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Meet Trailblazer Jacqueline Murillo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacqueline Murillo.

Jacqueline, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My interest in makeup started at a young age, I remember renting my first horror movie called “Hellraiser”. Now, the main character called “Pinhead” his character had prosthetic nails all over his head, and that fascinated me! Who? How? I wanted to know everything about this makeup application. Once I got older, I knew makeup was the career I wanted to learn. Finishing high school, I enrolled in a makeup school, I wanted to know everything there is to makeup! During school, I was extremely passionate to start my carreer. I worked every freelance job I can lay my hands on. One day, while on set, I met an actor. He assured me he loved my work ethic and would refer me to his friend who own’s a Makeup FX studio. These shops provide prosthetic pieces, designs, hair work, everything that fascinates you about a character on a movie they do it! I smiled, said thank you and finished my job for the day. So many promises in this career field, I thought nothing of it. Little did I know, this man held his word! He referred me, I was an intern, then landed a full time job at the studio. From there on, my film credits include X-men First Class, Zoo Keeper, and Wolverine to name a few! Few years later, I am still freelancing in all aspects of makeup. Being versatile for my clients, and establishing myself as an artist.

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?
Becoming a makeup artist definitely wasn’t easy, but it’s not difficult. First, decide what type of makeup artistry you would love to work on. Brides, Union, TV, Print, etc. There are lots of work out there and social media has intimidated and inspired lots of artists. When I started, social media was just starting, so use it to your advantage! Apply at your local makeup counter, you will be learning the fundamentals of skin and makeup while your getting paid! Your cliental will build up with time, be patient and network any chance you got. School isn’t for everyone’s budget, but if you want to learn from professionals in the working industry, I recommend it. I loved the teaching I received, some provide daily work postings, internships, and offer free classes by working professionals, etc. Find, and research what works for you.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Makeup Artistry by Jackie – what should we know?
I am a makeup artist who specializes in beauty makeup. I am also known as a makeup special FX artist who worked in the Film/Television features. My biggest accomplishment as a makeup artist would be receiving film screen credit on blockbuster movies. Establishing myself as a business owner, connecting and growing with my clients. What sets me apart from others? The motive to stay creative, creating your own brand and identity as an artist sets you apart from all other makeup artist’s. Style, technique, personality, etc., those are things only one person can provide. Being yourself is what others truly respect and sets you apart.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
Books that would inspire an upcoming makeup artist would be Making Faces & Face Foward by Kevin Aucoin. About Face by Scott Barnes and Fine Beauty by Sam Fine.

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Getty Images, Khris Griffis photography

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