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Alexis Fagan Beauty

Posts: 127

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Just for laughs!  I know I look back at some of my older work and crack up.  Post what is in your opinion, some horrific makeup work that you've done in the past.  Example:

http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1863/8892062/16804760/265555598.jpg

I was practicing the whole glossy look and as you can see, I had issues....

Jul 13 07 09:57 pm Link

Makeup Artist

T

Posts: 53557

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Faces By Alexis wrote:
Just for laughs!  I know I look back at some of my older work and crack up.  Post what is in your opinion, some horrific makeup work that you've done in the past.  Example:

http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1863/8892062/16804760/265555598.jpg

I was practicing the whole glossy look and as you can see, I had issues....

is that jynnx? I love her smile

Jul 13 07 10:01 pm Link

Makeup Artist

ROSHAR

Posts: 3791

New York, New York, US

I will be suprised if others will post.
If they do it will be interesting what they post.

My crappy pictures I got rid of.

Jul 13 07 10:14 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Rayrayrose

Posts: 3510

Los Angeles, California, US

We all had to start somewhere, it might be encouraging for the more exprerienced artists to post pictures of some of their earlier work or first tests.

I'lll post one of my first tests.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/rrdesimone/PHILIPPE/phillipe1.jpg

This image has not been in my book for a while now. But, we all had to start somewhere and find a photographer who was willing to take a chance on a kid with no book, just snapshots of friends and family. While, I don't think the make-up is anything spectacular, I keep it around to remind me how far I have come and to keep myself in check when I am quick to judge others.

Edited to add: per Diana's suggestion:

Some new work:
Hair Only:
http://img9.modelmayhem.com/070713/22/4698476176dc6_m.jpg

Make-up Only:
http://www.rachel-rose.com/images/3.jpg

Make-up and Hair:
http://www.rachel-rose.com/images/4.jpg

Jul 13 07 10:56 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Diana

Posts: 2373

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I'd have to dig 'em out of some dusty file in the basement and scan 'em...that's way too much work for me. 
Suffice it to say that my worst makeup would trump any posted thus far... so there. http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/aetsch/cheeky-smiley-022.gif

Jul 13 07 11:05 pm Link

Makeup Artist

T

Posts: 53557

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Yeah, My dog Spot ate mine tongue

Jul 13 07 11:14 pm Link

Photographer

name name

Posts: 2602

New York, New York, US

Well, I was going to post that mine were far away on my backup hard drive hidden in my closet, but then I thought that it would be fun to actually post some. SO! Without further ado, my two very first photo shoots (from when I was in school):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/superpunkkittie/sm01.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/superpunkkittie/50.jpg

After school, I took a three month break and then set to work building my website. That's when I did these lovely makeups:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/superpunkkittie/B_13.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/superpunkkittie/51.jpg

Haha, I think it's safe to say that I've, er, "grown" in the last two years.

S.

PS - Here's my latest work, to compare:

http://img9.modelmayhem.com/070709/21/4692f239b669a.jpg

http://img7.modelmayhem.com/070512/21/4646697980c44.jpg

I've accomplished a lot in the year and a half I've been building my portfolio, but I've still got a long ways to go. I'm only now doing shoots where I am ecstatic about the results, and I'm still working on meeting the right people and making good contacts with photographers, hair stylists, wardrobe stylists, etc etc. It's taken a LOT of hard work to get where I am, and I'm not where I want to be yet, so I've got years of more hard work. I'm looking forward to it, though. big_smile

Jul 13 07 11:23 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Erin Parsons

Posts: 233

New York, New York, US

i used to love drag makeup...except, sadly these were not drag queens. but they are my first two pictures ever!

and trust me, the new stuff needs to be replaced too! i will get there big_smile

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n313/marilyns_firstkiss/img008.jpg

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n313/marilyns_firstkiss/img007.jpg

i just love the clip in her hair...oh and the nails...hahahha

Jul 13 07 11:33 pm Link

Makeup Artist

ROSHAR

Posts: 3791

New York, New York, US

Jul 14 07 12:44 am Link

Makeup Artist

faithb

Posts: 830

Washington, District of Columbia, US

The Powder Room wrote:
i just love the clip in her hair...oh and the nails...hahahha

OMG those nails...I don't know if anyone remembers the hawk nails, but I used to wear those.  Those were worse.  HA!

Jul 14 07 12:52 am Link

Makeup Artist

Diana

Posts: 2373

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Powder Room wrote:
i just love the clip in her hair...oh and the nails...hahahha

LOL!!  I used to have those crazy bad nails in the late '80's early '90's.  Obviously I wasn't an ma then. 

Can you imagin trying to do makeup with nails that long?
Come to think of it, I wonder how I did anything with nails that long!

Jul 14 07 01:04 am Link

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Rayrayrose

Posts: 3510

Los Angeles, California, US

Diana wrote:

LOL!!  I used to have those crazy bad nails in the late '80's early '90's.  Obviously I wasn't an ma then. 

Can you imagin trying to do makeup with nails that long?
Come to think of it, I wonder how I did anything with nails that long!

I was getting acrylic tips on my nails for a couple months, and I got them at a very sensible short normal length (I was a nailbiter for a long time so mine are really brittle and flakey), and even then it was a pain to keep them clean and sanitary, product would get under the nail and I would always get a gap inbetween the tip and the actual nail, so I would get junk in there. It was gross- even though my nails were BEAUTIFUL :-( So now I just rock the stubs with a clear gloss or sheer color for the most part.

Jul 14 07 02:56 am Link

Model

HeidiMarie

Posts: 370

Eugene, Oregon, US

Sian Melton wrote:
Well, I was going to post that mine were far away on my backup hard drive hidden in my closet, but then I thought that it would be fun to actually post some. SO! Without further ado, my two very first photo shoots (from when I was in school):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/superpunkkittie/sm01.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/superpunkkittie/50.jpg

After school, I took a three month break and then set to work building my website. That's when I did these lovely makeups:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/superpunkkittie/B_13.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/superpunkkittie/51.jpg

Haha, I think it's safe to say that I've, er, "grown" in the last two years.

S.

I like all of them! You must be a natural or something

Jul 14 07 03:01 am Link

Model

Lory

Posts: 3751

SYLMAR, California, US

I am by no means a makeup artist, but I do do my makeup for most of my shoots, and usually do a good job of it

Ken Chen is my favorite photog cause he lets me do what ever I want, and he always comes to my place when he gets new gear.

anyways, durring one of our shoots I decided to try out my face shimmer which EVERYONE loves when I wear it to work.....

this image was only edited to add the water mark
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/tigres114/KenChencandleunedited.jpg

I have clear skin, thanks to the shimmer, I look like I have acne

now I know not to use that again!

Jul 14 07 03:08 am Link

Makeup Artist

ROSHAR

Posts: 3791

New York, New York, US

Jul 14 07 04:04 am Link

Makeup Artist

Diana

Posts: 2373

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lory wrote:
I am by no means a makeup artist, but I do do my makeup for most of my shoots, and usually do a good job of it

Ken Chen is my favorite photog cause he lets me do what ever I want, and he always comes to my place when he gets new gear.

anyways, durring one of our shoots I decided to try out my face shimmer which EVERYONE loves when I wear it to work.....

this image was only edited to add the water mark

I have clear skin, thanks to the shimmer, I look like I have acne

now I know not to use that again!

Or perhaps now you've learned that occasionally you should share the love and collaborate with a mua.  wink

Jul 14 07 09:23 am Link

Model

Kelli

Posts: 24411

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Powder Room wrote:
i used to love drag makeup...except, sadly these were not drag queens. but they are my first two pictures ever!

and trust me, the new stuff needs to be replaced too! i will get there big_smile

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n313/marilyns_firstkiss/img008.jpg

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n313/marilyns_firstkiss/img007.jpg

i just love the clip in her hair...oh and the nails...hahahha

Sorry to butt in, but I think this make-up is beautiful, k, not the hair clip, but the make-up, the blending was done really well, the eye shadow on both models I love - sorry, I really like it!!!

Jul 14 07 09:27 am Link

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Debbie Lezemore

Posts: 98

Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Kelli wrote:

Sorry to butt in, but I think this make-up is beautiful, k, not the hair clip, but the make-up, the blending was done really well, the eye shadow on both models I love - sorry, I really like it!!!

Im glad you said that i thought the same!!!

Jul 14 07 09:47 am Link

Photographer

Envy - Art

Posts: 3318

Nashville, Tennessee, US

OK...so that's why I'm a photograper and not a MUA...I don't think any of them look all that bad!  wink  You guys are all so talented!  wink

Jul 14 07 09:59 am Link

Makeup Artist

Diana

Posts: 2373

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Envy Photography wrote:
OK...so that's why I'm a photograper and not a MUA...I don't think any of them look all that bad!  wink  You guys are all so talented!  wink

They're very talented and the pics aren't that bad.. until you compare them to the artists current work.

You see, this is why many 'just add water' and newbie mua's think they're pro and ready to charge way before they should.

What would be great is if those that have posted pics would edit to include the best pic of their current work so newbies can really see the difference side by side.

This is in no way a diss to the artists that have posted.  I have already mentioned that my worst makeup trumps any of those posted thus far.

Jul 14 07 10:16 am Link

Photographer

LinguaDentata

Posts: 6412

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

the first two REALLY crack me up.

Everything else is nice to ok... in my uneducated opinion.

Jul 14 07 10:30 am Link

Makeup Artist

Rayrayrose

Posts: 3510

Los Angeles, California, US

Diana wrote:
They're very talented and the pics aren't that bad.. until you compare them to the artists current work.

You see, this is why many 'just add water' and newbie mua's think they're pro and ready to charge way before they should.

What would be great is if those that have posted pics would edit to include the best pic of their current work so newbies can really see the difference side by side.

This is in no way a diss to the artists that have posted.  I have already mentioned that my worst makeup trumps any of those posted thus far.

I put a couple of my more recent shots up... I need to test some more... haha I spent too much time in the past year working in TV. haha. But there is definitely more to come- lots of stuff that has not been published yet or I am still waiting to get back.

On another note, while not "bad" to most people's standards- I don't know if anybody else is like me- but I am very much a perfectionist. So the make-up that I did earlier in my career, I would NEVER show to another client- usually it has a lot to do with multiple factors: model, photographer, color choice, technique, etc...

Jul 14 07 11:31 am Link

Makeup Artist

Diana

Posts: 2373

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

rachelrose wrote:
I put a couple of my more recent shots up... I need to test some more... haha I spent too much time in the past year working in TV. haha. On another note, while not "bad" to most people's standards- I don't know if anybody else is like me- but I am very much a perfectionist. So the make-up that I did earlier in my career, I would NEVER show to another client- usually it has a lot to do with multiple factors: model, photographer, color choice, technique, etc...

Your new ad is fantastic Rachel and the pics of the girl uner the umbrella and eating watermellon are two of my fav images from your portfolio.  Leaps and bounds from where you started!  Amazing! smile

Jul 14 07 11:45 am Link

Makeup Artist

Lottie

Posts: 953

my VERY FIRST shoot..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/nilbymouth/lot_image_4.jpg

Jul 14 07 01:37 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Beauty4U

Posts: 1862

New York, New York, US

Lottie wrote:
my VERY FIRST shoot..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/nilbymouth/lot_image_4.jpg

I don't think the makeup is a problem...I think its the model, she looks stunned LOL

Jul 14 07 01:54 pm Link

Model

The Poser

Posts: 614

Madison, Wisconsin, US

haha I heart this thread

Jul 14 07 01:57 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Lottie

Posts: 953

Yisell wrote:

I don't think the makeup is a problem...I think its the model, she looks stunned LOL

yeah she wasnt really a model..haha

Jul 14 07 02:26 pm Link

Model

Ange

Posts: 1442

London, England, United Kingdom

Lory wrote:
I have clear skin, thanks to the shimmer, I look like I have acne

now I know not to use that again!

hahaha that's awesome.

Jul 14 07 03:23 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Marie-Michele B

Posts: 70

New York, New York, US

This is from my first shoot ever. I remember sitting in my car and wanting to throw up because I was SO stressed out. I got hired by showing pictures of my own makeup because I had nothing else.

The instructions were: smokey eyes, matte skin and invisble lips. Poor girl ended up looking like I used a whole compact of pressed powder on her face. I cropped it to spare you the bad wardrobe wink

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j61/mariemicheleb/gensmo-1.jpg
I never thought I'd look at this picture again!

Jul 14 07 04:50 pm Link

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Cynthia Rose

Posts: 468

New York, New York, US

Ok.....you asked for it.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y149/cindyrose/ozzy4.jpg


EDITED to post newest work to compare:
http://img9.modelmayhem.com/070714/16/46993f48e873d.jpg

Jul 14 07 05:53 pm Link

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Cynthia Rose

Posts: 468

New York, New York, US

Marie-Michele B wrote:
I cropped it to spare you the bad wardrobe wink

LOL!!!!
I cropped mine because of that as well.

Jul 14 07 05:56 pm Link

Makeup Artist

M M I

Posts: 472

New York, New York, US

oh, this is gonna be funny.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a345/txmakeupartist/Scan0003_003.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a345/txmakeupartist/Scan0012_012.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a345/txmakeupartist/8ae7ba38.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a345/txmakeupartist/_MG_5033.jpg





And then there's the GOOD work! lol

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a345/txmakeupartist/sonyaandsibley-PJ-bed3-043.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a345/txmakeupartist/page13left.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a345/txmakeupartist/pg8left.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a345/txmakeupartist/pg6right.jpg



I think it's important for artists to remember that it takes YEARS to develop a really strong portfolio, and also that you don't have to use images from EVERY shoot!

I have had good luck lately with gaining useable images, but even if you don't, look at it as a learning experience and break them down and figure out what didn't work. Move forward with it. Don't just add images cause you shot them and think they're cool.

HTH!!

Jul 14 07 08:21 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Alexis Fagan Beauty

Posts: 127

Atlanta, Georgia, US

This is hilarious!  I didn't expect to see so many post their bad pics.  We've all come a long way, huh?

Jul 14 07 08:45 pm Link

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Rayrayrose

Posts: 3510

Los Angeles, California, US

Lottie wrote:
my VERY FIRST shoot..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/nilbymouth/lot_image_4.jpg

OMG, I remember this picture!

haha, you have known me since day 1 of my make-up career- so you have seen ALL my gems. haha.

Jul 14 07 09:13 pm Link

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KatAragon

Posts: 1549

FAIRFAX STATION, Virginia, US

hahah ok i have to post through the tears of my laughter. I hope I get through this okay. Here is my sister looking really disgusted at my atempt to channel Alex Abigiu's ink art looking makeup. LMAO! I think I was so scarred at how bad I was at stepping out of the box that I didn't try anything creative again until 2 years later! LOL! I'm so dying from laughing right now. I can't believe I'm showing this!

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b193/kattaragon/dawncloseweb.jpg

My current attempt at the black line drawing and very latest... tongue
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1294/790414481_d8311ba727_o.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1146/788063625_617edbddce.jpg http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1333/780431761_145cf566a3.jpg

Jul 14 07 10:13 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Diana

Posts: 2373

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

KatAragon wrote:
hahah ok i have to post through the tears of my laughter. I hope I get through this okay. Here is my sister looking really disgusted at my atempt to channel Alex Abigiu's ink art looking makeup. LMAO! I think I was so scarred at how bad I was at stepping out of the box that I didn't try anything creative again until 2 years later!

And that was a good thing 'cause you did what senior artists are always telling the newbies to do...  master flawless skin and nuetreal, clean makeup before you attempt the more creative stuff.
You figured it out and look how well it paid off and in such a short time! 

Those new images are stunning Kat.. simply stunning. smile

Jul 14 07 10:24 pm Link

Model

Lory

Posts: 3751

SYLMAR, California, US

this thread needs a bump!

Jul 14 07 11:08 pm Link

Makeup Artist

KatAragon

Posts: 1549

FAIRFAX STATION, Virginia, US

lol im STILL laughing!...and thank you Diana, what you say is VERY true. Stick to perfecting the natural beauty and everything else will be a little easier when the time comes. smile

Jul 14 07 11:10 pm Link

Model

LoniNewby

Posts: 3225

Brigham City, Utah, US

I applaud the candor! It takes a lot to show your roots--and though I'm sure there are probably worse images that aren't being posted for some dignity's sake I think this is wonderful to compare the THEN and NOWs of your portfolios. smile

Kudos!

Jul 14 07 11:21 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Diana

Posts: 2373

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

LoniONewby wrote:
I applaud the candor! It takes a lot to show your roots--and though I'm sure there are probably worse images that aren't being posted for some dignity's sake I think this is wonderful to compare the THEN and NOWs of your portfolios. smile

Kudos!

Trust Loni.. there are far worse... they're in my basement. lol! 
Imagin bad makeup from 20+ years ago.. now THAT is scary! http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/sprachlos/speechless-smiley-040.gif

Jul 14 07 11:28 pm Link