Learning from an Expert Makeup Artist
by Robin G. Murphy
In “Middle Age is the New Adolescence,” I described my difficulties with applying makeup in a way that looks good now that I’ve reached an age where my skin and features seem to be changing. The make-up habits I had developed didn’t seem to work well anymore. I asked for advice from friends, from Reddit, from Google, and ultimately I decided to schedule a make-up lesson with a professional. After a Google search for make-up artists who offer remote lessons, I connected with Chris Scott of Makeup Gourmet and scheduled my first virtual Zoom makeup lesson.
At the appointed time, I made sure I had good lighting, set up my laptop in the bathroom near my makeup mirror, and laid all my make-up on the counter. I was nervous. How would this work? Could he really see what I was doing and instruct me through Zoom?
Chris and I chatted for a bit and he shared that he has defined a tried-and-true formula for applying makeup that anyone can use with minor modifications every day — for casual fun, work, and formal occasions. This was just what I was looking for! I needed something that I knew would reliably look good every time.
Once he explained a little about himself and his approach, we dove into the tutorial. It was immediately clear that in his 30 years of doing makeup for models and celebrities as well as teaching fashion makeup, Chris has honed his eye and technique.
He asked me to show him my eyebrow pencil, and could immediately tell through the camera whether it was a product that would work. He asked me to draw a straight diagonal line on my eyebrow — I thought he was crazy — but he could immediately tell whether I had done it right, and when we finished with my eyebrows, they looked better than they ever had before.
It surprised me how easy it was to share what tool I was using, how I was using it, and get feedback through Zoom. Chris walked me through instructions on enhancing my eyebrows, applying eyeliner and eye shadow, correct my skin tone and covering imperfections, and choosing and applying lipstick. I came away with a look that took no more time to apply than I usually spent and wasn’t a heavier application of makeup — but made me look better and feel more self-assured.
Now I finally have confidence that I can apply makeup in a way that will reliably and consistently result in me feeling good about how I look. My big regret is that I didn’t do this when I was 20 years old! I’ve been wearing makeup nearly every day of my life for 30 years, and I now realize that every time I did it, my technique could have been much more effective.
If you’d like to learn more about Chris’s technique yourself, you have some options. Chris will do a free online consultation, which is a good place to start to find out if lessons are right for you. If so, there are several options available for lessons, including both individual and group lessons.
If in-person lessons aren’t for you, consider buying Chris’s book Face With a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup, which walks through his makeup technique in detail, and has online video tutorials which accompany it.
I can vouch that lessons on looking good or a book with clear instructions would be a great gift for a twenty-year-old with a lifetime of makeup wearing ahead of her!
Disclosure: Chris provided me with the makeup lessons for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased description of the experience.
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2nd of October, 2020
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CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades. He designed the course and taught Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure everyone has access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare made in the USA. Chris is the author of the International #1 Amazon Bestseller FACE WITH A HEART: MASTERING AUTHENTIC BEAUTY MAKEUP (2014), the COSMETIC COUNTER SURVIVAL GUIDE: HOW TO BUY THE RIGHT SKINCARE AND MAKEUP (2003) and released February 2019, HOW A MAKEUP ARTIST BECOMES A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS.
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