Angie Wells is a talented celebrity make-up artist. She’s credited as being a make-up artist in over 60 files, videos, and TV. Including titles such as Baby Boy, Thor, The Aviator, Gridiron Gang, America’s Best Dance Crew and many others. She was also nominated for 2 prime time Emmy’s.
Angie shared some great beauty tips with me.
Mz Mahogany: How long have you been a make-up artist and why did you choose this profession?
Angie: I guess if I add all the years that I focused on makeup together it would be a bit over 20 years. It has not been a straight journey.
I started doing makeup in my teens as a part time job when I was modeling. I had a natural talent for it and my agent asked me to help some of the newer girls at the agency with tips for doing their makeup for “go sees”. I stopped doing makeup while I went to college and got a B.S. in Marketing and worked in the corporate world as a corporate trainer for a major insurance company. The company I worked for downsized and I was laid off my job at which point I went back into the beauty world and became a hairdresser.
While I was a hairdresser my love of makeup never died and I started my own line of custom blended makeup for women of color. The line did well but it actually outgrew me and I could no longer run it by myself and I was not prepared to expand so I shut the line down.
I made a decision to do makeup for film and television and moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to go to school to be trained to do all facets of makeup including special effects.
I’ve worked with celebrities such as Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Faith Evans, Monique, Kimberly Elise, Cuba Gooding, Forest Whitaker, Raven Symone, Lil’ Mama, Nick Lachey, Gabrielle Union, Snoop, Smokey Robinson, Suzanne DePasse, Holly Robinson-Peete and Ted Danson.
Mz Mahogany: What project did you like working on the best?
Angie: I have been blessed to work on so many wonderful projects. I would say that my favorite project was “Gifted Hands” the Dr. Ben Carson story. The telefilm was a biopic about Dr. Ben Carson, the youngest doctor to become the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Carson is African-American and that was a story I was proud to be a part of telling. I had to design the makeups for three decades of time as the story covered the time period from the 1960’s through 1987. Another wonderful thing about that project was that I received an Emmy nomination as Makeup Department Head for best makeup. I was also nominated in 2010 as part of the makeup team for “Mad Men”. I was also fortunate enough to be part of the makeup team for “The Artist” which won the Oscar for best film.
One of my other favorite projects to work on was “Baby Boy”. It was great to be there at the beginning of Taraji Henson and Tyrese Gibson’s film careers.
Mz Mahogany: I love getting new ideas of things to put in my make-up kit. What’s in yours?
Angie: I have three different kits and a whole storage full of products. My basic beauty kit contains about 30 shades of foundation. Some liquids and some cream for varying skin types and levels of coverage. I usually have about 12 shades of blush in powders and creams for different finishes. About 6-8 shades of powder, 20 shades of lipstick, 12 shades of lip gloss, 10 lipliners, 50 shades of eyeshadows in palettes, 6 shades of brow color, brow gel/sealer, 2 luminizers/highlighters, 8 shades of concealer, 8 shades of gel eyeliner, primers, moisturizers, oil blot sheets, toner, evian atomizer, makeup remover wipes, eye corrector sticks, Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, blemish drying solution and body makeup.
Mz Mahogany: Do you have any favorites?
Angie: My favorite products at this moment are Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion, Makeup Forever HD primer and HD foundations. I love the primers because they keep your makeup in place. As a professional artist you need products to last when you do a makeup.
Mz Mahogany: Are you using the same type of products on yourself that you use on your clients?
Angie: Depends on their skin type. I use products from several lines based on my client’s skin type. I have Clinique, Dr. Brandt, Dermalogica, Meaningful Beauty, Epicuren, Shiseido and Black Opal.
Mz Mahogany: What is the difference between using a high end make-up brand vs. a drug store brand?
Angie: It depends on the product. I think the difference between most higher end products vs. drug store products are the amount of pigment. However, I love L’Oreal Voluminous mascara in Carbon Black. It gives a lot of bang for the buck. I do think it is possible though to put together a decent personal kit from the drugstore if you are on a budget.
Mz Mahogany: Do you think make-up is hurting our skin?
Angie: I don’t think that make-up hurts our skin but I do think that improper cleansing does. If you wear makeup you must really be careful to have a good cleansing regimen.
Mz Mahogany: What’s your skincare regimen?
Angie: I usually use something creamy like a cleansing cream to break the make-up down and then I use a cleanser to remove what is left. I rinse my face at least 10 times and then use a toner and moisturizers. I use different moisturizer for day than for night time and for summer vs. winter. I also think it is important to use sunscreen for day time.
Mz Mahogany: Having a good skincare regimen seems to be very important. What else can we do achieve a flawless make-up application?
Angie: You should apply primers prior to foundation and eye shadow application. Make sure your foundation is the right match for your skin color. As far a creating a flawless effect you must choose colors that harmonize with your skin tone and blending is very important.
Mz Mahogany: What eye shadows and lips colors are trending for Spring 2012?
Angie: Eyeshadows for the season seem to be at two extremes. One look is driven by color. Beautiful bold shades. There is also the colorful smokey eye which uses color instead of the standard black, grey or brown.
When using color on the eye compliment it with one of this seasons pinky-nude or warm nude lipcolors. For darker skintones a nude lip can be tricky because shades that show as nude on light skin can appear milky or greyish on darker skin. To create a nude look on darker toned lips try sheer bronzey colored glosses that have a very slight hint of gold in them. This will give the illusion of a warm toned nude lip. If you want the look of a pinkish/berry nude lip use your index finger to dab a very sheer berry lip gloss over lips. A. truly pink toned nude will never look nude on darker toned lips as the shades which are designed to look nude are created with light or white skin tones in mind.
The other trend this season is the almost nude eye with a fabulous red lip. You can create this look by sweeping a very sheer bronze or golden shimmer shadow over the entire eyelid and blend upward to create a luminous effect. The key word here is sheer. Apply black or dark brown liner in the upper lashline to give depth without the look of hard liner. Apply two coats of mascara. Another twist on this look is to do winged eyeliner for a more dramatic effect.
Now we get to the red lip. Red can be daunting for some. Here is the key. You need to be sure to choose the right undertone and depth of color. As far as undertone is concerned it refers to whether you look best with a warm toned orangey-red, a cool toned blue-red. A neutral toned pure red works on most undertones. As far as depth is concerned reds range from very bright to deeper rich shades. If you are unsure of where you fit in the undertone and depth range just test shades until you find the one that makes your overall complexion look bright and healthy.
Mz Mahogany: A red lip can be daunting, but with your advice, I have a little more encouragement to try it. Thanks for sharing your make-up tips! Are you currently working on any new projects?
Angie: Yes, I am about to start the next season of America’s Best Dance Crew. I love working on this show because I get to design some very creative make-ups. I have a team of amazing artist who help bring my vision to the screen and we have a lot of fun getting it done.
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