoot or a fashion show). During the Airbrush Workshop, I saw how Face Charting was taken to the next level. I know it is hard, because just those “dot and dash” exercises we had were a challenge for first-timers like me. But Roque here just made it look so easy.
After this course I realized that I wanted to concentrate on Beauty Makeup. Our model is werking it! The moment the brushes are down and our cameras start to click, she just posed from all directions.
The last day, we were taught how to cover a tattoo or some body art that for example, a Fashion show don’t want to show. The key again here is to neutralize first, then cover. Here is a Before and After applying the Airbrush Magic.
I am completely aware that attending a Workshop or Training won’t make me the best out there. Apart from Talent – Practice, Persistence and Experience are really what makes Makeup Artists better, I think. And I know I’m not there yet. On the first day of the workshop after introducing myself to the class, feeling a little out of place with questions of what is this software developer doing here, Roque gave me something inspirational, which lifted my MUA confidence up.
Don’t you call yourself a Beginner nor second-doubt yourself anymore. From now on, you are a Makeup Artist. You should own it!