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Life and Work with Mireille Bertrand

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mireille Bertrand.

Artist Of Innovation

Mireille is from the European fashion and beauty industry. She has been fascinated with makeup since she was a child and has been recognized by her peers and leaders in the field as one of the finest artists in the industry today.

With over twenty years in the industry behind her, Mireille’s experience runs the gamut of makeup and hair design and application for performers, actors, models, print and electronic media. She has earned multiple diplomas in Aesthetics, Cosmetology, Make-up Artistry, as well as advanced make-up and skincare. Early in her career, she also assisted extensively on runway shows in Paris, London and Milan with designers such as Moschino, Armani, Christian Dior, and Thierry Mugler, to name a few. She has also worked as a make-up artist for the respected Galleries Lafayettes in Paris where she promoted prestigious companies such as Yves Saint Laurent, Estee Lauder, Orlane, Dior, and Sisley. Mireille also specializes in underwater makeup application; this year, she was honored to be part of the nominee team at NAHA (North American Hair Styling Awards), along with celebrity stylist Maryl Velbeck, for Editorial Stylist of the Year for their famous underwater piece, “Sirens of the Sea.”

Destiny and opportunities brought her to Miami and Los Angeles where she mainly works as a make-up and hair artist for print and electronic media. Her artistry has been featured in advertising promotions for Sue Wong, Georgio Armani, Baccarat, Wells Fargo and dozens of others respected names. Her work has prominently appeared in numerous magazines such as world famous Glamour, Marie- Claire, Modern Bride, Harper’s Bazaar, 944, Biba and Elle. With her talent, creativity, and ability to bring the looks of the world’s fashion runways to the red carpet, Mireille has been blessed with the opportunity to work with some for the most beautiful sought after faces in Hollywood.

Besides displaying her artistry on the faces of celebrities, Mireille’s designs frequently appear front and center at the most exclusive fashion shows in the world, including Givenchy, Armani, Rochas, Valentino and many others. With her prominence in the field, she also often serves as a platform guest make-up artist at tradeshows, in exclusive department stores and shares her passion for hair design as a Regional Educator representing the Amika brand.

Today, Mireille’s passion for make-up and years of experience also allow her to do what she loves most: share her knowledge in her own establishement MAQUILLAGE The Make up Academy, a leading school where she is instructing and inspiring the next generations of beauty and fashion artists.

Her signature look is described as fresh, flawless and trendy.

“She is living proof in developing an artistic sense, dedication, motivation, and success.”

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It is always a real challenge working for the Fashion Industry or in other New Media department. To be successful you must be passionated in the “art” of makeup, excellent in business, have great communication skills and extremely motivated.

Working for a makeup line is always the best start, gaining experience, speed and becoming very knowledgeable of what is available the industry!! Having a stable job is what a makeup artist should get first!!

The most difficult steps for a makeup artist is to build a professional team and as a beginner be involved in the industry. You must know the industry and meet other artists!!!

Be part of the community, be part of a group, networking is mostly part of the artist SUCCESS!
Working on set, having and agent or being part the Union will take a few years of “hard” work and patience!!

For all the women starting in the industry, I recommend for them to be educated in the field of makeup an beauty as well as business. Makeup and skin care companies are getting more demanding and expect their artist to be certified esthetician or present a makeup diploma. You have also the possibility to attend a Business school specialized in cosmetics and fragrances. If you are looking to work and represent a brand not only your knowledge but your appearance is one of the key answers! Be presentable and have business etiquette.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Maquillage Makeup Academy – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
– I love creating different looks and style. I enjoy presenting fashion forecast that includes the new collection for hair design, makeup design, and color trends. My passion is in education as I am sharing my knowledge and techniques for 17 years.

Being on TV sets and fashion sets… amazing days!!! LOVE IT!

I am specialized in beauty and fashion makeup for New media. I also represent makeup and hair brands.

I am known for fashion and avant-garde makeup. Working for editorials, magazine cover, advertisement, TV shows, commercial, etc.. and often present onstage during the Beauty and Makeup Conventions.

With over 20 years of industry experience under her belt, Celebrity Hair and Makeup Artist and Founder of Maquillage Makeup Academy, Mireille Bertrand has plenty of knowledge to share with future generations of makeup artists. Her passion for education combined with her successful international career has culminated in the grand opening of one of the most elite and globally conscious professional makeup schools in the USA and across the world. Here, she shares some of her dreams for her past and future students.

By opening Maquillage, it’s truly my goal to elevate the level of makeup education offered in the United States. Our curriculum is specially tailored to prepare students for an IMMEDIATE transition from student to working professional. Yes, we educate in classrooms, but we are also often on location; we might have class one day at the beach or in a warehouse, so students can experience what it’s like to be a working artist who doesn’t always have access to a clean table and perfect lighting. We also recognize that there are so many skills you need as a successful artist aside from just the raw talent, which is why we also offer in-depth courses on Business and Etiquette. And then, there’s the kit. When my faculty sees the kit for the first time they can’t believe it. This is no student kit, it is designed to go from the classroom on the Friday of graduation to set on Monday for your first job. It’s filled with nothing but professional brands that help our students feel confident and capable right out the door.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?

Library, museums, art galleries, beauty and makeup tradeshows.

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