THE MAKEUP/NO MAKEUP DEBATE: MY TAKE | LIFE AS FINE ART BY CATE SCAGLIONE |

by NJ & NYC BEAUTY AND BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER| LIFE AS FINE ART BY CATE SCAGLIONE | 

For almost three years now, I have had the pleasure of working with a very talented hair and makeup artist, Miranda Richards of Makeup Artistry by Miranda Richards. When I saw she posted the following article today, I couldn't help but share. "5 Things Every Makeup Artist Wishes Everyone Knew" by Ira Pablo.

 To BE or not to BE, that is the question. Shown here, MIranda styling the lovely Miss Anna in prep for her session.

To BE or not to BE, that is the question. Shown here, MIranda styling the lovely Miss Anna in prep for her session.

I love to watch the faces of my clients when they see themselves for the first time in the mirror after Miranda is done with her artistry. They're always beyond grateful for how Miranda makes them look and feel, not excluding my models and celebrity clients. I share this sentiment, as she's also been a consistent force behind some of my best, award winning images the past few years.  

With all the hype about "Real Beauty" and the new Kolbie video about "no makeup", I began to wonder what my stylist might think about this emerging trend. Set forth with the best of intentions, these brands pushing the "no makeup" idea are very noble.  

I am personally mixed on the topic.  When it comes to facial aesthetics, I really take Miranda's word for gospel. This is the girl who saves me hours in Photoshop, because my clients really do look this great after she's completed their styling. With a natural glow and a misty sheen, she has made me and others learn to appreciate what we were born with or discover it for the first time. It is the same techniques Hollywood movie starts get from their hair and makeup artists... we just so happen to be lucky to have her local. 

I've always loved wearing makeup, ever since I was a kid. I was never raised to believe that it would make me whole;  It was never presented to me as a tool to attract the opposite sex. I never believed it made me smarter, funnier, or more successful. It just made me appreciate my God given features. Sans my black lipstick phase, makeup was just one of the priviledges of being a girl. By nature the word "Makeup", so seemingly 1950s in the way it sounds means you are creating something that doesn't exist. Hereforward, I will call it cosmetics. That sounds...cosmic. Or something wonderful.

As someone who often runs around town sans makeup, with kids in tow, I see wearing makeup as a pleasure. I am taking time to do something I enjoy and to pamper myself. The truth is, I DO look better with makeup on. I DO like the way I feel with my hair done and eyes shining bright. 

Read this article by Ira Pablo . You'll learn a thing or two about what your makeup artist is thinking! Thanks Miranda for the insider's view.