Toni Acey

Get tips, styling tricks, and behind-the-scenes tidbits from Toni Acey, makeup artist to the five fabulous ladies of The Real Housewives of Atlanta!

on Aug 18, 2009 How long have you worked in the industry, and how long have you been working with The Real Housewives of Atlanta?

I’ve been in the beauty industry for over 10 years now. This is my second season working with The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

What inspired you to become a makeup artist?

My own bad experiences with makeup artists inspired me to start doing my own makeup and it was then that I began to realize my gift for makeup artistry. It took a lot of coaxing from friends, family and fellow artists to convince me to pursue it as a career, but I have no regrets!

Jill Zarin, who stars on The Real Housewife of NYC, writes a weekly blog about the Atlanta wives. Last week she wrote, "I love everyone's makeup this season. WOW - you hot mamas really stepped it up!"  What's the secret to being a good makeup artist?

Thanks Jill! The Atlanta Glam Squads work really hard and it’s nice to know that our work doesn’t go unnoticed! The key to being a good makeup artist is to listen to your client to gain an understanding of what they like and then use your expertise to add a little creativity to it. You have to trust the artist inside you because that’s the part that no one can teach you.

Are there particular features with each wife that you try to accentuate?

I have had the pleasure of working with all of the women of The Real Housewives of Atlanta during the past two seasons and they each have unique and beautiful features. One common feature that I really love to accentuate when I am working with the ladies is their eyes since that is what most people tend to notice first. For example with Sheree’s look, I love to play up her bronze skin tone by using light shimmery eye shadows for a clean daytime look. For the evening, we add a pop of color so that her eyes light up the room. Her favorite color on the eyes is a green metallic which I usually apply using an airbrush.

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