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The Minimalist Makeup Kit of a Professional Entertainer

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There was a time when my collection of cosmetics rivalled that of a professional makeup artist, although I certainly did not have the skills to match. I had a terrible habit of picking up one or two new things every time I walked passed a Sephora. Two years ago I began to minimize and simplify all aspects of my life, and when I started to downsize my professional makeup collection, I found it overwhelming.

As a full-time entertainer who often performs as different characters, each with a very specific look, I believed that I needed an elaborate professional makeup set up for my job. The giant makeup case pictured above on the left was my mainstay, a beauty with a set of working lights, extendable legs that fit into the base for transport, wheels, and a telescoping handle. It was super cool, expensive and very, very heavy, which meant I rarely took it to gigs. I had originally purchased it with the fantasy that I would cart it around from dressing room to dressing room and would always have everything at my fingertips, but instead it just became an overly fancy makeup storage box that sat idly in the corner by my vanity.

As I whittled my collection down slowly over months, I discovered a few downsides to my mound of cosmetics:

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When you have a huge makeup collection it can be difficult to find what you need which puts you at risk of buying doubles or even triples of the same thing.
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It’s almost impossible to keep track of how long certain things have been sitting around. Makeup expires which is a bigger concern for people like me who suffer from acne-prone and sensitive skin.
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A large collection can make you more susceptible to makeup trends; what’s one more cream, lipstick, or specialty brush when you have the space in that giant vanity?

It took a lot longer than I expected to sort out what was essential for me but it was worth it. I went from a case the weighed over 50 pounds when fully loaded, to one that is just over 2 pounds. One of the best parts of minimizing any collection is that the focus shifts from quantity to quality. It is an opportunity to reconsider your values and how your purchasing decisions can reflect those values. For me, minimizing was a shift toward high-end products that are vegan, cruelty-free, minimally packaged (ideally with no plastic), and do not irritate or dry my skin. That is a lot to expect of a product, so often I have to compromise on one of those elements as well as be willing to pay a little more.

Minimizing has also helped to make my setup more travel friendly. I have been touring full-time for 8 months now and it would have been impossible to take my previous makeup case on the road. Reducing my collection to a well-curated set of just my ideal tools means I have everything with me all the time, no risk of forgetting something at home. I’m also less likely to leave something behind at a hotel because everything has a place, a quick glance will reveal an empty slot and therefore a missing item.

If you’re interested in minimizing your collections here are a few tips you might find helpful.

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Be like Marie Kondo and get it all out in the open. Start by collecting everything into one place so you can get a sense of how much you actually have. Might be a lot more than you expected.
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Group like items together (lipsticks, foundations, brushes, etc.)
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Toss all expired products.
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Toss unflattering items, such as foundations that are 3 shades off or that grey lipstick you hate the look of.
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Toss or give away all impulse buys or trendy fad items you never use. The trill of buying the fun shiny thing is long gone and now it’s ready for a new home.
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Make note of the things you use most often.
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Clean your brushes and wipe down your containers.
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Display remaining items in a way that allows you to see the most-used products at a glance and put everything else away so they are organized and easy to find when you need them.
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Consider your values and ask yourself if you see them reflected in the items you have. Are you interested in zero waste? Vegan? How can you collection be a better reflection of your values.

I’m so happy with my current set up, it’s perfect for life on the road, but it took over a year of testing to get here. It’s a lightweight, well organized set and an one of the most beneficial things about this new minimized makeup kit is that it’s made getting ready for a performance a more satisfying ritual that focuses me before the show.

Bellow is a full list of everything in my kit for the curious.


What’s in our Go Bags? Travel Tips and Favorite Things!

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Full-time touring professional entertainers Carisa Hendrix and Tianna the Traveller show you how they pack their go bags/mobil office bags/personal carry on item sized bags. When you are living on the road, it’s important to have the right things with you, and not a lot extra. Essentials will be different for every person based on where you are traveling, how you are traveling and who you are. Tianna and Carisa have different destinations, traveling styles and personalities which you can see reflected in what they packed in their personal carry on sized bags, but both run their companies from the road and have for years.

The goal of a bag this size is to contain everything you need to make your office mobil and your flight comfortable.

**Many of the links bellow are amazon affiliate links

Carisa’s Bag

Tree frog notebook backpack
Front Pockets
Reusable metal drinking straws
Pens – Stolen from a hotel
Passport, money in different currencies and keys
Reusable grocery bag
First Pocket
2X 2TB portable external hard drive
Sugru moldable glue
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB microphone
Mic windscreen in blue
Second Pocket
Bagsmart cord bag
Many cords, thumb drives and memory cards
Jaybird X3 in-ear wireless bluetooth sports Headphones
Camera panasonic lumix DC-ZS70
Bullet journal
Tooth brush and Toothy tabs
Eye mask, sun glasses, wet wipes and deodorant
Wow stain remover stick
Ear covers
Flossers
Folder for papers
Coffee mug
CamelBak eddy water bottle, 25oz 
Big Pocket
Macbook pro
iPad

Tianna’s Bag

Resistor Charged Backpack
Front Pockets 
Ear stuff / Ear plugs and headphones
Luggage scale
Kindle
Rechargeable lithium battery kevlar iPhone cable – https://amzn.to/2xOMF5v
Laptop charger
A bag of hotel toiletries
First Pouch
Asthma Inhaler
Shea butter
Advil
Carabiners
2TB portable external hard drive
Thumb drive
USB wall plugs
Pens – Stolen from a hotel
Micro USB cord
Promo cards
Pencil case with pens, sharpies and highlighters
Pens, fancy multi color
Keys
Swiss army knife
Second Pocket
Lock Safe Bags
Bullet Journal
Personal Life Musings Journal
Go Pro
Bobby pins, chap stick, Lavender oil, mascara, lipstick
Travel Tooth Brush
Extra Charging Cables, Tape Measure, sewing kit with upholstery thread
Big Pocket – It opens all the way!
Macbook Pro
Duotang
MEC Smaller foldable backpack
Coffee Mug


Spark Cards

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The Spark Deck
This is an easy to use tool for creating creative magic.





Thank you so much for attending our Lecture, we hope you had a wonderful time and learned something you can use in your show.

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If you have any questions please email me at c@risa.me


Much Ado About Nothing

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in Articles for Magicians, Blogs & Vlogs 3 Comments

When the team at Vanish, photographer Amber Lynn Walker and I decided to take the leap on last month’s controversial cover photo, we knew it might ruffle some feathers. But nothing could have prepared me for what actually happened.

I was sitting in magic central at the Melbourne Magic Festival between shows when it all began. The issue of Vanish had been out a few days already without much fuss and I had begun to let my guard down and really focused on my performances. My phone was sitting quietly on the table minding its own business when I heard that familiar buzz. I ignored it to concentrate on reviewing my script. But shortly after there was another buzz and another and another – twenty more in quick succession until I was afraid to look. I expected the worst, a relative must have died, my house was on fire, there was no more good scotch to be had in all the world. You know, something truly horrible.

When I finally picked up the phone to check, I saw a wall of messages, most containing screen-captured images of comments from magicians all over Facebook.

I was floored. An industry like magic is no stranger to topless dancers, topless Criss Angels and everything-less magicians (by which I mean the Naked Magicians from Australia), so it was shocking to see people so offended by the image. Even Houdini posed provocatively in his underpants for one of his most iconic images in 1903, over a hundred years ago.

Amber Lynn Walker, Anastasia Synn and so many other amazing people had already jumped into the conversation to defend the cover before I even noticed there was a conversation to be had. The support was as overwhelming as the drama so I stayed mostly out of the Facebook discussions. I did get a chance to share my side of the story on Nicholas J. Johnson’s amazing podcast Scamapalooza but I think it’s essential for me to lay it out here as well.

The discussions over the past month, while heated, were overwhelmingly civil and respectful. A true testament to the wonderful community magic is built on and a powerful reminder of why I am so proud to be part of this industry. I have been asked to respond to some of the specific backlashes, so here it is, these are the three most common comments I received and my response.

This cover hurts women in magic! How will anyone ever take us seriously?
I just finished a small tour with my new magic show: Melbourne Magic Festival, which featured 65 different magic shows, and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, which featured seven different magic shows. At both festivals, I felt respected by my peers at all times, despite everyone having seen the cover. It made absolutely no difference in the way I was treated. If you take what you do seriously, people will take you seriously. Passion and skill are taken seriously. Hard work and determination are taken seriously. Cleverness, originality, and a desire to move the industry forward are taken seriously. Ekaterina’s #FemaleMagician is a beautiful expression of this. The women in that video are powerfully talented and it is impossible to not take them seriously.

It is my firm belief that women of who demonstrate skill and focus always command respect.

There was no reason to do a nude photo. The image is completely unjustified.
The photo’s concept is a reference to the classic American Beauty movie poster, an iconic image that has persisted in pop culture. The image was conceptualized and photographed by my mentor and fellow magician Amber Lynn Walker, a woman who has been an unwavering beacon of cooperation over competition between women in our industry for as long as I can remember. For us, the image was iconic. I have also been a nude model for years, which I mentioned in the article. When I did the layout, I wanted the cover and the graphic elements in the article to appear in a top-down, birds-eye-view style that would be a visual reflection of the bird’s-eye view that the article takes on my career. You don’t have to like the artwork, but it was undeniably relevant to the feature.

Women are already oversexualized, why make it worse?
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but everything is oversexualized — car commercials, burger ads, even yoghurt is oversexualized. If you feel you have been objectified or marginalized, I stand by you. It is awful when people expect you to do a sexy show just because you are a woman. I will always stand up for anyone’s choice to do whatever sort of show they feel comfortable doing. I want everyone to feel that they can dress however they want onstage and not be forced to fit into any mould or set of expectations they didn’t sign up for. That being said, my show is a sexy magic show. My character Lucy is a bawdy silver-screen starlet type who uses her flirtations to motivate a lot of the comedy in the show. This show is what I am most passionate about; I have put my heart and soul into this character for a while and it’s what I want to be doing. If you want to leave the tools of sexuality and innuendo behind when you build your show, that’s great! Don’t let anyone make you feel like you need to use those tools if you don’t want to. I want to, and I hope the world of magic has room for both styles of magicians to thrive and still leave room for all the amazing things yet to come.


The tyranny of tiny bottles!!

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Today was all about bubble show decluttering!
For many years I have been doing bubble shows. Often I will pick up a few fun new bubble tools to test out, which all will inevitably come with a bottle of a tiny bottle of bubble solution. All these little bottles just go straight in a box in the storage room, never to be seen again; until today when I took them ALL out, sorted them into the two basic types (traditional and touchable bubbles), consolidated them into larger containers and washed and recycled the remains.

This has me thinging, what else can I consolodate into fewer bottles?


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