Behind the Scenes with Hair and Makeup by Natalie Grace
This week my friend Natalie and I did something super fun. For those of you who don’t know her, Nat is an absolute star!!! She is a freelance hair and makeup artist who is insanely skilled at what she does, working weddings, events, photoshoots, as well as prom and homecoming. She manages her own business full time, is simultaneously a college student, as well as the sweetest and most authentic friend. How she does it all I will never know, but she is truly incredible and soooooo beyond talented! I wanted to write a blog post featuring her and her amazing work and give you all a little insight into what her job looks like day to day, some of her favorite products, and more.
Last week we met up for dinner at Surin (which is hands down our most favorite restaurant ever) and talked details then went to her house for her to do my makeup and discuss all of the ins and outs of what she does. When she first pulled out her big kit full of makeup, she began to lay it all out and explained to me how she sets it up the exact same way every time she does a client. She told me how she loves doing lots of different makeup looks but it’s important to her to accentuate the natural features a girl has and typically goes for a “natural glowy” look. I loved how she was so willing to explain it all to me and eager for me to learn from her as she was doing my makeup. We chatted about everything from the “why” behind her business, to how she first got started, her go-to lip color, and more! We decided the best way to do this for you all to get the most accurate and direct information was to do a bit of an interview style post, so below I have included the questions I asked her and her responses.
How did you first get started doing hair and makeup professionally?
"I kinda got shoved into it hahaha people kept asking me and I kept winging it- so I watched every Youtube video I could find and kept practicing and posting until people that I didn't know started hiring me. Then I got more training from people who do weddings like I wanted to do and somehow here I am.”
What are your go-to, favorite products of all ?
“Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, Two Faced Born This Way Foundation, Becca Color Corrector, and Essence Pure Nude Highlighter. Best makeup everrrr”
Do you have any advice for those trying to manage their own business and do college at the same time?
“I was horibleeeee at time management starting out college. You really have to work hard at getting everything done early and well. I’m still working on that part.”
What is your favorite/the best part about doing what you do? What’s the hardest part?
“The best part of my job is getting to be with families and brides on one of the biggest days of their lives. I get to make the bride feel beautiful and to prepare her to stand in front of her future husband and the Lord and make a huge commitment. I don’t think I’ll ever get over weddings. The love in those churches and venues overflows- it’s a blessing to witness every weekend. The hardest part would probably be having to give up a lot of my weekends with my girls and fun random stuff they get into. I have to miss a lot of football but it’s TOTALLY fine because this is the day of my week.”
Do you have any drug store favorites for those of us ballin’ on a budget?
“I’m such a big drugstore junkie: Essence Pure Nude Highlighter is a dupe for Laura Mercier Highlights for less than 5 bucks. Rimmel Stay Matte Powders are the bomb, anything Morphe, Morphe sponges instead of Beauty Blenders is a new love, L’Oreal Lash Paradise Voluminous Lash Mascara- I don’t buy nice mascaras anymore, and my secret weapons: Milani Lipliner #4 and Maybelline Daringly Nude Lipstick. SO MANY GOOD THINGS wow I love makeup.”
What are your favorite brushes to use?
“I’m a big fan of Real Techniques brushes and Morphe, but when I’m feelin’ boujee I get IT Cosmetics or Sonia Kashuk brushes".”
What hair products can you not live without?
“Texture Powder and Texture Spray. Kristen Ess everything!!!!”
What order do you do your makeup in? Is there a specific way that works better than another?
“Ya know, every makeup artist I know does everything, I mean everythinggg different. Even the ones who have very similar styles do every step different. I preferably do eyes first so I can smudge and pack on pigments without a lot of fallout on makeup I already perfected. It just works out a lot better for me :)”
What’s the best makeup remover you’ve found to completely get rid of it after you’ve washed your face?
“I’m a big fan of the Garnier Micellar Water that has the blue top. It gets me goooood.”
What’s your skincare routine?
“My guilty pleasure. Skincare. Where to begin. I wash my face with very basic wash like CeraVe or Cetaphil. I exfoliate every other day with a Mario Badescu scrub. Everything Else is Drunk Elephant brand. Protini Moisturizer and Vitamin C Serum have changed my skin. If I need a clearing mask I always reach for Origins 10 Minute Mask- I swear it works miracles.”
As you can tell, Natalie is amazing and so knowledgeable and talented at what she does!!! I had so much fun spending this evening with her learning more about hair and makeup and seeing her do her thing. Since she did my makeup at night we didn’t have great natural light to take photos in, but I’ll include an unfiltered, awkward selfie I took in my bathroom when I got back home since there’s pretty good light there. We are going to do this again sometime soon in natural light, but I wanted y’all to see how it turned out tonight! She made me feel like a superstar.
Nat is seriously amazing, if you’re interested in seeing more of her work or potentially booking her for an event, check out her Instagram account!!! She’s currently booking for 2019 already (WOW) so definitely get on it sooner than later.
Also, I had the pleasure of assisting Natalie for a wedding this weekend and loved seeing her so in her element, watching how she interacts with the wedding party, and just the overall positive energy she contributes to the day. Nat, you’re incredible and I am so excited to see you continue to grow and expand your already thriving business. So proud to call you a friend and have the honor of getting to watch you do your thing and do it SO well!