Grammy Awards from a Make Up Artist’s World

Lashes!Oh it’s here, and award season has been here (did the Globes), but I’ve been too busy to blog about it- but here, tonight, the eve before the Grammy Awards, I wanted to say a little something about doing make up for the “big shows.”

It’s exhilarating, it’s breathtaking, it’s hard work, but my gosh is it fun.  I love award season because there are always so many twists and turns.  People win, others lose, but most look beautiful in the process.

Here’s what a schedule is like if you aren’t in a gifting suite or solely sponsored by a make up brand.

Weeks/Days/Day before:

Solidify your schedule.  The best are the repeat clients who loved their looks last year so much, they decided to give you a call back, and book you.  That’s always fun.  The other side of it are the new clients who you get to work with for the very first time- many fly in for the Grammy Awards, and therefore you cannot do a “trial” in advance.  So it’s all about getting an idea, and making sure your kit is stocked with everything and anything you might need.

Night before:

Wash and sanitize your brushes.

Make sure your kit is packed.  Now, for those of you who don’t know what a “kit” is, it consists of make up, nail polish (clear/neutral), hair utensils, hair tools, band aids, hairspray, Advil, tylenol, Excederin migraine, double stick tape, clean brushes, brush cleaner, cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, foundations, blushes, eye shadows, lashes, glue, scissors, mascara, eye liner, lip liner, eyeliner, bronzers, concealers, correctors, highlighter (liquids and powder), tweezers, eye shadow base, cotton pads, q-tips, face mist, rubbing alcohol 99%, breath mints, gum, nail files, cream products, among a slue of other knick knacks.  I purchased a couple years ago the best traveling kit that actually holds the majority of my collection from Naimies Beauty Center.

Go to bed!

The day of:

Wake up early, and look flawless.  I believe that you don’t have to wear a lot of make up to look “done,” so long as what you do have on looks great.

Eat a hearty breakfast as this might be the only thing you eat besides any bars between gigs IF you have time.

Get to each appointment with enough time to set up, and make sure the client communicates how they want to look.  Finish each look and make sure the client is satisfied before cleaning and moving onto the next if you are not set up in a suite!

Finish the day, and go home, clean everything while watching your Grammy Awards DVR style, and then it’s back to bed!

Enjoy the show!

Love and Beauty,


About emilyinbeautyland

Emily Oliver is a celebrity make up artist raising fraternal twins in Seattle, Wa and relishing the beauty of the world through their eyes.
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