Lots of work has been happening, I've been very busy. BUT....I took a little trip to visit my daughter who was at school in Santa Fe, NM. And then went back to pick her up for summer, and I took a detour to visit my besties in Colorado and Abileen, TX.
So as most of you who KNOW me already know, I am a very opinionated artist. Over these last several months my head has been reeling from so much of the craziness I've seen. So many artists making makeup much more complicated than i really is. So much out of date info is being passed around, and so much OUTDATED makeup techique coming back into the limelight. And so many techniques that should not be back, are actually back. Which leads me to ask.....WHAT IN THE HELL IS GOING ON!!!!
Now...I'm not going to go over the whole contouring thing again, because it's been beaten to death, and most of my colleagues know how I feel about it. In case you missed it, my opinion is NO. Unless it is serving a specific creative purpose...my answer is NO.
I am..I guess, what you would call a "minimalist" artist. Why? Because I don't PILE my clients' faces with pounds of makeup. I purchase products that are easy to work with, containing high concentrations of pigment, and ingredients that blend easily and become "invisible" on the skin. That is the goal of foundations and concealers, you know. To make the client look like they have perfect NATURAL skin.
Ok....so my newest befuddlement, is this whole COLOR CORRECTION thing....
Back in the early 80's, many of the cosmetic companies I worked for carried color corrective products, because someone back then decided that everyone's natural skin undertones were WRONG. If you had golden (sallow) undertones you needed to use this lavender "primer" under your foundation, to make you more....uuuhhhh....neutral? If you were too red (ruddy) they had a loverly green or aqua primer for you. I always kind of questioned this in my head even back then, because I didn't understand how just about EVERYONE'S undertones were wrong. My other thing was...if you're changing the undertones on your face, wouldn't it look weird with your sallow or ruddy neck/body? It never made sense to my makeup common sense. Then I figured out why this whole color corrective thing started......IT WAS TO GET YOU TO BUY MORE STUFF!!!!
TRUTH: Your skin is your skin, and your skins' color is just perfect the way it is. That's why there are foundation colors that match it. Now, if by chance your skin is green or lavender...please go buy a skintone corrector. Otherwise, keep calm and makeup on....
I will never understand why artists make things more complicated that they really are. And those who say that color correction is "key" or "essential" to a makeup artists kit, I say NONSENSE!!!! I'm pretty well respected for my work, and I don't own a color corrector at all. In fact, preparing a face with foundation, etc., is about the simplest thing I do, when I'm doing makeup. That goes for clients, actors, models...it doesn't matter...they all get the same, and it typically takes me less than 5 minutes to prepare my "canvas". Now, I totally get it that everyone's technique/style is different. But color correction is highly outdated. And if someone is telling you that it's necessary...they're probably doing it because the cosmetic line that they represent sells them. Don't waste your money on it...save it to buy more fun COLOR!!!!