AN OPEN LETTER TO MAKEUP PROFESSIONALS ABOUT GLOBAL BEAUTY
BY SONIA ROSELLI
As a professional makeup artist, ever since model Nykhor posted this on her Instagram wall, I have seen this topic pop up over and over again on social media. All I can say to her is, "Damn girl. I am so sorry this happened to you"....mustered with a heavy sigh of UHHHH, wtf!
I wanted to write an open apology letter from all us working pros to Nykhor, but before I could even write the words, pro makeup artist Davisha beat me to the punch on our Facebook group.
Davisha writes beautifully what I think a lot of us seasoned pros think about the new generation of "makeup artists" coming up behind us. With places like Glamsquad and other beauty apps handing out jobs like candy with really cheap "labor", these new "pros" have learned all their makeup "skills" from Instagram or Youtube. Why is that bad? It's slowly killing this industry.
So Nykhor, we apologize....and we can't apologize enough. Because of the state our industry is in, it also doesn't surprise me. And you are absolutely right. We do need to get our "SHIT RIGHT" when it comes to complexion (and so do cosmetics companies, but that's another post for another day!).
For those of you who may have missed her post on Instagram, here is what she said......
Dear white people in the fashion world!
Please don't take this the wrong way but it's time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don't have to do anything but show up wtf! Don't try to make me feel bad because I am blue black its 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever, Iman cosmetic, black opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there's so much options our there for dark skin tones today.
A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it's insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn't help, seriously! Make an effort at least! That goes for NYC, London, Milan, Paris and Cape Town plus everywhere else that have issues with black skin tones.
Just because you only book a few of us doesn't mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I'm tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I'm definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can't we be part of fashion fully and equally?
AN OPEN LETTER FROM MAKEUP ARTISTS
TO OTHER MAKEUP "PROFESSIONALS"
BY MAKEUP ARTIST DAVISHA
Dear Working "Professional" Makeup Artists,
I know this model. I work with this model. She is most definitely not a person who performs "stunts".
I've worked with her under some terribly painful private circumstances, and she is a goddamned trooper beyond what even 99% of us in this room..in the entire industry... can possibly imagine.
She is a beautiful person and deserves a lot more respect.
Here is the reality check of where our industry is now.
1. Yes there are makeup artists who show up without a full range of tools.
2. Yes there are makeup artists who are totally clueless about what "global" means.
(Even at the level where they meet people like her.)
Makeup pro, you might have made it to the big leagues dear, but that doesn't make you a real player.
Over the last year, I see plenty of "artists" come without the right tools. I also see a lot of "artists" come with all the tools and not have a single clue how to use them. Who can't get eyeliner even? Who can't match skin for shit? Who can't mix up a color to match what they didn't bring?
Yes it's sad but true....A lot of the darker girls have suffered a lot of unprofessional "professionals". Believe it or not, (sarcasm) there are so many people flooding the industry that a few get through and make the rest of us look seasoned pros look bad.
Don't question the model, question the people who've told her to bring her own foundation. A real pro wouldn't tell her to do that.
The very first time I worked with Nykhor, I saw that she was hiding in a corner, dismally matched, grey, and bound to not appear in the NATIONAL commercial that we were on.
I got her into my chair and fixed her right next to the artist that bungled her the first time. I had no apologies for him.
She was prominently featured in that commercial...not because of my makeup, but in spite of the EGO of the person who did her makeup without caring that he did it right or not.
Where is the level of integrity in that?
This is about incompetence and ego, a combination that will get your work tabled, scrapped and photoshopped.
If you can't see that it's wrong, you're at the wrong level.
I speak on behalf of all hard-working, experienced makeup artists out there. If you're not experienced enough to do the job, DON'T take the job. It's really that simple.
For every artist that takes a job that is unqualified, makes the rest of us look bad.
If you can't match foundations for all skin tones, I only have one word of advice: Practice.
Peace & Love,
Sonia & Davisha
A special thanks to Maria Palermo for editing.