Red Hot Annie, Burlesque make-up artist, Interview

Red Hot Annie specialises in burlesque-inspired make-up

Red Hot Annie is a professional make-up artist from Chicago. Spending a lot of time doing hair and make-up for catalogues, commercials, and corporate clients, most of which require basic, clean looks, Annie was eager for more. So it was a special treat when her favourite Chicago-based photographer, Callie Lipkin, asked her to do tutorial make-up videos that showed the process of applying a more dramatic, burlesque look for her Women on Top burlesque series in 2010.

Asking two burlesque performers from her production company, Vaudezilla, she created a make-up look that is typical of burlesque, employing an editing technique which speeds up the process so you can see what it looks like in the time lapse.
Annie would like to say a special thanks to Wham Bam Pam and her friend, Maria, for being a part of the project.
1. Why did you decide to get into the beauty industry?
I stumbled into the beauty industry.  I started as a pinup model, and I would do my own hair/makeup for shoots.  I met a local photographer, Joe Branske, who mentored me through the “how-tos” of being a make-up artist, which I immediately fell in love with!
2. You specialise in Burlesque make-up, what do you like about this look?
I really love dramatic looks – so having the opportunity to put those looks on other people is a really fun part of being a make-up artist.  I’m surrounded by a lot of great Chicago artists, who inspire a lot of the looks I like to create.
3. What’s the best beauty tip you’ve learnt to date?
I think my favourite beauty tip is to have a lighter concealor or foundation handy in your kit for covering under-eye circles – it’s one of the most overlooked steps in makeup application.  Most of what we learn about applying make-up is stuff we learned from watching our mom or older sister, and we watch them apply make-up like a mask, forgettting that the whole point of foundation is to make your skin look flawless and well-rested.  Spot coverage of darker pigmented areas is critical!
4. Who are your beauty icons?
As a burlesque-lover, one of my beauty icons is Dita Von Teese.  I also love Tyra Banks & Salma Hayek because they rock some pretty dramatic looks, but aren’t afraid to be more natural, when necessary.
5. What do you enjoy the most about your job?
My favourite part of being a make-up artist is making people feel good about themselves.  I like working with people to find a perfect look.  It’s really gratifying when someone looks into a mirror and says, “Wow.”
6. What’s the best project you’ve ever worked on?
Here in Chicago, I collaborate regularly with Callie Lipkin, who is always cookin’ up some sort of special project.  I’ve worked with her on her burlesque-related projects the last couple of years, including a series on “Everyday Burlesque” which juxtaposed burlesque performers in every day situations (like shopping, taking a bath, holding a parking spot), last years “Women on Top” which showed burlesque dancers as an owner of a company, the president of the United States, and a banker, and this year, I got to be featured in her project called “Hysteria.”
7. What’s next for you?
I’ve been working on a business with my long-time makeup artist partner, Ashley Vest, where we provide make-up classes for everyday women who want to learn how to do their own make-up.  It’s called Beauty Parlor Chicago.

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