Photographer: Kira Bucca
Model: Janiece Dilone @ Muse Models
Stylist: Mike Stallings
Makeup: Clarissa Luna @ ABTP
Hair: Aleetha Clanton
Manicurist: Elizabeth A. Garcia
Photo Assistant: Tam Nguyen
FEATURED MAKEUP ARTISTS INTERVIEW
1. What does this collection say about your mindset when you were creating it?
This creation was really a free for all. I knew we had accessories we wanted to highlight, so it became a team effort. Once the inspiration was shown to me, I decided to go along with the theme for each accessory.
2. Where do you most often find inspiration from? And when you lose it...what do u do to find it?
Most induration comes from other art mediums. I never look at makeup for inspiration, as it doesn't seem like a genuine way to come up with your own ideas. I love paintings, especially watercolors, when I'm searching for ideas. When I lose inspiration, I usually put on some John Coltrane and it somehow comes back to me.
3. What's your favorite technique or trick? And who taught it to you?
I don't have a favorite technique, but my favorite, most important rule of executing great makeup is starting with a good skincare base. If the skin looks good, you're already one step ahead!
4. Why editorial, session work? So many say it’s a dead road... why did you continue to pursue this path?
I believe in moving forward with the times, but I'm a strong believer that in order to love forward, you must first know your history. Editorial work is the base of every successful makeup artist. The greats are still behind every major magazine cover to this day.
5. While on set, how do you stay focused?
Coffee! I'm only half joking. I always have coffee, and I always believe in standing behind the photographer at all times. It keeps you on your feet!
6. Share with us the most unexpected thing that has happened while on set, good or bad.
Once while shooting, we decided to paint a models hair, thinking it would wash out immediately. We were completely wrong, and had to deal with the peeling paint on her head. The photos came out stunning. It was a serendipitous moment.
7. Favorite quote or quotes you live by? And how do u apply them to your work? What is your personal mantra?
I don't have a personal mantra, but I always read the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. There's a line in the poem that says, "I took the one less traveled, and that has made all the difference". I've followed
this since the 7th grade, and it really has made all the difference!
8. Is there anyone experience(s) in particular that you feel has made the biggest impact on your career?
I think winning NAHA (NORTH AMERICAN HAIRSTYLING AWARDS) Makeup Artist of the Year in 2011 made me feel like I had much more to accomplish. Although it was an honor to win, as soon as I accepted the award, I thought, "Now what?" I think like this every day after I finish a job. It's taught me to never settle. I plan to keep not settling. :)
9. What do you believe is a common mistake within the industry? And what can others do to avoid being a cliché?
They say imitation is the biggest form of flattery, but think it becomes the death of a career. I think as long as you stay genuine and unique to your art, you will stay attain and maintain success. Success will never ever become cliché.
10. If you could go back to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give your newbie self ?
Quit rushing! I think when we begin, we think we have to have a photo shoot booked every day, and do every kind of makeup. As I look back, I realize I shot so many unimportant things. You couldn't bribe me not to shoot even the most ridiculous of ideas, back in the day.
11. Who is your biggest role model and why? What collection stands out in your mind?
I don't really have a role model, but I do admire women who have broken down doors for our advancement. I worked with Gina Gershon once, and she gave me the best advice. "Don't take shit from anyone. If someone
says you can't, you prove them wrong. Period." That's the best advice I've ever received.
12. What colors are you in love with right now?
Teals! I can't get enough. Bright magenta is a close second.
13.. Favorite adult beverage? Why...and when did u first have one?
I love a good glass of Merlot. It hits all five senses. I first had it in college. Where I once thought it was a drink for "old people", I soon realized it what the hype was all about. A drink that demands you to slow down, is a drink that has to be respected!