Beyond The Lens – Independent Massachusetts makeup artist Denise Amara was kind enough to give us some time and information on what inspired her to pursue her makeup career and what are some of the next steps she plans on taking as we get deeper in 2018. Amara is one of many upcoming talented people that I reached out to last month to do an interview. I’m glad she had the time to finish answering the questions as fast as she did. I hope you enjoy reading the interview!
~*~*Beyond The Lens /w Denise Amara*~*~
Internet Hollywood: Good morning Denise! Welcome to the Internet Hollywood universe. I’m happy you took the time out to answer some of the questions I had prepared for you over the weekend. I’m looking forward to learning more about you and sharing your story with our readers. Before we kick things off could you give us a little background story on who you are, what you do, and what made you want to get into makeup?
Denise: My name is Denise Amara. I am a wife, mother of two teenagers, a Paralegal and have been a professional makeup artist for the past six years. I received my degree in Applied Science, with a major in Fashion Design. I have been interested in fashion and makeup for as long as I can remember.
Internet Hollywood News: The art of makeup has been a pretty popular thing for years now and it only continues to grow as years go on. What is it about doing clients faces that made you want to continue doing it and how long did it take you to learn?
Denise: I feel as though each client’s face is like a new canvas. It’s the challenge of taking these faces and enhancing the intricacies and the natural beauty of each. Most of the time, it’s all about the makeup appearing as natural as possible. Which is often times, more difficult than it actually sounds. It’s not just Makeup, it’s Art! Other times, it becomes more dramatic and I’m able to take more artistic license. It all depends on what the shoot calls for but, it’s these creative moments that are so much fun. I typically get so enthralled in the situation, I lose all track of time. As far as how long it took me to learn, I started as a teenager, reading Allure magazine tutorials and I’ve been learning ever since. Yes, I did take professional makeup classes and that definitely honed my skills but, I honestly feel it’s all rooted in my love for art. I’ve loved drawing since I was a kid. To this day, I’m the first one to hunker down with the children’s crayons at the local restaurant.
Internet Hollywood: You have a lot of great content on your social media pages and it shows how much you collaborated with other talented people. I also seen you did fashion shows as well. What other places do you offer your services to and do you currently have rates?
Denise: Though I do have some photographers I typically work with, I don’t necessarily work out of a shop. You’ll typically find me doing makeup for fashion shows and magazine editorial … but, the occasional wedding and special events don’t scare me off. I’m a repeat offender, volunteering for the Love out Lavender project, which is an amazing photo-shoot for cancer survivors. It’s an honor to be asked to participate the past two years and lifts my heart. My rates? Well, my rates are reasonable, competitive and vary depending on the project. What I can say is, I can typically work with almost any budget.
Internet Hollywood: What are some of your favorite products to use when you trying to get the best out of your work?
Denise: Let’s start off with my favorite tools….. I am a big fan of London Brush Brushes, The Makeup Light, and my Iwata Air Compressor to name a few. I love to airbrush, so Temptu is my go to for foundation. As far eyeshadow….I am a super big fan of Urban Decay, MAC, Naked Cosmetics, NYX Cosmetics and my favorite, GRANDEMASCARA!
Internet Hollywood: What kind of connections are you trying to establish to build your career and what is your main goal now that you’ve chosen to pursue makeup as a career?
Denise: I love to work with new photographers, particularly on artistic shoots. Diversity is the spice of life. My ultimate goal would be to work on a movie-set.
Internet Hollywood: Do you plan on doing tutorials or anything involving video streamng so your followers could connect and learn from you more?
Denise: Tutorials and/or Video Streaming looks like so much fun and is something I may look into, in the future. I‘m guessing I’ll need to “Up” my tech game before that happens. As for now, I continue to teach one on one-makeup lessons and constantly posting on social media.
Denise: Nope, unless … Gal Gadot wants to relinquish her crown as Wonder Woman.
Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Denise!
Photographer: JZ Zurawski | MUA: Denise Amara
Hair: Meghan Moran | Model: Brenna Fox | Photographer: Russ Mezikofsky | MUA: Denise Amara
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