FEATURED MAKEUP ARTISTS INTERVIEW
1. What do you hope your contribution to the project says to the viewers?
In this particular project, I want to deliver the concept of no limitation. My makeup was inspired by mixture of geisha and Japanese street fashion. For the hairstyle I got inspired by 18th Century Louis XIV hair.
2. How has working with a team benefited you aside from strengthening your skills?
Having an awesome team helps me boost my morality to be more creative, and pushes me to think outside of the box. Also sharpen my eyes to different ideas and techniques that I haven’t tried before.
3. What is some good advice for Makeup Artists striving to work in this industry?
Be positive, love what you do and do what you love, it will automatically motivate you. Never let yourself down. Even you do, just give yourself a time limit and get back on track ASAP.
4. What do you find to be the most rewarding and difficult when working with a team of artists to meet a common look?
The most rewarding is making the whole concept comes to live and seeing artists working as a team. For the most difficult part would be different artist’s visual and personal taste. When one artist is not on the same page with rest of the crew, the project will not be able to achieve the look conceptually.
5. How do you plan for the unexpected?
Never expected! Give in your 110% and don’t focus on the return. You will be happier than ever.
6. What do you feel is a common mistake Makeup Artists make?
Comparison... I would say most of the makeup artists tend to compare themselves to other makeup artists’ work, portfolio, career and success. We are unique individuals; all of our journeys are different. It is meaningless to compare one to another. If we do, we should compete with our own selves.
7. What advanced classes have you taken that you feel has helped you the most?
I’m a full time makeup artist, but I take hair classes on my down time. Not all the shoots have budget to hire makeup artist and hair stylist on board. The producer/photographer will look for someone who can do both makeup and hair. Having hair experience and ability to do most of the common hairstyles are the big plus. It brings me way more opportunities.
8. What do you say to those who don’t feel education is important throughout their career?
Be serious about your career if you treat yourself seriously. Education doesn’t bring you creativity, but it teaches you theory and knowledge.
9.How do you keep your style fresh?
I look for inspirations almost everyday—from print to billboard to online to daily random things. Gotta keep up with the trend.
10.What would you say you have learned of most value through your experiences as a Makeup Artist?
Think outside the box, be open-minded and don’t judge.
11.How would you describe your style?
Clean and artistic.
12.How did you get your start in the editorial world? How hard or easy was it for you to build your career?
My career started with bridal, later I transformed into fashion and then editorial. I wouldn’t say it was a rough start on my editorial career. I began with small fashion projects that only involved photographer, model and myself. Then the projects slowly added on a hair stylist, wardrobe stylist and even assistants. It takes good amount of time to build up relationship with other team members and it is an amazing part of the journey.
13.What has been the most amazing opportunity you have had in this industry so far?
Being a coordinator for photo shoots. I love organizing and planning, putting a concept together, gathering the team, looking for the location and contacting magazine for publication. Having a full team to bring my concept alive and seeing the tearsheet and prints are way beyond amazing.
14.What colors are you in love with right now?
I heart coral. It’s fun, chic and fresh.
15.What inspires you?
Everything! I get inspired by random things all the time.
16.Next BIG goal?
Working on advertising campaigns is my goal and I set my HUGE goal ridiculously high. Being a makeup artist for Prada, Burberry, Tom Ford and many others high-end fashion campaigns is what I’m going after.
Chelsea Rae @ NEXT