Makeup Artistry

My love of makeup started when I was...well, my mom tells a story about one year old me, her purse and a tube of red lipstick, needless to say that my application wasn't exactly perfection at the time, but it was love. By the time I was six I was a full blown Lip Smackers addict and the bug never quit.

I started doing any one's makeup I could when I was in high school and I am always excited to play with a new canvas, otherwise known as a clean face.
My first real makeup job was for my friend Cyndi's wedding day, which I blogged all about here. The experience was so exciting and fun. We did a test run and I drew face charts until we had just what she wanted to look like on her big day down to a near science. Afterwards I didn't want that fun ride to end, so I started collecting makeup to build a freelance kit with colors for all skin tones and I couldn't study enough about makeup and still do. It's like being able to play with your favorite toy and calling it work, which is a dream I always had, to be able to love what I did so much I never had to dread going to the office.

My favorite thing about doing makeup is being able to see someone love the way they look, to boost someones confidence is a blessing not only to them, but to me, because I was able to help them feel beautiful. One of my favorite quotes about makeup is by Kevyn Aucoin-"Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself. You can't put on make-up, or dress yourself, or do your hair with any sort of fun or joy if you're doing it from a position of correction." Sadly, a lot of how we feel about our selves is based off of how we see ourselves in the mirror, as someone who looks at beauty maybe differently than the average person who may not view the human face as a sculptural plane to be played with. I see possibilities in a face, I don't see flaws, I see angles to be enhanced and lessened to show everyone else (and maybe you) what I see while making you somehow feel better (or even better) from the inside by polishing the outside with a lot of joy and fun. The joy of making someone love how they look is contagious and like nothing else. To me, it is proof that as much as people may say "Makeup is fake. It tricks people." it's just not 
true, because that look on someones face, the smile that spreads and the joy they feel is real. We live in such a visual world, where people judge others by the outside, what often is not realized, though, is makeup, clothes all is you shining outward and to help others to properly show this world who they are on any day or the most important day of their life is something I will never underestimate. "Flowers...are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If you look closely at a tree you'll notice its knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully." -Mathew Fox 
All makeup is good to me, from making a bride feel her best from the engagement photos to the big day, to helping a girl feel like a queen for her school dance, to a special FX Halloween look. It's all magic and in one way or another you become a part of somebodies memories and that is both special and fulfilling. I love every step of the process and I enjoy collaborating with other artist or even the person who I'm applying makeup to.
What makeup has shown me over the years is the way someone feels about themselves is reflected outwardly more than the powders, lipsticks and mascara ever could and once that is understood makeup can be applied properly.
If you live in the Seattle area and would like to inquire about having your makeup done 
by me you can contact me at

xoxo, Amanda

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