Top 10 Ways To Make Agency Models Hate You On Set As Makeup Artist

Today’s topic is going to be a little bit different than usual. I always hear makeup artist talk about what they love and what they hate about working with talents but today, this is not about us! We are going to spice things up a little! I reached out to 10 agency represented models from all over the world asking them what their biggest pet peeves are when it comes to makeup artist on set. End of the day, the most important things to me are making the client happy, taking care of the talents, make sure they feel comfortable while getting the job done. Listen, we all have things that we love and hate but in my opinion it matters very much to take a moment and recognize what these people have to say. It might help you down the road to be a better artist. Feedbacks are the key to success!

Agnieszka Artych    | State Management NYC | @agnesartych   “I find the most irritating when the makeup artist comes on set with dirty brushes. Thankfully it doesn’t happen that often anymore! Makeup artist became more aware that healthy looking skin for models is crucial! We spend a lot of time, effort and money on our look, so dirty brushes are simply a no-go!”  -Well said Agnes, sanitation should be on the top of your list as a makeup artist. I know sometime things get hectic, we are in a rush and just use the same brush on two different models or not having time to clean our brush the night before. Remember, you wouldn’t want that for yourself so stop with the excuses. Keep your kit clean.

Agnieszka Artych | State Management NYC | @agnesartych

“I find the most irritating when the makeup artist comes on set with dirty brushes. Thankfully it doesn’t happen that often anymore! Makeup artist became more aware that healthy looking skin for models is crucial! We spend a lot of time, effort and money on our look, so dirty brushes are simply a no-go!”

-Well said Agnes, sanitation should be on the top of your list as a makeup artist. I know sometime things get hectic, we are in a rush and just use the same brush on two different models or not having time to clean our brush the night before. Remember, you wouldn’t want that for yourself so stop with the excuses. Keep your kit clean.

Olga Vorosilova    | APM NYC | @olgavorosilova   “When makeup artists put lipstick with same finger to a line of the girl or with a single brush…. The worst”  -I see this happens quite often, and so happy that Olga brought this up. Makeup artist love applying products with our fingers but sometime we forget how dirty It is, especially if we going down a line of model touching them up with the same finger. Another no-no, thank you!

Olga Vorosilova | APM NYC | @olgavorosilova

“When makeup artists put lipstick with same finger to a line of the girl or with a single brush…. The worst”

-I see this happens quite often, and so happy that Olga brought this up. Makeup artist love applying products with our fingers but sometime we forget how dirty It is, especially if we going down a line of model touching them up with the same finger. Another no-no, thank you!

Irka Canseco    | Click NYC | @irkacanseco   “When Makeup Artist applies product on your face but rubs it in a foreful downward motion. When it happens im like “ well there goes my anti aging efforts out the window”  -Irka have a great point, sometime we love rubbing skincare into skin but I definitely seen some moment where it’s quite aggressive. Im sure makeup artist have their own reasonings, but when your model is feeling uncomfortable then I think we need to tone it down a notch or three. Applying skincare with an upward motion is definitily a good tip! WE DON”T WANT NO WRINKLES!

Irka Canseco | Click NYC | @irkacanseco

“When Makeup Artist applies product on your face but rubs it in a foreful downward motion. When it happens im like “ well there goes my anti aging efforts out the window”

-Irka have a great point, sometime we love rubbing skincare into skin but I definitely seen some moment where it’s quite aggressive. Im sure makeup artist have their own reasonings, but when your model is feeling uncomfortable then I think we need to tone it down a notch or three. Applying skincare with an upward motion is definitily a good tip! WE DON”T WANT NO WRINKLES!

Greta Rolli  | Elite Model Management NYC | @gretarolli  “Its awkward when the markup artist isn’t friendly”  -Yes I agree, no one want to spend a 12 hours day with people that are bummed out or just stressful in general. I am so thankful that I get to call this my career. We have a wonderful job, we get fed, get paid and working with incredible creatives and talents. Theres absolutely no reason why anyone should bummed out on set. Greta, I got strawberries cut up ready for you.

Greta Rolli | Elite Model Management NYC | @gretarolli

“Its awkward when the markup artist isn’t friendly”

-Yes I agree, no one want to spend a 12 hours day with people that are bummed out or just stressful in general. I am so thankful that I get to call this my career. We have a wonderful job, we get fed, get paid and working with incredible creatives and talents. Theres absolutely no reason why anyone should bummed out on set. Greta, I got strawberries cut up ready for you.

Priscilla Huggins Ortiz  | Wihelmina Models | @pricilla_huggins  “I hate when Makeup Artist have bad breath, Period. You Should know you’ll be all up in someone’s face so take care of it.”  -There it is guys! straight to the point. Thank you Priscilla for bringing this up, no one want to spend the whole day around bad odor. I always carry mint for myself and also for talents. Just a good fresher for both! Definitely an essential product!

Priscilla Huggins Ortiz | Wihelmina Models | @pricilla_huggins

“I hate when Makeup Artist have bad breath, Period. You Should know you’ll be all up in someone’s face so take care of it.”

-There it is guys! straight to the point. Thank you Priscilla for bringing this up, no one want to spend the whole day around bad odor. I always carry mint for myself and also for talents. Just a good fresher for both! Definitely an essential product!

Loli Laneova  | EMG Models | @lolilaneova  “It is extremely irritating when makeup artist who is a smoker and doesn’t properly wash his or her hands after smoking a cigarette. It is quite uncomfortable having hands that smell like an ashtray literally under your nose for hours.”  -This is definitely something that happens way too often and I am very happy that Loli expressed this. Please be considerate on others and clean your hands after you smoke. I personally hate the smell of cigarettes so I can only imagine how horrible it is to sit through a makeup application smelling it. Take care of your model!

Loli Laneova | EMG Models | @lolilaneova

“It is extremely irritating when makeup artist who is a smoker and doesn’t properly wash his or her hands after smoking a cigarette. It is quite uncomfortable having hands that smell like an ashtray literally under your nose for hours.”

-This is definitely something that happens way too often and I am very happy that Loli expressed this. Please be considerate on others and clean your hands after you smoke. I personally hate the smell of cigarettes so I can only imagine how horrible it is to sit through a makeup application smelling it. Take care of your model!

Kate Olthoff  | Marilyn NY | @kateolthoff  “I don’t like it when after a long day of shooting with a bunch of makeup on and the makeup artist don’t have any proper makeup wipes to give you to actually get the makeup off. I can’t tell you how many times that happened to me.”  -Yes, yes! that’s the honest truth. Alot of artist just assume after a shoot is over, they can just pack and leave. It’s not the talent’s job to bring their own makeup removers and skincare to apply to themselves after the shoot. Your job is not done until you ask the talents if they would like you to remove the makeup or if they like you to leave some makeup wipes and moisturizer for them to do it on themselves.

Kate Olthoff | Marilyn NY | @kateolthoff

“I don’t like it when after a long day of shooting with a bunch of makeup on and the makeup artist don’t have any proper makeup wipes to give you to actually get the makeup off. I can’t tell you how many times that happened to me.”

-Yes, yes! that’s the honest truth. Alot of artist just assume after a shoot is over, they can just pack and leave. It’s not the talent’s job to bring their own makeup removers and skincare to apply to themselves after the shoot. Your job is not done until you ask the talents if they would like you to remove the makeup or if they like you to leave some makeup wipes and moisturizer for them to do it on themselves.

Megan Puleri | Wihelmina Models | @meganpuleri  “When makeup artist drop a brush or sponge then proceed to pick it up and use it on your face”  -That is absolutely unacceptabel, and should never happen. Again, you wouldn’t want someone to do that to your face, so don’t do it! put the brush aside and use another one. Also for people that love using sponges, make sure you have more than one so you can use different sponge for different models on set. Thank you Megan!

Megan Puleri | Wihelmina Models | @meganpuleri

“When makeup artist drop a brush or sponge then proceed to pick it up and use it on your face”

-That is absolutely unacceptabel, and should never happen. Again, you wouldn’t want someone to do that to your face, so don’t do it! put the brush aside and use another one. Also for people that love using sponges, make sure you have more than one so you can use different sponge for different models on set. Thank you Megan!

Mariah Castro  | Marilyn NY | @mariahcastro__  “When makeup artist use their hands on my face or lips ESPECIALLY after eating. The Model you are doing it on is so incredibly grossed out but doesn’t want to be rude and call them out.”  -As much as I love catering and munching on snacks while im on set. I will always wash my hands and have sanitizer with me before I go back on set touching up talents. I think a lot of times it happens so subconsciously that we don’t realize we are doing it, so thank you Mariah for reminding us on this!

Mariah Castro | Marilyn NY | @mariahcastro__

“When makeup artist use their hands on my face or lips ESPECIALLY after eating. The Model you are doing it on is so incredibly grossed out but doesn’t want to be rude and call them out.”

-As much as I love catering and munching on snacks while im on set. I will always wash my hands and have sanitizer with me before I go back on set touching up talents. I think a lot of times it happens so subconsciously that we don’t realize we are doing it, so thank you Mariah for reminding us on this!

Alexis Lee  | Fenton Model Management | @alexisleehart  “When makeup artists don’t use disposable mascara wands. It’s gross to me when they dip it back into the same bottle”  -Thanks Alexis for calling this out! as a makeup artist we need to be conscious on making sure to use disposable wands at all time. It doesn’t matter if you are in a rush, or last minute touchups, double dipping won’t slide and you will get call out sooner or later!

Alexis Lee | Fenton Model Management | @alexisleehart

“When makeup artists don’t use disposable mascara wands. It’s gross to me when they dip it back into the same bottle”

-Thanks Alexis for calling this out! as a makeup artist we need to be conscious on making sure to use disposable wands at all time. It doesn’t matter if you are in a rush, or last minute touchups, double dipping won’t slide and you will get call out sooner or later!

BONUSSSS FEATUREEEE!!!!   Meaghan Waller  | Women360 NYC | @meaghanann  “I think the worst thing is when makeup artists use dirty brushes, or their hands without hand sanitizer.... especially AFTER EATING WITH THEIR HANDS. I just think unhygienic makeup artists are disgusting and at the end of the day, our face is part of our job, and for someone to so carelessly possibly fuck with that... it just sucks man. We are all there to do a job, and it would be nice if (some) makeup artists took a little more pride in their work and come in WITH clean brushes, brush cleaner, sanitizer, and non expired products. The amount of infections, and reactions to dirty or expired products is the most INFURIATING thing.”  -I have nothing to add to that, Meaghan made it pretty crystal clear. Don’t mess with her.

BONUSSSS FEATUREEEE!!!!

Meaghan Waller | Women360 NYC | @meaghanann

“I think the worst thing is when makeup artists use dirty brushes, or their hands without hand sanitizer.... especially AFTER EATING WITH THEIR HANDS. I just think unhygienic makeup artists are disgusting and at the end of the day, our face is part of our job, and for someone to so carelessly possibly fuck with that... it just sucks man. We are all there to do a job, and it would be nice if (some) makeup artists took a little more pride in their work and come in WITH clean brushes, brush cleaner, sanitizer, and non expired products. The amount of infections, and reactions to dirty or expired products is the most INFURIATING thing.”

-I have nothing to add to that, Meaghan made it pretty crystal clear. Don’t mess with her.

I want to shout out to all these beautiful humans for supporting me on this article. I hope this will give everyone an inside scoop on what models have to deal with on a day to day basis. It happens more than you can imagine. The funny part is, when I reached out to all these talents asking for one petpeeves, everyone already had a list. We can do better as creatives! Love you all! please give these 10 talents a follow! If you enjoy this, please leave me a feedback below and your IG so I can follow you!

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How To Set Up A Professional Makeup Kit & Station for any jobs in NYC

I remember the first 4 years of my career, I struggled so much on putting a makeup kit together. It was extremely stressful, expensive and there was so little to no information online. Every time I reach out for help, it feels like I am asking artists for money or their secrets. Thankfully for the one or two that took me under their wings and willing to share their knowledge and experiences with me . Most artists tend to over pack because we want to ensure that we have everything the client needs. Now I have finally developed a system that works for me no matter what jobs i am supporting including NYFW, campaigns, or Celebrity clients. I created this video not to tell you to replicate my set up; the purpose is to shred some light on this topic and hopefully you can take away whatever you wish. I can guarantee you this set up will not work for you if you just copy it because its not just about the products, its about developing a system for yourself and your clients. The first video is my set up from 2016-2018 and the second video is the updated set up for 2019 .If you enjoy this read, please leave me any feedback along with your instagram account so I can stay in touch! I would much appreciate that! you don’t have to sign up, you can leave a comment as a guest. ! follow me on Instagram! @vanmakeupartistry

A Beginners guide to surviving your first New York Fashion Week Show

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I remember the first time I came to New York City & accidentally walking by The Lincoln Center where NYFW was happening. It was loud, hectic, crowed and incredible! Its something I never got to experience while living in Boston. My only plan that day was to drop off my stack of resumes to every single Mac location that I can find. To make my situation harder, the first two jobs I listed on my resume were “Rock Climbing Instructor” & “Freelance Photographer”

I remember that day very clearly. A person dressed in all back with a Mac roller case that had light up wheels running towards me heading to the entrance. She bumped into me and apologized. She introduced herself to me she was a makeup artist running to her next show. At that moment I told myself that one day I want to be there doing makeup.

Two years later I achieved that goal. Today as I am typing this article I am going on my 8th season of NYFW. I am very happy to have people and brands that continuously support me and give me the opportunities that I have today.

Trust me if a random straight guy from a small town in Massachusettes (that could never get a call back from a tiny Mac Counter inside a local Macy’s) can support NYFW then you can too. P.S. they did say “you don’t have any qualifications”.

I am hoping this guideline can give you an inside look on what to expect for your first NYFW show!

  1. Show Details

    As much as NYFW is a year ahead of trends, everything comes together pretty much the very last minute including all of the show details. Here are some of the things that you should obtain from your booker prior to the show. The Designer’s name, date, venue address, call time, show time, key artist, your direct contact for that day. This should be given to you the day before the show at the latest. Once you get it, do your research on the designer and the key artist to at least know what they look like. You might wonder when you will get the “look or what products you need”, well unfortunately 95% of the time you will not know what the look is going to be or what key products you will need. =0)

  2. Kit Talk

    This is one of the most requested questions I get. What to bring? I have seen artists come in with a small basic kit that fits inside a backpack —> Zuca case —-> Large Suitcase —--> Two Large suitcases. Please check out “How To Set Up A Professional Makeup Kit & Station For Any Jobs In NYC” . I break down all the specific products and how I set up my kit. This is the way I’ve been doing it for the past 6 seasons and it’s been working perfectly fine for me. I am sure some artist will have a different perspective on things. As long as you have all your basics that allows you to do makeup on all ranges of skin tones and creating different finishes, then you’ll be just fine.

  3. If You’re on Time, YOU’RE LATE!!!

    Can’t stress this enough! In my opinion if you are on time, then you are late. You should always get to the venue 15-30 mins early. Especially during Fashion Week when everyone is trying to get to the same place. Another benefit of getting there early is you can meet your teammates one at a time. Instead of walking into a huge group of people all at once. Most of the time, there will be a check in location to receive your backstage pass. Pro tip: always check the venue and the address on your map the day before including ZIPCODE!! You’ll be surprised at how many street names have duplicates while they are nowhere near each other.

  4. The Set Up

    Once you arrive to the Makeup/Hair room, it is usually divided into two sections. The side with the low chairs are usually set up for the hair team while the makeup section will usually have higher stools. DO NOT SET UP YOUR KIT UNTIL THE KEY ARTIST ARRIVES! Remember, I told you to do your research on who the Key artist is? Well this will come in handy. Always wait for the key artist to pick the area they like to set up along with their assistants. Once they are set up, you can pick any available station. Remember I told you to make friends by arriving early? Well this also comes in handy. By setting up to your new friends, if you don’t have a certain product during the application, you can always reach out!

  5. The Demo

    Get ready to take notes. The Key artist will ask everyone to stand close for the demo of the look for that day. Some will be very specific and talkative while walking you through the makeup while others may not even speak a word. Stand in a spot where you have a good visual of the model’s face even if you have to stand on a chair. Remember to take notes on the exact products and the steps of how they achieve the look. Once they finish, ask the model politely if you can take a photo for a reference. It is extremely important that you do this because you can go back to your notes and picture while you are replicating the makeup if you get lost. The Key will often provide the main essential products that is required to achieve the look so make sure you obtain your samples before returning to your station.

  6. Replicate & Get Approval

    By the time you return to your station the room should fill with models eating and munching on catering. Even if a model is sitting in your stool, do not start their makeup. If there is a backstage manager, they will be the person with papers I hand that will check the models in and direct them to specific stations. Make sure you do that before starting their makeup. After you did your best to replicate the look, bring the model up to the key artist to get it approved. At this time they will either provide you with feedback on what to change or they will approve the look. If they ask you to make an edit, take the model back to your station and correct ONLY what they asked. Bring your model back up for a second approval and remind them what they asked you to fix. Once a model is approved, let your backstage manager know and return to your station and wait for another one.

  7. The Walk Thru

    Usually at a random moment, the designer will pull all the models for a walk thru which will range from 15-30 mins. The models will leave the room for a test walk on the runway. If the backstage manager asks you to let the model go, let them go but do kindly ask them to return back to your station after. (THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!) They are almost like lost puppies sometimes they run away thinking their makeup is done while they only have one eyebrows on.

  8. Final Touchups & Lineup

    The backstage manager, the assistants or the key will pick a group of artists for final touchups during line up. This will often happen in the changing room or the line up right before the stage. At this time, the key will give you a run down on what needs to be done. DO NOT DO ANYTHING THAT THE KEY DIDN’T TELL YOU. I have witnessed an artist putting lotion on everyone’s body before asking while the designer specifically mentioned that the fabric is extremely fragile and to avoid lotion at all cost. I honestly was nervous for that artist but hey, you learn from your mistakes right? Also, if the model is half naked while changing, just wait till they finish before you jump in to touch up their makeup. It can wait.

  9. Pack up & Thank your Key Artist

    Return back to your station after the final touchups and wait until the key returns to give you a green light to pack! Don’t be that person that is fully packed, ready to go while the key is still working. Before you leave, always thank your key artist for having you on the team and tell them you hope to work with them again one day! Leave a lasting impression!

  10. Retrieving contents for Portfolio!

    You worked hard, it is important that you get content from the show for your portfolio! If the show is on the official NYFW Calendar, you will find photos on these 2 sites in less than 24 hours Vogue Runway, WWD & The Impression. They have the best quality of work and it’s free.

I hope you find all this information helpful. It was almost impossible for me to obtain this information when I first started out. I kinda just dived right in, hoped for the best and learned as I went. I know this is a long article but I felt like it was extremely important for me to be specific. I hope this can be your guide if your goal is to do NYFW one day! Please feel free to leave me a comment or questions. I would love to hear your feedback. follow me on Instagram! @vanmakeupartistry

PS. Shout out to my amazing friend Tiffany (_beautycrazed_) who is also a makeup artist in NYC for helping me proof read this article so I don’t sound like I am off the boat! So much love for you!