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Monday, October 3, 2011

Makeup Artist Feature: Bean Bhandhal

This season of Western Canada Fashion Week, Row and I had our makeup done daily by a professional makeup artist by the name of Bean Bhandhal (or Beanu or Beanie Baby as we lovingly call her).  Bean was referred to us by Lydia Yapp, another brilliant makeup artist that we worked with for our Sustainable Fashion shoot.  Bean provided makeup artistry for numerous Western Canada Fashion Week shows this season, including Laura Dreger and Natasha Lazarovic. Bean is a wonderfully energetic, positive and fun-loving person, a light definitely shines in this woman!  On top of it all, she is an amazing makeup artist whose passion for life and her craft kept Row and I looking our best every night of fashion week.  She made us feel like Cinderella each night.  Thanks again fairy godmother!!  

A Pleasury Interview with Bean Bhandhal

A Pleasury: What drew you to makeup artistry?
Bean: I have always been interested in fashion and with that comes hair and makeup.  I work as an xray technologist and so I  dont really get to use my creativity.  My younger sister Tin Gill (House of Tin salon)  took a hair dressing course and it just made sense for me to take a makeup course.  I could not afford to quit my job to do a full time course so I took a part time course for 3 months and started my kit.  I played with the makeup and did lots of avant garde looks on my friends and family and over the last 3 and a half years I have self taught myself lots of new tricks.  My sister and I are now a power house for weddings, grads, or any special occasion.  We call ourselves "A Tin of Beanz."

A Pleasury: Are there any makeup trends that you are just loving right now?
Bean: Thanks to Kim Kardashian the "Smokey Eye" is a huge trend that everyone loves and wants.  I enjoy doing the smokey eye on most brides and I usually do it on myself whenever I go out for a night on the town.  I'm also loving the new colors this season; teal green and violets are everywhere.  The malls and magazines are filled with these awesome colors for fall.  I am a true 80's child and loooooove bright colors.  I would not use them on everyone but I definitely think everyone should play around with colors they would normally never use and most of the time they find something that they end up loving.

A Pleasury: You will be participating in the designers fashion show this season. Can you give us any hints or teasers as to what we might see?
Bean: I'm helping out with a few shows this season.  I'll be doing Natasha Lazarovic's show on Monday and just like her dresses, Natasha's makeup is usually crazy and out there which I love.   
A Pleasury: What’s the most sacred item in your makeup bag?

Bean: This is a really hard question because there are so many awesome products that  I absolutely love, but if I had to choose one it would be concealer.  It's amazing what a little bit of concealer can do.  I'm a firm believer in a little can go a long way and I put that in practice everytime I do makeup. 
A Pleasury: What advice would you share with aspiring makeup artists?

Bean: I'm still pretty fresh in the whole makeup scene but the best piece of advice I  received when I was first starting out was to practice and play with your makeup.  The more you use it the more comfortable you will feel with it and that's how you get confident in what you do. 

A Pleasury: Do you prefer doing stage/costume makeup or more natural looks?

Bean: I definitely prefer doing stage/costume makeup.  I like to think outside the box and I love experimenting on anyone willing to lend me their face.  I looove using colors and different textures; the more out there it is, the more pumped up I get.  Halloween is a great time to experiment and to get those creative juices flowing, and if you mess up it's all good  hahahaha.   

A Pleasury: Are there any upcoming projects that you’d like to share with our readers? What’s next on the horizon?

Bean: This year I took an airbrushing course and purchased my own compressor and airbrush gun.  I'm really getting into it, using it on all brides for foundation as it is light weight, long lasting and looks awesome in HD pics.  I'm also getting into body painting. It's a huge branch of makeup artistry and you can be really creative with it.  I've done a few temporary tattoos and I did one body tattoo that did take some time but the finished product was amazing and best of all is it's temporary so if you get sick of it, it will wash off in about 10 days.
Bean Bhandhal, Makeup By Bean
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