"Most customers do not know what they want until they see it. Many people base what they want on their favorite celebrity and/or role model, but I try to explain that we all have different facial structure."
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We are so excited to have come across the amazingly talented Eboni Brown. She doesn't let any challenge bring her down, and is a very hard-working individual. She has long enjoyed art as a passion of hers, and it's wonderful to hear when someone turns that passion into a career.
Tell us about yourself, and why you are a good fit as a makeup artist.
I think with every makeup artist, it's finding our niche. You have many different paths in the makeup industry, its just finding the right fit. So, to answer the question, I think I'm the right fit for this particular makeup artist position with the competition being so tough because I have found my niche and I'm just focused on perfecting my craft more than focusing on other's.
Why did you choose this profession?
I chose this profession because I am an artist at heart. I naturally draw and/or paint on my spare time, so having that creative background really help my craft. I love doing makeup because I love making women look even more beautiful through their own eyes.
What are the biggest challenges makeup artists have to face?
The biggest challenges makeup artists have to face is really finding that comfortable fit in this industry. Then building that confidence that you belong in this industry is the next thing, but building confidence and finding your fit in the industry.
If a customer asks for a style that you are sure would not suit them, how do you convince the customer to go otherwise?
Most customers do not know what they want until they see it. Many people base what they want on their favorite celebrity and/or role model, but I try to explain that we all have different facial structure, and what looks one way on one person will look totally different on you. I actually walk through the whole makeup process with my clients so they understand what I am doing and explaining to them.
How do you prepare dry and oily skin for foundation makeup application?
First, you really have to know your products. dry and oily skin uses different skin products to prep the skin. Also, just by what kind of skin your clients has, it can determine what kind of foundations to apply on your clients face. For instance you would not use a cream-base foundation on oily skin.
Do you have any experience in cosmetic retails?
Funnily enough, I've never worked in any official cosmetic retail, but my first job was with Victoria Secret. They use to have a beauty section and I use to sell those with no problem because people loved my makeup.
Tell us about your experience as a makeup artist?
Every experience I've had as a makeup artist has been rewarding. Every no I faced has been motivation for me to be more persistent on my path to success in this industry. I'm still not where I want to be. My goal is to do makeup along side Pat McGrath one day doing makeup for Vogue and/or the W Magazine.
Do you apply makeup for special events? Name some you have covered?
I have done many fashion shows in the tricounties in Florida and covered events as big as the Ritz Carlton in Tampa. Also doing a short film at the University of Miami.
What is the difference between applying makeup for a TV shoot and applying makeup for a live appearance party?
Makeup for a TV shoot, it has to do with the color light that they are filming with. When it's a TV shooting, the makeup typically has to be heavier because in from of a camera, the lights flushes the makeup out if it isn't strong enough. Makeup for live appearance parties can be softer.
How often do you clean your makeup tools such as brushes and combs? How does it affect the wear and tear of your tools and how do you feel about the associated expense?
I am like the OCD makeup artist. I clean my makeup brushes and combs religiously everyday. Clean brushes are a plus in this industry and it would eliminate you causing a model to break-out. Going to Cosmix, School of Makeup Artistry drilled cleaning brushes.
How do you determine a client’s undertone before you decide what makeup technique to use?
For me its quite simple. Everyone have pink, red, or yellow in our undertones. I normally match the foundation with the client's skin color first, then I can determine what color undertone I need from there on.
Yes, do not stop networking with other makeup artists and photographers. Be persistent, be aggressive. Do as many test shoots as you can and always remember to be humble.
Photo Credits: (Picture 1&2) Photographer: Luis Quezada Photography (@luey28) Model: Jessica Whitlow (Ford Models)( @the_jessica_whithlow) Makeup artist: Eboni Joie (@ebonijoie) Stylist: Anthony Bermudez (@styledbybermudez) Hair Stylist: Eboni Joie (@ebonijoie) Photo Credits: (Pictures 3-5) Photographer: Danny Villamar (@danvillamar_) Model: Nichaela Moe (Elite Models ) (@nichaelam) Makeup Artist: Eboni Joie (@ebonijoie) Stylist: Danny Villamar (@danvillamar_) Hair Stylist: Eboni Joie(@ebonijoie)
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