Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Experience Doing Makeup for the Soul Train Awards

Hi Bellas,

I'm back with another post!  I wanted to share with you an amazing experience of 2010.  I had the opportunity to do two amazing things...work with Celebrity Makeup Artist AJ Crimson and help prepare guests for the 2010 Soul Train Awards in Atlanta.  I feel truly blessed to have been a part of the experience and I want to show you all my journey and what I learned that day.


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AJ Crimson has what he calls a Beauty Suite.  He does this before a lot of big award shows such as the BET Awards and the Soul Train Awards.  He invites his favorite clients, celebrities and award attendees to have their makeup and nails done among other pampering procedures.  The show as actually pre-filmed and shown on BET several weeks later.

I was invited to be one of 3 makeup artists (including AJ).  I was told to report to our special suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta.  I carefully cleaned and organized my makeup into my Zuca and got ready to go!

Here is the set-up.  We each got our own mini vanity area and a table for our makeup.  Thank goodness!  I brought a lot of makeup and was able to display it all nicely.

I did several makeovers...some were industry people, others were guests attending the show and I even did a celebrity rapper.  It was an amazing experience.  I also got to witness AJ doing his magic.  You'll remember that I had attended his makeup class just a few months before (see post here) and now I was working beside him - a dream come true!

Check out AJ working his magic in the background - He's wearing a gray suit and jeans and sneaks :)

I came into the experience knowing that this was a huge gig for me.  I remained professional and beat those faces.  At the same time, I completely understood that I was a junior artist to AJ Crimson.  During slow periods, I stayed on my game - keeping my makeup area and brushes clean and I even voluntarily to clean AJ's brushes.  It was a great way to observe him working in action and also be of assistance.  If you ever assist, you shouldn't ever be sitting around taking a break unless you're told to.  Stay on your grind!  Did I mention that AJ even came to me to borrow some times from my kit?  He borrowed a pencil sharpener and my MAC Parfait Amour eyeshadow and I was glad to let him use them!

Here are some shots of clients I worked on:

I also had the chance to make over Shareefa - a rapper on Def Jam who had a hit single in 2005 with the record "Need a Boss" featuring Ludacris.  We went for a deep smokey eye with a bit of reflects pearl glitter to pop!


I can't wait to work with AJ and his team again in 2011.  You know i'll do another blog post on it!  Stay tuned for more fabulousness!

Atlanta Makeup Artist

17 comments:

Couture Carrie said...

So awesome, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Tysh said...

You are too cute Ren, you did a great job, I can't wait to see more.

Elle said...

Congrats girl! That's an amzing opportunity & the makeup you did looked awesome :)

jilliandanica said...

congrats ren!

Andra said...

congratulations! great job! i bet it was an awesome experience :)

KiLLaCaM said...

you are a rock star! Loved everything about this post! So inspiring.

T.Davis said...

GO REN!!!! This is every makeup artist dream. Mine would be assisting Pat McGrath!

ProfeChanel said...

Wow!!! Ur such an inspiration<3 Congrats to all ur Power Moves(*_-)The Mk-up is on Point!!

1xellus1 said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful experience! Thanks for sharing. :O)

Brandi said...

How exciting! Great job Ren!

khadija said...

This is absolutely amazing! I've been silently following your blog for a while now and I very rarely comment on blog but today is an exception. I genuinely feel so so happy for you that you're progressing so well in the industry. I have to say you're really talented and I honestly wish you were based in the UK so I could have my makeup done by you. I'm originally Pakistani and I'm really impressed how well you understand Indo subcontinent makeup!

One request I would make is to have step by step photo tutorials in how to create makeup looks. Often I don't have time to watch a whole video so that would be very helpful.

Please keep going strong with the blog - it's so inspiring!

Lots of love, Khadija
Cardiff, UK

Tracy D said...

Congratulations, loved your advice on how to handle yourself re taking a break on the job...great!

yummy411 said...

fab job! i've been waiting for this post since your tweet on twitter! so excited for you!!

Dye-A-Graham said...

How cool! You did a great job and you definitely beat those faces..hahaha I was a video model back in the day and performed at the Soul Train Awards one year with LL Cool J...being a part of those shows are so much fun and something you'll remember for a lifetime.

Trina J Makeup said...

AMAZING!! Good for you girlie. What a great opportunity. You're headed to the top for sure. Great work!

bowensma said...

That's such a great experience to have! Your awesome and will continue to do amazing things :)

MMM said...

Congrats on your success!