Makeup and Beyond -A Chat With Celebrity MUA Frederick ‘Fred4Face’ Saunders

“I love every aspect of being a makeup artist, even the clients with bad attitudes. There is nothing that I would rather do. I feel like I wake up and breath makeup.” -Frederick Sanders

@Fred4Face

There aren’t many people who can honestly say, “I love what I do,” but there are a few and celebrity MUA, Frederick Sanders is one of them. His looks have graced red carpets, album and magazine covers, and been seen center stage on host of celebrities; Regina Hall, Shirley Cesar, MC Lyte, The Clark Sisters, Robyn Dixon, Avery Sunshine and Tamela Mann to name a few and is known for his “anointed hands.” I caught up and spoke to Sanders about who he is on a personal level, his career as a makeup artist  and what the future holds for “Fred4Face“.

Photo Gallery Credit: @Fred4Face

PC: @shebatty

On a typically warm, fall night in Dallas at the swanky Design District apartment skyrise clubhouse amoungst outstanding views while enjoying the sounds of DJ Luqwon, I had the pleasure of watching Saunders work his magic on “The Chain Breaker” herself, Speaker, Author and Philanthropist, Dr. Catrina Pullum.

“I’m the guy that’s behind the scenes. People know my work and name, but not necessarily my face,” he explains as he enters the clubhouse modestly, charmed and flattered that the Concierge recognized him on sight and greeted him with excitement. Seems like he’d  set up and was ready to roll by the time he finished that sentence.

SheBatty: I read that you were preparing for law school and walked into MAC and got hired on the spot.

Fred Saunders: “This is true, this is true.”

So have you always been artistic or were you practicing makeup at that time, or do you just have it?

“I’d like to think that I just have it. However, I did grow up being the only boy in a house full of sisters. So I think it just kind of fell on me -I inherited it, if you will, I was the youngest and the only boy. Seeing my great-grandmother, my grandmother, my mother and all of my sisters, you know, it kind of helped along. But I’d never had any desires to be a makeup artist.

I was always artistic. Years ago, as a child, I thought I wanted to be a fashion designer. I would draw clothes and -you know, really try to sketch things out, then I moved to being a cartoonist. So, I feel like -I’d like to say I did have the artistic side, I just never knew that I would develop it as a makeup artist.”

Those things sound so far from lawyer, but I guess we’re all multi-faceted. Did you know that makeup was your calling upon being hired at MAC?

“It was after, at that moment it was just a summer job for me. I was a school teacher, so my summers were free and I wanted to do something fun that I could do and not have to think about, and I gathered that it would just be something fun -you know, something I would just kind of learn and leave behind or maybe something I could do on the side. I never envisioned being a full fledged artist.”

Now that you are an artist, what do you love about it?

“I love every aspect of being a makeup artist, even the clients with bad attitudes — there is nothing that I would rather do. I feel like I wake up and breath makeup.”

PC: @Fred4Face

 What’s your favorite bold looks that you’ve created or the most fun?

“The most fun bold look….that would have to be on one of my clients    who was very conservative, she did not really allow me to step out of the  box, but I just kind of like –really, just kind of did my own thing one day.  And it ended up being a cover shoot for a CD. And the CD picture went  viral.”

PC: @Fred4Face

You are great at creating classic red carpet looks. Do you like to step outside of that and do bold looks?

“Absolutely! I’ve done everything from fashion makeup, to red carpet beauty makeup, to body painting to face painting for halloween. I’ve even gone as far as to do female impersonators, so it’s really like a big circle.”

You just told me that you had a client who was conservative, and you had a little fun and it worked. Do you often do that -play up looks and have fun?

PC: @shebatty

I often do what I want -to be honest. And I hope none of my clients see this. I let them tell me what they believe they want, and I take their idea and make it my own. So, if somebody tells me, ‘I just want like, six colors on my eye.’ And I know that you’re not patient enough for me to put six colors on your eye and blend them down, then what I’ll do is i’ll do a simulation of what you want. And you might believe that you have six colors, but at the end of the day it may only be two. And that’s just real, because a lot of times I feel like most clients sit in the chair and tell you what they think they want, but then when they actually figure out what they really want, they’re like, ‘Oh, that’s not what I wanted.’ So to save myself some time, and save them a headache -you know, let me just combine the two.”

What’s your go to brand?

“My go to brand is actually Temptu, believe it or not. I do have a lot of things that I use. I can’t say that I use a certain foundation or a certain concealer, because I generally just use whatever I can find a good match with for color and whatever just works in my bag.”

What’s your go to budget brand?

“My go to budget brand…I’m actually enjoying, believe it or not, Kiss Cosmetics Professional and you can find that in the beauty supply store. They have some great longwear lipsticks and they have some great brow pencils -I’m actually using a brow pencil right now by Kiss Cosmetics.”

What’s the one product that we can always find in your bag?

“One product that you can always find in my bag, is my Temptu Airbrush Machine. That is my must-have. I travel with it everywhere I go. I find that when I’m working with gentlemen, they prefer the airbrush, because it doesn’t give you that makeupy [sic] look. But it’s still nice and natural enough that they can walk outside and nobody would be like ‘Oh my gosh, are you wearing makeup?’ so, that’s my must have.”

PC: @shebatty

What advice would you give aspiring MUAs?

“Be able to listen, be able to learn and never stop learning. Even at my age now and the number of years I have under my belt as a makeup artist, I’m still open to learning new things. So, always be open to learning new things.”

How do you feel social media has affected the industry?

“Social Media has definitely impacted the industry in so many different ways. I think it’s more so negatively, because there are so many people who feel like because they have two brushes and a pencil, they can say, “I”m a makeup artist” because they know how to draw their brows on. However, not necessarily knowing the art behind it, where you actually have to put in some work and understand, like other peoples skin types and other peoples structures and things of that nature.”

fred beyond the makeup

PC: @Fred4Face

Who are you beyond the makeup?

“Beyond the makeup….I am a mentor, I am a father, I am a friend, I’m a brother. I’m a Dillard [University] grad -hello!  I speak three languages: Spanish, French and German. I was a foreign language major in college most people don’t know that about me and that’s pretty much a fun fact.”

What are your plans for 2018?

“I’m taking bigger faith walks. I’m actually stepping out of my box and trying to do something on a bigger level. Somethings that I never thought that I would even dream of accomplishing. Stepping out on the waters a little bit.

Always be on the lookout for me. Cause if you sleep on me you’re gonna look up and be like ‘Oh, he’s up there!”

Visit Fred4Face for booking information and to see more Sanders work.

Simple Autumn Glow

Fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it, from crisp air, to chilled breezes, to snuggling up with my boo next to a fire, to wrapping up in a plush blanket with a book and let my imagination run wild. Another thing that I love about Fall is the fashion, swraters, turtle necks, pea coats, booties, boots, gloves, hat and scarves all excite me! I love the breathtaking  mixture of rich orange, red and brown tones that the tree paint the sky with during Fall. I love Fall trend makeup as well!

Today’s simple Autumn Glow look with a burnt orange lip is affordable and easy to recreate.

  • Foundation: NYX Total Control Liquid Foundation (Cappuccino)
  • Concealer: NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer (Golden)
  • Contour & Blush: NYX Cheek Contour Duo Palette (Wine & Dine)
  • Brow: MAC eye brow pencil (Spiked)
  • Top Lash Line:Lancôme Grandiose (Matte Noir)
  • Lower Lash Line: MAC Technakohl Liner (Graphblack)
  • Lashes:  Ardell 210 Demi Whispies
  • Lips: NYX Lip Lustre (Moznow) and AJ Crimson’s S+M Metallic Lip Gloss (Coinz)
  • Glow: Fenty Killawatt Hightlight (Chic Phreak)

Quality at a steal!

NXY Total Control foundation is definitely a cosmetic product of quality at an affordable price!

My Experience At The Makeup Show Dallas!

For the past two years I’ve wanted to attend the Makeup Show in Dallas, but, without any industry credentials, I couldn’t even pay my way into the show! [Insert 2017] I made it to The Makeup Show Dallas and my experience was utterly amazing!

The show itself is the “ha-ha,” providing a wealth of information,  resources for makeup artists and beauty industry professionals in every city it hits. The line up for this year’s show included some industry heavy hitters. I was able to meet and speak with a few one on one (screams and faints), and others I was able to experience through their Keynote and Business Forum platforms. Brands ranged from up and coming, and local, to world renowned.

I was especially happy to be in attendance this year after learning from the show’s Director, James Vincent, that Texas is one of the best areas in the world for salon and spa services, and that this year the show focused on brands known for diversity and inclusion. And if you know me, then you know that basically,

Same Fine and the Basics of Beauty

I attended the show both days, and was able to sit in on part of Keynote, Sam Fine’s session on the Basics of Beauty on Saturday. He shared a wealth of information with us, and  since I’m not stingy, I’ll share a few tips that stood out for me.

  • To insure that your product doesn’t settle into fine lines. For eyes, look up and gently pull down or expand the skin under the eyes. For fine lines around the mouth, press your lips together and blow. This causes the skin around the mouth to expand and you’ll be able to buff the product out accordingly.
  • Shimmer eye shadow and women of a certain age. Because the skin becomes more textured the older we get, it’s best to play up the brows and lips to add pop to the look versus using shimmer eye shadow.

Follow Sam Fine on Instagram at @iamsamfine

Danessa Myrick’s Vision Cream Foundation!

One of the busiest booths on the floor was Danessa Myricks’. Every time I walked by or looked, over there was a mob of people rushing the counter. I avoided the crowd for as long as I could, but I’ve had my eye on her Vision Cream Foundation and couldn’t leave the show without it. So when I saw a window of opportunity I took it, and ended up being second in line to be matched for foundation (winning)! The foundation is full-coverage and long wearing, I was matched with the shade W05. Shop Vision Cream Foundation at www.danessamyricksbeauty.com.

AJ Crimson’s Lipsticks!

I also purchased two lipstick shades from AJ Crimson. I purchased the S+M Sultry and Matte, Matte Liquid Lipstick in Keep It Cute. I also purchased the S+M Sultry and Matte, Metallic Lip Gloss in Coinz. I love the metallic orange/gold magic they make when paired. Find the entire collection at www.ajcrimson.com.

Terri Tomlinson’s Flesh Toned Color Wheel!

I have always struggle with finding my foundation match, and knowing what colors to put together that compliment my skin tone. I have cool and warm under tones. I’m cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer. Trust me, finding my best match is a struggle. Thanks to Terri Tomlinson and the Flesh Toned Color Wheel I will struggle no more! Terri launched her Flesh Toned Color Wheel this summer and is a great investment! Color theory is taught with primary colors, the actual colors. We all know skin color is not actual color. White skin is not the color white. having cool, warm, olive under tones do not translate as cut and dry as looking at colors on a piece of paper.  The Flesh Toned Color Wheel take color theory using true flesh tone color as a base. Purchase your Flesh Tone Color Wheel at Makeup101.com

3 Things I Love About NYX Cosmetics

NYX Cosmetics has rose in the ranks of beauty brands in this multi-million dollar cosmetic industry. The brand that was once notoriously known as a beauty supply brand can still be found in those places, but you can also find it in drugstores, big box stores, specialty stores and malls worldwide. I attended the recent opening of NYX Cosmetics store in Dallas’  NorthPark Center Mall. Being inside that store is like being in candy land, the options are limitless! NYX cosmetics offers a wide range of products used by pros, novice and everyday girls worldwide.  Find out my three favorite things about NYX Cosmetics below.

It’s Affordable!

You can complete a full (glam) face using NYX products for just over $100. Let me say again; complete a full (glam) face for just over $100! This brand is perfect for moms with teenagers, teenagers, young adults, professionals, beginner makeup enthusiasts, and those who like to get the best bang for their buck. I completed this look using the products listed below.

Total Control Drop Foundation $14.00

#No Filter Blurring Primer $15.00

Gotcha Covered Conealer $6.00

Cheek Contour Duo Palette $6.30

Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder $8.00

3-in-1 Brow Pencil $13.00

Ultimate Multi-finish Shadow Palette $18.00

Cosmic Metals $7.50

Soft Matte Cream Lip $6.50

Double Stacked Mascara $15.00

Total $109.30

It’s Functional

I can confidently put on  NYX products in the morning with a full day planned,  knowing my makeup will still look decent a the end of the day.  The look shown above lasted for more than six hours of wear.  One of my favorite products that NYX has out right now is the Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder. Girl! That powder shines so bright, you could send light signals off your cheek reflections! Synthetica is a must have!

It’s for Everyone!

Whatever look you’re going for, NYX has you covered. Their lippies and eye shadows range in colors that are  a theater majors dream! Create looks from no makeup makeup to fantasy with these vibrant, metallic, futuristic, goth, whimsical, corporate, professional, fun, neutral, and nude shade options. See me below in Out O This World Metal Lip Cream .

NYX Cosmetics is a brand that’s able to tickle the tastebuds of just about all personalities, it’s  easily accessible, and I simply cannot mention enough how affordable this brand is.

What NYX products do you have in hour collection and what are your favorites?

0 to 100

My love for makeup has progressed over the past 5 years into a slight obession. One of the things that I love about makeup is its ability to tranform me into whomever I feel like being for a day.

I didn’t wear anything more than eyeliner, mascara, and or lipstick, prior to 2009. A decision to dramatically cut my hair inspired me to play around with more products. I was willing to give makeup a try, but I had some hard rules on the subject.

  1. Nothing heavy. The last thing I wanted was to feel like I had 3lbs. worth of product on my face.
  2. Not too much. I did not want to look like I had makeup on.
  3. I will not fill in my brows. Brows weren’t as big a thing then as they are now. My goal was to stay far away that trend.

My stipulations and unwillingness to research the craft of makeup application left me wearing the exact same products, but with more variety in lipstick shades.

About two and a half years into my journey, I was introduced to blush – Oh, girl, where have YOU been all my life? I instantly fell in love. I started paying more attention to how women around me wore makeup, and wanted to learn what techniques to use to make makeup look better and more professional.

YouTube helped me learn about shadows and makeup brushes, and how to use them. I bought some cheap eye shadow pallets in a variety of colors and practiced,practiced, practiced. It didn’t take too long before my shadow application game was in point.

I still stayed away from powders and foundations, but grew found of a certain tinted mositurizer. It offered light but buildable coverage, and came with SPF.

Keeping up with the trend, my interest quickly shifted to the infamous contour and highlight. I rushed out and bought a popular drugstore brand’s foundation in 3 shades: one to match, one 2 shades too light, and one 2 shades too dark. Still cognizant of the heaviness of the foundation, I only used this technique for special occasions and events. 

Needing more coverage. The brand I bought the tinted moisturizer from dicontinued the formula. This left me feeling panicked. Afterall, I’m starting to get into this – people stop to ask me who does my makeup.

I set out to find a mid-range priced product with the perfect formula for my normal to dry skin. There are a plethora of brands and formula options, with several things to consider:

  • How much coverage is provided
  • Will the formula irritate your skin
  • What’s the finish of the product
  • Does it self prime/set
  • Does it have SPF
  • How bad does it transfer
  • Is it worth what it cost

I’m still into light to medium coverage, and I have dry skin, so I’m not crazy about matte-finish products. But, I don’t like walking around looking Vaseline coated either. To maximize on time, I like using products with primer included and I like SPF to be included in the formula as well. My price point is $50 or less.

Strobbing? I’m still riding the Trend Train – all aboard! So, there is a new way to “highlight” called strobbing? I promise I spent an entire day scouring Instagram and YouTube researching this technique. Luckily, it’s pretty simple and just about any product that swimmers and shines can be used.

Contouring and color correcting. At this point, in my mind, I’m a self-taught MUA (makeup artist). I’ve graduated from using 3 shades of foundations to color corrector, foundation, comcealer, contour kits, and bronzers. I love a bold lip. On the days that I want to keep things simple, I wear a bold lip, blush and lashes.

As much as I love a good beat, I don’t wear makeup everyday and don’t have an issue with leaving my house without any on. I have become a bit of a makeup hoarder. I keep my purchases under control, and my collection doesn’t have many duplicates.

What do you love or hate about makeup? Comment in the comment section.