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Interview with a Makeup Artist

Michelle Brione

Q: What made you want to become a hair and make-up artist?

A: My mother is a hair stylist. She’s owned several salons. I originally was a fashion stylist my mother decided to open her 3rd salon in woodland hills she had a makeup station put in so I can do makeup not realizing I had a natural talent for it but I still decided that I wanted to go to a makeup school and take a full course for TV Film Print & beauty F/x makeup.

Q: What is your strangest work story?

A: Well I have a few strange work stories lol I was assisting for a magazine shoot with a well known actress and she was not happy with the head stylist she made a big scene about it in the middle of the shoot and told me that she wanted me to style her other wise she will walk out the editor walked in and calm her down and told her she must continue whether she likes the head stylist or not on one hand I felt complimented but in the other I didn’t want to make waves with the editor she was like the Meryl Streep character in The Devil Wears Prada & I was just starting my career so this was the last thing I was expecting to have happen all in all the shoot was a success.

Q: What is the biggest make up mistake women make?

A: The biggest mistake women tend to make is wearing an oily foundation you always want to keep your base matte not to oily by using a matte foundation you keep it soft & natural looking.

Q: What well known person would you most like to work your magic on and why?

 A: I would love to work with Angelina Jolie she’s beautiful of course but I like her confidence & how she carries herself she exudes strength & she pretty "fearless " I admire those qualities also she doesn’t seem shallow she is a meaningful beauty in other words beauty with a meaning a little play on words she has purpose & she is what the modern women is about.


Q: What do you like about Los Angeles?

 A: I enjoy the diversity LA has to offer we have so much culture here you can find pretty much what ever you want specially food whether its Mexican, Italian, Chinese, soul food, it’s all here and authentic the weather is great too.


Q: What don’t you like about it?

 A: The traffic, The Earthquakes, & The Rent it can be a bit costly here and very competitive.


Q: What do you think was the best hairstyle trend in the last ten years?

 A: In my opinion the best hair trend in the past ten years is the long loose layers its sexy and flattering on thick or fine hair alike.


Q: What was the worst hairstyle trend in the last ten years and why?

 A: The " Mullet" has to be the worst hair trend.


Q: What brand of make-up is the best in your opinion?

 A: I like MAC it’s great for TV Film & Print work it stays on very well and the colors don’t dull so it works well when you have a long day under lights or on location it’s durable I also luv the colors they are Rich & vibrant and it shows through on film and on Camera.


Q: What film had the best make-up job ever?

 A: Its Between The Curious Case of Benjamin Button & The Dark Knight but there are so many films that I really luv the makeup work the beginning process and the creativity that goes into it and the final transformation is what really makes being a makeup artist enjoyable for me it really transcends me to a higher level as an artist and it truly gives me a sense of fulfillment.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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