Sun, Feb. 23

Movie Makeup Artist

Staff photo by Philip Wright

CAREN Day started as a model and later began doing hair and makeup in Hollywood.

"I went to school to become a hairstylist," Caren said. "My model was my daughter."

After attending Page Beauty School in Los Angeles, Caren worked in that field until she decided to apply for a job with the Revlon Company. The lady who interviewed Caren for Revlon sent her to interview with the head of the makeup department for CBS.

"That was my first way in," Caren said. "I went to CBS, but the man told me that only men do makeup in this industry. 'Women do hairstyles,' he told me."

Caren told the man she would do hairstyles, and he called her with a job offer two weeks later. "That was my beginning," she said. "That was when I started working with Cher."

Later, Caren attended Elegance Academy in Los Angeles to learn the art of movie and special-effects makeup. "It's real knowledge," she said. "You really work hard, and it took me over a year to do that."

But men did not welcome women into the makeup field. "In the 1960s I became the fourth makeup woman in our union," Caren said. "I'd walk into a job and some man would tell me 'Hair is over there,' and I'd say 'I'm makeup.' Immediately there was a wall."

Caren worked on movies, television and commercials in Hollywood until the mid 1990s when she decided to semi-retire. She felt it was time to leave California.

About that time, Caren saw an article in a magazine about Sedona and its spirituality. She was interested and drove to Sedona to check it out. About a year ago, she decided to move from LA to Cottonwood.

With her considerable experience working with cancer survivors, Caren is interested in teaching both men and women survivors how to do their own makeup. She also is qualified to work with medical doctors to create permanent makeup for cancer survivors.

Even something as simple as helping a cancer survivor style her hair offers Caren great satisfaction. "Losing hair is a tremendously emotional thing," she said. "They think they'll never look good again. But nothing is wrong with short hair."

Changing people without surgery is Caren's talent and her greatest joy. She would like to pass on some of her skills to another generation.

"I would like to teach," Caren said. "I feel like there is a place where I can give somebody else my knowledge."

For information, call Caren Day at 634-8085. She may also be reached by e-mail at

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