As a hair and makeup artist, Megan Grimm has a unique outlook on her work. She began in Fine Arts in college, which undoubtedly shows through in her amazing work. She understands so much more than what is just skin deep. Take a peek at her images and learn more about her and her process in this artist feature…
Can you tell us a little more about you and your styling background?
I am a hair and makeup artist out of Indianapolis, Indiana. I have been creating experiences on paper, on canvas, on stage, and through self-expression since I was young. I was always art bound and the types of artistic performance I studied, from dance to sculpture, have helped define the designer I am today.
I grew up in Greenfield, Indiana and attended Indiana State University with several Fine Art scholarships. I even spent three years selling life and health insurance to individuals and families. Finding an artistic career in Indiana was a difficult task, but my second year in insurance I decided to take a leap and never look back. I enrolled in cosmetology school. Since then, I have won several national competitions, worked with talented local artists and photographers, and educated myself in an Aveda concept salon. I cannot wait to see where this road takes me!
What drew you to hair styling?
I have always been infatuated with all forms of art. When I was growing up, I had considered enrolling in cosmetology school. However, while I was enrolled at Indiana State University getting a bachelors in Fine Art, I started thinking about why I was creating what I was creating. I began to focus on concepts of beauty and started asking questions through my work. This ultimately led me to a goal of becoming an editorial stylist.
What is your favorite technique to use?
To pick a favorite technique would be too difficult as styling techniques are far too vast. I am, however, currently focusing on sculpting with textures. I enjoy creating, molding and pushing my imagination.
What has been your biggest defining moment in your career?
I have enjoyed several great accomplishments since deciding to wrap my brain around the world of beauty, but my biggest defining moment thus far in my career has been recognizing that there are no “biggest defining moments.” Realizing that my actions and choices everyday lead me in the path that is mine.
Can you give us a bit of insight into what the typical creative process behind creating a collection?
In my mind, there are several moving parts to creating a collection. In the beginning, I let my mind wander freely. I think about what questions I want to ask; what is my art about? Does it have to be about anything?
Once I have captured an idea, I slowly start pulling in the reins until I have a pretty solid concept. From there, storyboards allow me to pull everything together. Once I get my hands dirty with some practice, I learn what works and what doesn’t. If it doesn't work then it's back to the storyboard.
I consider each piece of my collection an individual piece of artwork that has the ability to stand on its own, but feeds into the entire collection cohesively to tell a story.
I believe the most difficult responsibility I have during the creative process is to be able to balance letting go of ideas that are not working and seeing something in a different way.
Is there a specific area you often find yourself looking to for inspiration?
I do pull inspiration from some trends, but I focus more on my message. Inspiration can from anywhere and with our industry it is unlimited. I study the use of positive and negative space with much of my work and base structure and pose concepts off that.
Do you have any rituals to ensure a successful shoot?
The ritual of excellent communication and contagious attitude that is inspired, enthusiastic, and positive. Connecting with all participating parties prior to the shoot and tasking allows for a smooth process.
What is the one product/tool that you can’t live without?
Hairspray! It is one of the most versatile products in our industry.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
To give people the knowledge they need to achieve self-help, self-healing, and happiness with a single touch of my hand.
Who were your mentors along the way?
Vivienne Mackinder, My second grade teacher Mrs. Campbell, Sala Wong my drawing and digital art professor, Paul Mitchell the School Indianapolis, family, and friends. Each of them taught me to dream freely, have compassion for others, recognize sacrifice, and to not take no for an answer.
What hair trends can we look forward to this fall?
We will continue to see a trend of low maintenance and “natural” styles. The loose beachy wave isn't going anywhere and I would expect to see fringe take off during the fall season. The ombre is still a popular technique but I think we will start seeing a slight change in intensity.
Want even more inspiration? Be sure to stalk Megan on Bangstyle to see all of her latest uploads!