Friday, September 3, 2010

Makeup Workshop

Most of you know I've never actually taken a makeup class aside from those required when you work for MAC. I'm not quite sure why though it could be because I'm skeptical of spending money on something that may not actually teach something I don't already know, or couldn't learn on my own. (DIY personality type here!) It could also be because with makeup as with everything else in life, there is always more than one way to accomplish something.

Often I feel inadequate when surrounded by other artists going gaga over *insert celeb's name here* cover shoot of *insert magazine name here*. I don't read fashion magazines unless they're laying around in a doctors office or a friends house and I'm bored. And for whatever reason I don't generally research other artists or look through their portfolios either.

That said, there is 1 and only 1 artist that I have followed from the beginning and continue to admire and support to this day. You've probably seen me mention her name, but if you haven't, she is Lottie Stannard ( We "met" years ago on Livejournal through one of the makeup communities. Her work blew me away. And unlike the egotistical catiness that can infiltrate makeup communities online, she was not only humble but genuinely supportive of other artists. Skills aside, it was that humility and friendliness which kept me, someone who rarely keeps in touch with anyone, in touch with her to some degree. It wasn't until years later that we sat down and she shared her story with me. It was only then that I became aware of the fact that when we "met" she had just been starting out in the makeup world. She worked her normal 9-5 job to make ends meet and busted her ass working overtime every single weekend to get her portfolio together. That, ladies and gentleman, is passion and dedication. She took a risk, and gave up what she knew and was comfortable with, to pursue something she was passionate about. In as little as 7 years, she has had countless covers and tears, multiple national ad campaigns, keyed quite a few shows and is part of Pat McGrath's team. Can you see why I admire and respect this woman?

If there was ever anyone I would take a class from, it's her. That said, I wanted to make you all aware of an event that's happening in November in DC. I'm not sure if I'll be in attendance just yet as it depends on finances but if you can be there, GO. I've been lucky enough to be on her team for NYFW and Miami Swim and I can promise you that you will not be disappointed by this class.

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  1. thanks for the recommendations. she does really awesome work.


  2. i remember both lotstar AND you from lj. you both have come so so far - i hope to follow you for years to come - xoxo Beatriz

  3. Hi Risa,
    I wish I could attend one of her classes its just not in the budget for now, not until I start getting more paid jobs.
    I love her work an dI also love your work too. You are so lucky to have a mentor like her. I wish I could do more assisting but I have onlye done it once. People are so protective which I can understand to a point.
    I have thought about quitting a lot of times when I bumb into so many closed doors. They evilness that seems to come from other mua...its amazing. Then again I'll work in doing better/ getting better and they can kiss my butt. LOL