ricktothmakeupartistry

Rick Toth

Freelance Artist Seattle & beyond • Published • Winner 2017 MUA of the Year NW Hairstyling Awards • Nominee '17 Best of Western Washington • ☮

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Retrospective Series: Bo Mellinger @robert_bo_mellinger for the Beautiful Distortion Series by #seattlephotographer @wiley_rabbit Makeup/Hair @ricktothmakeupartistry ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I really love working on this photo series by Roman Rivera for many reasons. The concept challenges the viewer's perception of beauty and reality, and challenges me to work outside of my comfort zone to experiment with makeup. This shoot was my first attempt at doing messy, deconstructed makeup. I'm happy with the overall effect. But several shoots later and having really pushed myself, I look back at this makeup and can see how I was still afraid to let go, to really lose control and be more intuitive with it. If you're not trying new things and experimenting as an artist, you risk stagnation and becoming irrelevant. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #mua #hmua #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #macartist #makeupartist #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #followme #editorialmakeup #avantgarde #avantgardemakeup #messy #painterly #deconstructed #distorted #distortion #smearedmakeup #conceptualphotography #malemodel #redlipstick #blueeyeshadow #clownish
Ok, this one doesn't necessarily qualify as a Retrospective post, since it was literally just sent to me and hasn't been seen by anyone yet. I like this one so much I just had to include because it's one the filthiest and coolest photos I've ever been a part of creating and will one day be a true retrospective work! I LOVE everything about it! Including the photographer's dog, Chica, who was really enjoying the jojoba oil I applied to the model! ••••••••••••••••••⚰•••••••••••••••••••• Beautiful Distortions no. 11 featuring @squirrelvscoyote owner, model and weirdo @sixstickx Ongoing series by amazing #seattlephotographer @wiley_rabbit Makeup and actual pony hide Mohawk hair wrangler @ricktothmakeupartistry Custom mouth guard by @squirrelvscoyote Photo Asst @_idoru •••••••••••••••••••⚰••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #mua #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #macartist #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #makeup #makeupartist #makeuplover #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #editorialmakeup #avantgarde #avantgardemakeup #distortion #distorted #mouthguard #mouthstretcher #chihuahuasofinstagram #retouch #gamestrong #beautifulteamwork
**Trigger warning: this story contains some pretty intense dialogue about a personal injury, so if you're extremely squeamish you may not want to read that part. Honestly, it's not that bad, but I like to warn the sensitive. Taking a break from the Retrospective Series of posts to commemorate 4 years of being alcohol free today!!!! 2018 also marks 16 years since I gave up the drugs! I don't share too much personal stuff on my artistry page, but I'm sharing this part about myself because I feel transparency about things like addiction and trauma is important. It's a way to help others by showing that anyone can get clean/sober if they truly want it and are willing to do the work. Last year I spoke about surviving a drug overdose many years ago. This year I'm going to share a pretty gnarly story that happened while I was drunk, and the reason I finally decided it was time to quit drinking. Check the right ring finger. Notice something? Yep, my fingertip is missing! Even people that know me IRL have never noticed it. In a freak accident a few years ago my hand was crushed, resulting in the finger tip being completely smashed. The middle finger tip was also caught, resulting in micro fractures to the tip of the bone and the nail being torn off, but surviving the accident and fully healing. Think about this. I'm right hand dominant. And without the thumb, index and middle fingers, it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to hold a makeup brush and be able to fully do what I do. I barely survived a freak accident that could have taken away something that I enjoy doing immensely and eke out a living at. Talk about lucky and a wake up call! Yet I continued to drink for a while, not ready to face why I was an alcoholic. Or formerly a drug addict. Finally my day of reckoning came, and it came in the form of a very handsome and sober tattoo artist. I wanted to honor my father who passed away in 2004 with a tattoo and was referred to @john.criscitello.studio by a friend. I showed up to my appointment, hung over as usual. As we got to know each other I learned that he was clean and sober for many years. He said something that hit me like a runaway train..cont'd.
Retrospective Series: Jo Lonseth This image has seen some serious exposure! From being the face of @elephantasia2018 to appearing at @londonfashionweek2018 this stunning collaboration holds a special place in my heart! I love this look. White winged eyeliner, contour for days, and BIG hair! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Photographer: @jameschengphoto Producer: @ava.j.holmes Creative Director: Nazy Alvarez Makeup: @ricktothmakeupartistry Hair: @lisavanntexture Necklace: @ashanti_renee_boutique ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #mua #macartist #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #followme #makeup #makeupartist #makeupaddict #makeuplover #makeupjunkie #editorialmakeup #editorialphotography #editorial #highfashion #hair #bighair #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #elephantconservation
Retrospective Series: Victoria Victor •It's international androgyny phenomenon @istyle4life serving Alien Queen realness •Stunning handmade beaded headpiece, shoulder cape and nails by the insanely talented, multimedia artist @yourdarlingdixie •Image by genius photographer @cadeography •Makeup @ricktothmakeupartistry ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #macartist #mua #makeupartist #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #followme #makeupaddict #makeupbyme #makeuplover #makeupjunkie #editorialmakeup #avantgarde #oilslick #pearls #beading #headdress #handmadejewelry #asianmodel #genderfluid #genderqueer #genderneutral #androgynous
Retrospective Series: Kook Teflon @kookteflon ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• This is one of those searing memories laced with beauty, paint, exquisite artistry by incredible people and Magic... This was a presentation by innovative and fringe designer and all around creative Magician, @itsmarkmitchell for his Burial exhibit at the @fryeartmuseum The garments are intended to be worn by the dead. Chic, morbid and delicate describe Mark's collection of organic, handmade and mind blowing pieces. They were worn by some of Seattle's most beautiful and curious individuals and presented on a sheet of mirror laying on the floor in the exhibit hall which gave the effect of the dead floating in time and space. While the observers walked the room and examined the bodies and their adornments, a cellist played the most lovely and somber music, which took the sensory experience to a completely emotional level for most. Tears were shed, hugs and smiles exchanged, but very little conversing. I felt very privileged to be able to support Marks's vision trough makeup, and to be able to paint one of Seattle's supreme Witches was truly a cherished and unforgettable experience! OH and check out #markmitchellburial for more about this project! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Photo and makeup on @kookteflon by @ricktothmakeupartistry ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #mua #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #makeupartist #macartist #hmua #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #followme #makeup #artexhibition #livemodel #dead #corpse #fashionforthedead #burial #burialgarments #designer #seattledesigner #markmitchellburial
Retrospective Series: Alissa Jean Montaie The amazing, unique and vibrant @grungevogue serving interstellar melanin goddess realness! Photo by the super talented @cadeography Makeup @ricktothmakeupartistry ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #mua #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #macartist #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #follow #makeup #makeuplover #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #makeupbyme #editorialmakeup #tribaldesign #stars #dots #blacklipstick #blackgirlmagic #melanin #melaninpoppin #african #blackmodel #thefutureisfemale #blacklivesmatter
Retrospective Series: Mike Hadreas Continuing my trip down memory lane with this incredible moment.. I cannot contain my joy with this one! The #iconic @perfumegenius on the cover of @dinosaurmagazine vol 2 issue 1 Summer 2015 dedicated to the #god himself @davidbowie Photographed by #legendary #seattlephotographer @smiller555 Makeup and hair @ricktothmakeupartistry This shoot was an #homage to @egonschieleofficial and one of the most creative and personally rewarding shoots I've been fortunate to be a part of! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #mua #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #macartist #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #followme #magazine #magazinecover #editorial #mensgrooming #musician #perfumegenius #davidbowie #egonschiele #stevenmillerphotography #queer #queerartist #gayicon
I've been feeling very nostalgic lately and combing through my archive of work. I decided I wanted to do a series of posts here with some of my favorite images as a sort of retrospective of my career to date. First up, one of my all time favorite shoots, and the first one that I did creative direction on! This was my submission for nomination as Makeup Artist of the Year 2017 with the Northwest Hairstyling Awards! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The incredible @modelsofi photographed by @senniakyle Hair by @olsensonja Jewels by @namikoabloom Creative direction and makeup @ricktothmakeupartistry Sofia represented by @smgmodels ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #mua #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #macartist #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #follow #makeup #makeupartist #makeupaddict #makeupbyme #makeuplover #makeupjunkie #beautymakeup #naturalbeauty #redhead #ginger #porcelainskin #freckles #hair #editorialhair #braids #messybraid #pearls #nudephotography
#alchemy in #branding ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #logo by @harry_chronic_jr ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #6pointstar #unity #balance #earth #air #fire #water #spirit #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #mua #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #freelance #makeup #artist #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #macartist #bridal #bridalmakeup #editorial #runway #commercial
It's easy to forget to turn off the mental chatter sometimes. I find breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, cuddling my cats and a nice loooong LOUD scream out in the middle of the woods to be quite effective at turning off the noise and releasing some pressure. What are some of your favorite ways to quiet your mind or release some built up tension? ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Photo by @chelseamoudry of @sixstickx wearing earrings by @squirrelvscoyotejewelry Check out their new collection of laser cut recycled plastic statement earrings! Dress by @huntandhammer with assistance by @fieldtripvintage •Makeup @ricktothmakeupartistry ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #macartist #mua #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #makeup #makeuplover #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #makeupartist #makeupbyme #editorialmakeup #photoshoot #outoffocus #redhead #ginger #freckles #fashion #fashioneditorial #fashionshoot
"We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust. The stars form a circle, and in the center we dance" -Rumi ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The always amazing @sixstickx photographed by @chelseamoudry Styled by @huntandhammer Assisted by @fieldtripvintage Earrings by @squirrelvscoyotejewelry Check out their new collection of super cool laser cut recycled plastic statement earrings! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #macartist #mua #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #makeup #makeuplover #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #makeupartist #makeupbyme #editorialmakeup #photoshoot #outoffocus #redhead #ginger #freckles #fashion #fashioneditorial #fashionshoot
#whatchathinkinabout "In the egoic state, your sense of self, your identity, is derived from your thinking mind - in other words, what your mind tells you about yourself: the storyline of you, the memories, the expectations, all the thoughts that go through your head continuously and the emotions that reflect those thoughts. All those things make up your sense of self" -Eckhart Tolle ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Recent collab with @sixstickx @squirrelvscoyote @squirrelvscoyote @chelseamoudry @huntandhammer @fieldtripvintage ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #mua #makeupartist #macartist #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #makeuplover #editorialmakeup #cleanskin #boldeyes #wingedliner #blue #lightblue #redhead #ginger #porcelainskin #freckles #fashioneditorial
Oh my stars! Check out this highly stylized edit from our alien insect shoot with the AMAZING artist @hannahdarewalker She took an editing class with @kellyrobitaille and created this stunning image! If I close my eyes I can hear the flutter of the wings and the twinkling of the stars as she flys freely through the reeds, the Sun reflecting off her wings like shimmering ripples of water. I can't wait to see some regular edits from this epic shoot! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 💙Photographer and creator of the scarab crown and bodice @hannahdarewalker 💙Insect Queen @sixstickx 💙Makeup @ricktothmakeupartistry 💙Wings by @fancyfairyangela ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #mua #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #macartist #makeup #makeuplover #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #makeupartist #editorial #editorialmakeup #fantasy #surreal #fineart #photography #art #insect #alien #queen #handmadecostume #bluehair #scarab
"Turn your face to the Sun and the shadows will fall behind you" -Unknown ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• @trinitytaylorbree with @wespeakny Photographer @cherrysnapshot1 Makeup @ricktothmakeupartistry ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #ricktothmakeupartistry #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #macartist #mua #makeup #macartist #makeuplover #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #editorialmakeup #redeyeshadow #redandgold #contour #cheekbones #perfectskin #naturalbeauty #androgynous #androgynousmodel #genderfluid #genderqueer #genderfluid
It was an honor and a privilege to teach this beautiful soul the ins and outs of makeup as they transition to living life as the person they want to be. To be a part of the unveiling and helping them look and more importantly, feel, their best was a truly rewarding experience that I will always treasure. Plus, HELLO?, that smile says it ALL!!! #ilovemyjob •••••••••••••••••••••• #ricktothmakeupartistry #seattle #seattlemakeupartist #published #awardwinning #bestofwesternwashington #nominee #artistsofinstagram #artistsoninstagram #macartist #mua #makeup #makeupartist #makeuplover #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #makeuplesson #teacher #student #transformation #trans #transgender #transvisibility #transequality #equality #equalityforall #pride #thefutureisfemale
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