2015 Makeup was SCARY!!!

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

  
Honestly 2015 really did scare me with makeup!

Some things were meant only to be for photos, fashion shoots, Film and TV, NEVER was it to leave those realms! So What happened? How did all of this get so out of hand and become a craze? The look of American styled makeup is being ruled by Instagram and where’s the individuality? All I see is cookie cutter makeup on everyone AND…the oddity of it all is everyone thinks they’re unique!!!!!! 

So fashion makeup is always unique in a way that it can be aired down to the everyday 9-5 lady, style conscious ladies or to working mums. So why was I seeing so much of the crazy Instagram looks being worn on the streets? Most of those looks are ok for photos with a certain lighting of course but way toooooooo cake face for just walking down the street or grocery shopping, or laundry day. It’s like wearing 4inch Leboutins on a cobblestone street…it just ain’t makin’ it kid!!

Runway fashion looks can be avant grade however you can always modify it to make it work for your everyday wear if you are a makeup wearer/lover/enthusiast.  Here you can see some of the 2015 runway looks. One thing with all this Instagram and YouTube Beauty Vlogging one thing I’ve seen desperately neglected in it all is the serious desire for simply beautiful skin!!! Skin that could go without the cake. A lot of the look on 2015’s runway was flawless illuminated skin with a great stron lip or a strong eye with a no lip look.
 

I love makeup and always have loved it’s amazing ability to transform and give its wearer a sense of aesthetic freedom. Working with Models, Musicians and Actors affords me as a Makeup Artist to be able to go in and out of wearable day makeup, fantasy fashion makeup and even special effects makeup. I have to say I’m always watching what’s going on out there in everyday wear and people on the streets, they are a Pro Artists muse for the next projects perhaps. Some of the Instagram looks were fun but the truth is where is the everyday girl going with all of that on? Even in film and tv that much cake will not transfer well on film and too many adjustments would have to be made to accommodate the makeup which then changes the dynamic of how the show, movie or shoot will look overall.
  

Some of the looks are lovely but after a while this self indulgence will play itself out and the truth is its all the same cut crease eyeshadow, big lash, eyeliner and overdrawn lip on everyone’s posts! Here Jackie Ania (who I find to be hilarious) pokes fun again at last years looks in the everyday street wear makeup trends. But you know what scares me a lot more is to have to recreate that look on a set and have to make it work and translate on film. One thing I will say this era has definitely carved out a distinct look that represents itself  though it is a more angular precision updated 80’s-90’s influenced look. If you do the homework you’ll see what I mean.
Year end 2015 looks the same as 2014…

Year end 2014

 The other thing that really got scary in 2015 was the CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHTING thing!!! OMG!!! Enough already…it was not supposed to be like this…what did we start when we Pro Artist start giving the general public tricks that were only meant to be for film, tv and backstage?!?!?!? It was a wicked trade off it seems…you become a famous MUA but now people’s interpretation of your work gets misused in some cases and misconstrued in other cases. Some Artists were genuine in their sharing of the art form and others merely wanted to be household names leaving millions of women feeling ovewhelmed to keep up with celebrities and other women. MMMMMmmmmmm  

See here’s where the whole contouring thing takes on another life and is just once again misinterpreted and borders scary and the scariness of it all really is that it’s way too much and just who has time to just sit there all day and ring their eyes with liner all day and use their beauty blender just blending for hours? Does anyone go to work??? Hahahahahahaaaaa…I’m just saying. It’s so scary yet tragically funny at the same time. No real working professional MUA has the time to do all of this all the time unless it’s on the faces of others on a set somewhere. So is the question who has the best looking contour grid guide or the best finished product?
 

The other thing in closing is how in 2015 the consumer really clearly dictated to the beauty industry their want for more colors and contour palettes!!! Just about every major and non major brand on the market had contour palettes!!! JUST MASSIVELY CRAZY!!! Ok I’m done. Oh clink the link below for more 2015 madness.

http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/12/contouring-news-2015/slideshow/2015/12/23/the_year_in_contour/22-kimk-insta/

Tax time for the Freelance Artist…don’t be scared, be prepared!

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

Ugh!!! Tax time!!! WHYYYYYYY????!!!?!? The key word in FREELANCE is FREE right? 

Yes free is in the word freelance, BUT nothing is free in this world we live in with everything being taxed in some form or fashion. When you’re an Artist you may think this leaves you exempt from the way the rest of the world does things but no dear heart. You have to report your income just like everyone else in the world does. No one really lives of the grid except the homeless (and even they are on the radar somehow, crazy right?).

Okay, so with all that said how do you navigate all of this W2, W9, 1099 madness? Why does tax time really mean to us and do we really get tax returns as freelancers? Would it be better if I do it myself so I can get the most from my tax return? What if you are an Artist that is incorporated, how does that work in my favor or not? Mmmmmaybe it’s best to just find an accountant that is specific to Artists? Where do I begin to look for an “Artistic Acoountant” or Artist sensitive accountant ?

A W-2 reports your annual wages and the amount your employer already withheld to pay federal and state income, Social Security and Medicare taxes. Your employer sends you a copy and the IRS a copy. An IRS computer matches the information on it against your tax return — a.k.a your 1040 — so if the numbers on your W-2 are wrong, ask immediately for a corrected form. The same goes for any 1099s you’ve gotten reporting interest or miscellaneous income. You should receive all forms by hard copy by snail mail by early February.

   
 Okay let’s start here with what is know in the tax world as DEDUCTIONS. This is a basic list of typical expenses incurred by artists. You may have other things you may want to add. I have always been told that it’s best to save ALL receipts for anything I purchase and indeed I have made it a personal lifelong habit ever since I got into this Makeup/Entertainment Industry. So I keep ALL receipts! I file them two ways Neat Recipets App and with the Foreciepts App this way I don’t have to keep paper all over the house and if I need to do print outs I can do them all in one if I need to (just in case you ever get audited). When you’re dealing with any tax accountant be sure you let them know you have deductions even before they give you their pre-recorded, pre-memorized monologue (because they deal with so many people around tax time, you don’t want to fall into the cracks of not being able to get the most for your money).

Artist Deductions List

  1. Art supplies
  2. Books
  3. magazines
  4. reference material
  5. Business giftsBusiness insurance
  6. Business meals and entertainment
  7. Cabs, subways, buses
  8. Copying, printing
  9. Cultural events/ museum entrance fees
  10. Entry fees
  11. Equipment and software
  12. Film & processing
  13. Framing
  14. Gallery fees
  15. Gas and electric
  16. Internet
  17. Legal fees
  18. Memberships (museums, professional organizations)
  19. Messengers, private mail carriers, postage
  20. Office supplies
  21. Promotion
  22. Studio or home office rent
  23. Tax preparation
  24. Telephone
  25. TravelAgency/management fees
  26. Books, magazines, music
  27. Business gifts
  28. Business insurance
  29. Business meals and entertainment
  30. Cabs, subways, buses/automobiles
  31. Copying, printing
  32. Cultural events
  33. Equipment and software
  34. Film & processing
  35. Gratuities
  36. Home office: rent, gas & electric, insurance
  37. Instrument and equipment repair
  38. Instrument purchases
  39. Memberships (museums, professional organizations)
  40. Messengers, private mail carriers, postage
  41. Music library: dvds, videos, records, tapes
  42. Music supplies
  43. Musician fees
  44. Office supplies
  45. Promotion
  46. Studio/rehearsal space rent
  47. Tax preparation/legal fees
  48. Telephone/internet
  49. Theatrical clothing
  50. Travel

  
This is usually where it starts for most of us when we sign on to do a project W9 forms. This is what most companies use to list their employees and at the end of the year during tax time you are sent W2 from the company to file your personal taxes. All the deductions that have accrued during the time you’ve worked for that company and taxes you’ve had taken off your checks all begin with the signing of this form.

If you’re a freelancer or incorporated freelancer you should always have a copy of W9’s available in your home office just in case a clients accounting department requires you to fill one out in exchange for your services. Below please feel free to make your own copies in a PDF form so you can have them for yourself without having to pay for a form online (WINK, smile it’s gonna be okay).

      

    Here are some great reference sites I found to get smarter about your tax information and filing procedures. Fear of the  unknown is what can keep you in the dark. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s work smarter not harder in 2016. None of us Artists are perfect BUT I’m sure we all want to get better at navigating this money management and tax filing thing, right? I do hope this post was a bit helpful to someone somewhere.

    http://www.freelancetaxation.com

    http://www.artstaxinfo.com/artists.shtml

    http://growthgroup.com

    http://www.fastcompany.com/3055587/work-smart/what-freelancers-should-know-before-filing-their-taxes-this-year