I am beyond excited and happy to be the first place winner of IMATS ( International Makeup Artist Trade Show) LA makeup artist Battle of the Brushes Beauty/Fantasy category. It feels so great to be the best LA makeup artist! So, I decided to share with you my success story and hopefully to inspire you to participate in the show next or the following years.
I was attending Cinema Makeup School and they chose me to represent them at the IMATS competition. Nelly Recchia and Leonard Engelman were my wonderful mentors, who thought me many new things. I was really honored to represent the school and could not anticipate show my skills.
So, 2016 Makeup artist contest theme was Circus/ Carnival. I wanted to create something sexy, eye catchy and impressive. After a lot of sketching and brainstorming I came up with the idea to create a ring master. My mentors loved my first sketches and initial makeup test. They advised me to be more brave with colors.
When I found this fabulous model, Nicole Whittaker, the complete look came together naturally. Nicole is a natural red head with a a wonderful personality. She was a perfect fit and match, so I am beyond thankful for her for her patience and hard work.
A moth before the contest I ordered a corset, trim, hat, small details. I sew and created golden pieces on the corset and as well on the hat.
When I was brainstorming about the ring masters look, I just knew that I will do hand drawing. As La makeup artist I wanted to show my fine artist skills and I think it worked perfectly. I used all the techniques: airbrush, blending and free hand drawing.
I feel really blessed to be a part of this contest. It gave me a lot of confidence that I can achieve greater things in my life. I believe, just to participate in IMATS competition, it is already a winning and big honor for me or any other LA makeup artist.
I am excited and look forward to create many more avant-garde/ beauty/ fantasy look. This is my true passion and journey of my life.
Here are my sketches and few photos.