When Liz Washer approached me about becoming a member of the Berkshire Wedding Collective, I was positively thrilled! Not only is she a super-talented makeup artist, but she's loads of fun and really savvy...so I knew I could turn to her for advice for a whole bunch of things! She's already been able to suggest some minor tweaks to our website, and I'm so excited about growing our businesses together. If you haven't already done so, be sure to check out her blog. She's such a talented writer (perhaps we'll see a guest post or two in the near future??), and I always look forward to her funny Facebook posts, too! Want to know more about this uber-cool chick? Read on!
Tara: Tell me how you first got involved with your business.
Liz: I did my very first wedding in 2005. It was so much fun, and I definitely got the bridal bug!
I got started years before that, and purely for the love of it. The big secret is I’m actually kind of a tomboy (shh, don’t tell anyone!), but I dabbled in 3-D model painting and blending colors as I was developing my artistic side. When I started doing makeup, I quickly realized how much fun it was to exercise control over one’s appearance, confidence, and personal style. It’s amazing what a difference the little things can make!
I was hooked. I started out doing makeup on myself and friends, and spent years taking lots of close-up photos so I could see exactly how my work translated on camera (I’m a perfectionist that way) – pretty soon I was doing makeup on everyone who would sit still long enough. From there, I began studying and getting as much training as I could while building my portfolio, and officially launched my business in 2009.
Since then, I’ve worked on countless weddings as well as advertisements, catalogs, commercials, headshots, events, performances, fashion editorials, runway, and independent film. My work has been published in local and national magazines (both online and in print), featured in commercial campaigns, and I’ve even had the opportunity to work with a couple of celebrities. My specialty is clean, feature-enhancing, camera-ready makeup for women and men of all ages and complexions.
And the learning never stops… I regularly attend professional trainings and workshops, work with other artists in the field, and take on new challenges to keep my skills sharp. It’s safe to say that my efforts have snowballed into an amazing and enriching career!
Tara: What is the most surprising thing you've had happen to you on the job?
Liz: I've cried a few times - happy tears, of course. Usually because the bride's mom came over, saw how beautiful her daughter looked, and got choked up, which made ME get choked up. Waterproof mascara all the way!
Tara: What is something you like to do during your free time?
Liz: I'm an aspiring bass guitar player, so I practice as often as I can and take a weekly lesson. Of course, I spend more time than I ought to figuring out basslines to my favorite songs, rather than working on the technical exercises (!) I also take lots of walks with my dog, and I'm an avid reader.
Tara: When you travel, what do you like to do (food, relaxation, adventure)?
Liz: Food for sure! I also like exploring unfamiliar towns, going to museums (especially quirky ones - my favorite place in Vegas was the Neon Boneyard!) and checking out local cultural/entertainment hotspots. And I'm cool with relaxing in the shade, too.
Tara: What is the last book you read?
Liz: Sellevision by Augusten Burroughs.
Tara: What is the best advice you've ever received?
Liz: A dream without action is just a wish.
Tara: Which movie genre do you prefer?
Liz: Action/Adventure. I love James Bond and movies based on comic books (even though I don't really read comic books). On the other side of the coin, I will watch a documentary about almost anything.
Tara: What is the last movie you saw in theaters?
Liz: Catching Fire.
Tara: Which music genre do you prefer?
Liz: Uneasy listening. ;)
Tara: How do you like your steak cooked?
Liz: Still mooing. (Just kidding! But definitely on the rare side of medium rare.)
Tara: Tell me something most people don't know about you.
Liz: Thanks to a song I learned in grade school, I can recite the names of all fifty United States in alphabetical order. (Don't ask me to name the capitals, though.)