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Webcast shoot

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Makeup and hair for San Diego webcast shoot

Twenty five years in the beauty industry with lots of hard work and dedication to the craft has been both exciting and rewarding.  I’m fortunate to have worked on a wide array of jobs.  In a weeks time my career may take me from a Halloween catalog shoot one day, creating a gunshot wound for the real NCIS the next to a special event at The Grand Del Mar on the weekend.  I have earned many long-term, loyal clients in the process.  Projects include makeup and hair for photo shoots, press events, special occasions and anniversary celebrations.  And then there’s class reunions when making my client look fabulously years younger than everyone else is key!  Boudoir shoots allow me to create sultry lashes and bombshell hair; family photos, holiday parties, video shoots, webcasts and more.

This is a business where you never know where or who you’ll be working with from week to week so flexibility and preparedness is imperative.

Recent shoot

One of my talented and beautiful clients’, Sonia Stringer of Savvy Network Marketing Women, recently called on me to get her camera ready for a webcast video shoot.  I have been working with Sonia for four years and feel fortunate to have her call on my beauty services.  She is very successful and active in her industry which requires her to be on camera and stage frequently.  She is naturally gorgeous and fit but with hot lights that add glare and camera’s that add pounds it never hurts to have a professional makeup and hair artist on call.

I met Sonia at the Brandetize Studio in uptown to work with her in preparation for her webcast video shoot.  We met early for the initial makeup and hair.   The process typically takes about one to one and a half hours and I stayed with her throughout the half day shoot for touchups and wardrobe changes.  The shoot was productive and due in part to her foresight to include makeup and hair, the outcome was polished and professional looking.

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Professional makeup and hair is a key component to a great outcome

Which brings me to my next point… Many people think they can “get by” with their standard run-of-the-mill makeup for camera.  The reality is that “day” makeup will not hold up under intense lights without looking washed out.  High definition cameras are used on most sets today which is why good quality makeup is key.   The overall production value will be lost otherwise so if you’re going to do it -you might as well do it right!  I have been an airbrush makeup artist for over 20 years which is why airbrush is my go-to for a flawless, non made-up finish and looks great under the scrutiny of high-def.  My preference is, of course, AirPro Makeup which, as some of you may know, is my own line featuring airbrush systems and cosmetics.

Added value to your webcast shoot

Most professionals carry items that may otherwise be overlooked by a first-timer that can be real shoot savers.  Some items may include wardrobe tape for a gaping button, lint roller because the dog decided to curl up on your blouse the night before, even shoe polish or the like that will substitute in a pinch.

Professional makeup and hair is really affordable and can make or break the outcome of your project.  I highly recommend considering it for your next shoot.  And if you’re a man, this includes you too!  The tan lines giving away last weekend’s golf game or the razor burn on your neck could use a little attention.  And for those of you sporting heavy beards, it need not be unruly.  With a little grooming and some trusty beard wax you too can be camera worthy!  So while makeup and hair may be the least expensive portion of your overall bill, it is certainly one of the most important!

Stellar results

Professional makeup and hair will bring life to the final product.  Your end result can go from mediocre to outstanding with just a touch of aptly applied concealer here and a dab of hair gel there. Add to that a great conversation during the process to ease any pre-performance nerves and you could create an award-winner.  So I hope you’ll consider me as your beautifier and confidence builder the next time you will be camera front and center.

See you at your next shoot!

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Makeup & hair for good cause

Makeup & hair for philanthropic article

A long time client and someone I greatly admire recently asked me to do her makeup and hair for a photo shoot for Modern Luxury Magazine featuring her and two adorable baby goats all in the name of a good cause.  Michelle Lerach who is a lawyer by training, and while she doesn’t do it full time anymore, helps out on causes she deems worthy.  She also gives of her time and money for environmental and agricultural causes giving back to her community in a way that is very important to her.  She believes access to good food should be available to all and has started a foundation with the help of others in the farming community called Berry Good Food Foundation. The Berry Good Food Foundation educates, connects and supports food producers and consumers integrating a healthy food system.

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Fun was had by everyone involved in the shoot which took place at Michelle and her husband Bill’s sprawling estate in LaJolla, California complete with aviary, thick foliage and sprawling cliffside garden.  She hosts many events and fundraisers on site giving freely of her time for worthy causes.  I had the pleasure of working with the photographer Jennifer Siegwart from Jen and Bec for the first time. She was amazingly undemanding and a real doll.

The goats, who were barely a week old, were oh so tiny and playful and completely adorable -no makeup required.   But for such small critters they have very loud bleats!

If you would like to learn more about the Berry Good Food Foundation or find out how you can make a contribution please visit their website

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Makeup for musicians

Makeup and hair for beautiful music

I recently was hired to do makeup and hair for a talented singer/songwriter named Lena Belle.  She would be photographed by Darin Fong  for her new CD cover titled “My Own Way”.  When she arrived for her session I was delighted by her warm personality and down to earth attitude; yet she was somehow worldly for such a young person. Unfamiliar with her music at the time I asked her when the CD would be available.  I offered to pay her in advance if she would mail me a CD when they became available.  Much to my surprise, in the hustle-bustle busy world we live in where much is forgotten and promises are left unfulfilled, she followed through by mailing me her CD accompanied with a super sweet handwritten thank you note  …I’m a huge fan! (both of her and her music)

You can check out her work here

You can purchase her latest EP here

makeup for musiciansMakeup for musicians combined with hairstyling and wardrobe design play an integral role in achieving the image and persona the artist wishes to portray to the public much as an actor would do to get into character for a major role.  So whether the artists’ style is Lady Gage-dramatic or Taylor Swift-soft, makeup and hair play a big part in achieving that image.

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Red Carpet Makeup & Hair

ComiCon 2014 in San Diego brought with it many red carpet events and I was thrilled to work with cast members Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Zach McGowen of Starz TV’s hugely popular series Black Sails.

Black Sails cast members Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Zach McGowen make an appearance during ComiCon 2014 at the Outlander premier set to air Aug 8, 2014 on Starz TV.

Jessica Parker Kennedy at Entertainment Weekly’s annual ComiCon event on Saturday night at Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, Calif. She chose a dramatic smokey eye with a soft lip and loose chignon for the event.

Caught in the action myself while the cast makes a back door entrance at the SD ComiCon Panel!

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Airbrush Makeup for Riviera Magazine article

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Riviera Magazine May 2014

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Jodie Spanos of Seaside Macarons.










Airbrush makeup was applied for Riviera Magazine article featuring Jodie Spanos co-chair of the 14th annual Junior League of San Diego Food and Wine Festival.

Jodie Spanos of Seaside Macarons in LaJolla, California called on airbrush makeup artist Paula Mayer to get her camera ready for her featured article in Riviera Magazine which showcases her participation in the 14th annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival ( on May 3rd.


Jodie Spanos along with business partners Amanda Wheeler and Melissa Micou run Seaside Macarons from their office in LaJolla, California and offer such delectable varieties as raspberry, pistachio, key lime and espresso just to name a few.  They are all gluten free and made from high quality almond flour for a delicious treat for your next party, baby shower, wedding …or just because.

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Dark Chocolate & Vanilla Bean

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Airbrush Makeup for red carpet

Airbrush makeup to get “red carpet” ready

Makeup artist Paula Mayer uses AirPro airbrush makeup to prepare director Ellie Kanner for the red carpet at the premier of the comedy “Authors Anonymous”.   Also present were actors Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting,  Chris Klein,  Jonathan Bennett, and Tricia Helfer among other stars who attended the fun-filled premier on April 9, 2014 at the Crest Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.  Check out the trailer here  The movie hits theatres April 18, 2014!



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