Meet Brittany Whitfield – Morrison, a New York Based Makeup Artist and Male Groomer whose client list includes Jesse Williams, Ed Sheeran, Paris Jackson and Queen Latifah.
Brittany is the one of the artists behind Queen ICONIC red carpet looks and shares with TFP her inspiration behind her looks as well as her secret on making each look Red Carpet Ready.
1. How did you become a Celebrity Makeup artist?
Originally, I began my career in fashion and worked with incredible top models. They were, in their own right, celebrities of fashion’s elite talent (ie. Anok Yai, Alanna Arrington Eniola Abioro, Binx Walton, Riley Montana, etc.). They would request me for their carpet events and appearances, which spawned my appreciation for that intimate one-on-one, get ready process. Additionally, working on set in fashion is not for the weak… but felt I had a knack for softening even the most difficult personalities. This made me want to transition full throttle into celebrity talent. I left my first agency and sought an agency that was rooted less in fashion / commercial but more specifically known for celebrity. I got signed with The Only Agency and stayed with them for 6 years and now am currently signed with Opus Beauty. Both top agencies in the world of celebrity.
2. What is your favorite Queen Latifah Makeup look you have created to date?
We recently did glam for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Queen was inducting Missy Elliott which was a big deal and essentially closed the show. She had a snatched ponytail and gorgeous sculpted cheeks and eyes. That was my most proud look with Queen!
3. What is your inspiration when creating these looks for Queen?
To be honest, it depends on the event. If it’s something more conservative, like her being honored at the Kennedy Center, we might keep the lashes subtle but always have lots of variations of chocolatey smoke. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or for her performances on The Force Tour with LL Cool J, might allow for glittery pops on the eyes. She is a fan of pretty and polished. I never have to paint the peacock with Queen! She’s also extremely gorgeous without makeup and has IMPECCABLE skin texture. All bonuses to make creating looks with her flawless.
4. What is your one tip to make sure makeup lasts all day and on the red carpet?
My skin prep and layering is truly what allows for my clients to last all day. I’m slowly entering my loose powder era, but even still I don’t “bake” my clients. Layers make for stronger reinforcement in my opinion. I carefully blend lots of creams, liquids, and powders on top of each other into a blurred abyss. I hate harsh lines and flat, one dimensional textures (all glossy or all matte). Lastly, I set all of my clients with Kryolan setting spray. She is BULLETPROOF! x