|My dad, Dick Greene's, self portrait made at age 17|
Many of the tools of my trade as a makeup artist remind me of him and those days as a kid growing up. Today I use brushes, cases, colors, spatulas and palettes just like he did but my canvas is a person's face or body instead of paper.
Ask any makeup artist and they will tell you how important their tools are. We get nostalgic about our favorite brushes or cases and excited when we find a new tool we've never used before.
I've come across a couple new one's I want to share with you. I'll put the links for the following products at the bottom of the post.
Traditionally, palettes sit on your counter or station. They are made of metal or sheets of paper, acrylic or even porcelain.
|artist palette options|
Crystal Powder, a makeup artist, came up with a great idea. It's called the Paw Palette. It attaches to your "paw" or hand if your human, with an adjustable strap. Crystal says you can attach it to your ankle too but I'm not that limber! Anyway, they come in different shapes and colors. I've used mine a number of times now and I absolutely love it. It's right there on the back of your hand. Saves time and it's sanitary. Mine is white in the shape of a heart but I really want some of the other colors and shapes. I'm thinking one for my f/x kit, one for my beauty kit, one for my bathroom...
|Paw Palette by Crystal Powder|
This next one is called "Brush City" and is designed and personally welded by Kay Wooldridge.
I have one set up on my station and one at home for my personal brushes. Kay is a wonderful artist and you should check out her work. Her pieces are beautiful and functional. Her "Brush Cities" come in many sizes and price ranges. Each one is unique.
|"Brush City" by Kay Wooldridge|
Another great tool I just came across is The Eye Makeup Fallout Protector. I am always looking for a good solution to "makeup fallout". There's nothing more annoying than doing a beautiful clean foundation just to have it ruined by particles of eyeshadow falling all over it. There are other techniques that I use but I'm liking this one a lot. It's a reusable silicone shield with a stainless steel handle. It comes with a larger shield too that fits on the same handle.
|The Eye Makeup Fallout Protector|
As I find more useful and interesting tools I'll keep you posted. For now, give these a try. Maybe your kid or a blossoming young artist will be watching you and become inspired.
- Paw Palette: http://crystalpowder.com/INK.aspx
- Brush city: http://www.kaywooldridge.com/
Eye Makeup Fallout Protector: http://www.eyemakeupfalloutprotector.com/