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Skim through the resume of MUA Dana Rae and you will find something that is uncommon amongst this new generation of professionals- consistency mixed with a heavy dose of steadfast ambition. After translating skills from her degree in fine arts to makeup artistry, Rae’s career has been on a non stop upward climb working with notable companies such as Lanvin and Bobbi Brown as well as publications such as Bullet and Who Magazine. Rae’s constant hunger for knowledge, astounding work ethic and humble approach to her craft are sure to place her with the some of the greats in industry sooner than she thinks. Here we talk to about scrapbooking, intimidation and the wonderful world of the World Wide Web.
What color is inspiring you the most now?
The first thing that came to mind was brown. It’s such a versatile color and I love using it for a smokey eye as opposed to black.
Where or how will you feature these discoveries in your work?
On my clients- a lot of girls who are have their makeup done are not sure of how to do their own makeup, so using a neutral color I find is less intimidating. On camera the color appears glamorous and sexy but natural so people are less prone to pointing out if you are wearing a lot of makeup.
What is the story behind this color and what inspired you to start using it ?
I saw it used a lot in runway shows with big clumpy black lashes against various shades of brown eye shadows as well on a neutral face with a burnt reddish brown lipstick and I was very attracted to it. I also went to school for fine art and found that I used a lot of neutral colors in my work.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Online! Go on websites such as Touchpuppet as well as the agency that I’m assisting for, The Wall Group. I like to take time out of my schedule once a week to go through some of the artist’s portfolios. I look through every category from make-up artists to manicurists because someone is doing makeup in the photos. I also find inspiration from the various eclectic people that I get to work with who come from all walks of life.
When you have “ artists” block how do you get your creative juices flowing?
That happening is probably one of my biggest fears , which is why for years I have been scrapbooking – pulling different images out of magazines so that I have piles and piles of clippings that I could use for inspiration.
Editorial or Runway ? Why ?
Editorial. The truth of the matter is that I’ve done only two runway shows, one of which I was lucky enough to key. It was very hectic and intimidating to be in charge, yet the outcome as amazing. While my team and I did make NY Mag’s Top 30 beauty looks and it was surreal to see my work right up there with top designer shows, I love waking up in the morning and getting to the set and meeting new people. With editorial you can be creative and take your time to let your imagination grow and become a work of art.
Any beauty tips?
I have several: 1. Ease up on the bronzer ladies! 2. Stop over plucking your eyebrows. Natural eyebrows are a gift- Grow them out, see what shape comes out and work with it. 3. Use highlighter not only on your brow bone, but also on the top of your lip to make it look a little plump as well as on the inner part of your eyelids to a give a little glow-y effect.