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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Makeup Artist and The Manicure!

As makeup artists, we are responsible for every single square inch of skin on a model/client body, especially it it's a photo-shoot, advertisement or TV commercial.

The overall look is as important as the close up beauty shot, many make-up artist out there forget that and they are done as soon as the face is done...well I hope they have at least blended the foundation into the neck!
That said, one of the little things that are ofter forgotten are nails...finger nails toe nails...claws... some say that they are not necessary the makeup artist responsibility, but I personally hate chewed out, uneven nails. Sometimes I have been guilty of forgetting, and let the client move on without checking... and more often than not I have regretted the over-sight.

I say that when it comes to the hands and feet the minimum should be: clean and tidy.
No washout blues, chipped out oranges and bite marks!

So... I am going to be the good example and start caring a mini nail kit in my make-up kit...just for those "occasions where the clients nails are going to ruin my day.

What to Carry:

  • Alcohol
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Nail Polish Remover (Oil free and suitable for both natural and acrylic nails)
  • Hand Cream
  • Nail and Cuticle Clippers
  • Emery Boards
  • Cuticle Pusher
  • Top Coat
  • Nude Polish
  • Red Polish
  • Soft Toothbrush or nail brush
  • Small Bowl
  • Buffer
  • Cuticle Oil
  • 2 or 3 Trendy Colors
  • 1 or 2 sets of Stick on Nails/Acrylics for really really bad cases of chewed nails.

Great! One more excuse to go out shopping! Now some o

The other side of the coin...if you carry a kit you should know how to use it...
YouTube and google will help, or just pay attention next time someone give you a manicure! I should know I get my nails done....once a month...or every 5 weeks, my nail technician hates me!
The same way I do not believe in shaving or permanently re-styling the model/clients eyebrow, of hair...facial or otherwise...I will not do the full spa manicure. You want a massage? Go to the Experts!

Here are the basics of the basics...must know bare necessities...
1. Remove any old polish.

2. Apply cuticle oil and soak in warm soapy water if required.
3. Gently push back the cuticle using either a cuticle pusher. Practice makes perfect...practice on yourself to avoid damaging someone else's nails!

4. Shape the nails with an emery board. Cut if necessary (this is the case of 4 long nails 3 eaten ones and 2 medium size ones).
5. Lightly buff the nails to prep the nail. (if necessary).

6. Wash Hands.

7. Apply color or clear coat or nothing.

8. Apply hand lotion.

Golden Rules when giving someone else a manicure:

1. Avoid blood
2. Still Avoid Blood!
3. AVOID BLOOD at all cost!!!
4. Wash your hands before you start...
5. Wash and disinfect all tool after each use.
6. Unless you are a licenced and trained nail technician do not go out there and start cutting and chopping people's nails!!
7. If there are any open Wounds. STOP!! Get the client to wear gloves or something...I am not touching blood...and neither should you...

Here are some inspirational images:



  1. haha even though im not a makeup artist but i'm a makeup addict so i can defintely use some of your tips!lol


  2. thanks for telling me about Mac. So what fondation would you recommend?

  3. Makeup Addiction is good! If we had more makeup Addicts the world would be a better place.

    Foundations I recommend: I personally use Lancôme. On my clients I use Cinema Secret, Nixie, Cover Girl, L’Oreal and RCMA.
    I would stop by the Clinique counter and try out some of their foundations; they are super nice and super light (for young healthy skin)
    And most of their products are hypoallergenic and fragrance free. No heavy stuff here!



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