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Circumspect Sunday: The Generosity of the Makeup Artist Community & a Darn Good Hummus Recipe

Circumspect Sunday: The Generosity of the Makeup Artist Community & a Darn Good Hummus Recipe

I haven’t written a Circumspect Sunday post in a long time.  I wonder if maybe I haven’t been too circumspect lately.  Hmmm.

At any rate, I woke up wanting Hummus.  And I thought about my friend and colleague Patrick Eichler, (former International Director of Education for M.A.C) who is an amazing makeup artist and who makes incredible hummus.  Well, he shared his recipe with me and you will find it below.

Back to being circumspect.  Thinking about Patrick made me think of Victoria McGill, another friend (who just launched the most amazing eye cream), colleague and makeup artist, who introduced me to Patrick.  Then I started thinking about what a great community of makeup artists there are out there.

I remember my first true mentor, Sharon Martin.  I wanted to learn television makeup and contacted her, as she was the resident artist at our local KTVU Channel 2 Fox station in Oakland.  Sharon went on to teach me so much about the business of makeup, the industry, how to network and gave me loads of work.  And the incredible part is that she didn’t know me from Adam when I met her.  But that’s the kind of generosity I grew up on and I hope that I am the same type of artist.  Sharon died a few years ago, however the lessons I learned from her spring eternal.

Sam Fine

I kinda, sorta tweet.  Twitter not my thing, but I’m trying.  At any rate, in the twittershpere there are some awesome makeup artists giving away knowledge daily.  Sam Fine, legendary celebrity makeup artist tweets advice all day. Makeup artist Jennifer James hips up-and-coming makeup artists as well as OG artists like myself with her #makeupchat and #MUAs twitter conversations.

Crystal Wright, whose portfolio building class I took eons ago, is generous with giving kind and constructive criticism and well as advice to newbies to the business.  I say #FF all of these good folks on Twitter!

I’m happy and proud to be part of such a generous community that share and uplifts.  Particularly great recipes.

Patrick’s hummus (and I may have changed it since the first time I made it, so it’s more like a Tracey hybrid of Patrick’s hummus):

2 cans of chickpeas drained and rinsed

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 heaping tablespoons of tahini sauce (sesame paste)

2 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon mashed garlic (I buy the can in the jar)

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salt, pepper, cayenne to taste

Dump all of this stuff in the food processor and stream the olive oil in while it’s whirring.  In a few minutes you have some delish hummus.  Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and spicy Hungarian paprika and a few pine nuts.  Refrigerate.  Serve with whole wheat pita.  Bon appetit!


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  • Victoria

    Patrick’s hummus AND you are the best! Thanks for the mention.