People seem to overlook the important requirements of being a model besides height, looks, stats, and everything else. Just like any other occupation, models have to be educated in the industry and know how to brand themselves as well as how to take care of themselves. A model can have the best agent, coach, and get bookings, but there has to be more to take it to the next level. Agencies like Couture Modeling only has models who are on the top of their A-game and unlike many other agencies who simply throw you into the industry, they guide and teach you the steps to grow as a professional model.
This weekend I attended the Makeup & Skincare basics class held at the agency. CMA frequently holds free workshops led by pro artists and this one was super interactive since they actually demonstrated on a live model. Even though I am one of those YouTube obsessed, self-taught makeup people and I'm a wiz with a contour brush, it is great to learn in person from experts. Three of my favorite beauty goddesses @nikkilattyhair, @mimaroxx, and @styledbyjeannie, came together for the ultimate beauty lesson.
Maintaining healthy skin is everything because you need to have a clean blank canvas for makeup artists to work off of and models go to casting calls bare faced. First we went through the importance of skincare and identifying your skin type. I have combo skin and the class varied among combo, dry, oily, normal, and sensitive. From there we learned all about LimeLight by Alcone which has some of the best skincare products by far used by the best of the best including Makeup by Mario who is Kim Kardashian's MUA. Finding a few amazing products will stop those horrid impulse buys and being overwhelmed by in makeup stores when one product from LimeLight can cover so much ground. Like they carry a booster called Must Dew which is the holy grail for skincare. It can work as a moisturizer and even be mixed into foundation for a smooth and lightweight finish. Plus LimeLight has the best packaging to fit into your model bag and you must check out the jeweled signature lip gloss..bedazzled tubes anyone?
Next up was the basics of makeup. This covered basic application that every model needs to know including primer, foundation, concealer, powder, brows, shadow, liner, mascara, bronzer, and a touch of gloss. The purpose of this routine isn't to overdo or cake on a new face, but naturally bring out your best features. Sure it's fun to highlight and contour, but it isn't always appropriate for every photoshoot. Photo lighting is strong, so an easy makeup look is all that is needed to make sure you get flawless and natural pictures without looking harsh. The top three secrets that I learned from the class are #1: always use a primer and setting spray just like you would use a base and top coat when doing your nails, #2: leaving a makeup sponge in water when not being used will help it clean easier as well as already being saturated before use, and #3: you should always know what is in your makeup (and skincare products) to make sure they are 100% natural or even vegan so you can treat you skin the right way.
Let me tell you, as a model you go from one thing to the next and next up was a casting for a custom couture fashion house, Laidiecloth. During the casting I had the chance to meet the designer behind the brand, Jasmine Ankobil, who will be showcasing her gown collection on July 16, 2016 from 7pm-11pm at Couture Modeling Agency in New York. The evening at the mixer will be filled with lots of fashion, wine, and professional networking. This exclusive event will be open to the public, but you must RSVP to be in attendance. Be there or be square!