Find out Where I’ve Been!

I’ve been out of pocket for so long– my deepest apologies to all my followers. For the past 4 months I’ve been working on a feature film out of town as a makeup artist and hairstylist. With that being said, working on set for 12-14 hours a day makes blogging virtually impossible for me. However, recently interviewed about my experiences being on set and some of my favorite products etc. for one of my friends lovely blogs Go French Yourself.

Check out some of my favorite interview questions from Samantha’s blog Go French Yourself!

-What is a day in the life of a freelance makeup artist / hairstylist look like? 

A day in the life of a FREELANCE hair and makeup artist is all about building relationships and the constant hustle. I cannot stress enough how important it is to build friendly relationships with peers in the industry. At the end of the day we all know who is loyal, trustworthy, and has your back. Being solely a freelancer, when your phone rings you answer it! That can mean the difference in the world between you and another artist who takes 3 days to get back to someone. In the beginning I learned to never say no, be a yes man. You never know what a small job can turn into for the future.

-What 5 items do you always carry in your makeup bag? What are your tools of the trade?

5 items I always carry in my personal makeup bag are,

  • Lips! There’s nothing worse than your lips coming off mid way through an evening. Always carry your lipstick for touch-ups.
  • Oil removing sheets, I like to use these instead of caking on makeup over oily skin.
  • Blot powder, I always use this after I have removed oil from my skin
  • Mascara, because sometimes I like to touch-up my bottom lashes
  • Altoids, being a makeup artist you are always in peoples faces. Gum can be very obnoxious so I prefer mints.

-How do you like doing your own makeup?

I personally don’t do my makeup unless I am meeting a client or going to work on a job. When I do my everyday makeup look I spend about 10 minutes. I have perfected my 10 minute face. This consists of: Foundation, blush, highlight, bronzer, brows, light eyeshadow, mascara, and lips.

-Any makeup tips for starters?

Don’t get sucked into the pretty consumer packaging. I myself have been guilty of this recently. Remember to not judge a product by its cover. If you find a product that has solved an issue you are trying to address than stick with it. No sense in having 5 products that all do the same thing because you were sucked into buying them.

-You just recently finished wrapping on a Feature Film for the past 4 months. Tell me about the movie and the experience?

The film I just recently wrapped on shot for 3 months in Oklahoma, 1 month in Louisiana, finishing with 1 month in Italy . Since we did sign script NDA’s and without giving too much away our Starbright film’s IMDB page http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1742179/ says, “A young orphan escapes the realities of her life by fantasizing about and then entering a fairy tale world.”

We were so lucky to have such an incredible cast for this film. Our leading lady, Alexandra Dowling is one to watch out for. She is an actress from the UK and is stunning on the inside and out.

This experience has been one of the top for me as a freelance hair and makeup artist. The relationship and bond that was built while working with the hair and makeup leads has to be one of the best. Getting to watch and learn about new products and techniques is powerful. We all lived away from home for so many months that we became family. Coming back to everyday life has been a huge change.

-First thought on the day of Filming?

The first day of filming was extremely hectic. The start of the day was terrible, because my GPS took me to an entirely different location. I am so happy I leave with plenty of time because I was able to make it with 5 minutes to spare of my call time. That’s why you always give yourself plenty of time for mishaps! Then we had lots of looks to execute that morning and I cut my finger doing a men’s haircut. I was in hurry up and go mode trying to not bleed out all over the actor. Then since I wasn’t early there was no time to eat. Live and learn, always be extra early!

-What was the overall look of the makeup/hair in the movie?

The overall makeup and hair look that Sharon Tabb and Shelly D’Apolito created for this film was very natural and whimsical. Our leading lady went from a blonde to a brunette for the film and looked so good doing it. Sharon made sure she had a angelical glow for the entire film.

-Were there any challenges you encountered while working on location?

Luckily while working on location we had a beautiful hair and makeup trailer. The hardest part for us being on location came while being in the middle of nowhere and not having cell service. Sometimes we would have makeup and hair to do in the trailer while one of us was on set. If we needed to get a hold of each other it made it a little more difficult. Also, having no cell service means your cell phone died quicker. I highly recommend an external battery charger. It will save your life!

-Solid piece of advice for the young aspiring celebrity makeup/hair stylist?

It’s all about being yourself. People want to hire you and be around you because your skill and your personality– the two go hand in hand. Put down your phone and listen to what your client is telling you. Always be respectful and go above and beyond, that will get you far with people. 

One of my favorite tips from a past producer: When you’re on time you’re late. Always arrive 15 minutes early to set up your station and find where you need to be.

-Favorite celebrity clients thus far?

I truly have been so lucky to work with an awesome list of celebrities. Some of the most memorable are Jack White from the White Stripes- he truly oozed cool to be around, PITBULL the singer, John Rhys-Davies from Lord of the Rings- is one of the sweetest men alive, Tom Felton who plays Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter- talk about a little girls dream come true, Becky Ann Baker from GIRLS- total babe, Tory Johnson from Good Morning America, Diego Boneta from Scream Queens- literally the best attitude and spirit in the industry, Pioneer Women- whom I got to assistant with the wonderful makeup artist Sharon Tabb, Ree was the absolute sweetest, Kevin Durant formally OKC Thunder Basketball player, and Adrian Patridge form the Hills, complete down to earth stunning girl and my first celebrity client.

-Favorite memory of the recent movie you worked on and why?

The best memory of the recent film I worked on is just being with the cast and crew. We all developed an incredible bond with one another and that’s what kept us waking up every morning. We were a team and counted on each other each and every day.

I will say we would throw awesome dance parties every night in our trailer at wrap. Keeping the morale high on this long shoot was so important for us all. One of our actors Diego Boneta, really loved to listen to classic hits. I had on the Bee Gee’s one evening and he dropped it like it’s hot and split his pants right down his bum. At that exact same time I was recording the dance party on my phone. Too top off this epic moment caught on camera, Buzz Feed featured an article about my video.  IT WAS HYSTERICAL!!

-What is next for you Krista?

Next for me is to continue to build my wedding business, Tulsa Bridal Beauty. Dive deeper into my style and beauty blog Exquisite Mayhem, and continue the grind with my production work. This summer will end my 3rd consecutive contract working for ESPN. I would love to do more traveling with clients for destination weddings and production work and just accepted a job with a traveling production company as the hair and makeup artist for commercials.  I also would love to invent a product. I have a small list of things that I would like to get serious about. I have high hopes to work New York Fashion week or Miami Swim week. Other than that continuing the daily grind!

To read the full blog interview on Go French Yourself  click here: Interview with Me!

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    Xuan
    March 13, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Sounds so fun!

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