Dear Diary...

A week ago, I was up to my elbows in glitter creating a new beauty shoot featuring soon on Black Magazine ... 

Behind the Scenes shot on INSTAGRAM - beccagilmartin

Behind the Scenes shot on INSTAGRAM - beccagilmartin

All of a sudden I noticed my Instagram and Facebook going slightly crazy. The reason? The ABIAs Finalists had been announced and I had made the cut. Very cool.

 

Being a finalist is a nice 'tip of the hat' to every artist to acknowledge that despite days of feeling like everyone else in the world knows exactly what they are doing except you... who just seems to make it all up as they go... is on some sort of 'right track'. Its a very cool list to be on. I am amongst some gorgeous people x

 

The past few months have been pretty amazing for me in regards to creative and professional satisfaction... some of which still has not been released and so I am limited to what I can share. The announcement of being a finalist definitely helped soothe my post USA blues... 

Last November I took a trip to the Joshua Tree Desert to body paint for Kimbra... what we created hasn't been released as yet... however Kimbra is drip feeding us teasers from her album cover shoot. Joshua Tree Desert is certainly a special place that I would like to return to with a bunch of friends... crack open some wine and relax for the weekend. Makeup and Hair for this shoot was done by the uber talented Justin Henry. 

I can't wait to share about this project!

My last trip to LA a couple of weeks ago was only supposed to be a part of my mini break to NYC after IMATS... however I ended up staying slightly longer than planned and was Kimbra's Makeup Artist for her new single, 90s music. 

The clip isn't released as yet... however you can hear the single here:

Before I was In LA.. I was in NYC for two weeks. If you have the latest copy of Makeup Artist Magazine issue 108 you may have seen me nestled int he wrap up story about IMATS NYC.

I traveled to NYC to speak at IMATS NYC about my course, its philosophies as well and my upcoming book. 

My model, Mike Perfetuo , flew from LA to be my model as well as allow me to paint him and his identical twin brother in two series of body art shoots (yet to be released)

Here are some sneak pics...

More Rorschach ink tests which I thought quite fitting as Mike and Matt are mirror image identical twins. Image on instagram beccagilmartin

More Rorschach ink tests which I thought quite fitting as Mike and Matt are mirror image identical twins. Image on instagram beccagilmartin

A quick social media break with the boys during the first shoot of my trip.. the inspiration behind this shoot is a conversation around how we judge ourselves when we look at our own reflection... this paint turned into something quite different from what you see here. I was assisted by the lovely  Lindsay Schwebke image from Instagram beccagilmartin

A quick social media break with the boys during the first shoot of my trip.. the inspiration behind this shoot is a conversation around how we judge ourselves when we look at our own reflection... this paint turned into something quite different from what you see here. I was assisted by the lovely  Lindsay Schwebke image from Instagram beccagilmartin

As I started getting ready for my IMATS presentation in my hotel room... I had to keep reminding myself to treat this like any other presentation... the fact that I was about to speak for the first time in America about my course and book was causing some excitement!

Here is a visual wrap up from the day at IMATS

Mikes front is done... almost... the hotel room is chaos but we are all feeling excited.

Mikes front is done... almost... the hotel room is chaos but we are all feeling excited.

The text is the french interpretation of the phrase from Moulin Rouge "The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return"... a dedication to someone I once loved who is no longer here. The flower is part of the new book I am working on 'We The Painted'.

The text is the french interpretation of the phrase from Moulin Rouge "The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return"... a dedication to someone I once loved who is no longer here. The flower is part of the new book I am working on 'We The Painted'.

costume on backstage... final touches... ready to rock and roll!

costume on backstage... final touches... ready to rock and roll!

Showtime! Explaining the concept of using MINDSET and BODYART as a training tool for yourself to increase your skills as a makeup artist... as well as achieving confidence and a whole range of benefits difficult to list in an hour time slot. FINALLY I get a shot on stage where I am not pulling a face. 

Showtime! Explaining the concept of using MINDSET and BODYART as a training tool for yourself to increase your skills as a makeup artist... as well as achieving confidence and a whole range of benefits difficult to list in an hour time slot. FINALLY I get a shot on stage where I am not pulling a face. 

The orchid is actually one of the exercises in my upcoming book 'We The Painted' I will pop a link to the step by step preview at the end of this blog x

The orchid is actually one of the exercises in my upcoming book 'We The Painted' I will pop a link to the step by step preview at the end of this blog x

Its safe to say 'Makeup Excellence using Body Art' will be a success in the USA.... and that is very exciting for me!

Its safe to say 'Makeup Excellence using Body Art' will be a success in the USA.... and that is very exciting for me!

Final pic by Last x Witness 

Final pic by Last x Witness 

posing for pics after the demo... more like having a giggle and trying to pose normally.

posing for pics after the demo... more like having a giggle and trying to pose normally.

My NYC peeps! In possibly the most unflattering lighting *sigh* (L to R) My assistant from my first shoot with the boys... Lindsay Schwebke, me, Mike Perfetuo, Matt Perfetuo and my gorgeous assistant for IMATS, Zoe Tranter

My NYC peeps! In possibly the most unflattering lighting *sigh* (L to R) My assistant from my first shoot with the boys... Lindsay Schwebke, me, Mike Perfetuo, Matt Perfetuo and my gorgeous assistant for IMATS, Zoe Tranter

One of my favourite shots of the day... Before and After.... ha ha ha ... Mike (R) and Matt (L) www.perfetuotwins.com

One of my favourite shots of the day... Before and After.... ha ha ha ... Mike (R) and Matt (L) www.perfetuotwins.com

IMATS NYC was an amazing experience... walking around afterwards with Mike was definitely a slow process for the amount of people interested to stop us and ask all about what we were up to... The atmosphere at IMATS was electric and made me want to travel to all the different IMATS in the world. The amount of amazing speakers, demonstrations at different stands, the products and resources available was impressive. Easily a place to be inspired, overwhelmed and well worth the trip. If you can... go!

I created a handout for the people at NYC IMATS and can share with you now.

If you aren't familiar with 'Makeup Excellence using Body Art'... the principal is you use MINDSET practice and BODYART practice to train your way to a stronger Makeup career... quite like a Makeup Artist Bootcamp.

The link below is a preview of one of the exercises. You do not need a model.... just practice on yourself. Often.

 

Click the link below to download your free exercise and tag

#beccagilmartin

#makeupexcellenceusingbodyart

in an instagram pic!

I will soon be announcing my final 2014 dates for 'Makeup Excellence Using Body Art' in Australia... and soon USA dates!

Classes can be arranged on request. Please email becca@beccagilmartin.com for more information.

I class where breakthroughs happen for everyone. I love what I teach and can't wait to take it around the world.

B x