Makeup Artists at fashion shows and photoshoots #modeltip #modeladvice [VIDEO]

Backstage behind the scenes of a fashion show can be very exciting and nerve racking, especially if it is your first professional show. You want to make sure you look your best when out there in the spotlight. Here is my tip for selecting the right makeup artist to work on your face when you are backstage at a show or you are about to do a shoot. Let me know what you think! and be sure to share this #modeltip!

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3 Reasons Why You Didn’t Book That Modeling Gig #modeltip #modeladvice

1. You showed up to the casting all types of wrong!

If you wore any of the looks that Tyra is wearing in the above picture, THAT’S WHY YOU DIDN’T GET THE GIG! Let’s go down the line here…

  • If you are attending a swimwear casting, you need to wear a SOLID color bikini under your clothes(preferably in all black or white, stay away from neon colors, stripes and patterns and flashy embellishments), just in case there isn’t anywhere to change. One piece swimsuits or Monokinis don’t really show your shape, they can hide your shape, body flaws and in some cases make you appear worse. And leave the huge hoop earrings and Hater blockaz (huge sunglasses) in your purse, don’t wear them to the casting.
  • Wearing a ton of accessories is a NO NO when it comes to castings. Keep everything to the absolute minimum. Colorful necklaces, huge costume jewelry, and kiddie cute headbands, please leave that stuff at home.
  • Wearing a bad lace-front wig or a hair color that has no business being matched to you for your skin tone. Do I really need to go into details about this one?

and…

Did you wear all of the make up you own to the casting, complete with hot pink eye-shadow and lipstick, and lashes that make you look like a puppet? Casting agents don’t want to the “All Made Up” you, they want to see the natural beauty that you really are. Castings are meant for the decision makers to see what they’ll have to work with from scratch, they’ll make you over to what they want you to look like. The most amount of makeup you should be wearing is a light application of concealer to cover up problem spots (or a sheer application of foundation all over your face), mascara, and a neutral lip gloss.

 

2. Your portfolio/comp-card is wack or non-existent

I hope this makes since and I’m going to state the obvious here…

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A PORTFOLIO TO SHOW WHAT YOU CAN DO, YOUR CHANCES OF BEING BOOKED ARE SLIM TO NONE!!!

In the words of Iman, “If you want to survive as a model, you have to be a good businesswoman and understand that your pictures are your currency.” Loosely interpreted, if your pictures aren’t on point, or they don’t exist, you don’t have anything to use to help further your career and make you money! It takes money to make money people! Invest yours in QUALITY photography (stay away from Guys with cameras aka “GWCs” who just want to see you for reasons other than professional ones and take a bunch of “booty” flicks) and watch your return increase. Another note to this: GET YOUR PICTURES PRINTED! I cant tell you how many models I have met that have said, “You can see my port on model mayhem, or on “abc dot com” here’s my account number.” If they wanted to select you based off your pictures on a website, they would have done so! When you meet someone in person, especially at a casting it is expected that you leave something behind (a comp-card or a picture from your port with your info on the back). If you have nothing to leave behind, guess what? You won’t have to worry about getting booked! Be a professional and get your pictures in a portfolio book and make sure you have various looks please!

A rule of thumb I use when selecting photographers: If their portfolio of work doesn’t look like something that should be in a magazine, I will not work with them. Also, if they are new photographers I’ll consider working with them considering they have grasped certain concepts. i.e. lighting and not cutting off vital limbs and great photo elements to a shot.

 

3. You’re all tatted up!

I know I know, you know plenty of models with tattoos that are working, and blah blah blah.

Well, I have been to castings and on jobs where models have lost the gig SOLELY because they had tattoos that they didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t cover up. Granted that tattoo of Winnie the Pooh on your shoulder blade might look cute to you, but to a fashion designer and her strapless or backless gown, they wont find it as the right complement to their look and thus can result in you not getting booked. Best way to get around this in case you do have tattoos is to invest in Dermablend. Its a brand of makeup that can cover up tattoos and large scars very well. Get in the habit of applying it if you don’t want to be turned down for jobs!

 

Are there any reasons why you have been turned down for modeling jobs? Let me know, comment below or tweet me with the #modeltip hashtag. 3 MORE reasons will be coming soon!

Tyra Banks Joins in on the Teen Fantasy Novel Craze

Just wanted to share this. Modelland written by Tyra Banks

**Item is on my birthday list in case you were wondering lol 🙂

Here’s the Synopysis from the publisher Random House:

No one gets in without being asked. And with her untamable hair, large forehead, and gawky body, Tookie De La Crème isn’t expecting an invitation. Modelland—the exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountain—never dares to make an appearance in her dreams.

But someone has plans for Tookie. Before she can blink her mismatched eyes, Tookie finds herself in the very place every girl in the world obsesses about. And three unlikely girls have joined her.

Only seven extraordinary young women become Intoxibellas each year. Famous. Worshipped. Magical. What happens to those who don’t make it? Well, no one really speaks of that. Some things are better left unsaid.

Thrown into a world where she doesn’t seem to belong, Tookie glimpses a future that could be hers—if she survives the beastly Catwalk Corridor and terrifying Thigh-High Boot Camp. Or could it? Dark rumors like silken threads swirl around the question of why Tookie and her new friends were selected . . . and the shadows around Modelland hide sinister secrets.

Are you ready? Modelland is waiting for you. . . .

Buy the book here: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/208106/modelland-by-tyra-banks

Divas in the City invites you to an Exclusive Shopping Soiree (NYC)

If you are in the NYC area be sure to join Divas in the City for an exclusive after-hours shopping party!

The fabulous Divas of Kurvacious and Marliyn’s Boutique in Harlem, are closing their store just for Divas in the City members and their fab guest to shop exclusively on Friday, August 5th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

Grab a few of your favorite Divas and enjoy a girl’s night out while participating in a fashion styling segment by Kimberly Edwards of Chique Chix, sipping bubbly, shopping, winning fab prizes and did we mention SHOPPING.  The boutiques carry sizes 4 – 28, so there is something haute for every Diva!

Come shop, sip, mix and mingle!

  • Save 20% on all purchases made that evening!
  • Enjoy Diva-licious drinks!
  • Nosh on yummy appetizers!
  • We will be raffling off Fab giveaways AND;
  • Special prizes will be given to members with Social Diva or Diva on the Move membership package

Visit the members-only area to RSVP NOW.  You MUST be logged in to RSVP.

 

Look what I found: A Great Home Decor Sale for 4th of July Weekend!!!

So in the midst of my web browsing, thinking about getting a few new things for the back yard and for the house to spruce it up for the summer I cam across a few things from one of my favorite stores, Modani Furniture! AND they are having a sale too! I’m having a hard time deciding which piece that I really want, so here’s my wish list. Maybe someone will get me everything on this list!!! (hint, hint)

One of the reasons why I like this store so much is because Modani offers modern furniture at a wholesale price that is three times more affordable than the average designer furniture store. Modani conceptualizes on showcasing Modern Furniture by using clean minimalist lines, cool tones and new modern styles with bold features. Turns out the sale runs July 1-10 on selected items. Click here or the image below for all sale items.

My Wish List:

Sexy Right!!!?!

1)      Sexy, modern and flexible, these leaning candle holders bring a fresh, clean design to your home. At only $39 (down from $240) the trio candle holders set will look nice while dining outside to watch the fireworks.

So Simple Summery and Chic for Storage right?!

2)      Store all your outdoor gear in Modani’s stylish storage box. Made of a synthetic rattan, this modern wicker box will hold up to water, wind, bugs and more with their weather-resistant material. Grab a couple to add to your patio or outdoor area to store your barbeque equipment, pool toys and other outside accessories for only $349 (down from $990). Click here for all outdoor items.

3)      The Grandiose vase is the perfect accessory to add to your garden or even to your outside patio. The large, sleek-lined white vase is oversized and sets on the floor next to a table. Bring some of your flowers in with this modern minimalist vase. Decorate for your outdoor Fourth of July party with this unique vase. Grab for only $90, down from $580.

 

Simple, and fierce at the same time, "I love Lamp" lol

4)      Perfect to light up those nights on the patio, this modern floor lamp will light up your porch while you relax over a BBQ dinner this Fourth of July. Add a modern flair to your outside area with the Tuco Floor lamp for only $49, (down from $995).

5)      Get funky and stylish with the Nikkia vase. This ultra pink bubbly ceramic vase is the missing ingredient in any trendy and colorful apartment. Dress up your bedroom or outside table with this accessory. It comes in two sizes for a versatile look. Order yours today for only $15 (down from $180).

6)       The hottest deal is the rock-bottom prices on plush microfiber pillows in redblueblack and yellow. The soft pillows are a great accessory to toss on the couch, the bed or even behind your back while sitting at your desk. At only $15 (down from $110) they are a major steal!

 

Dont forget, these items are on sale until the 10th! Hope you have a great weekend shopping!!! I know I will!!! 🙂

 

 

Model Advice: What to Wear to Casting Calls and Go-Sees

Be sure to check out my other posts on

What to Wear to a Winter Casting and

Should I wear Weave or Braids to a casting for more info!

I recently went to a casting call and I had to come home and write this post, because the girls there were doing too much in terms of their outfits. Large gaudy earrings, too much makeup, hair looking like they were about to do an ad for skittles, and every other major NO was in appearance at this casting call.

Just to clarify the difference between a casting call and a go-see

Casting Call: In the performing arts, casting (or casting call) is a vital pre-production process for selecting the right talent for the project or show.

Go-see: When a client has a specific look that they are going for and you have been selected to be viewed in order to make a final decision on which model to use for the project. Expect that there will be models there who have a similar look to yours.

Rule of thumb when going to casting calls, keep it to the MINIMUM! Your beauty and talent should be the thing they remember the most, not something totally outrageous that you are wearing to stand out.

This means:

  • VERY light makeup – no pinks, purples, or greens etc on the eyes and no red or hot pink lipstick. Keep your makeup natural, this means a basic face: concealer, foundation (if you need more coverage than concealer), mascara, and a skin tone lipstick or gloss.
  • Hair should be pulled back and out of the face. Go for a simple ponytail or a bun. If your hair is short, style it in a cute style but make sure you don’t have any bangs covering your face.
  • Nails – Neutral nails PLEASE! A picture of spongebob should not be all on your nails along with glitter rhinestones, and your social security number, and they should not be extremely long either. This includes the toes. Go for a french manicure, or american manicure or any light pinks or browns. Think flesh tones.
  • Your clothing should be form fitting, not extremely tight! and should be neutral as well. No need to over accessorize, the casting directors, designers, Make-up artists need to see you as you are. You need to be seen as a blank slate so that can envision what they are able to do with your look.
  • Shoes – NEVER  show up with flats or sneakers on! Its OK to wear them around town on your way to the casting or go-see but once you get to the building where it is being held, you need to change into your heels before you walk in. Often times once you get to the location where they are holding the casting its right there as you enter or step off the elevator, no time to make a second first impression, you are judges as unprofessional if you walk in there without heels on. Consider High heels as a part of your work uniform as a model. When you are in model model mode, you cannot be seen without them, PERIOD

Here are a few visual examples of what I am talking about:

Clothing

Being that it is summer, this is along the lines of what I wear to a casting call. Its cool, simple and shows off the form. When I am running around and I don’t feel like being in my heels a cute pair of flats or flat sandals will work perfectly with this. For a casting call in colder months, I recommend swapping the shorts for a pair of leggings or skinny jeans and the open toe heels for a simple pump or cute high heeled bootie.

 

CastingCall1

CastingCall1 by CompleteBeauty featuring short shorts

 

Makeup and Nails

These are a few of my faves. I personally don’t wear all of this at one time, but most of the time on a casting call or go-see I’ll have on the concealer, mascara, and lip-gloss. For my nails they are usually done with an american manicure, but in the the event they aren’t I just have them with clear polish.

 

CastingCall2

 

MAC Select SPF 15 Foundation, $27
MAC ‘Pro Longwear’ Concealer, $17
Dior ‘Diorshow – Black Out’ Mascara, $25
NARS NARS Lipgloss, $24
Essie Nail Polish, $8
MAC Nail Lacquer, $14

 

Hair

Have Natural hair like me?

You are in luck, there are different styles that are acceptable for go-sees and castings. These are a few styles that I wear

A simple bun

A simple pony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, when in doubt, go with the minimum but keep it sleek and neat. If you have any questions that you want me to address in the next post, comment this post so I can address it.

 

Thanks! 😀

Check out My Modeling Apperance on Good Day Philadelphia!

On a recent episode of Good Day Philadelphia, Alean Elston was spotted modeling Spring Work fashions from local Philadelphia Designer Priscilla Costa. The dress she wore was a wool dress embellished with silk flowers and a red ribbon belt and retails for $300 along with Mykonos Jewelry ranging from $33 – $76 . Click on the video to check out Alean and the latest spring fashion must-haves for the office.

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