Kari Sue Baumann

August 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Kari Sue Baumman bio pic by Jason Ganwich

 Makeup Artist

Favorite Bar: The Swiss Tavern, Tacoma WA

Favorite Beverage: Strongbow Draft Cider

I have always had a love affair with Make-Up and Theater.  Ever since I can remember I’ve been playing with make-up.  I discovered my love for theater in high school and subsequently my love for applying stage make-up.  This newly directed passion followed me from high school into college.  In 2004 I graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Fine and Performing Arts majoring in Theater.  After graduation I decided to refine my talents and alter my focus from make-up applications for Theater to Film and Photography.  In 2005 I earned my Journeyman Diploma from The Make-up Designory in Burbank, CA where I completed intensive Beauty and Character programs designed for make-up applications in the Fashion, Photography, Film, and Entertainment Industries.  I planted my business in Tacoma tapping into the local film industry.  I have showcased my talents in several Local Short Films, Public Service Announcements, Commercials, and Newsweekly Magazines.

My formal education in the art of applying makeup for Fashion, Photography, and Film is what sets me apart from most in my industry.  There are different techniques for different media’s and it’s important to do your research so you know which techniques to use.  I have never worked at a makeup counter because my focus is on application, not sales.  The key is to listen to and observe your clients – what image are they trying to convey?  What are they wearing?  Do they wear makeup every day?  These are all very important factors in creating your design.

Additionally, at Western Washington University I received a B.A. in Fine and Performing Arts with an emphasis in Dramatic Literature. This focus required extensive reading, analysis, writing, and editing, all of which demand close attention to detail and critical thinking skills.  These practices have enabled me to break down a script to define the characters within them in order to create a better image of whom the actors are portraying.

There have been so many memorable moments on and off set but the importance lies with the client’s satisfaction.  If my client leaves my chair with a smile and an extra spring in his or her step, I know that I have done my job well.  The best moments are when my clients look at themselves in the mirror and exclaim, “I love it, and this is exactly what I wanted!”

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