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Monday, April 12, 2010

WBM Features: Mia Bauman (MUA)

Love of beauty is Taste. Creation of beauty is Art.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

As with anything we want to do in life (relationships, career, goals, dreams), it all comes down to one thing: CHOICE. We literally have to make up our mind and choose to will ourselves forward. We have to choose to pick ourselves up when we fall. We have to choose to overcome every obstacle that may come our way.

Choice as interesting, exciting, and scary as it may seem is the very thing that will either keep us where we're at currently, push us foward or hold us back. However, for our next WBM feature, Mia Bauman when faced with having to make a life altering decision, she chose to move he steps in the direction of what she is most passionate about.

Here to share a few words and some thoughts about passion and success, Mia Beauman chats with us.

Get to know her a little bettter.

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

So tell me a little bit about yourself:

MB: I am from Corpus Christi, Texas!


MB: Mostly Makeup, film, reading (sci fi,) painting and music.

Explain for those who may not know what you do for clients

MB: I am a makeup artist, I am classically trained to make my clients their naturally beautiful selves. I also style hair, and I do some effects makeup.

What's your perspective on beauty?

MB: Beauty to me is about being healthy, clean, and vibrant!

What do you like most about being involved in fashion and beauty?

MB: Besides making people look amazing, and bringing out their best, I love meeting new people & making some magic happen! It's truly an art.

How long have you been involved?

MB: I started about a year ago. I was working before I left makeup school; I had my first jobs in April, 2009.

What did you do before becoming a mua?

MB: I was a portrait artist before, and I realised I should be doing makeup, it just came to me, that there are even better canvases out there! But it's different painting a face as a portrait than as makeup. In art, i painted what I saw, but as a makeup artist, I'm enhancing the subject & making it as beautiful as possible. And it can be challenging! There are different shapes & colors to work with... Not the same as painting what is already before me.

I understand, you also do special effects make up as well, how'd you get involved?

MB: I learned makeup effects in school. All makeup is effects, but what I really learned is how to glue things on, and what it feels like. It can be uncomfortable, and it's very difficult! It's also all about illusions.

How important are relationships and credibility in what you do?

MB: In this field it's about your contacts, who you know, so your personality & credibility is important. People want to be comfortable around you & also be able to rely on you!

What inspires and motivates you?

MB: Usually I will cruise other artists' work online, read blogs or watch youtube videos for inspiration or tips. Sometimes a job will challenge my skills, or I will watch a movie & desperately want a new lip color or blood product! Watching other makeup artists is also inspiring, they always have something you can learn. And fashion, art & makeup magazines are the best.

Biggest accomplishment?

MB: My biggest accomplishment was working at the Miss Universe Pageant, but really, every day I try something new, or manage something I couldn't before, or just have a really great shoot, I feel like I'm on the top of the world!

What would you do if you weren't involved with what you're doing currently?

MB: I would probably be doing something else in film, like camera work, or maybe I would have further pursued painting. I want to pick it up again anyways.

Where do you see yourself 5 yrs from now?

MB: I'd like to see myself getting good jobs like on Law & Order, or another show. I want to work in Spain or Italy as well. I really want to travel for work!

Any future projects?

MB: There's always future projects! Well, I am starting a graphic novel in a few weeks. It should be really interesting!

What type of impact would you like to leave with your works?

MB: I hope to eventually be that person who inspires other makeup artists to go for it. I love meeting people who are just starting out, and I like to help connect them to their dreams. I also want to help promote great looking, healthy skin!

Any advice for those looking to pursue their business and styling endeavors?

MB: Well, definitely work every day, whether it's looking for new connections, testing, or emailing, or trying new products. Don't flake or be late, don't overwhelm yourself, and always have fun!


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