Mens Grooming Yes! Men Wear Makeup

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Mens grooming makeup for tv

As soon as someone learns that I work as a makeup artist for photo shoots and sports television, one of the next questions they ask is “Do men wear makeup?”.  I know it seems ridiculous for the every day man to “wear makeup”.  Yes!  Men wear makeup and greatly benefit from having a makeup artist on set.  And yes, makeup artists help men look their best on camera for tv, film, and photo shoots.

My approach is much different for mens grooming and it differs from traditional beauty makeup.  It’s about evening out skin tone and blemishes, maintaining shine control, brightening the under eye area (when needed), hiding a recent sunburn, covering the occasional shaving mishaps, eyebrow grooming, & aiding with hair styling and the occasional haircut and trim.  The reality is without having a makeup artist on set, it can become painfully obvious under bright studio lights how much a

mens grooming makeup for tv

makeup artists assistance is required.  The progression of camera technology, high definition advances, and led lighting  has created the ability to produce an incredibly sharp more realistic image.  With that sharper image is where you start to notice things you might not have seen before, flyaway hairs, blemishes, uneven skin tone, perhaps you see that the talent appears to look like he didn’t get a full 8 hours of sleep, especially in the eye area.  The technique for makeup application for mens grooming has changed with the advances in technology.  It is a makeup artist’s goal for her men’s grooming work to appear natural and effortless.  A good makeup artist’s work is virtually undetectable. You shouldn’t “see” the makeup, that means it is too heavy.

Seasoned pros know the value of mens grooming and how the time spent in the makeup artist chair benefits their appearance on camera. I will tell you, men don’t willingly sit in the makeup chair at first.  A common concern I hear from men is that wearing makeup will make them appear feminine,  as if I’m punching their “guy card” as soon as they sit in the makeup chair.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Once they realize how quick and painless the ordeal is, and no eyeliner or lipstick is involved, they usually put up less of a fight, especially once they see how great they look.  Sometimes at the end of the shoot the talent refuses makeup remover wipes because they have an audition or on-camera engagement afterwards.  The pros know to keep wearing the makeup if they are going to be on camera again.

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makeupartistkathleen

Two time Emmy nominated Atlanta Makeup Artist Kathleen Marsh's passion for makeup began at an early age with a love for fashion, beauty, and the power of transformation with makeup. She’s known for her work on a range of productions and projects including print photography, HD tv commercials, music videos, catalogs, magazine editorials, corporate events, business portraits, and high def television series. She ensures her clients receive flawless, consistent makeup artistry and hairstyling that fits her clients needs for on-camera and live events. Since 2002, she has worked as a makeup & hair artist and maintained a broad variety of photo print clients including AT&T, Coca-Cola, Delta, Holiday Inn, Kimberly Clark, Southern Company, and Slimfast. She has been a celebrity makeup artist published in Men’s Fitness, GQ, People Magazine, Redbook, Rolling Stone Magazine and Time Inc. Her TV series work includes HGTV, the Cooking Channel, PBS, and Fox Sports. She has an enthusiasm for working on productions and being part of the team in the creative process. She’s passionate about helping clients look their absolute best and pays attention to highlighting their natural beauty.

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