Freelance makeup artist Samantha Blumberg knows all about beauty. The Pikesville resident, who is in her late 20s, has been making people look gorgeous ever since she was a teenager attending Franklin High School. But don’t think Samantha isn’t also a “nature girl.” As a child she spent eight summers in the magnificent outdoors at Camp Milldale.
iNSIDER: Tell us about your experiences at Camp Milldale.
Blumberg: It was a great experience. I loved being outside and riding horses and being with my friends. I never wanted to attend sleep-away camp; it was too far away. I liked that [Camp Milldale] was close by since I grew up in Owings Mills. I went for eight years and then was part of the JCC’s TNT (Top Notch Teens) program; I was also a CIT (counselor-in-training) there. That was great too. And I got a lot of babysitting jobs from it.
What kind of training does it take to be a makeup artist?
When I first started I took classes at Von Lee [International School of Aesthetics] in Pikesville. Then I had all kinds of jobs, from coordinator, which was basically a junior account executive working on million-dollar accounts for Clarins (a French cosmetics company) to makeup artist for Giorgio Amani.
What was your favorite?
Definitely working as a coordinator. I did sales and coached and guided the staff, which I really enjoyed.
What are other career highlights?
I’ve done TV work on the Women’s [W] Network and Comcast Spotlight, a photo shoot with the Washington Capitals and commercials. I’ve also done makeup at hotels and country clubs.
What does it take to be successful in this field?
It’s very competitive and very fast paced. You need a lot of energy, and you need to be passionate about the work. You also have to be ambitious and set goals. And you need a mentor. You have to set yourself apart from other artists.
What sets you apart?
Well, there are a lot of people who have been doing makeup for 30 years, but I bring [the style of] a completely new generation. I’m youthful, I know the trends, and I’m honest. I can do a smoky eye [effect], and a lot of the older makeup artists don’t know what that is. I’m fresher, I guess.