Today’s Makeover

Last Saturday, I did a “Just One Thing” item for a musical theater actress. She wanted an eyebrow change, her having done what most of us did when we were young, which was to LOL pluck everything up. I showed her how to get a real brow back, and she loved it enough to come for a consultation. Here we were, doing the brow thing:

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As a cancer survivor myself, I can tell you this: it ain’t easy. Let’s “Face Up” to it TOGETHER

Fortunate to have worked with a hospital on a shoot featuring survivors, I got to camera-ready and give tips to a woman who is not only a survivor…she’s a thriver, too!

One of the first signs I see when people are getting better from any sickness, disaster, depression…is that we start to take care of ourselves in better ways.
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  • Done a couple of weddings
  • Went to cosmetology school for hair or makeup or esthetics or nails
  • Worked at a makeup counter
  • Have done makeup on the cheap for some low-budget films
  • Does selfies with pouty lips

Long story short: I teach every facet of production makeup, one-on-one, with relevance to film, video, photography, f/x, etc. I know what the camera sees.  It’s a full-tilt profession. If you really mean to do this, I have what it takes to teach you. Believe me, any mix of the above is not enough.

Over 50? WAY over 50? GOOD! So am I…and the last thing we want is a twenty-something jumping out at us, or to watch a pouty tutorial!

Let’s meet! Let’s meet one-on-one or in a group, and let’s show you some easy ways to show you’re happy-faced. If you want trendy, I’ll take you there…but not to the point of overdone/scary/drag queen. Want natural? a little bit more? I know what’s good for you at this wonderful age…what projects you as YOU and as it says on our cover page…we don’t pretend you’re an “empty canvas”.

Let’s be vibrant while we’re being wise, right? From a long-ago portfolio page.

But then again, speaking of “drag queens”, Here’s a fun drag image of the great actor, Paul Taylor (of Hellraiser fame), my having had my way ending the shoot night with THIS image!…we did about 1100 frames that night and every one of them was usable.

“THE LOOK THAT BOOKS”…What you need to know to get the perfect headshot!!!

No matter your skill or education, if you want to be an actor, you’re not going to get in without a headshot.  Bottom line…this from casting directors:

“You’d dang well better look like your headshot!”   (I cleaned that up. They’re pretty explicit about this)

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Donatelle Mascarie - THE Makeup Maven

I’m Donatelle Mascari

My moniker has been “The Makeup Maven” since about 1977, when the furs salesman upstairs at Neiman Marcus, where I worked as a makeup artist and in cosmetics sales, first said, “There she is…the Makeup Maven!” Continue reading “Welcome”

“JUST ONE THING” workshop is like a VITAMIN to your look! FREE!

"Sometimes all it takes is just the tiniest,
simplest makeup change that really 'ups' our 
happiness and confidence quotient, right?"
JUST ONE THING...At this event, tell me just one thing you'd change, or maybe something about your face or makeup speaks to me and with your permission, I'll show you what I see. Makes a good party with lots to share. Big-time shower, birthday, pajama party, corporate event. 

To book: (214) 552-0312

Contributors about to Contribute! Let’s learn.

Some very good news for all of us and for the many media whose problems I can help solve. It’s about ideas and communicating, and I think it can be a very useful…even eye-opening (no pun intended) event, here.

Each of several media will post to my contributors page. Let’s use this page for contributors to blog ways in which to get the most out of their makeup, hair, styling needs. They and I can co-post in order to convey communication between makeup and media, whether it’s corporate, film/video, editorial magazine columns and blogs, theatrical and live presentation ideas. Seeing and hearing from these people…and I mean known experts in their fields…get ideas about how we work together and grow these ideas into a seamless finished product…editing and final-use in mind right from the get-go…can grow your business and personal needs into a full-throttle thrust-and-thrive.
Be watching.

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We’ve debunked the idea of a face being “an empty canvas”, so here’s another crumb of food for thought…

Just a crumb; nothing even as big as a morsel, OK?, but what’s this about using a ring finger for applying face treatments?
I’m not giving you medical advice, here: if your doctor or any medical person has told you to use your ring finger for applying a treatment…what I have to say should be ignored. You do what your medical professional SAYS!!!…but in the “general advice from makeup people” department…

You have to ask yourself if you really don’t trust any of your other fingers or even your THUMB, for crying out loud, to apply makeup without poking or injuring yourself.

Allergic to makeup and Sensitive-skinned, here was this Heather…

Beautiful! A case of “so what, you don’t even NEED makeup”

But she was defiant, and so MUCH so that she…probably without realizing…stood there with her arms folded firmly across her chest, as if to dare me. Now, don’t get me wrong: I couldn’t blame her. She’d been to every makeup counter, tried everything…and was disappointed.

No, she doesn’t need makeup…nobody NEEDS it!… but it’s in our very “makeup” to want to play, have fun, change our looks, fit in with others in various locations and for different occasions, and for photographs.

So Heather and I discussed, did some testing, and that was YEARS ago. We’ve since become family, never mind the DNA. Don’t need that kind of testing.

Can I say my products are hypo-allergenic? No. Why? because some people are allergic to air and water. Not going to mislead you, but in the hundreds of faces I’ve worked with, there hasn’t been an issue.
The great photographer, David McGhee, wanted the most natural, makeupless face for a gallery show, so Heather was his first choice. Here's a picture from that shoot, my arm in the way…but since we don't doctor photographs, you get the arm as a sort of GWP…

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