Five Questions for Bethany Brill, Hair and Makeup Artist

Five Questions for Bethany Brill, Hair and Makeup Artist
Ever looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What does a photo producer actually do? Does a deputy art director get a shiny badge? And why are some people creative directors and others design directors? 
Our blog series "Five Questions for..."  is here to help answer those questions and give you insight into working in the world of publication design. Is there a particular job that you want to know more about? Email  us at and we'll find an expert who does it. They'll give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work. Read on to find out what being a Hair and Makeup Artist is like for Bethany Brill.

This series is edited by Joseph Caserto

The Pro's Work




About the Pro
Bethany Brill
Hair and Makeup Artist
Works for: Freelance clients include, Cake, Nylon, and others.
Major: Chinese Langauge, Fashion Merchandising Management
Instagram: @bbrill

1. Imagine you're talking to someone who has never heard of your job. How would you describe it to them?
I use technique, products and experience to create inspired beauty looks for photoshoots, films and runway shows. No, I do not work at a salon, and no, I did not go to school for this.

2. What about your job makes you love it?
I love being able to use my hands: Instead of talking about something I get to do it. I also really enjoy the nuances of the job. It is so very detail oriented and very communication based. I have to understand the direction I'm given from my client, and translate it into the hair and makeup for the person I'm working on. Trust me, not everyone's idea of "natural" is the same, and that is where the fun comes in for me.

3. What do you think of as the big break in your career?
I had an unexpected break when I started assisting Odile Gilbert as part of her main team for New York Fashion Week. It just sort of happened: I didn't know how important she was to hairstyling, and boom there I was at her right hand. I worked my butt off and can honestly say she taught me everything I know about hair.
4. What is your biggest professional mistake or regret?
I wish I would have started assisting sooner, instead of trying to teach myself everything. You just learn so much faster when you absorb someone else's wisdom. People that have been doing it longer know better than you, regardless of what you may think. Aesthetic can not be taught but technique can.

5. What advice or parting words do you have for anyone who wants to do what you do?
I would say, it is hard but it is so worth it. Say yes to everything at first. You will never walk away empty handed. You will always learn something. I urge you not to get caught up in the game too much. There is a lot of people who want to do this for a job, and you can easily get sucked in to a dog eat dog world. Be kind, work really hard, and just be you... and keep doing it. If you can't beat them, outlast them.

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