On The Scene: WeTV's SWV Reunited 2 Promo Shoot!

By | 8/29/2014 Leave a Comment

Hello Beauties!

I can finally share this post! lol I had to wait until the show aired!
Watch SWV REUNITED on weTV Thursdays @10pm & 9pm central!

One of the goals on my vision board for 2014 is to work on set of a television show. As you can see in the photo above, I'm able to check that off my list. Myself and two other makeup artists (Alexandra Butler @themuaalex and Geno Freeman @genotheartist) who are no rookies to the green screen are responsible for the makeup looks seen in WeTV's SWV Reunited promo pics and videos. Alex was paired with Coko, Geno w/ Taj, and myself w/ LeLee. 
LeLee Lyons Social Cam: Make Me Look HOT! Video of LeLee & I on set. 

Though I'm excited to share about this opportunity, I am not here to gloat (like most folk do). One thing that I feel makes my blog special is not only that I'm a Makeup Artist/ Beauty blogger, but I actually share what goes on behind the scenes. I'm not afraid to expose my imperfections, and I'm not afraid to share my growth/journey as a makeup artist. I can't sit here and make Makeup Artistry look easy, it'd be a lie.  I want to share the "I should have or should not have done" thats with you.  So that's what I'm about to do.
Here are a few things everyone should know gearing up for their first day working with on a green screen or television set.

1. On Set you receive little to no direction/ instruction. 
This is a given in the beauty industry. You have to know your stuff. No one is going to hold your hand or babysit you on set.  Though on a TV set for the first time, magazine shoots don't go much differently. They show you what the client is wearing and you create the look from there. From time to time, on magazine shoots vision boards are created for some direction, but be prepared just they aren't available to you. One thing you can do to practice is recreate looks from magazines. Any magazine! Rip a page out, find yourself a model and recreate the look from the spread. This help train the eye and sharpen your technique. 

2. The makeup won't look the same once your client is moved to the green screen. 

The lighting in the Makeup room is different from they way they light the set. The green screen brings out a lot of yellow tones. Its important to be able to adjust to the lighting, or apply makeup in a way that lighting changes won't reveal flaw(s).  So next time I'm graced with the opportunity, I will tone down the highlight and do a less dramatic eye. You live and you learn right!? I'm writing this blog post because I wish I found a post like this the night before my SWV gig...cause I sure did search for one. I was nervous! LOL
Green Screen Candid's of LeLee

3. Must Have Thick SKIN!

If you are a makeup artist, this is also a given! Whether your client is a celeb or not, if they or the producer don't like what you did and asks you to fix it, just do it! Don't take it personal, nobody is attacking you. If anything they are helping you. You're work is going to appear before the world, make sure it represents you.


Set makeup really puts your knowledge and technique to the test. The things you once felt you got down, you suddenly realize you don't at all. I promise for half a second I was like, "awe damn...I don't know how to do makeup anymore!!!" Anyway, Brush up on your skills. Go back to the basics! If you had to focus on one thing, I would say focus on SKIN!!! There is NO NEED for more than 2 eyeshadows with TV Makeup! I didn't know then, but I know now! Next time, I will keep it simple. 


None of this is to discourage or scare you! The conversations I've had with other makeup artists about this have all gone the same. We all have our horror stories/times we wish we did something different. This post is to say, prepare for your  moment the best you can. Be mindful of these things listed above. I feel like I'm leaving so much out because a lot happened that day. If you happen to be a more experienced makeup artist reading this post and you have advice that would be beneficial to myself or my readers...please....leave them in the comments. 

Overall outside of the changes I would've made to the eyeshadow and highlight/contour....hell everything, I did pretty good for a first timer. Also, LeLee has reached out to me for makeup a number of times after this! She even tagged me in a post as one of her favorite makeup artists, so I couldn't have bombed as bad as I feel I did. However, when the opportunity presents itself again, I will apply these changes and let you know how it goes. I have the feeling that it won't be long after the interview I just had to work on another hit tv show! Time will tell all....

I'll keep you all posted! 

Don't be afraid to fall, Don't be afraid to shine! 

Until Next Time,
<3 Bee


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