Makeup Artistry, is just that. ART! The better you are at painting, the better Makeup Artist you will be.
**The above images represent 3 different Artists work of which are not my own but to use as examples in sculpture, drawing, and painting. **
Makeup Artists, Body Artists as well as Fine Artists utilize most of the same brushes in their everyday work. So it would be hard to believe that if you are good at one discipline, you wouldn't be good at the other. The truth is, to really master either profession it would be useful to take classes in all. Why? Because although the ingredients of the products are different, the product purposes are the same. Let me break it down the differences in how each discipline approaches application methods.
FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE WE ARE GOING TO FOCUS ON GLAM & EVERYDAY CLASSY MAKEUP & HYPER-REALISM PAINTING & DRAWING.
1. You set a background
There is literally no difference other than the canvass the paint or makeup is being applied too. If the background is done correctly, it should bring your yes to the "focal" piece of the painting. For Makeup Artists they may want to highlight the person's eyes or their mouth. If they add to much detail to all parts of the face, it will wash out the focal point, and just look like a blurred/ abstract image.
Whether it is face, body, or fine artistry, the one principle remains the same: To have an even image that makes sense, you must have good composition control.
2. You begin to contour the background by blending with a few different brushes
3. You apply the final details
To be a great painter, you must have a solid skill set in drawing. Although paint doesn't blend and apply to a canvass in the same way that sharpies, pastels, and pencils do, art is a series of shapes, lines, and colors put together strategically to create hyper-realism art. A great makeup artist has mastered the ability to control shapes to enhance a person's natural beauty. A fine artist must take a subject (a person, animal, or building), and render it in a way that brings it to life starting from a "blank canvass".
Being a fine artist takes a great deal of patience and discipline. I have been drawing since I was a little kid. As a child I wrote and illustrated my own children's books, and my own comic book series. I then took an interest in design and animation and starting creating the things I saw in my mind out of clay, wood, fabric paper, and boards. From creating stuffed animals to my own Halloween costumes it took off from there. As a teen I started drawing tattoos, as I wanted that to be my career when I graduated. As an adult I ended up being a Caricaturist and temporarily tattoo artist for events. I only started to paint about 7 years ago, and it wasen't until I started doing body art, and creating my own costumes for my productions that my painting skills got a lot better.
In conclusion, if you want to expand your portfolio as a makeup artist, and work in the professional film/ theatre/tv (production) industry then I recommend you take body art and painting classes. It will sharpen your skills, and make you an invaluable asset.
Stephanie A.E Strugar
Certified Grumbacher Painting & Drawing Instructor.
She is a retired Certified Face/ Body & Temporary Tattoo Artist.
Caricaturist. She is currently an active
Public Speaker, Consultant, and Arts Educator in the Manitoba and greater Canada area.