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We had the pleasure of interviewing Hollywood Makeup Artist, Makeup Effects Artist, and Sculptor: Joel Harlow. Joel is best known for The Pirate of the Caribbean films, and he has won 2 Emmy Awards as well as Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award. He shared with us useful information for aspiring makeup artists and behind the scenes details on the movies he has worked on.
What do you specialize in?
All types of makeup, however, prosthetic character makeup for film is my specialty.
What do you love most about your career?
Creating characters. Seeing something I’ve been involved with take shape and come to life.
How did you get started as a makeup artist?
I started in the makeup effects shops in LA. Building prosthetic. Ultimately I was needed to apply some of these makeups due to the complexity of the design, specifically the “working effects” makeups I was involved in.
What is your favorite special effects makeup you have done?
I would have to say it’s a three way tie between Pirates of the Caribbean’s “Bootstrap Bill”, Star Trek’s “Nero”, and a makeup I did for a demonstration: “Uncle Creepy”.
What is the most challenging makeup job you have done?
They are all a challenge in one way or another. The second you start relaxing and stop challenging yourself and your art. That’s when you need to get out.
Any advice for aspiring makeup artists?
Learn from anyone, anywhere…always. Don’t ever allow the politics of this industry to get in the way of your makeup. If you get to the place where you are heading shows then appreciate your crew!
Make sure you are in this for the right reason. This industry doesn’t need anymore people who think they are the star.
If you would like to see Joel at work check out this great video where he creates “Uncle Creepy”
We spoke to Blush: The Search For the Next Great Makeup Artist contestant Sharzad. The show premiered on Lifetime where 9 aspiring makeup artists try to outdo one another for a one-year contract as a professional with Max Factor, $100,000 in cash, and a chance to show off their skills in a major glossy magazine cover shoot. Sharzad gave us an exclusive interview and gave us insight on the show and what she is up to today.
What was the best experience you had on the show Blush?
The best thing about working on Blush was meeting all the people. I had so much fun getting to know my fellow contestants, many of whom I am still in touch with. It was also a pleasure getting to know the judge that kicked me off, lol, Joanna Schlip, who I ended up assisting the past few years.
What is a good way to get into makeup career?I loved doing makeup and playing with makeup since I was a little girl. It wasn’t until I graduated from UCLA that realized I could make a career out of it. I never had any professional training, but I applied at a MAC counter in West Hollywood and fortunately got the job. After eight months I was ready to move on and I landed a job as a makeup artist with Chanel and later YSL at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. I was the youngest makeup artist working there at the time. After another year of retail it was time for me to pursue freelance. I quit my steady job, took a leap of faith and never looked back! Working as a freelance makeup artist is a tricky thing to do. It’s not for everyone. One month I was on tour making great money every day and the next month I was barely scraping by. When you are a freelance makeup artist you also have to be a business woman. (ie making a website, getting business cards and most importantly marketing yourself ) I would spend HOURS on craigslist applying for every makeup job I saw, that’s actually how I found out about BLUSH!
If makeup is something that you are passionate about, keep doing it and the money will eventually come. Everyone’s path is different
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on my new blog called LuxLyfe. LuxLyfe is a lyfestyle blog with categories that include Beauty, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Travel and Events. It is a fun, happy, sometimes sassy space where I share my recommendations on everything I love. My motto is “Follow me if you want to have fun!”
Below is her video response check it out!