James Earl Jones, David Strathairn, Greta Gerwick, Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane, Francis Conroy, Ellen Burstyn, The Colbert Report.
RECENT WORK seen in...
- “No Pay, Nudity” with Nathan Lane and Gabriel Byrne.
- Wonderama with David Osmond on PIX11- on Sundays.
- SVA Guest Lecturer for First Year Film Students: How the Makeup Artist Can Help You Get Your Film and Save You Money.
JENNIFER SNOWDON / HD MAKE UP ARTIST
Beauty is the outward expression of your inner intention.
To bring about that inner intention - the character’s essence - can never just be about glamorizing or covering up. For me, it’s about attention to detail in technique and the simplicity in design (especially under the intense scrutiny of HD!) And you could say I’ve been acquiring that attention to detail for quite some time.
I’ve always been an artist. I just wasn’t sure of my canvas. As a child, I spent my summers in the countryside near Montreal with my grandmother. I'd run up the hill to her cottage where lunch was ready and her paint box packed for the day. As a plein air painter, Doris and I would row out into her scene of the day and drop anchor. I watched her magically mix the colors on her palette as we encountered the ever changing light of the day.
Many years later, my mentor - Dr. Kenneth G. Mills - decided I was doing his makeup. I'd never done makeup before but knew this was an opportunity (and I had a tendency to shut those doors - but not this time). Armed with bronzer for the Star Scape Singers, I arrived to do makeup for both Dr. Mills and Rolland Smith for a PBS-style interview shot on the first Sony high def camera in 1994.
I remembered back to the time with my grandmother, wondering why she never taught me her skills. But there I was - makeup brush in hand - and the floating color theory just flowed so organically, I realized all those summers, side-by-side, as her afternoon assistant had been my teaching - and the most valuable of my life.
Shortly after, I was called to design the makeup for actor Craig Alan Edwards who was playing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After the HD shoot (directed by Martha Pinson) we went on to his one man show entitled The Man in Room 306 at 59E 59th Street Theater.
And so I finally found that faces - personalities, more specifically - were my canvas. And it’s what I’ve been doing ever since. Before I even put brush to powder, I think about the person sitting in my chair. What will bring out their natural beauty? What can I do to make them feel themselves or to fully embrace their character more seamlessly?
This is the basis of all of my work, whether it be on set for indie films, documentaries, for theater, corporate events, or individuals. It’s about making every brush stroke an opportunity to ignite the intention, intuition, and ultimate humanity of every person or character along the way.
MY DAILY MUSTS
Begin each day with breath (something that’s all too easy to forget in our fast paced world!) followed by meditation and a moment of gratitude.
Take time to listen for what the day is calling you to do. I think of it as spiritual exfoliation! What’s the best way to use your talents today?
Care and honor yourself - always. Eat organic, drink lots of water (more than you think - go fill up that water bottle!) and use products with integrity.
Feeling gloomy on a Monday morning? Get dressed for an amazing day. Watch how your mood changes the minute you step out the door. (And you may just make someone else’s day, too!)
My personal favorite form of Vitamin D is my neon yellow winter coat. When I step on the subway in that, I know it’s going to be ok - no matter what the day may bring.