A Week in the Life of a Makeup Artist with Jonny Polizzi

Hi, my name is Jonny Polizzi, and I am addicted to makeup! Ha. Well, the industry, that is! Being a Makeup Artist in New York City is as glamorous as one would expect — but as busy and challenging too! I thought I’d give you a glimpse into my week as a freelance artist, navigating the education of makeup to the famed New York Fashion Week!

It all started on Friday, when I headed to my favorite gig, as an instructor of makeup artistry at Chic Studios NYC – Studio of Makeup Artistry in the City. Here, I am teaching the students a fun makeup course, TV & Music Video Makeup. I am showing them how to think outside the box with makeup, as the first 3 weeks of their course is very technique, step-by-step beauty makeup for brides, special events, etc. This final week, we are able to be super creative! I decided to use two striking hues of teal and yellow on our beautiful model Camelia.

After that, during the weekend, I headed off to Alexander Wang for New York Fashion Week. Working backstage at a fashion show is exhilarating — the clock is ticking, the look must be perfection (think of all those cameras and videoing!), but seeing the finished product on stage is a rush that is unexplainable. So far the looks this season are all lip focus. Looks like spring 2012 is all about the mouth!

On Monday, I headed back to Chic Studios NYC (yay!) to instruct on, you guessed it — Fashion & Runway Makeup. As I demonstrate on our gorgeous makeup model Katya, you can block out brows to create a new brow, and keep eyeliner distinct. The students loved watching this technique, and it’s so refreshing to watch their eyes light up when they practice it after the demo, and get it. Technique can be taught, but the passion is innate!

Then, it was off to one of the coolest looks I’ve been a part of, for Erikson Beamon’s spring 2012 collection presentation for New York Fashion Week! The theme was “The Redemption of Eve: Return to the Garden,” and as you can see, it was fantasy beautiful! We adhered spider lashes coated with glitter, and a fusion of hot colors (here’s my completed look, with purple lips and orange and pink fierce eye makeup). I think this spring tangerine, bright orange, and burned umber are going to speak louder than words when it comes to the lips. Expression of ones self is key, color overload.  These women will talk with colorful mouths, no words necessary. Here is my model, amazing make up created by Chantel Miller!

Ahh… Tuesday is here and I’m back at Chic Studios NYC , this time, delving into the “Music Video” sector of our course. And hello! Who is not inspired by Lady Gaga and her chameleon looks? So of course, I had to show the students how to replicate the Lady Gaga “Judas” video eye liner — here I am practicing on lovely Zy.

…and when I was done, I had the students rotate to create the looks on each other. I turned them all into “Little Monsters!”

I wrapped up my New York Fashion Week & (and fashion Chic Week…ha!) with the Sally LaPointe show. Key artist Kabuki created a beautiful look, making all the models to resemble a haunted feel. In the photo I was re-creating his vision, putting the finishing touches on the model before line up.

My advice to those aspiring to be in the makeup industry? It’s all about taking that first step and educating yourself! Come take classes with me at Chic Studios NYC (www.chicstudiosnyc.com), and visit my fanpage to ask me any questions!

Good luck in all you do, and stay beautiful!

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-Jonny Polizzi

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