The “How Does a Freelance Makeup Artist Work?” Edition

Christin Michelle helps her clients look good for weddings, galas, and photo shoots.

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Makeup artist Christin Michelle.

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Freelance makeup artist Christin Michelle doesn’t worry much about her own makeup when she’s on the job. “I don’t want to walk in there with loud lipstick, lashes, blush everywhere. I don’t want them to think that what I look like is what I’m going to put on them,” she says. It’s her job instead to help craft a look that’s right for—and unique to—each of her clients, whether they’re attending a gala, getting ready for a photo shoot, or preparing for a wedding.


In this episode of Working, Michelle talks us through her hours and days, going into detail about everything from the way she finds clients in the first place to what’s in the 30-pound kit that she brings with her everywhere she goes. She has stories about handling wedding disasters (what happens when the bride breaks down and you have to start all over?), as well as practical thoughts about the different makeup styles she applies in different circumstances.


Michelle speaks of her work as more than a career. For her, it’s also a passion project, one that pays off when her clients look at themselves in the mirror. “They fall in love with themselves again,” she says.

Tune in to find out what that’s like.

Then, in a Slate Plus extra, Michelle tells us about how and where she shops for the makeup that she keeps in stock. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at

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Podcast production by Mickey Capper.