Taking a break from her busy schedule, Sigma PRO makeup artist NZINGHA gave us a brief look into her makeup journey last week and a peek at what’s to come.
‘Music is all around me! It’s been the backdrop for everything I’ve ever done in the beauty business. My 25+ year journey as a pro makeup artist started in the music industry. Being on music videos and tours working with recording artists like Prince, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Sean “P Diddy” Comes, Missy Elliot, D’Angelo, Faith Evans, Lil’ Kim and more. I’ve also worked with film actors Will Smith, Terrance Howard, Mo’Nique, Gabby Sidibe, Queen Latifah, and countless others.
Currently, my work can be seen on several TV shows including Billions, POWER, and a new Netflix Original Series named ‘The Get Down’. My newest project, ‘The Get Down’, is a music inspired TV show where we’ve gotten to play with period makeup set in the 70’s-80’s.
On today’s shoot we are doing 70’s-80’s drag queen makeup! We pulled out all the glitter, shimmer and high drama makeup! It was just glorious to see all of the Artistry in one room. Rhinestone eyebrows glittery fuchsia blush and lots of disco music!
Today was day one of shooting the history of drag ballroom competition where “Vogueing ” is in order. So having to recreate some of the makeup of Drag’s legends was a bit of challenging because there were certain colors they used which aren’t available anymore. Our call time today was 5am which means I leave my home about 3:30 am, I arrived to set at 4:30, set up my station, making sure I have everything exactly where I need it to be. I take a 15minute breakfast and then after… let the show begin!
The makeup room we’re set up in today is home to 20 Makeup Artists and 20 Hairstylists and we had 200 extras! It was a mix of drag makeup and regular 70’s period makeup so the principal actors of course were first priority…all I can say is glitter was flying everywhere, lots of big show hair and neon ruffled gowns too. This shoot felt like was doing music videos all over again. All we needed was a black light for the neon makeup some of the actors were wearing. I’m normally the DJ in the makeup room I played everything from Donna Summer to Madonna. Even though it was a 10-hour shoot, the time flew by.
Being a freelance artist has allowed me to explore almost every medium, from working as a beauty editor for VIBE Magazine to doing makeup for film, TV, music, fashion and stage productions. I have focused on my pro MUA blog for the last 4 ½ years, The Glad Squad Files, where I share my advice for aspiring artists. Artist is a title that comes with a certain amount of freedom of expression from day to day, second to second.’
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