Beauty Blogging for the Stage

The assignment for this week has us writing about our ideal blog that would appeal to the masses. Well, I may be stretching masses a bit, but if I had to start a blog about anything, it would be a beauty blog.

I love them. I love reading them. I love watching beauty vloggers. I find them to be entertaining in a sort of mindless way. They provide a nice release from everyday stress, and they make you feel beautiful. At least they do for me. I’ve learned so many new things since I started watching girls like Tati, Emily, and Tiffany D.

They share things like product reviews, hauls, tutorials, collection videos, and tags with their subscribers. There are a ton of beauty bloggers out there so it’s a hard thing to get into. You really have to have something unique to say and a personality that transcends your page. I like watching and listening to people who seem like they genuinely know their stuff and have similar skin/hair/tastes/budget as I do.

Quality is also really important. I like blog and videos that are pretty high quality. These women use really nice DSLR cameras and editing systems like Final Cut Pro. They practically make documentary quality videos in their own homes. I don’t know, I just think that’s so cool that people can do that. I’d love to do that.

My beauty blog would have to have some catchy name like Katie McBroom’s Martinis and Mascara. (I mean, c’mon. That’s the cutest name ever!) Then, it would really have to have it’s own voice. I feel like I’m in sort of a unique position because since I am an opera singer, I have a pretty decent amount of experience with stage make-up and make-up for auditions and big gala events. There’s certainly a science to it all.

Learn to contour, Katisha-style. "The Mikado" with UAOT Spring 2012

Learn to contour, Katisha-style. “The Mikado” with UAOT Spring 2012

I’d love to really reach out to singers and other performers and have a blog just dedicated to beauty for us. An example post could be something such as “How to Pin-Curl Your Hair Quickly” because we all have to pin-curl our hair if we’re in a show with wigs.

So many pin curls happening under that wig

So many pin curls happening under that wig

Stage make-up is some of the coolest stuff. I’d love to have people send in their photos of their coolest looks from productions and product suggestions. (I don’t know about you, but I could look at cool glitter looks all day long.)

The Juggler in Malcolm Fox's children's opera, Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing. I was a glitter bomb with under-eye falsies.

The Juggler in Malcolm Fox’s children’s opera, Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing. I was a glitter bomb with under-eye falsies.

Gallaty suggests having people send in their photos in the book. I love this because I think the best blogs feel like a mini community. They should encourage discussion. I want to know whether people prefer pancake or liquid bases. I’m fascinated by it all. Then for our days off, I’d have a section about everyday make-up. (That’s the stuff the girls I watch usually talk about it.) When you have to wear a ton of make-up for your job, you either get really into it or you want to take a break on your days off. I know I fall into the first category, but I can definitely understand that second one.

1960's simple make-up and hair with the ladies of Gianni Schicchi at the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon. That was my first experience with a bun-filler. I wanted to steal it, but belonged to my cast-mate who had to take it back to New Zealand with her. Bummers.

1960’s simple make-up and hair with the ladies of Gianni Schicchi at the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon. This was my first experience with a bun-filler. I wanted to steal it, but it belonged to my cast-mate who had to take it back to New Zealand with her. Bummers.

2 thoughts on “Beauty Blogging for the Stage

  1. Thank you so much for mentioning me in your post! I love the name of your blog too! By the way, it sounds like we have a million and ten things in common. Are you on Twitter or anything? Would love to connect with you! I’m @KLMcBroom 🙂 xoxox

    • You’re welcome! I’m such a fan of your work. (This is embarrassing, but I actually kind of geek-ed out when I read your comment.) I’m @laurenccarlton on Twitter!

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