I very rarely do rambles like this on my blog, and I did try to find a more general interest blog guest post home for it, so I hope you'll indulge me, or skip this post if it is of no interest to you. I'd like to make it clear I'm not attacking Lauren Luke, I'm just trying to give my take on why I think she's ruffled some feathers in the makeup artist world.
Lauren Luke is not a trained makeup artist, but she’s made a career out of the makeup tutorials she posts on Youtube. A couple of years ago she appeared at IMATS UK, a trade event for makeup artists, and ruffled the feathers of a number of professional makeup artists. There’s a bit of me that thinks ‘It’s only makeup’ but then I haven’t spent ten or twenty years honing makeup application as an art. (Also, I am personally crap at makeup. My emphasis is on reviewing and I only show makeup applied to show the colours in situ, but no-one is ever going to be impressed by my techniques. I do the same couple of basic applications all the time.)
I practice a martial art, and have done so for close to fifteen years; eight as a child/teenager, and then just over six years when I hit my thirties and decided some exercise would be a really good idea. I’m reasonably competent at it - in makeup terms I’m not Lisa Eldridge, but I’d be a pretty good makeup assistant and I wouldn’t drop the brushes or poke mascara in your eye.
Imagine now that someone had taught themselves karate by watching the karate kid and other films of that genre. They love karate, but they’ve never actually been to a club and been taught or trained with others. They start putting karate videos on youtube, the stuff they do is easy to copy, and they get lots of subscribers and some attention in the press.
Imagine the press is calling them a karate expert. My organisation invites them to attend our bi-annual four day training event with top instructors from Japan, and invites them to talk about karate or teach a session. I know I could drop this person in a fight in under a minute.
Would I be pissed off? Oh yes, and particularly at idea of the thousands of people who think *this* is karate at its best, or that it’s easy, and that you don’t have to spend your time in the dojo gathering bruises with your arse on the floor when you’ve missed a sweep and the other person has taken your leg away from under you because they are better, and faster, and you need to look at what they do differently and incorporate that into your own training. Would I think I had anything to learn from this person? Only how to make money off youtube.
Lauren Luke knows this. She’s a single parent making money, and so you can’t blame her for saying sod the complainers, but if she loves makeup it must hurt. It’d kill me to think that I didn’t have the respect of the people I respect and look up to in the dojo.
Do you know what I hope I’d do in that position? I’d find a good club, I’d humble myself, put on a white belt and learn.