Lizzy Campbell isn’t your ordinary make up artist. Sure, she’s done runway, opened a school for make up artistry, print, commercials, tv pilots, and theater work. But she’s also an expert in showy, over the top work, like special effects make up and even teaches classes in make up design for zombies, sugar skulls, mermaids, and drag queens. DRAG QUEENS? I LOVE IT. Lizzy chats with me from her home studio about her background, love of MAC, and gives some great tips. I’ve included some photos of her stellar work, and you’ll find her Christmas Tree filled with MAC products on my Instagram (@lipgloss_addict). Find her YouTube Channel as Lizzy Campbell (or firstname.lastname@example.org), and on the web at www.makeupbylizz.com.
Lip Gloss Addict: So how did you get started as a makeup artist?
Lizzy Campbell: It all started in theater. As soon as I could drive, I was 16, I would go to the theater to do stage makeup. I did makeup for industrial videos, commercials, tv pilots.
LA: At 16? Wow! That is young! Did you go to school for makeup at any point?
LC: I went to Aesthetics school thinking it would teach me more and I ended up teaching there (laughter)! Then I started working for MAC and I still freelance for them. I started teaching ballerina mom’s how to do their kids makeup, and through MAC I got a lot of runway work. I had a class on Drag Makeup and eventually became the go to person in Mesa for drag queens (laughter)!
LA: I love drag queen makeup! What happened next?
LC: I started teaching again and then opened up my own school, The Academy of Aesthetics Arts and Sciences, which was open from 2005 to 2010.
LA: What happened?
LC: 2008 happened, unfortunately. The trouble with the economy hit us and we didn’t really recover. It was sad. It was a really successful program, we had people come from all over the country for our body paint and air brush program. I still teach at the International Academy of Hair Design, and I have classes. A couple of years ago I couldn’t teach enough zombie makeup classes! I also teach classes on Mermaid makeup, special effects,drag queen and sugar skulls. That is really popular right now, the sugar skull classes.
LA: What is the difference between doing lip gloss on a drag queen and in real life?
LC: In drag, bigger and bolder is always better. I love OCC’s Lip Tar for that, or my favorite is to take MAC’s clear Lip Glass and mix it with pigments.
LA: How many steps does it take for that look?
LC: Well, first you block it out with concealer, redraw the lip line, but only a pencil width outside the border or else it looks like a clown. Fill it in with the liner, then a super shiny pop of gloss makes it gorgeous. At MAC we always say pile it on until it drips off (laughter)!
LA: What is your favorite beauty line?
LC: MAC. It’s the most comprehensive line outside of a theater line and they have a GREAT discount for makeup artists.
LA: What is your best advice for applying lip gloss?
LC: Keep it to the middle of your lips so it doesn’t bleed out to the edges. Use a pro long wear lip liner underneath it, so it avoids the 90’s harsh liner look.
LA: What is your favorite lip gloss trend?
LC: I love the ombre look (ombre lips fade from one color to the next).
LA: How do they do that with lip gloss? I can figure it out with lip stick but not gloss.
LC: It’s lip liner. Start with a strong color and blend it out so the color and shading of the color comes from liner, then top with clear gloss. If the color comes from gloss, its all going to blend and turn to mud through the day.
LA: What lip gloss trend do you wish would go away?
LC: Super frosty nude lips.
LA: Oops. That is what I am wearing!
LC: No, that isn’t super frosty, its shimmer, and it’s not chalky.. Everyone thinks they want the ‘natural’ Kim Kardashian lips, or J-Lo natural lips. Honey, there is no such thing!
LA: I agree – there’s nothing natural about Kim (laughter). How man products are in that natural look?
LC: AT LEAST 4! Concealer, lip liner, lip stick, and lip gloss. And multiple colors of each one. All in the middle of that crazy contouring! It’s stage makeup, and not real life makeup.
LA: If you could only buy one gloss, what would you recommend?
LC: MAC clear Lip Glass. It’s a classic, and you can mix it with anything!