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Meet Carsen LaBella of Carsen LaBella Makeup Artist in East Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carsen LaBella.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Carsen. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
A decade ago, I moved to LA from Washington, DC, by way of Boston with a theater degree from Emerson College and a no real plan. I had zero professional experience in makeup and I had never even considered it as a career path. I started working in television as a production assistant on “My Name Is Earl” and, while there, I observed all the departments to see which job I would enjoy most. This experience ultimately led me to pursue the makeup department. I trained myself on any small job I could get and began assisting other artists whenever opportunities arose. Apprenticing with established makeup artists was the best on-the-job training I could get and I feel very luck for those people that were so open and honest with me about how to become a better artist in the early stages of my career.

By the time I starting training, HD cameras in television and film were the new standard. HD brought new importance to makeup and how it was applied. Everything had to look flawless, yet lightweight and completely natural. This helped me established my style as a light handed makeup artist. I like to bringing my clients natural beauty out using makeup to enhance their features, not overpower them.

Over the years, my client base has grown beyond the film and entertainment industry. I enjoy the mix of creativity demanded by film and the more personal one-on-one work with clients. Over the past year, I’ve worked on a feature film, a travel Food Network show among many other productions, plus I’ve worked with bridal and other special-event clients, including celebrities on red carpets.

I love that my career is creative and offers something different and interesting every day!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been bumpy at times, but those struggles helped me learn and grow as an artist and business woman. The entertainment industry is a challenging, mystical beast. One may never know how to conquer it, but if you are having fun doing it, hold on tight and enjoy the ride. One challenge is knowing every production has an end and your next gig is never guaranteed. Success requires believing in yourself and seeing the bigger picture. I’ve learned over the years to be productive and enjoy the downtime between projects and trust that something great is right around the corner.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Carsen LaBella Makeup Artist – what should we know?
I love film-making and being on a crew. The creative energy fuels me and it’s fun to be part of a team working toward a common goal. This stems from my theater background. But, because filming hours can be grueling, I’ve found I need other outlets to continue earning a living outside the industry so I don’t burn out doing what I love.

I work with photographers, often creating natural camera-ready looks similar to what I do for film. It’s comforting for actors getting headshots done to know this is how I would make up their faces if they were on set. I want people to look and feel like themselves on their best day!

The same philosophy applies to my bridal clients. Many brides do not want the over-polished/ over-done look; some have never had professional makeup before their wedding day. For me as a makeup artist, it is a delicate balance to create a glamorous look worthy of the occasion, while preserving the individual’s natural beauty and making sure she feels like herself. I work hard to bring tons of positive energy that day to enhance the experience. It’s such an important day and it’s a privilege to share such an intimate moment in someone’s life!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I’ve always had a natural ease talking to people and making acquaintances. Because makeup artists have to touch people’s faces it’s an intimate interaction right from the start, I need to establish a trust and sort of a friendship right off the bat to make the whole thing less awkward. I’m lucky this part comes naturally to me.

I think the other quality my clients really appreciate is my obsessive cleanliness and organization. There’s nothing more off-putting than an unclean workspace that makes people wonder if your brushes are even sanitary. I take this type of professionalism very seriously and pride myself in a well-presented kit.

Contact Info:

2016 MTV Movie Awards held at Warner Bros. Studios – Arrivals
Featuring: Hannah Hart
Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 09 Apr 2016
**Not available for publication in Germany**

Image Credit:
Marie Buck Photography, Mary Costa Photography

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