A Day in the Life of a Stage Make-Up Artist NYC

by PAUSE Team on October 17, 2019
Guest Editor Ann Gior. Hair Make-Up Artisan
I've always been captivated by fictional diaries. You know those books in which the character keeps a journal. Or a journal is otherwise featured as part of the story. One of the best parts of my job is exploring beauty emerging topics to help you navigate the city that never sleeps. I thought that the easiest way to gain insight into the latest trends would be to share some behind-the-scenes of my agenda. Whether your dream is working backstage at New York Fashion Week, on Broadway, or on set for a tv show, the city has it all, and we've got you covered. 



7:30 a.m. —Today, I'm attending an afternoon event with the Director of a hip Academy in Broadway. Even though I packed my bags the night before, I suddenly change my mind last minute due to the weather. First up, I turn on kettle to boil water for my Yerba Mate, a morning ritual to many Argentines. According to the Guarani legend behind Yerba Mate, when the Goddesses of the Moon came to visit Earth, they found a yaguareté ready to attack them. An old man saved them. In compensation, the goddesses gave the man a new kind of plant, from which he could prepare a drink of friendship <3.

8:00 a.m. — I instantly launch into yogi mode while listening to the NY flamindie trio, City of The Sun (and sipping my Yerba Mate). I wash my face with a foaming cleanser and put on a Josh Rosebrook day cream my friend S. gave me. To prepare my skin for the changing seasons, I finish off my regime with a Phyto- Active Eye Serum to smooth eye lines. I've got enough time to walk to the core yoga studio.

9:30 a.m. — What an absolutely amazing class! After a shower, I’m taking the L to Manhattan for a breakfast meeting with the team at the Laboratory. From spicy nudes to dynasty jades, we’ll discuss our vision and ideas for the fall/winter season. I always wear lip-focused makeup and a quintessential oil as a perfume (can't stand strong smells early in the morning). Before heading into work, I stop at the Juice Press Store in Soho and buy a Blue Magic Protein Bowl. Yum!

10:30 a.m. — Our team has a weekly Thursday morning planning meeting. For me, I'll be spending most of my time this week collaborating on a mockup in Photoshop and prototypes for a prosthetic workshop with Special FX.

1:00 p.m. —We break for lunch at a vegetarian place to get plant-based burgers. Time to return some e-mails, manage budgets, and determine production details for next week.

2:30 p.m. — I need to prepare for the event we are hosting today in Broadway with C., the Program Director. I pick up my fragrance (custom-made) at Le Labo Nolita, a nearby French vintage perfumery. I was a devotee of Rose 31 for years till September, where the scents go worldwide for a month, can’t wait!

4:00 p.m. — The event went great. We enjoyed drinks and appetizers afterwards while offering professional advice about career prospects. The rest of the day is spent prepping the classroom for a later demonstration. Today’s training focuses on skincare and Beauty Essentials.

6:30 p.m. — After work, I head to S. place to celebrate the full moon. I bought a bottle of wine a couple of days ago, and we finally crack it. We also enjoy homemade dishes, astrology, and tarot reading on the rooftop.

10:00 p.m. — I head home and have some tea with milk thistle seeds for dessert. I go to bed around midnight after a facial massage with my Amethyst Roller. I choose Frankincense & Sandalwood oils to pair with it. Nighttime agave lip mask. Few top tracks of Boards of Canada. Make the room dark. Goodnight!


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