Growing up in Idaho, Caitlyn Meyer developed an interest in the world of beauty in junior high.She was in 9th grade when she played with eyeliner and lipsmackers for the first time with her friend, Laramie.
Before first period in high school, she would play with her friend’s hair and experiment with glittery gel pens as eyeliner.
“By junior year, I was coloring and cutting my friends hair in our parent’s bathrooms,” Meyer said. My best friend, Jenny, was my guinea pig- we’d see a hairstyle on Buffy the Vampire Slayer or 90210, or find a makeup tear in a fashion magazine, and I’d do my best to recreate them.”
Meyer’s passion for make-up and hair inspired her to become a hair stylist apprentice and to work as a full time make-up artist for MAC Cosmetics.
Over the course of six years, she became certified in film make-up, runway make-up, bridal make-up, and even body painting.
A few years ago, the talented make-up artist and hairstylist decided to start her own empire in Baltimore.
“Well, I was getting a lot of requests for outside work,” Meyer said. I felt like I needed something a little more catchy than my own name. I knew I wasn’t going to work for MAC forever, that eventually I’d like to work for myself. So, I wanted to create a brand. ‘Blackbird’ is an old nickname and I just thought it had a nice ring to it.”
What were you inspired by when creating looks for Brightside Boutique Spring/Summer lookbook? What do you love about Brightside Boutique?
Since our collaboration on the lookbook, Christie and Kike have quickly become two of my closest friends. They’re just good people, they’re so full of life and they really love what they do.
What is the most enjoyable part of owning Blackbird Artistry?
What is the biggest challenge you have encountered so far in your career?
Do you prefer working on a editorial photo shoot and commercial photo shoot? Why?
What has been your most memorable work experience so far?
Working with tv shows and meeting/working with celebs is fun and can be exciting. Most would probably expect those experiences to be the most memorable. But truthfully, the jobs where I’ve actually helped change someones life for the better are the ones I’ll never forget.
What are three make-up items you can’t leave home without? What is your daily make-up routine?
My everyday, must have items are (MAC) Face+Body Foundation, Studio Finish Concealer, Improvise Mineral Blush (limited, I’m going to DIE when I’m out!), Lingering Brow Pencil, Prep+Prime Lash, Zoom Fast Black Lash, and Mineral Charged Water Spray.
What is your favorite beauty trend for Spring/Summer 2012?
The textures this season are so dewy and creamy, it’s all about clean makeup, natural skin, and little pops of color that evoke that fresh feeling of spring.
To view more of Caitlyn Meyer’s work, take a look at the Blackbird Artistry website.