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Behind the Scenes: Makeup Artist Amber Mauldin


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DIME’s intern Kendra Smith-Parks chatted with the lovely Amber Lindsey Mauldin, 28, from Columbia, Miss. Amber was the artistic hand behind the sugar skull makeup on the cover of the October issue. The process took over two hours beginning early that morning, and like a total trooper, Amber was on standby for touch-ups throughout the shoot.

Amber Mauldin preps Emily Sholes for a sugar skull shoot. | Photo by Maria Newman

Amber Mauldin preps Emily Sholes for a sugar skull shoot. | Photos by Maria Newman

KSP: What was it like preparing for the shoot with Emily Sholes of Della Memoria?

ALM: Preparing for this shoot was so much fun! I have my theatre degree from William Carey so doing research and finding all the aspects of the perfect sugar skull for Emily was fantastic. I knew the shoot was coming out in Autumn so I wanted to find beautiful warm tones to really catch the eye and photograph well.

KSP: When did you first decide you were interested in makeup ?

ALM: I’ve been doing makeup ever since I could hold a brush! At this time, I was an assistant manager at a local MAC counter so makeup runs in my veins. Especially glitter.

KSP: What are you doing when you’re not working on makeup?

ALM:As of August 6, I am the new high school theatre teacher at Pearl River Central! I love being artistic and I cannot wait to share this with my kids.

You can find more of  Amber’s detailed work on Instagram (@thedisneypinup). 

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Kendra Smith-Parks was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She moved to Hattiesburg three years ago to pursue writing and become a journalism student. Now residing in Hattiesburg permanently, she is a full time student at Southern Miss. Dime is lucky to have her as its very first journalism intern. In the meantime she is probably eating ice cream, waiting tables at Cotton Blues or drowning in homework. You can catch her at your local restaurant or music venue around the Dirty South.

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