Magical Makeup Memories with Owen O’ Donnell | Inside The Lines

Magical Makeup Memories with Owen O’ Donnell | Inside The Lines


– I always draw little happy
faces in the O’s of my name, is that okay? – [Daniel] That’s totally fine, yeah. – Perfect. That’s how you know it’s authentic. (techno hip-hop music) – So what’s going on, guys? – Hey. – Welcome to another episode
of “Inside the Lines.” I’m sitting down this week
with Owens Michael O’Donnell. Baltimore makeup extraordinaire. And we’re gonna go ahead and
color in a coloring book, man. – I’m down for it. – Okay, cool. – Gotta start somewhere. – [Daniel] (laughs) So what we like to do at the beginning of each episode is you get to kind of pick the pallette– – [Owen] Uh-huh. – [Daniel] For the day. – [Owen] Okay. – [Daniel] So we’ll kind of scrub through. And if you see something that
really strikes your fancy, you just let me know. – [Owen] Okay, you’re
definitely on track here. – And we’ll jump right in. – All right. – So it’s heavily with the unicorns. – I can do that. – If you can’t, all right, ditto. – Yeah, I always said I’d
become a makeup artist and not just an artist, because
I didn’t have the patience to finish my coloring projects. – Okay. – I’m about, like, an hour for each person and then I’m wanting to go onto
the next thing, so (laughs). – Yeah. – So yeah, I like that. Give me a couple more. – [Daniel] Okay. – [Owen] I see donuts,
we’re getting there. Oh, lots of donuts. – [Daniel] There’s lots of
donuts there and a robot. – [Owen] But there’s no unicorn. – [Daniel] Well, he’s so, he’s got a uni– – [Owen] Eh. – [Daniel] It’s a robot unicorn. – [Owen] What else do you
have, what else do you have? Okay. – [Daniel] I haven’t even seen this one. I haven’t even gotten
this far to this one. I think that’s– – [Owen] Oh, that’s it. – That’s it.
– All right maybe go back one. – [Daniel] Go back one? – [Owen] Yeah, yeah, yeah. – [Daniel] You like the robot? – [Owen] Yeah, let’s do the donuts. – [Daniel] Okay. – [Owen] Robot and donuts. – [Daniel] We can do donuts. – [Owen] Cool. – [Daniel] Cool. – So are these crayon packs identical? – Yes. – Okay. – But you get the nicer ones. – Oh, thank you. – I get the more used through ones. – Excellent. – (laughs) So tell me a little
bit about yourself, man? To the people out there. Tell me a little bit about
the makeup, what you do, all that fun stuff. – Well, let’s see. Well, I’m from Baltimore. I’ve been a makeup artist, career-wise, I guess about 18 years, in a
lot of different capacities. – Nice. – I’m sort of starting
another one now, this week. So this is convenient for that. – I had an awful lot of
Disney coloring books as a kid with Snow White with purple
eyeshadow up to her forehead. So I think I was on to something. – Okay, there you go. – So we’ll line that up right here. And it’s kind of neat
to be here this morning because my parents were big
sailors when I was a kid and they kept their boat on
this street for part of the time so I spent a lot of time here and wasn’t expecting to
be back today (laughs). – (laughs) Yeah, I think
I gave you a little bit of a nostalgia trip there as you came in. – [Owen] Definitely. – Good old Sparrow’s Point. – Yeah, all good, all good. So what else, yeah, so I’m
going to New York Monday, I’m pretty excited about that. – Okay. – I think that’s exciting for most people. But if you’re anything, maybe
like what you do with film, or arts related stuff, going to New York, especially if it’s paid
for work is sort of an exciting thing, or almost
like an accomplishment. You just a little jolt
out of it, or a recharge. So that’ll be good. – Yeah. – And what I’m doing there
is primarily learning how to make, on my own, a
custom line of cosmetics called Giella Custom Blend. And what that does, and I think these crayons
are very telling for this, (Daniel laughs) is you can pretty much create
whatever you want with it, whether it’s an original thing, or say you have some lipstick
you wore on your wedding day, or you were gonna wear
on your wedding day, and it’s this, I don’t know,
Revlon Cherry Red, whatever. It’s discontinued, they
don’t make it anymore. – Okay. – You can bring that into me and I’ll be, really the only person,
I think, it Baltimore, if not maybe even Maryland
right now, that can do it, even though there’ll be some more, and we can actually make copy of it. And not just a copy of the color, we can make the formula and texture of it. So if it was, like, really
moisturizing or really matte, like that Kim Kardashian stuff, or something along those lines, or really heavy or really
lightweight, we can adjust that. More sparkly, whatever you want. So you can customize that. Same thing if you have, maybe, trouble getting the
right shade of foundation and it’s always wrong. And you pick up the wrong
one at the drug store and it never matches, we
have something that can, not only match it up, but create it. And then, not just make
it the color, but make it, if you’re oily it goes with
that, if you’re really dry, if you need more coverage
because you breakout a lot, wrinkles, whatever’s going
on, they can do that as well, all the way down to making a
nail polish that matches that, or a coordinating lip gloss or– – Wow. – Naming it after your
grandmother or whatever. (Daniel laughs) – So it’s gonna be kind of neat, because nobody’s been able to
do it in this area for a while so I’m gonna be taking that
over and expanding on it a bit. Yeah, so lots of coloring.
– That’s really cool. Yeah, I didn’t even know such
a thing was a possibility. That’s really interesting. – Yeah, I think so, too. And they’ve had it in the area, really, since, 2003 or 4, I wanna say. – Okay. – But it’s changed hands around a lot and who was taking care of it and– – Gotcha, so you’re sort
of filling in that void. – Yeah, yeah, and there’s
a quicker way to do it now. And even thought this are a
little more, I don’t know, instant and in-demand now, I think people appreciate
something that’s just for them, or customized, or not
what you see in the store, or not just, like, overload or what every social media
influencer says you need to get, (Daniel laughs) – Or this or that, it’s
really customized for you and let’s you have a say in that. So I think that’s actually
more relevant than ever, even though it might seem
a little old-fashioned. – So what sort of, like, got you into the world
of makeup to begin with? – Coloring books, really (laughs). I mean, kind of being bored and having a lot of coloring books. – Uh-huh. – Originally, let’s see
if I can summarize this. Do I need to look at the camera? And could I focus on my coloring? – You could do either one. – All right. – This is what this is for, is just kind of chilling out and coloring. – Although if anybody
saw my coloring today, I don’t think they’d want
me to do their makeup, but. I do have a pinched nerve
in my shoulder, so (laughs). – Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. – That’s all right. Any who, I was always really artistic, but I didn’t wanna sit around for a week working on one painting. And then I was kind of shy as a kid and didn’t really like the way I looked. And I was a bit overweight and didn’t have the greatest skin. So stuff that would sort of
change somebody’s perspective and maybe even effect
how someone treated them or how they were perceived,
interested me through art in a roundabout way. – Mm-hmm. – And I always thought
that might be unfair, but I also don’t think it’s worth denying the effect that that might have. People that might be
more visually appealing, in one way or another,
it doesn’t have to be a certain size, or color, or anything, but something clicks with that, but you do get a different
response from that, whether that’s right
or wrong, I don’t know. But facts are fact, they just do. – Yeah. – But there’s something
out there for everybody. So eventually, I guess to kind of give me something more to do, because I was good at some sports and I did well with karate, but not really too many team sports. So my parents wanted me to do something and they put me in a theater summer camp. – [Daniel] Oh, cool. – Yeah, thanks. And at first I was shy, I
just wanted to be tech person or work with the costumes and stuff, and I did really well with that. But eventually, I got out
of my shell a little bit and wanted a part in the show. And I got really interested
in the makeup part of it and would just fool around
with the makeup kits in the theater all day. And they had a little class that helped. And something really, really clicked. And eventually, I was helping do everybody’s backstage and all of that. And started doing some
dance stuff for exercise and that had a bunch of makeup things that I learned as well. And the first show, I was actually playing a
clown named Tricky Dicky, (Daniel laughs) which, hey, that sticks with you. – Hey, no, that’s pretty cool. – We did something outside
at Fort Howard, near here, – Oh yeah. – With all the cast and
me dressed as that clown, named Tricky Dicky. But since it was the mid to late 90’s and I didn’t know what I was doing, I kind of looked more like Marilyn Manson, (Daniel laughs) because I, at the time,
my beauty influences were the Crow and Marilyn Manson (laughs). – Yeah, exactly. – So it kind of (laughs). – So you’re hitting the
mark, in that regard. – It was like a more colorful
version of the Crow, yeah. So I looked pretty scary, but I got some confidence out
of it, I don’t know (laughs). So yeah, I kind of, let’s just
say I expanded on that a bit. – Nice. – And just got to kind of play
around with a lot of stuff and figure out what I
liked and didn’t like. And years later, I was in college for fashion merchandising in Philly and I got a job at a makeup store that I didn’t really
think I was qualified for. – Mm-hmm. – But apparently, I knew more than most of the people at the store did. And then they taught me more
of the sales aspect of it. And it kind of clicked and
opened up a whole new perspective or career possibility or options, like jobs I didn’t even know existed or how much they might
pay, or be able to pay. And I don’t know, I still
remember the day I got the job, and just everything
started to click around. And they actually, it
wasn’t anything special, but they offered me more
money than I asked for, which was really funny to me. And I’m like, “Wait,
to play with lip gloss? “When, how, what?” Yeah, so– – Do you find it hard doing so, so since you’re out and about, doing so many events and things like that, – Yeah. – Do you think it’s tough? Because I’ll say, for me,
personally, the toughest part is usually the immediately
after those events that, because I feel like when
you’re at these events, right, you’re all in the same kind of mentality where you’re just having a good
time and talking to people. – Okay. – So it’s sort of like this high, right? – Okay. – But then afterwards, it’s
sort of like you’re back into that same space you
started at, which is like, for me, it’s like, I’m here, by myself. It’s sort of that, like,
low that you sort of hit. Does that ever happen, you find at events? Or do you think that it’s like– – Yeah, I little. Do you mean, like, that night? Or do you mean like a week later? – Yeah, maybe immediately
after, yeah, like, sort of that evening after? Or do you find that you’ve
made good connections and you’re sort of like,
“Yeah, I feel good about this.” – I think if you’ve made
enough good connections or if that was your goal, that you will find that you have some of that
in common with people, or maybe even somebody to
call and talk to about it, or maybe while you’re there, if you set a time to
reconnect with somebody, you have that to look forward to or, yeah to look forward to or
see what place you’re both in or what commonalities were
there in there first place. Even if it’s on a, maybe
a friendly perspective, not just business, business can kind of generate from that
sometimes, so that helps. But yeah, I don’t know. I found that after doing so much of that in Baltimore for so long, you sort of feel like
you do know everybody, or vise versa, which can be good. But then I started going and
feeling a lot more relaxed. But then I would catch myself
just having a good time and not really making that much effort for anything work related. – Yeah. – And work still came, but it’s hard to balance that sometimes. So yeah, if you find
you’re going to something they have every month or
every week or whatever, definitely make sure you don’t just sit with your friends all the time. – (laughs) That’s true. So as we get into the New Year,
what are some goals for you for this coming year? – Having a way for people to
come to me a little bit more and running around less. Going back to volunteering some more with two local hospitals, let’s see. – Nice. – What else? Being able to say no to things more. I made some changes in the
past six months or so to, I guess not have to run around as ragged or say yes to everything. Just to kind of keep
everything I wanted afloat. And those changes have started
to work or come in place. So it’s nice to feel comfortable
charging what you’re worth and not worrying if
somebody’s not gonna pay it and things like that,
so that’s a big thing, because it carries over into other parts of your life, as well. – Mm-hmm. – And let’s see, I really
wanna help regrow the business I was talking about with
the custom cosmetics. There’s a huge pool of people, especially in the Baltimore area, that have always sort of followed it, and just with employment
transitions, or availability, or how long it took to get something done, if they had to pre-order it
because nobody was there, it’s not really been maximized. And I think I have, a lot of those people are clients I already
work with and everything. So I think it’s kind of exciting
to pull alL that together. – Mm-hmm. – Which, by the way, I
can do that every Tuesday, at The Shops at Kenilworth, and then more to come after that (laughs). – Nice. – But so, I don’t know. And just to be able to
enjoy a little bit more. I don’t know if this is
the time or place for it, but I went through a lot the past year and was pretty unhappy, even though I accomplished a lot, too. And I’m looked forward to just
kind of enjoying stuff more, like, going to some tree
lightings this holiday season, or actually wanting to
do the holiday stuff and just chilling. – Yeah, I was gonna say, so just overall enjoying
life and everything. – I think that’s fair. Everybody should get to do that (laughs). – Yeah, exactly. No, I mean, that’s tough. I mean, I think everybody,
like you’re saying, you don’t realize what
someone’s actually going through a lot of times. And I think it’s fair to want
to be able to enjoy things, you know? – Yeah. – Because it’s tough (laughs). I mean, even when you’re having
success, it can be tough. Because you never know behind the scenes, especially what you might
have to be dealing with, as far as, like, because
there’s more people depending on things or there’s more elements
getting strewn in. – Yup. – There’s just a million
little things that, they’re just silly, that we all have to
deal with unfortunately. So if people wanted to find
you on the old social medias, how could they do that? – Pretty easy, if you just type in my name most of it goes through that. So With Owen, LLC, is being
a bit redone right now. And then encompasses everything, but you’ll still get
something if you type that. But most of my handles, the
one that is most thorough of any of my handles that
you would follow through any, whether it’s Instagram,
Facebook, LinkedIn and so on. And if you just type in
Owen Michael O’Donnell you’ll get something and
I would go off that one. Any of the others are kind of set aside until a later date to have
some more structure (laughs). – Yeah, of course. – So yeah, Instagram would
be Owen Michael O’Donnell. Facebook works with that,
LinkedIn, all that kind of stuff. – Awesome. So I know you said your
have your timing today. It’s about that time. – It might be. – I was gonna say, it’s about 11:24. – Okay. – Yeah, so before we wrap up here. – [Owen] Uh-huh. – Is there any kind of parting thoughts or upcoming things that you
wanna talk about for next year? Just anything you kind
of wanna put out there? – Let’s see, I would say
whatever you’re doing, especially if you have
to take care of yourself, or are a freelancer, don’t be afraid to make quick decisions in the moment that you have to, to benefit what you’re doing. Because the people on the other side won’t hesitate to for themselves, and that’s a hard lesson to learn. But I think that as
diplomatically as you can, take care of yourself
at the end of the day. – Mm-hmm. – And that’s a little hard to balance, but make sure you get good
at that and what else? (Daniel laughs) Just, I’m excited about the new year and trying out some different things. And if I’m allowed to say this, you can find me in
Kenilworth every Tuesday, which is kind of a slow day from people if they wanna spend some time,
or figure out a new look, or your skins to dry in
the winter, or just to talk or get updated on something,
or even talk in person about your spring wedding
or something like that. It’s pretty easy to find me there, otherwise just shoot me an email, or text, or Facebook message. And keep coloring. – Sweet. And then if you could,
just one last favor for me, go ahead and just– – Sure. – Anywhere on this page here, put your little John Hancock down and– – All right, this is
gonna make money somebody. – It will someday. – Yeah. – And I’m gonna get, I have
gifts for each of my guests. – Oh, this is like David Letterman, huh? – [Daniel] And then for you, – [Owen] uh-oh. – I nice To Tony Productions pin. – Thank you, oh. – And an authentic Pog,
straight out of the 90’s. – Nice, it kind of look like me before I fill my eyebrows in or something. – Yeah (laughs). – I’m into it. – Sweet. – I’m gonna wear this to work today and see if anybody notices. And every time somebody
does, just plug for you. – Oh, I appreciate that. – “Why are you wearing that pin?” Well– – Exactly. – “When I was coloring
this morning before work.” – But (laughs)–
– Excellent. – But cool, thank you so much, Owen. – Thank you, I appreciate it. – Appreciate your time, it
was fun coloring with you. And we will catch you next week on another episode of “Inside the Lines.” Thanks, guys. – See ya. (techno hip-hop music)

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