MUA Outfits??

16 posts
1 May 2012
CBavage
Make Up Artist
CBavage
Hello fellow MUAs Just a general question really (and i feel silly for asking) What do you wear to photoshoots? During my course one tutor kept pushing me to buy white smock type things, and I do have one - but i dont like wearing it. My preference is for simple and comfortable (black trousers white t-shirt or top) What is your preference?
Posted 1 May 2012
Edited by CBavage 1 May 2012
ClaireShipman
Make Up Artist
ClaireShipman
Black, usually nearly all black sometimes with different trousers but  nearly always black or grey on top but it is a personal preference. I almost always end up with foundation or lipstick on me, so would very rarely wear white. Black is easier to get clean.

To be honest I wont say your tutors wrong but some white will reflect light onto your models face possibly effecting the base colour of her / his skin and making it harder for you to judge the actual skin colour where as black absorbs light.

Mostly all mua's *I know* (Not everyone) wear black unless they are on TV then they dress up a bit maybe even in colour lol!

Black certainly looks smarter especailly when people love taking bahind the scenes shots, so always be prepared lol!

Hope this helps












Posted 2 May 2012
Edited by ClaireShipman 2 May 2012
simplydivine
Make Up Artist
simplydivine
I agree with Claire's full answer. Just to add my bit... I tend to wear black mostly, but also just coloured tops with black trousers or black or blue jeans. Depends on where I am going (studio or location) I wear comfortable tops and usually layered as I never know what the temperature is going to be like, sometimes it's freezing in a studio sometimes it's hot, I tend to get hot when I'm working so peel the layers off. Obviously it can be cold on an outdoor location shoot (in this country at least lol) I think the beauty tunics are too formal and restrictive, and I'm not a therapist in a salon so don't want to dress/look like one. I like to be comfortable as I can be bending over or kneeling on floor, or what ever and don't want to worry about getting "dirty " in white. If I'm working with girls in my team I got us all black t- shirts which are logoed with my company name, and we wear black trousers or leggings which ever the girls are comfortable with, and if needed black cardigan, jacket, or waistcoat for warmth. Also flat or comfortable shoes or boots as days can be long and hard on the feet Hope this helps you Karen x
Posted 6 May 2012
ClaireShipman
Make Up Artist
ClaireShipman
Good point Karen, a lot of studios are freezing! So layer up And I just near to share this site, amazing T shirts from Give good face: http://givegoodface.spreadshirt.com/you-had-me-at-mascara-C83576
Posted 10 May 2012
simplydivine
Make Up Artist
simplydivine
agree Claire, I love Jordan Liberty's t shirts they are fab and have fun logos I saw someone online the other day wearing one that said "this is not a magic wand" with a brush next to it ... love it
Posted 12 May 2012
ClaireShipman
Make Up Artist
ClaireShipman
Haha There amazing!!! I think that one is a tiny bit offensive hence why I've not ordered it, funny though!
Posted 14 May 2012
emirose
Model
emirose
I'm not a make up artist but I do have a qualification in make-up application and worked with models through doing my course. We were taught to wear plain black trousers, black flat shoes (and socks/tights) and a black smock top (I think that's what they're called!)
Posted 14 May 2012
simplydivine
Make Up Artist
simplydivine
all colleges have their student in that kind of "uniform" but if you are freelance then as Claire and I have said is fine.
ps Claire yes it's a bit naughty that t shirt but made me smile.


Posted 3 June 2012
Secondskin
Make Up Artist
Secondskin
Well I must be the make up artist that breaks the mould then...haha as I hardly wear black and always dress to suit my creative mood and for whatever the shoot involves. If its a bodypaint...I dress in turbans, harem pants and all manner of scruffy, hippy baggy comfortable clothing!!lol. If its on location Im dressed like Im going to a festival..lol. Obviously if its a more discerning client, I scrub up...but what I never do is restrict my creative flow by feeling stuffy in a beauty tunic and clogs...ewww..Cant think of anything more likely to stop my creativity in its tracks!!lol
Posted 20 Sep 2012
Secondskin
Make Up Artist
Secondskin
Although I do like the odd themed day...Like sometimes I feel like being a 50s girl...or a bit gothic..or rock chic...I have fun with my clothes really.
Posted 20 Sep 2012
jessewalker
Make Up Artist
jessewalker
If you work on live TV/anything backstage like theatre you must must wear black or they won't even let you on set. But photoshoots and most other things like music vids etc are much more relaxed so i just wear whatever
Posted 20 Sep 2012
i usually wear something comfortable and usually my trainers as im standing a lot

Posted 11 Feb 2013
louiseshepherdMUA
Make Up Artist
louiseshepherdMUA
Im glad i found this as ive been thinking of changing my look as i always wear black trousers and long sleeved/short sleeved black t shirt but it feels so boring...id love to wear something to suit my own perosnal style but as another poster pointed out you just end up grafted!

Posted 23 Feb 2013
Fisherface
Make Up Artist
Fisherface
I wear whatever I'm comfortable in.  I always make sure I have a t-shirt or vest top on incase it gets really hot but also take something warm to wear.  You never know if a studio is going to have heating or not!

Posted 23 Feb 2013
Maloby
Photographer
Maloby
jessewalker

If you work on live TV/anything backstage like theatre you must must wear black or they won't even let you on set. But photoshoots and most other things like music vids etc are much more relaxed so i just wear whatever


From a photography point of view black is best.  For example, you may be in the studio for retouching makup – or helping out as an assistant on a TF shoot. If you wear a white/brightly coloured top it can show in the reflection of an eye shot/window etc. These reflections are not easily fixed in photoshop. Black will not cause the photographer any problems.
Posted 23 Feb 2013
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