Oscar winning makeup artist Ve Neill
was the last keynote speaker for the show and she did an amazing job. A montage of movie clips Neill has worked on over the years was shown and it was fascintating to see who she has worked with.
As with all of the keynote speakers, Neill had some great tips for makeup artists:
Share information with your fellow makeup artists. The only way you will learn new things is by sharing with each other. You get back what you put out there.
Do not be friends with the actors. Be personable but professional. If you get too friendly then it can be difficult to sperate work and your private life.
Dress professionally and don't be sloppy. Your first impression will be judged by actors and directors.
Treat every person you work on really well. It doesn't matter if they are an Oscar winning actor, an extra or even someone that you are just practising on. Your reputation is critical and by being professional with everyone you will be referred for other jobs.
The makeup is never yours. You are the one that implement the Director's vision.
If an actor is being difficult about not wishing to wear make-up, a wig etc., then point them in the direction of the Director. It's not your job to make them wear it.
Buy the best equipment you can. High quality brushes will last longer and help you achieve the best looks.
Cleanliness at station is imperative. Never use your brushes on more than one person at a time. Use a palette rather than taking product directly from packaging to the skin. You do not want cross contamination.
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