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Interview with a Theatrical Makeup Artist, Aaron Gomez

Interview with a Theatrical Makeup Artist, Aaron Gomez
Aaron Gomez is a professional makeup artist based out of Chicago who specializes in bridal, film, theatrical, and fx makeup. You may have seen some of his recent work in Disney’s Mary Poppins, or perhaps on the Dudes webisode series. He also owns and operates his own makeup studio.
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Artist Interview: Sonia Roselli

Artist Interview: Sonia Roselli

You might have heard of Sonia Roselli, Chicago-based makeup artist and creator of Glossible, the beauty blog dedicated to providing real, no-nonsense advice from professional makeup artists. Sonia is legendary for her focus on classic beauty and crafting the perfect bridal experience, and has earned her stripes working with an impressive list of celebrities over the past 15 years.

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Interview with a Theatrical Makeup Artist, Shanna Threlkeld

Interview with a Theatrical Makeup Artist, Shanna Threlkeld
We wanted to take a dive into something different for this blog post, so we reached out to our friend Shanna, a professional theatrical / stage makeup artist to talk to us a bit about stage makeup. You can check out some more of Shanna's work here on Facebook.
 
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What's In Your Kit? Special FX artist Todd Debreceni

What's In Your Kit? Special FX artist Todd Debreceni
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We've got so many of these What's In Your Kit interviews lined up I wanted to be sure we included some special fx makeup artists in the mix as well. 

Frends: Tell the readers a bit about yourself.

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What's In Your Kit? James Vincent

What's In Your Kit? James Vincent
We sat down with our long-time friend, professional makeup artist and educator, James Vincent. James plays a key role in The Makeup Show, On Makeup Magazine, and The Powder Group, and is one of the most respected makeup artists and educators in the industry.
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Interview with Butterfly Loft hairstylist @Hairhunter

Interview with Butterfly Loft hairstylist @Hairhunter
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Hey friends, we recently sat down with our friend Jessica, aka @hairhunter, to talk about her experience in the hair industry. Her story is incredibly inspiring, and her success is awesome. Check out what she had to say about her road to hair excellence!

1) Help our readers get to know you a bit, tell us about your background and how you go to where you are today.

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Interview with YouTube & Instagram Darling, Jadah Doll

Interview with YouTube & Instagram Darling, Jadah Doll

Today we have for you a very special interview with model and social media personality Jadah Doll! A self-proclaimed addict of makeup, travel and dogs, Jadah has taken social media by storm with her positive messages and genuine nature. Her fame was built on social media after her friend started an Instagram account for her in 2011. She's been posting images of all things pink, fluffy, sparkly and uplifting ever since, and the internet is in love! Jadah's followers adore her big, beautiful hair, quirky sense of humor, and makeup and hair advice. Check out the interview below!

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Interview with Instagram makeup sensation Ariel Diaz / @theevanitydiary

Interview with Instagram makeup sensation Ariel Diaz / @theevanitydiary

We have a very exciting interview for you today with the tremendously talented makeup artist Ariel Diaz! A self-described cosmetic illusionist, Ariel creates amazing transformations on both himself and others with an impressive attention to detail that you have to see to believe. His serious skills are apparent in both the original looks and the recreations he puts together, from Beyonce and Angelina Jolie to Angela Bassett, Lady Gaga, and more. You can see more of Ariel's amazing work at @theevanitydiary on Instagram.

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Interview with Chicago Makeup Artist Martina Sykes

Interview with Chicago Makeup Artist Martina Sykes

We recently sat down with our friend, Chicago area professional makeup artist Martina Sykes. When Frends Beauty come to Chicago for The Makeup Show, Martina is our #1 girl to help us in our booth. You may know her from projects like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Sinister 2, Anguish, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and more. We interviewed her to dig into her career a bit, talk about her experiences, what she has learned, and get some advice for newer artists who may be looking to emulate her career path.

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Interview with The Powder Group founder, Michael DeVellis

Interview with The Powder Group founder, Michael DeVellis

How did you get your start in the beauty industry?
It was over 20 years ago and I was living in Connecticut, I took a job managing the MAC store at Westfarms mall. Before that I was working in event production and retail. I knew a lot of makeup and hair people but wasn’t on that side of the business. Hairstylist and makeup artist Johnny Lavoy introduced me to MAC in NYC a couple years before this and I knew then it was a company I had to be a part of someday.

How did that turn into your company The Powder Group?
I moved to NYC around a year later to open Saks Fifth Avenue for MAC and later was made Operations Manager for the New York market. It was soon after that I was asked by Frank Toskan, one of the founders of MAC, to manage a project to refocus the brand’s attention on the pro makeup artist customer. This turned into MAC Pro, which I am so incredibly proud to have played a part in the creation of.  The rest of my ten years at MAC was focused as an executive in the company’s pro makeup artist business, creating programs, education and product to satisfy their needs. During this time I saw a big white space in the industry in the areas of pro community and education and I created The Powder Group in 2003 to fill a void in helping pro makeup artists come together and elevate their craft and business through education and community.

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Interview with the Vampire Makers, Brigette Myre Ellis

Interview with the Vampire Makers, Brigette Myre Ellis
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We recently sat down with friend of Frends and Emmy Award Winner, Brigette Myre Ellis, to discuss her career. You've seen her work in hits like Mallrats, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Evan Almighty, 90210, True Blood, and so much more. 

Frends
: Did you attend makeup school? If so, what makeup school did you attend?

BME: I did not attend makeup school. My mom Darcy Knight was a trained makeup artist through Joe Blasco's school. My mom taught me everything she knew and then I furthered my education through trial and error as well as absorbing everything I could from other artists. I feel makeup artistry is an ever changing industry and we need to keep learning to better ourselves as artists. After 20 years in the business, I still feed off learning new tricks from other artists.

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Interview with the Vampire Makers, Todd McIntosh

Interview with the Vampire Makers, Todd McIntosh
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We recently sat down with friend of Frends and professional beauty and special fx makeup artist, Todd McIntosh. Todd has been working on film and television sets since the late 1970's, has won two primetime Emmy's, and has been a makeup educator for decades. Check out what he has to say...

Frends: Did you attend makeup school? If so, what makeup school did you attend?

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Interview with the Vampire Makers, Norma Hill-Patton

Interview with the Vampire Makers, Norma Hill-Patton
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We sat down with makeup artist extraordinaire Norma Hill-Patton to talk about her work on The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Specifically, we wanted to know what it was like being in a position to create and work on makeup looks that have become so iconic with this franchise. Her list of clients reads like a who's who of Hollywood's A-List. Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ben Kingsley, Kristen Scott-Thomas, Reese Witherspoon, Anna Paquin, Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman, and Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Robert Pattinson, among many others.

Frends: Did you attend makeup school? If so, what makeup school did you attend?

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Interview with Kelley Baker, Brow Expert

Interview with Kelley Baker, Brow Expert
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Check out this interview with friend of Frends Beauty, Kelley Baker of Kelley Baker Brows, uber popular Venice, CA brow diva.

Frends: From where would the reader know you?

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Interview with Cassondra Kurtz, NYC based Men's Groomer

Interview with Cassondra Kurtz, NYC based Men's Groomer
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Frends: From where would the reader know you?

Cassie: First and foremost: bugging the ever-loving life out of Matt on Facebook forums and in real life when he dares to take a step in New York. Freelance work specializing in Men’s Grooming as a Master Barber (www.CassieKurtz.com) or my website www.HerChairHisHair.com that covers female barbers, men’s grooming tips and shares awesome work I see every day on social media from freelancers in the industry.

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