Can I just take a minute to say a big old thank you for the awesome support and kind words that you guys shared on the last post about my prepping for to go to the Makeup Show in Los Angeles this weekend!?!?! THANK YOU! I LOVE YOU GUYS! (if you are feeling like you are behind, you can go back and get the full scoop on my prep stress/excitment here). This entire process has been an emotional roller coaster!
My flight leaves out at 5:25 am tomorrow (I know, I didn’t even know any planes left before 5:30) so I am frantically packing and getting things in order around my house now. I don’t think it has really hit me yet that I will be spending the night (4 nights actually) away from my sweet baby for the first time ever. It is quite strange how hard yet easy, but totally stressful it is to pack for just myself. This is the first time I am not packing for my entire family and schlepping every necessary infant item thru the airport like I have for the last 10 months. I’m going to feel so light!
You are probably picking up on my excitement and wondering when I am going to just spill the beans already on whether or not I have heard who the finalists are for the Kevyn Aucoin Re-Making Faces contest…..(drumroll please!!!!!!)
As I mentioned in my last post, I have ZERO face chart experience. Thankfully I am one of those crazy people who gets so fixated on things that I become obsessed and don’t stop until I figure it out. I can’t tell you how many YouTube videos I watched on making face charts! Its also a good thing that my pal Nell (previously mentioned here) recently reminded me that I was the one had informed her, more than 15 years ago, that we were excellent (practically experts!) at everything that we haven’t tried yet. Thanks pal. You are right. 2014 is the year of stepping up the game and accepting more challenges. I needed that.
Below is the image that I used to create the look for my face chart and the shoot we did with Aubri. It is from Kevyn’s Face Forward book and is call Birds of Paradise. More on the process of why I chose elements of reinterpretation here.
“Birds of Paradise” from Face Forward
Like I mentioned before in the last post, normally I would never enter these face chart contests because I don’t do face charts (because I’ve never been trained to or required to do them). I am a makeup artist and excel at working with people, not paper. I can barely read my own handwriting and can barely draw a proper smiley face.
Even though I was terribly disappointed to see they had revised the original rules and no longer wanted the image,I am glad that I had decided to enter anyway. I figured by teaming up with Todd and Aubri, I would have a solid image and could wing it with the face chart. Since the shoot was already booked and I had invested so much time (and a small fortune on feathers to make those brows!), I was grateful that we still did the shoot and that I was allowed to submit it along with the face chart. This is going to be a great addition to the portfolio!
Doing the shoot, between the prep (I did this 10,000 times on myself and my friend Julie too) and doing the look on Aubri for the shoot was so helpful to me in creating the face chart. I know that sometimes artists use the face charts first to plan looks for events or shoots, but since I am not a face chart person this way really helped.
I submitted the images the day before the original deadline, last Friday February 21. That night I was so excited to see that The Makeup Show used my face chart on their Instagram post announcing that the contest had been extend to Monday. I was honored but also a little stressed because I had expected to hear the finalists announced on Monday.
According to the original rules, the finalists would have to provide their own model and do the look live at the event on Friday. Being the super preparer that I am, I had already began the hunt for my model and had someone lined up. So while I waited, I was going back and forth on how I needed to whether I was a finalists or not since that changed whether or not I packed my kit (and these feather brows!). Packing everything to do the model there seemed like a big challenge but I was up for it! When they emailed us yesterday to let me know that I was a finalist, I was so happy. Then when I reread the email and figured out that I didn’t have to do the look at the event, an enormous weight was lifted!
Now I can go pack and get everything in order to head out tomorrow. During the process I wondered 10,000 times why I was doing this, why I was putting myself under all this stress instead of just enjoying attending the event. Answer: I LOVE a challenge. I was disappointed that the rules changed to not consider the photo shoot, but if I can be honest I would have to say that without the photo shoot part I would have never done it. I was disappointed (like 1/2 a second) that I would get to show off on my model at the event. Then I remembered that this makes it so much easier for me to just show up and enjoy the event.
The work has been done, now I am off to enjoy myself! I get to wear fun, clothes (no yoga pants or work clothes!) and even carry a real purse instead of a diaper bag!
I never could get this flipagram to embed, but I would love to share this play by play that I documented of the process. Its on Instagram, I would love to know what you think!
My list of thanks goes on and on but I am very grateful to my husband for cheering me on and putting up with my swinging emotions throughout this process. I am so thankful to my fabulous mother in law for coming here to be with Silas and hold my house together so that I can fly across the country to be a part of this. Thank you to my girlfriends Casey, Julie and Sara who gave me constructive criticism on the 10,000 pictures of every face chart I attempted until I finally had one that I was okay submitted. And of course, photographer Todd Wright and the gorgeous Aubri with Modelogic Wilhelmina for bringing my vision to life.
Next up, I will be sharing what I picked up at the show. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to see keep up with me while I am there. Best of luck to all of the finalists!