For In-depth 2019 I will be continuing with my topic from last year, makeup artistry! I am doing this for two main reasons. The first is that I thoroughly enjoyed my first in-depth and the expertise I achieved over its course, so why stop now? My mentor last year, Crystal, showed and taught me so much about how to work with a medium I’d only dabbled in beforehand. Now, with those skills I have rightfully earned my place as both a Halloween god, as it was mostly special effects I learned, and an artist in my own right. The fact that I can take an idea and transfer it onto myself, a living, breathing, 3D canvas is mind-blowing, and it is a talent that I am extremely proud of. This year, I want to do even more. Last year, learning the basics gave me the foundations (pun fully intended) to expand and reach into the deepest darkest depths of my imagination to create something new, which will hopefully bring wonder to people other than just myself.

The second reason is that makeup and art are both passions of mine, and I have very strong opinions about the power they hold, and the stereotypes that people have around makeup artists. The idea that people believe that just because they can see people’s faces, that they have a right to comment on them is absurd to me. I believe that the purpose of makeup is not to make oneself “pretty” but to push the boundaries of ones creativity and to allow someone to explore their imagination, their confidence and themselves. As is evident from my progress reports and records last year, “pretty” makeup, though amusing and worthwhile to learn, is not exactly my forté. From a young age, I’ve always had an eye for the unusual, the strange or the striking. I would rather become a creature brought back from the dead than have metallic eyelids and fluffy lashes.

Some of my favourite conversations surround makeup, and what it does for individuals in their lives, whether it be part of a routine of self-expression. This type of conversation, and those related, are the type I’m looking to have with my mentor. I have reached out to my mentor from last year and am currently waiting on a response. I have also gotten in touch with one of my mom’s friends who works as a representative for a makeup distribution company and has some expertise in the field. Hopefully I can finalize the details of the mentor-ship soon, however it is nice to know that I have people who are willing to help me already.

My main goal this year is to enjoy in-depth while it lasts, as this is my last year in Talons. To do this I will be attempting to learn how to apply makeup to people other than myself, as a true makeup artist can use any canvas. Additionally, I will be creating designs for all of my looks, to prevent my tendency of winging it, which often comes out sloppy, as well as showing the work and inspiration that went into each one, and photos (with permission) of the final result,  all organized in an album which will serve as a souvenir of one of the most amazing parts of being a Talon.

Once again, I’m looking forward to spending more time developing this passion of mine, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Let’s go In-depth 2019! It’s going to be a good time.