If we keep our heart open and live in the moment it's amazing how many spontaneous episodes of beauty we can encounter.
A Los Angeles native, it's no surprise that Emmy-nominated make-up artist Bruce Grayson was involved with the entertainment industry at a very early age. As a second-generation Hollywood make-up professional, Bruce was exposed to the craft at an early age while working alongside his father, a top make-up artist of his day.
After high school, Bruce began working alongside NBC’s head makeup artist on “The Tonight Show” at NBC. In this environment, Bruce was able to fine tune his craft and establish himself as one of Hollywood's top artists. In the wake of high definition television’s popularity, Bruce became an authority on make-up application techniques to soften the medium’s harsh detail on a person’s features close up on-camera.
Media Experience: Bruce has an extensive media background and has shared his beauty expertise on shows such as E!, ET Insider, Entertainment Tonight, KXAS-TV (Dallas) and KUSA-TV (Denver). He has been quoted or mentioned in national magazines including Vogue, InStyle, Self, Cosmopolitan Style, Entertainment Weekly and Us Weekly.
Celebrity Connection: Bruce is the make-up department head for the Primetime Emmy Awards and Academy Awards telecasts. He has also worked on and managed make-up teams for television series including The Larry Sanders Show, Less Than Perfect, News Radio and Just Shoot Me. He is currently working on CBS's Rules of Engagement. His work has been seen in the following magazines, In Style, Vanity Fair, Glamour and Harpers Bazaar.
Bruce’s celebrity clients include Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Brooke Shields, Sarah Silverman, Hayden Panettiere, Brittany Murphy, Sarah Rue, Mel Gibson and David Spade. He has also had the honor of working as the personal make-up artist for President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton.
Make up Artists are no different then any other artists. Just like painters, writers and photographers, we draw inspiration from the beauty that surrounds us. It could be the magnificent landscape seen from a hilltop or the skyline witnessed while driving a car through the city. We also draw inspiration from the people we see on the streets or in photographs on the Internet. The beautiful faces of men and women that spark our attention and inspire us to create beauty every day. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stopped dead in my tracks by a woman with expressive eyes or been captivated by the beauty of a face in a photo while on Facebook. Even here at the Beauty Equation, I’ve spent time on my Ipad, studying the bone structure or the eyebrows of a complete stranger in a JPEG and used that image as a muse for my work. So remember, next time you’re walking down the street or sharing a photo on the Internet, know that You just might be the perfect inspiration for an artist to create something truly stunning.
For the past several years I’ve had the honor of running the make up department for the Academy Awards. It’s really exciting because I love everything about celebrity red carpet beauty. This award season, I participated in a how-to-video demonstrating how anybody can get red carpet ready at home with the help of a few amazing skincare products from Olay as well as fantastic make up from CoverGirl, I hope you enjoy it.
The effect of color on human emotions is undeniable. The calm feeling that you get when looking out at the blue ocean. The overwhelming rush of excitement felt when you see a red Ferrari race by.
Bright colored make up can have the same effect. Whether it’s an energetic red lipstick or a soothing violet eyeshadow, or maybe shy pink blush, color plays an important role in our outward and inward appearance.
I keep powerful shades of blush and eyeshadows on my work table as a subtle way of introducing color into my client’s make up. When matched with a beautiful dress and gorgeous hair, colored cosmetics can help explore a side of their personalities that they might not have known existed. So next time you’re out shopping pick out an intense plum lipstick or a canary yellow eyeshadow and investigate a whole new you.