It's a funny, funny world we live in these days. Everyone is an expert and everyone has an opinion. Personally, I like people with opinions – I prefer if they share mine, but unlike my elevator selfie, it's not obligatory. Opinions lead to conversations and for the most part, conversing is good; unless you're my child, then just do as you're told.
I'm not retouched because I'm a) not that dedicated and b) have no idea how, but I am lit with an LED light. I'd link it here but I can't find it online. $150 at a camera shop. You can also just buy a $5 camping light from Walmart which does the same thing - just the LED has a controllable dial which has the power to blast fine lines.
One controversial conversation these days is the selfie. I personally don't get why it's so controversial; maybe I don't understand because I am a player in that game so...don't hate the player… Selfies instill such anger in many who cry accusatory words of narcissism. Really, why do we care so much?
In the beauty world in which I live and breathe, I have to say what I'm not a fan of are arm swatches, yet I understand them. Why I'm not a fan is simple: the skin tones that are swatched on aren't always relevant to a makeup artist. I work on many skin tones and age brackets so as a pro – they mean nada to me. BUT, I can see how if you follow someone with a similar complexion to you, to a layperson, this would make sense to you. There are more laypeople in the world vs makeup artists. This is the theory behind what I think of for the selfie; it's relate-able.
I understand that me, as a redhead, most of the world is not going to relate to me however, there are many who are and just may want to know what blush I wore or a fellow makeup artist might have a shoot day with a ginger and peruse what I've worn to get some inspirations. There is nothing wrong with inspiring each other.
Let me toss out another proven perspective:
Now, I'm not going to mention any names here and I mean no disrespect – but an internationally respected industry person was publicly bashing fellow artists and their selfies (I'm sure there's been more than one); saying that selfies are for amateurs… I've been doing hair & makeup for 25 years, I ain't no amateur; and I know plenty of other pros who selfie as well. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
Let me share something with you… come closer to your screen and shield it from others so they don't learn our secret:
Pros: you can get work from your selfies!!
I have gotten actual paid work from my selfies!
It's true. And odd. Never my intention for clients to book me from my personal hair and makeup applications. In fact, I've had discussions with clients on set:
Me: "Oh, you've seen this look 100x in my book haven't you? I've gotten known for that look."
Them (more than one client with the same reply): "Oh – no! I saw your selfie." (I've had clients admit that they've never even seen my portfolios: horror face.)
Even before this personal experience I've always told my juniors and assistants: Practice. And if you don't have a face or head of hair to practice on, then use your own. Take photos with and without flash, natural light etc so you see how the makeup reacts in different lighting situations. And be constructively critical of your own work. To this day, I see my work drop and go over it with a fine-toothed comb mentally noting what I love and what I would do differently.
The one thing we can all agree on from what we've learned with the internet is: you can't please everyone and there will be Negative Nancys, Judgemental Judys and Guffawing Garys* in the world. They can scroll through their feeds or unfollow you. Who cares? Sure we just want to be liked by and get along with everyone but that isn't our [sur]reality.
Not only work comes from our selfies, but they can also be ego-boosting. Who doesn't want to be told they look pretty? Seriously, if it's narcissistic, who cares? And if you feel inspired to try something new on yourself, buy a product or hire [me], than I say 'selfie away!' At least selfies keep us out of the troll-filled forums (BTW -thanks to those people who called me a fat-aging smurf. You're super classy.)
It is all about lighting and angles, as you can see in the above photo demonstrating angles that I can't believe that I'm sharing... LOL - so if you want to jump on the selfie-bandwagon look here via TheLoop for some selfie tips and if you are in the position of taking photos of others, please take note of these tips because snapping a photo of someone is more than just pointing and shooting.
And since I couldn't leave you with the last horrible image of me... LOL
*no offence to the Nancys, Judys and Garys of the world.
Just in case some of you aren't fully aware of the dictionary meaning;
NARCISSIST: a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish.
I know many selfie artists who are truly giving and kind-hearted.
Do you selfie? What are your best tips?