I attended a makeup class last weekend hosted by noted makeup artists Renny Vasquez and Tatiana Ward, otherwise know as “Beat Face Honey.” For the past couple of years makeup classes have become very popular among the beauty community. For a long time and to this day many people have been able to sign on to the internet and watch a video on YouTube to learn how to make their eyebrows look presentable or to master the steps needed to create a simple smokey eye.
Those who one day aspire to become a makeup artist or simply wants to make a bit of extra money doing makeup for her friends and family knows the value of these classes. Sometimes watching tutorials via the internet are just not enough. Rome wasn’t built in a day and no one wakes up knowing everything there is to know about makeup application. So in comes the genius idea for some makeup artists who have notoriety and have become successful in their own right; to teach some of the tips and tricks they used to get ahead in their careers.
The first I heard of an actual makeup class came via my social media access from makeup artist Alexandra Butler (themuaalex on Instagram). Alexandra offered a class a few hours long geared towards the makeup basics of how to highlight and contour the face, how to groom eyebrows, and how to blend eyeshadow looks on various different models. She targeted major US cities and went across the country teaching women how to create “A Beautiful Face.” I was unable to attend Alex’s first round of classes when she came to New York City last year because it sold out in a matter of hours and by the time I caught wind of the opening I had missed the opportunity. But I was excited to hear that she would be in town for another event ( I Love My Fro Presents WERK) where she was looking for face models to teach some of her class material. I jumped at the opportunity and even managed to get painted by her.
This year Alex offered two classes: A Beautiful Face 101, and A Beautiful Face 102. 101 is a basic training class and is necessary to proceed to 102. In the beginner class you observe her makeup application and are allowed to have questions answered and of course leave with various makeup and beauty tools all included in the package price. 102 is a bit more advanced and the attendees are required to bring some of their own makeup kit tools as well their own model and the attendee has hands on learning under Alex’s supervision. I think this is wonderful and applaud her for doing something that really is not done among makeup artists. No one wants to share their know-how for whatever reason. But anyone who is anyone knows that the beauty industry is not a monopoly… One can only benefit from sharing information. The client learns and the artist is compensated; therefore it is a win, win. I really wanted to attend the 102 class with Alex but since I had not formally attended her 101 class the previous year I decided to try a different approach.
I had long since been a subscriber to Tatiana Ward’s YouTube channel (BeatFaceHoney) and heard of some of her success and trials. So I was super excited to hear that she would be venturing on a new journey with celebrity makeup artist Renny Vasquez. I am ashamed to say that I had not heard of him before this, and have since known a name I will never forget. I attended the class where we sat for two hours with each artist respectively and learned all they were willing to share. Tatiana did her popular cut-crease and Renny did a smokey eye with highlight and contour. These two artists not only shared their artistry knowledge at the end of the class they opened their hearts and gave several ladies encouraging words and inspiring stories. I learned a lot of great tips from Renny. If I had to give any complaints about the Beauty and the Beat classes hosted by the duo it would be that Tatiana did not seem to have a lot of product knowledge and missed a lot of questions the audience had towards women of color. She also has to be mindful of word choice when it comes to speaking in front of a mixed crowd. All in all I give both classes my stamp of approval. If I had to recommend one over the other I would not be able to. Both classes offer different things and everyone should be able to benefit greatly!
What do you look for in a makeup class if you have ever considered attending one? Comment below.