Photography by Sequoia Emmanuelle
Make-up by Debra Macki (assisted by Julie Brooks)
Hair by Sarah Diaz
Styling by Ferriss Mason
Model: Alexandra Mathews and Sarah Marie Hiker
Make up products used:
Make Up For Ever flash palette
Make Up For Ever HD setting powder
Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara.
FEATURED MAKEUP ARTISTS INTERVIEW
1.What do you hope your contribution to the project says to the viewers?
I hope my contribution inspires people to try new things.
2.How has working with a team benefited you aside from strengthening your skills?
Working with an editorial team is a culmination of the original inspiration. Working with a good team is not one person's solo vision, it truly is the team's vision. It pushes you to step outside your comfort zone and see things through the other people's perspective.
3.What is some good advice for Makeup Artists striving to work in this industry?
Know your worth and be educated.
Don't discount your rates. It ruins it for the industry as a whole when artists don't know their worth.
I hear too many times "There are no rules in makeup". There is a right way and a wrong way to do something.
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 achieving the look. The most challenging is not knowing the artists on the team ahead of time. If I'm working on a team and I know the artists and their strengths, it's much easier.
5.How do you plan for the unexpected?
I plan for the unexpected by having a great kit. I can mix any color even if I don't have it because I know color theory.
6.What do you feel is a common mistake Makeup Artists make?
A common mistake makeup artists make is to get their "education" from YouTube. YouTube is fabulous for inspiration, but not education. I see it with my students. They pick up really bad habits.
7.What advanced classes have you taken that you feel has helped you the most?
I have taken many classes but I was never impressed by them that is why I started teaching classes for makeup artists. I learned most of what has made me successful the hard way. So many "Pro" artists lack basic makeup education. I wanted to make a difference when I saw bad habits passed off as technique.
8.What do you say to those who don’t feel education is important throughout their career?
Education/inspiration is very important throughout your career. In the beginning you master theory and technique but you shouldn't drop the ball there. As artists we need to stay inspired.
9.How do you keep your style fresh?
I keep my style fresh by doing editorials and constantly looking for inspiration all around me and at fashion week. We need to stay 10 steps ahead of the general public.
10.What would you say you have learned of most value through your experiences as a Makeup Artist?
The most valuable thing I've learned as a makeup artist is how profoundly you can affect someone by making them feel beautiful. How can you ever get sick of that?
11.How would you describe your style?
Conceptual. I like to create makeup looks that are visual and 3-dimensionally interesting; meaning there’s subtle layers of complexity in every application
I like to think of myself as a chameleon. I love that each team I work with pulls something different out in me. I've been told I have great range and I think that is one of the best compliments a makeup artist can get.
12.How did you get your start in the editorial world? How hard or easy was it for you to build your career?
If you push yourself hard to build a strong portfolio, editorials follow. I worked on my book for a long time before editorial opportunities were available to me.
13.What has been the most amazing opportunity you have had in this industry so far?
I wouldn't say one opportunity was the most amazing. I've had many amazing opportunities throughout my career. I've worked with Rihanna, Cyndi Lauper, Jenny Mccarthy, Maria Menounos, traveled to Monaco, had lunch at Dr. Oz's house with People Magazine, and did a shoot in a 25 million dollar mansion, to name just a few. I've also worked with brides who cried because they never felt so beautiful. Any opportunity to touch someone's life in a positive way or to travel and work with amazing talent is something to be grateful for.
14.What colors are you in love with right now?
Colors to an artist are like their children. You can't have a favorite but you secretly do.. ha ha. Purple is always my go to. Orchid is the color of the year!
15.What inspires you?
I find inspiration all around me. Walking down the street, looking at a flower, a sunset, the ocean! That's what I love Instagram. I photograph beautiful things I see in my day and look back at it for inspiration.
16.Next BIG goal?
I want to work internationally more. I would love to live in Paris for 6 months.