Spencer Barnes is an iconic celebrity makeup artist and entrepreneur. His red carpet clients include the duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, Julianne Hough, Amy Adams, Brooke Burke, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Olivia Wilde and Angie Harman. Spencer's talent has graced the covers of virtually every single important magazine including Vanity Fair, Women's Health, Redbook, People Magazine and the New York Times magazine. He has also been on every epic entertainment show including Entertainment Tonight and The Today Show. He recently launched his first beauty product for his beauty brand which is called Spencer Barnes LA. It's an instant sculpting wand addressing the neck, chin and jaw line area.
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Spencer always tries to remember that we're all human and we're here trying to have a human experience and while his experience might be different from another person's, it's just as complex and interesting. He looks at people as being in the process where no one is complete or perfect. This can level the playing field and can allows us as human beings to look at each other with respect and interest and to join the human experience.
The first thing that Spencer would say to anyone in their process is to first of all define what they want. What are they here to do? Why are they here? Why did they come here? What is it that they desire, wish to experience, wish to learn, wish to explore. Fine tune that question of, what is it that I'm curious about? If you don’t know, what draws your energy? Spencer found that releasing any fears or any resistance allows it to come forth at a more natural, organic pace.
The first thing Spencer learnt to do years into his life and that is now really starting to make a huge difference, was meditation. The reason this has been important is that human brains and minds can get so conditioned into thinking that this brain and body is what constitutes you. The truth is human brains and minds is actually a tool. It's a vehicle. When you learn to work with your mind by quieting it and clearing vibration that may result from any chatter, you condition, create and set a specific mindset. You then allow and set a new frequency of what it is you intend to create.
Meditation takes some practice to train the mind to quiet down. As you learn how the different parts of the mind have frequencies. There are many states that the brain waves can be entrained into. It's learning how to flip into those and allowing those different frequency patterns to come into play, that allows us to co-create with our minds and condition a certain energetic field or space that allows certain things to happen and manifest more rapidly.
If you're new to meditation, learn how to quiet the mind. Learn to get clear and zen and centered. Spencer highly recommends breathing when meditating. Spencer even plays an album called Binaural Beats and lights a candle and stares into the flame. This prevents his mind from wandering during meditation. Then he lets all his thoughts and associations go. He separates himself from his thoughts, and idea that those thoughts are him. This way he moves into a clear, pure energy state.
Spencer has no regular morning routine because his job is not a traditional nine to five job. He wakes up as early as 3:00 a.m. on some days for an international press conferences via satellite. He has learnt to structure his day rather than be on a locked-in time schedule for certain activities.
Spencer acknowledges that he suffers if his total health and wellbeing are not in a high level of balance. He therefore plans his meals and his health. He tries to cook several meals a week. Spencer also believes that total health and vitality comes from exercise. He is all for anything that helps him to feel and have a more active and healthy life. He therefore trains at the gym and does outdoor activities.
If you are hazy in your desires or if you just look at things people are experiencing that they seem to be enjoying around you and think, "I want that but I don’t have that. I must not be deserving of it," you're setting a frequency that sets you up for failure.
Spencer found as a child that he would spend a lot of time in the imagination space. He created this idea that if he could somehow make life and things and the people around him more beautiful that life would be more beautiful. His philosophy for beauty is, learn to see and cultivate beauty in all its forms. There's so much natural harmony that mother nature offers us if we just take a look and notice. It's all there. When thing are in harmony, there's order. When there's fear and chaos, there's a destructive, disintegrating energy that creates a lot of chaos. Whenever things aren’t going right, Spencer usually takes a step back and looks for something to focus on, that brings a sense of balance or greater harmony into his life. What can he be grateful for at that moment?
Spencer's view on beauty is summed up perfectly in this poem. "I see beauty in the playfulness of a child. I see beauty in the face of a mother doing it all on her own. I see beauty in the world all around me and sometimes I even see beauty in myself." When you learn to perceive and focus on anything, whether it's good or bad, positive or negative that is precisely what you should be creating a lot of momentum around. If you don’t like what you see in your life, switch your focus up. Cultivate a new kind of focus.
When Spencer has something that he wants to do, but he finds himself having some fear about expressing it, or voicing it or doing it, he usually takes a step back, gets into a place till he feels really good about it and then he goes after it. This is also an indicator that there is something deeper behind this. Where is this fear coming from? What's really behind this fear? What's behind this person or this situation that's presenting?
26:27 One thing that's helped Spencer when he gets stressed is realizing that he can ask for help. He doesn’t have to do everything alone. Finding trusted friends and super minds that have either done it before or that he knows have an altruistic interest in his wellbeing. Spencer surrounds himself with these kinds of people. So, one mindset is setting the intentions, realizing the things that can’t be controlled, staying in the now, asking for help and then letting the universe do its job.
Spencer shares how he celebrates and does things that uplift his spirit. Music is his life-force. Spencer uses music to shift his states. However, a lot of people use fitness or the outdoors or hobbies. Learn to celebrate even the little things.
Spencer grew up in a family where there was a lot of creativity. Everyone played instruments, there was dancing, there was sports. Spencer was extremely interested in music and drawing and painting. At age 6 he saw his first play and he knew he had to do something in that magical world. He then started performing when he was 8 until he was 23. At that time, makeup never occurred to Spencer. It was always a part of the show. It was part of the character and he had no interest in beauty makeup.
When Spencer started doing photography at age 17, a lot of his friends, who were models and actors, wanted to have pictures. Spencer noticed that their hair and makeup were usually the thing that made them look really basic. This is when he started finessing things particularly for the women. It just came naturally to him. While doing studying film producing and directing and music composition in college, he took a makeup course and a teacher advised him to consider a career in the beauty industry. This experience taught Spencer that sometimes our passions, what we see as something that's just part of our essence, we can do it effortlessly, sometimes that's an indicator that that is a great place for us to be because it's effortless, we shine in it.
Once Spencer had decided he would try, half-heartedly albeit, a career in the makeup industry, he took a job at Lancome during the winter. He just wanted to spend two months during the Christmas holiday playing with products, doing makeup on customers and where he could actually learn what products were out there. Quickly, the counter manager started having him do artistry events. He was then moved to bigger areas with more people to do bigger events. Eventually, he became a national artist for Lancome in under 2 years. He travelled over the western U.S. doing makeup for Lancome.
After Lancome, Spencer moved to LA. This is where he got the chance to work with Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Brittney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. What Spencer found out was that part of his craft was to make people feel really comfortable and ready to take on their day. He learnt to take extra care to pay attention to their energy states, to listen to them, to talk to them in ways that made them feel safe and able to open up. Spencer realized that people had to enjoy working with him as much as they love his artistry, otherwise they would call in another artist who had equal talent.
Spencer credits his family for his great attitude at work. His parents taught him that, when we can be of service to others as we do our part, everything is easier for us all. When someone is really there to serve, not just to perform a service but to be of service, there's a cheerfulness. This is one thing Spencer strives to bring when he is with his clients. If they've taken the time to find a great artist and hire him, he wanted to make sure that he can do whatever he can to make sure that they have a great day.
Spencer received a call one day. He signed an NDA, and was directed to a palatial, private residence in Bel-Air. He was surprised to find one of the princesses of Saudi Arabia who was preparing for her wedding. Two months later, he flew to Saudi Arabia for the wedding. That experience opened up Spencer's eyes to the culture, the tradition and the bonds of the people of the Middle East.
Being an artist of any kind or creative means that there's not necessarily a prescribed path. Spencer, however, recommends learning and spending time with other masters and artists. There are a couple of types of makeup artists out there. First would be, if you want to work in the big industry in either fashion, film, TV, celebrity or music. You will therefore need to be in a city where these kinds of activities are happening. New York, LA are some big choices and there's some secondary cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Miami, Atlanta and Dallas. Outside North America, we, of course, have Paris, London and Milan. Begin honing your craft and studying as much as you can about all kinds of makeup. Study art, learn how to model and shadow and manipulate light.
There's three different kinds of paths to take. You could work in film and television industry where you're applying makeup on actors that are playing characters. So you're studying the character and creating with the creative, the director, the production designer what that character looks like and how they live and breathe on that actor throughout the film. Then there's the beauty world where you work with celebrities. In smaller markets there is also the bridal industry and saloon world.
The very first thing that Spencer looks at when he looks at a face is the actual architecture, the symmetry, the balance that exists. Spencer starts with the brows and the eyes which are the most expressive parts of the face. Shape and symmetry of eyebrows is far more important than thickness. So, always get the shape right. Secondly, learn how to take care of your skin. Learn routines and products that will give your skin incredible skin health. Spencer's five guidelines for skin are cleanse, exfoliate, treat if there's any problem areas, nourish with targeted serums and other skin health products, hydrate and then protect the skin.
Spencer talks about his new product, the Spencer Barnes LA neck, jawline and chin sculpting wand. This product instantly delivers results within 5 to 10 minutes. The whole neck and jawline area is lifted, smoother and tighter. This product greatly differs from most products used for the face that instantly tighten. These products are more an effect that is short-lived. Spencer's revolutionary product is like any cream or moisturizer or serum that you can lay your other products on top off, you can put makeup over it and it really, really works.
For Spencer, fulfillment can happen in an instance or it can be a process. He hopes to one day become a father, but now he is experiencing a lot of joy with his career goals. Mostly, he's having fun through the process and having fun with the people that he's so privileged to work with. He's also having fun helping others on their journey as well.
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