Professional Grade: Beauty Breakdown from Celebrity MUA Saisha Beecham

-You recently did makeup for actress Nia Long for her March appearance on The View. How did you get this look?

Beecham: I knew that Nia would be wearing a coral-colored Rachel Roy dress, so I wanted give her a subtle peachy/coral look.
Nia did her normal moisturizing regimen before we began and I followed it with the Smashbox Targeted Pore & Line Primer. This product is amazing before foundation and gave her a smooth canvas for me to apply the foundation. I followed that with Bobbi Brown- Creamy Concealer in Golden. This concealer really opened her eyes and helped with her bright youthful look.

For her eyes, I covered her lids with Smashbox Flamingo Eye Shadow. This really opened her sexy slender eyes and was a great compliment to her dress. For the crease of her eye, I actually used the Smashbox Contour Palette in Bronze. I also glided it underneath her bottom lash line. I covered her upper lash line with Smashbox Cream eyeliner in Caviar using a small angled brush. This was followed with a coat of Smashbox Bionic Mascara in Jet Black to top and bottom lashes to add that “sexy” to her naturally beautiful stare.

For the apples of her cheeks I used Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Calypso Coral… applied with a flat foundation brush. This helped us achieve our peachy/coral look that we discussed. The creamy sheen kept her dewy and fresh. Of course I had to add our regular highlight to her cheekbones by dusting on the NYX Ultimate Pearl Loose Powder Eye Shadow in Yellow Gold. This was the “glow” that everyone was asking about.

Lastly, we finished her lips off with a series of layers. First covering her entire lip with Smashbox- Double Take Lip Color Pencil/ Amaretto. Followed by Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in Alluring and finished with Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Endless Kiss. These layers gave a powerful pop to her lips that would last through all the talking she would be doing when interviewing guests on the show.

Professional Grade: Behind the Scenes w/ Celebrity MUA Saisha Beecham

Here are just a few of Saisha’s celebrity clients. She was kind enough to share photos of her in action:

…with actress Nia Long

…with singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss
…with actress Tasha Smith
…with actor Laz Alonzo

Professional Grade: An Interview with Celebrity MUA Saisha Beecham

A good Makeup Artist understands where to put color and how to blend it together. A great Makeup Artist understand where to put color, how to blend it together, and how to combine shades, textures, and finishes to create an amazing result. You’ll find that incredible combination of talent, skill, and professionalism in Celebrity Makeup Artist Saisha Beecham.

Saisha Beecham
Celebrity Makeup Artist

Beecham’s portfolio runs the gamut: from Celebrity clients, to high gloss fashion and beauty, to out-of-this-world artistry… there isn’t much that this extremely talented artist CAN’T do:

Recently, I had the chance to interview Beecham about her phenomenal work… and I got her to share a few secrets about creating the perfect living canvas.

-How long have you been a professional makeup artist?
Beecham: I’ve been a professional makeup artist for about 7 years. As soon as I got into the business, it took off pretty quickly for me.

-Why did you decide to go pro?
Beecham: I was sort of forced to go pro. Forced by God and the Laws of Nature. Everything I did to pursue a previous dream career, lead me to a career in makeup. It was a natural gift for me and everything began to fall into place in my life when I decided to try it.

-How did you get your start?
Beecham: I started out by assisting other artists and in the meantime, I was constantly at the book store reading up on different makeup techniques and building up my kit by buying something new once a week. So when it came time to go out on my own, I was ready. I’m a firm believer in researching to gain the knowledge which gives you the confidence which makes you the best!

-You are known for your amazing work on celebrities like actress Nia Long and singer Keri Hilson. How did you come to be the ‘go to’ artist for these stars, and others like them?
Beecham: I was actually a fill-in artist for another makeup artist who was double booked. Neither of us had ever worked with Nia before. It pays to keep great working relationships with other artists because you’ll never know how you may need one another one day. I’ve been with Nia ever since. I was referred to Keri Hilson by someone else in the entertainment industry. Again, another great example of keeping good professional working relationships with people. They will only refer you if they trust you.

-Share your secret to a ‘flawless finish’ with foundation.
Beecham:  I like to start out with a thin layer applied with a sponge and then finishing with a foundation brush. I like to pat the foundation onto any problem areas or areas that need a little more coverage. You should be sure that everything is blended well and streak-free. Always make sure any hard lines around the chin area are blended away, into the neck.

-What is the most important item in your kit?
Beecham: I cannot live without some type of highlighter for the skin. One of my favorite products to use are the NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Powders. Always helps me achieve my signature glow look.

-What should every woman (pro or not) have in their makeup bag?
Beecham: Brush cleaner is one of the most important things to have in your makeup kit or bag. There is nothing worse than a makeup artist using dirty brushes on their clients. An everyday woman can help prevent breakouts due to bacteria by keeping her makeup brushes clean. My favorite brush cleaner is The Japonesque Professional Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner. It gets them really clean and dries very quickly.

-If you had to leave the house with only ONE item, what would it be?
Beecham: If I had a choice of only one makeup item to leave the house with, it would definitely have to be my mascara. If you forget everything else, mascara has a way of making you look complete. People won’t be able to put their finger on why you look so bright and beautiful, but they will definitely notice.

-What is your biggest challenge as a professional makeup artist?
Beecham: I absolutely love my job as a professional makeup artist and have very few complaints. It’s truly a blessing to be able to do what I love for a living. If I had to decide on my biggest challenge, I would have to say, being self-employed. You have to work so much harder because if you don’t work, you don’t get paid.

-If you could tell aspiring MUA’s one thing as they work to go pro, what would it be?
Beecham: BE PROFESSIONAL!! My professionalism is definitely a big part of my success. It’s what has helped me to consistently get ‘repeat requests’ and referrals from my clients. My clients trust that my ultimate goal is to set out to make them look their best. Professionalism helps them to remember you when they experience anything less from another artist.

For more on Saisha Beecham, please visit: www.saishabeecham.com or @saishabeecham on twitter.