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Complexion Complexities


Wednesday, October 28 5pm-7pm

Thursday, October 29 5pm-7pm

Challenge and upgrade your technique, application, and consultation in regards to melanin and makeup for the theatre. Join Pro MUA and Makeup designer, Pamela Pimpleton, in a demo/discussion tackling the all too often unspoken trine of complexion, the artist, and the performer.

Where trust and expertise meet - beautiful makeup is always the result.

In this two part intensive we will discuss the following topics:

  • History of the makeup industry’s relationship to POC

  • Identifying skin tone intensity/undertones  

  • Melanin and the Color Wheel for makeup application 

  • How to create a functional and diverse kit for less

  • Contouring for deeper complexions 

  • Costume and lighting in relation to makeup  

  • Why theatrical makeup may not always be your best option 

  • Artistic honesty

  • How to plan for flawless skin, every time

  • Professionalism, eliminating stereotypes and developing “in the chair” inclusion 

  • Live demo

YOUR instructor

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Pro MUA and licensed esthetician, Pamela Pimpleton believes that true beauty radiates from the inside
out and it is the makeup artists job to always convey that through their work. She began her career on
stage as a musical theatre performer and quickly fell in love with the makeup design and application
process happening behind the scenes. In 2006, Pamela relocated to Atlanta from the West Coast, where
she furthered her passions by enrolling in the AVEDA Institute, ultimately receiving her license as an
Esthetician. Skin has always been her number one passion and that is continuously exemplified through
her makeup style and work.

Pamela joined Christian Dior cosmetics and became a Pro Artist and Artistic Educator in 2008. She began
traveling the country beautifying everyday men and women along with celebrity clientele. Her passion
for artistry led her to win “Best North American Makeup Artist” in a rigorous artistry competition.
Choosing to freelance shortly after, high profile bookings such as Cirque du Soleil, Coca-Cola, Delta, and
The Home Depot became her norm. Her theatrical makeup design skills have been seen on stage around
Atlanta such as The Woodruff Arts Center, Serenbe Playhouse, and as a professor at Kennesaw State
University. In 2019, Pamela relocated to LA to become the red carpet artist for NARS Cosmetics and her
work has been seen at: the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, and the Golden Globes.

Pamela’s work has been seen on the pages of Allure Magazine, Vogue Australia, Vogue Italia, Marie
Claire, and more. She has worked with various celebrities including: Christina Ricci, Jennifer Coolidge,
Jack Quaid, Lizzy McGregor, Julius “Dr. J” and Dorys Erving, and Panic! at the Disco.

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