Becca Ashmon is one of Christy’s go-to makeup artists in Dallas/Fort Worth. In this episode, Christy interviews her and they talk about how Becca got into the industry, why being a makeup artist (MUA) is not for the faint of heart, how personality absolutely matters, and what brides can do to find the perfect MUA for their wedding day. Also, Becca shares her favorite makeup brands, and we talk about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and drag queens because OF COURSE WE DO.
From the world of high school and college theater, to the rooms of a sorority house pre-formal, to photographer’s assistant...Becca has HUSTLED since she was a teenager honing her craft. She talks about how ongoing education is imperative, and how she never turns down the opportunity to learn from someone she looks up to.
Becca is like a walking advertisement for sorority connections. By doing makeup for sorority sisters and friends for years, she curated a built-in client base. She talked about how much relationship building matters in this industry...which we totally agree about! If you are a bride looking for a MUA - you should absolutely do a trial and make sure that you LOVE her personality, and that you feel really great being around! And of course, you should love your face when you are in her capable hands.
For women of color, Becca has found several brands that she relies on for herself and for her clients:
Becca Cosmetics available at Sephora and Ulta - big range of colors
MakeUp Forever matte velvet - best for oily skin (and what Becca uses for herself)
Armani (if you can afford it!)
The ‘Smoky Eye’ - everyone wants it right now. But do we really even know what it is? The answer is most likely, no. It doesn’t mean black...and Becca explains how it’s more of a technique, involving fading.
Look for a MUA that can do TIMELESS, classic makeup. Becca uses the example of Celine Dion on her wedding day - her makeup stands the test of time. You don’t want to be able to pinpoint the decade by the look of your wedding makeup. Do whats perfect FOR YOU.
Drag Queens. Christy and Becca totally bond over their love and respect for these professionals.
Links we referenced
www.babeautytx.com - Becca’s website!
https://www.instagram.com/babeautytx/ - Becca on Instagram
https://www.scottbarnes.com - Body Makeup by Scott Barnes - Becca LOVES his body makeup. And he’s Erika Jayne’s makeup artist and we LOVE Erika Jayne
“Quality Products are important - there are quality products for 8$ and there are quality products that are 80$... Until the day I die, L’oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black, until forever.” Becca, when Christy pushed her for her favorite budget mascara
“If a client can’t see themselves in your body of work, they aren’t going to hire you.” - Becca, on why diversity in your portfolio is super important
“Don’t spend $1000 on your shoes and then $50 on your makeup. Your shoes will be in 1 picture. Your face will be in every single one.” - Becca, truth
“If most people watched me do my own makeup, they would say it’s ‘Drag Level’ makeup. And let me be very clear: it is. It is. I was a theater kid!” -Becca, who explains that her face can take it
“I do spend a lot of time at Target and watching Bravo. More than anyone probably should” - Becca, Priorities
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