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Welcome back fancy fans to keep you in the know on who's hot we took some travel time and headed to Florida and got the privilege to meet hair and makeup artist Jarius Lamont. Makeup beauty and all its trends are on the rise and we wanted to get the inside scoop on how he does it all.
FF: Welcome Jarius and thank you for taking the time out to allow us this opportunity.
JL: No problem it's a pleasure to have a sit down with Fancy Fashion.
FF: Well our fans want to know first how did you get started?
JL: Well in a land far far away ( lol just kidding). When I made the decision to become a hair and makeup artist. I did my research by reading books such as “Behind The Chair” magazine and “Makeup Artist” magazine, watched various YouTube videos, in my early days, and took classes at various schools. While I try to figure out what kind of hair and makeup artist I want to become. Once I did that, I had to learn the business of hair and makeup artistry. Meaning, knowing how to negotiate rate to get top pay, writing contracts, building and organizing your portfolio etc. Meanwhile, in between all of that I had to build my skills and work on my technique.
FF: That's awesome, so you like so many of us took time, and put in real work to perfect the craft, and make it a reality for you.
FF: Alright, so from have built on everything and now being seasoned what are the most challenging areas of the industry?
JL: What I find to be challenging in this industry is consistent work, shady people and being different.
FF: It's definitely a competitive industry, and you see a lot just from a surface level with reality show's, and even those such as Project Runway, and America's Next Top Model.
JL: Yes, that's correct you gotta definitely pay attention and get a real in-depth feel of the environment of the industry your in.
FF: We love it! Next, how did you get past these, and what can beginners do to avoid if possible: do you have any stories or experiences to share?
JL: Working consistently can be a roller coaster, which is why you should have your hand in everything. Paid and free work, here’s the thing about working for free. Make sure it’s worth your time. As far as paid work, try to stick with industry standard rates. Also, KNOW YOUR WORTH! I can’t stress that enough.
FF: That's great advice, because I see a lot people struggle with the numbers and that it the bread and butter.
JL: Yes! I'm sure you know as well as I do that dealing with shady people is a job in it self. I had a situation where I was a good friend with a colleague of mine we worked together frequently. A job came up to do a celebrity client and this person turned on me so quick for that job. I don’t think I had a chance to think (lol). But I sat back and watched the story unfold. The story ended up being neither one of us got the job. My advice on that is be very careful how you approach certain situations, because you never know who's watching. The last thing you want is to have built a reputation of being argumentative, hard to work with, or anything else that portrays a negative image for that matter. Also, continuously be inspired and open to what could be your next big inspiration, and it may come in the most unlikeliest forms.
FF: That is a true statement! So Jarius tell us what are your areas of expertise?
JL: My expertise? I'm going to have to go with beauty. The reason being is that I am head over heels with makeup that looks like skin.
FF: Okay, we can dig it. Can you give us some quick tips for doing makeup on the go?
JL: Concealer! It’s okay to use it over or under your foundation. Some people prefer one to the other. My take on this is if you use it under your eye area under your foundation it is less of a highlight. If you use it over your foundation it’s more of a highlight.
Foundation on the go: I can’t you how many times I lost full bottles of foundation (The story of my life lol). To solve this issue go to your nearest beauty counter and ask for a few samples jars and store your preferred foundation in it and stick it in your makeup up bag. And refill it as needed =-). Now this will be doing a few things for you, like saving space, and you can get at least 1-3 faces out of it (depending on the coverage you like) and if you lose it who cares your not out of $36.00 (lol).
Lastly, matte lipstick! Honey, desert lips are never in fashion (lol). Before you apply your fab matte lipstick use a little chap-stick before and your lips will not feel or look so dry.
FF: OMGosh , no we can not do the thirsty lip look (laughing).
JL: (Laughing) Say that!
Well Jarius again, it was a pleasure doing this interview with you!
Beauty is more than superficial, it goes deep down into our souls to help us showcase our personality and skills. We just must remember to go after what we think makes us look and feel good, even if its only that cherry chap-stick. Fancy fashion definitely enjoyed this sit down, and will undoubtedly reconnect with Jarius Lamont to see what he's up to in the future.
Exclusively for fancy fans if you are in the Florida area and or will be traveling that way;
Jarius is doing a special for $20.00 off makeup appointment.
$50.00 credit toward hair service. (all makeup appointments must book within 48 hours of your event. Hair service credit excludes blowouts, haircuts, color retouch and relaxer retouch) ( Please email for all appointment bookings )
Go check him out on his social media connections:
Facebook: https://www. facebook.com/jariuslamont/
below you will find a slide show featuring his work.