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My Test Shoot Nightmare: Dealing with a Rude Makeup Artist

In the world of modeling, test shoots are essential for building a portfolio and gaining experience. Unfortunately, my recent test shoot turned into a nightmare when I encountered a rude and disrespectful makeup artist. In this blog post, I will recount my experience and emphasize the importance of having a supportive makeup artist for a successful shoot.

The Negative Attitude:

From the moment I walked into the studio, it was evident that the makeup artist had a negative attitude. He seemed overwhelmed and annoyed by the influx of models arriving for the shoot. Despite my attempts to be friendly and engage in conversation, he brushed me off as if my words meant nothing to him. It was disheartening to be treated this way, especially since it was my first encounter with such behavior in the industry.

An Unpleasant Encounter:

As I sat in the makeup chair, hoping for a more positive experience, things only took a turn for the worse. While he was applying my lashes, I spoke as I usually do when makeup artists engage with me. However, instead of a friendly response, he got in my face and sternly warned me not to move, emphasizing the potential danger involved. I reassured him that I was accustomed to conversations during makeup application and that I would be careful. Unfortunately, this led to a series of abuses as he became heavy-handed with the foundation, almost jabbing my face with the brush.

Putting on a Brave Face:

Despite the mistreatment, I managed to maintain composure and put a pause button on my feelings. I thanked him for his work, gathered myself, and focused on giving my best during the photoshoot. It was disheartening to realize that I had paid for a makeup artist with such a bad attitude, but I refused to let it ruin the opportunity to showcase my skills in front of the camera.

The Importance of a Supportive Makeup Artist:

This unfortunate experience has taught me the importance of carefully choosing a makeup artist, even for test shoots. A makeup artist should be not only skilled in their craft but also supportive and positive on set. The energy they bring to the shoot can significantly impact the overall atmosphere and the model's confidence. It is crucial to prioritize finding professionals who genuinely care about their clients' success and well-being.


Although my test shoot was marred by the rude behavior of the makeup artist, I managed to rise above it and deliver a successful photoshoot. This experience has made me more discerning in selecting makeup artists for future shoots, ensuring that I surround myself with professionals who are not only talented but also respectful and supportive. Remember, your choice of makeup artist can greatly influence the overall outcome of your shoot, so it's vital to prioritize a positive and collaborative working environment.


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