Former Moose Javian working with Canadian country music stars – DiscoverMooseJaw.com
Former Moose Jaw resident Caitlyn Dixon continues to make her mark on the makeup industry.
The 28-year-old freelance makeup artist, who now lives in Calgary, Atla, had the opportunity last year to work with Canadian country music star Brett Kissel in his latest music video, Watch It.
“It was fantastic!” says Dixon. “He was so down to earth and so kind and lovely. It was a really positive experience.”
Dixon left Canada’s most notorious city about four years ago to move to Calgary to pursue her dreams.
A fan of country music, Dixon has had the opportunity to collaborate with several artists since moving to Calgary, most notably at the Canadian Country Music Awards in September 2022, where she says Kissel for the first time.
“I saw him,” adds Dixon. “He stopped by our makeup stations during the show and I was delighted to get that call.”
She got the opportunity to work with Kissel through her mentor, who sent her to shoot the music video in November 2022.
It was agony getting ready for the shoot as she got the call around 7pm the night before and had to arrive at 4am the next day to start the makeup.
Dixon explains that the music video was filmed in a Mount Royal University theater, but what made it such a cool experience was what Kissel was wearing when he entered the makeup room
“He was wearing one of his merchandise shirts with a Saskatchewan license plate that said Kissel on it. I was like oh my god this is too perfect and really cool.”
Kissel said in an interview with Country 100 Morning Show host Courtney Fielder that he was very grateful for Dixon’s flexibility on the set.
“She was a champion and I don’t know if I’ve ever looked this good,” says Kissel. She gets all the credit.”
It was a quick music video, as Dixon says, she was only on location for about four hours, but it was worth it and an experience of a lifetime.
She is a commercial makeup artist and usually works on film or television sets but has not directed many music videos. When it comes to the actual makeup part of the job, she says not much changes between movies, TV, or movies.
“We might have added a little more warmth with some bronzer so it didn’t look washed out on camera. We’ve given a little more coverage just because you really want a man to look flawless but not too flawless and you don’t want them to make him look fake or made up. You have to find a balance there.”
The former Moose Jaw resident fell in love with the art of makeup at a young age and in high school wanted to do something other than college.
“I’ve always been more creative and I’m so glad I followed that. I could have been in an office. I initially did interior design, but I ended up doing makeup.”
Between weddings, commercials, television and now music videos, every day is different for Dixon, which is one of the reasons she loves the industry.
“You are always on the go and always preparing for something else. That’s what works best for me.”
Her love for the industry led her to Paris, where she won the Canadian portion of L’Oreal’s The Brush competition in Toronto in 2015.
Watch the full interview with Dixon and Country 100 Morning Show host Courtney Fielder below: