I personally feel that It is extremely important and vital to have a MUA artist by your side when shooting portraits. I primarily shoot people and there are a host of benefits to reap when working with a MUA, just like you have an eye for your craft they do as well. They posses the ability to fine tune your model, and bring out the beauty in your work. Note I am not in anyway taking anything from individuals who do not use a MUA in their line of work, but I can tell you from my personal experience, working with a MUA gives my work that wow factor and that is all I strive for. Think of having a Toyota Corolla and upgrading it to a 911 Porch, and I am not even joking when I say this. It can be that much of an upgrade!
There is a true beauty in collaborating with a MUA, the chemistry, the energy, and emotions are all the things that drives the shoot; they contribute to all of that that. I can remember during a shoot two of the talents I shot got a little emotional after seeing their makeup completed stated "I didn't realize I could look this beautiful!" Another talent had tears in her eyes in disbelief. Having the ability to do that for someone is powerful, you see I live for moments like these. I can honestly say I could not have achieved that without the help of a MUA. I also noticed that the MUA and talent end up exchanging contacts ultimately meeting up for future endeavors. You see this can create a revolving door for more business, so everyone wins!
In addition to acquiring a MUA, assure them that both parties can benefit from the collaboration, also let them know there will be a compensation for their time and work whether if its financial or with prints. You want to work someone who has just as much drive as you. Someone who intuitively understands your vision to where there is an unspoken communications, but this comes with time. Being talented in make up is cool but you want someone who brings things to life! If you can attain one of those he or she is a keeper. If you have yet you find one keep looking because they are out there. Use your resources, friends, family, aspiring MUA, Instagram, Facebook, Model Mayhem, local beauty supply stores, Macy's, Sephora, Mac and all of the above.
Things to keep in mind:
.A makeup artist is your partner in crime.
.They are the overseer.
.They can bring out the beauty in the work.
.They correct the imperfections.
.They make the work of a retouch-er so much easier.
.You can not do it alone.
."Team work, makes the dream work"
Now that I got that out of the way, I want to shed some light on Ariel Rivera and Michelle Silva! These two ladies are simply amazing at what they do, respectively they both have something special to bring to the table. They are both dedicated, energetic, charismatic, fun, loving, and great to work with. I tend to capture BTS video while the makeup is underway and each and every time I can see that spark of fire in their eyes. I can honestly say that I am truly grateful to have work with people who share the same passion as me. I can go on and on about them, but I will leave it here lol. Check out some of the work I have created with them!!
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