Photographer: Zoe Economides
Make up Artist: Kristyan Low
using Becca Cosmetics @ Work Agency
Hair Stylist: Kate Blainey @ Sync Management
Model: Rebecca Billman @ The Agency Models
FEATURED MAKEUP ARTISTS INTERVIEW
1.) What do you hope your contribution to the project says to the viewers?
I hope the contribution to the project as a makeup artists says to the viewers that texture, colour and shape can be used in a variety of ways to create a 'mood' for an image.
2.How has working with a team benefited you aside from strengthening your skills?
Aside from strengthening my skills, working with a team enables you to listen, value, respect and discuss each team members ideas and bring the concept of the shoot to life. A photo shoot is a 'team' effort, all the parts have to come together and everyone has to work in synergy to achieve a beautiful story in harmony and balance.
3.What is some good advice for Makeup Artists striving to work in this
If you have the passion, you must work hard! It will be tough and very little remuneration in the beginning. Persevere and don't give up!
4.) What do you find to be the most rewarding and difficult when working with a team of artists to meet a common look?
As creatives we all have different ideas. When meeting a common look i think it's important to listen so that everyone is on the same page.
It's rewarding to see the team efforts come together at the end of the day.
5.) How do you plan for the unexpected?
Think outside the square and always be on the ball. A little intuition goes a long way. Have everything in your kit ready and prepared the night before. It's always better to be over prepared then underprepared.
6.) What do you feel is a common mistake Makeup Artists make?
Some aspiring makeup artists think its going to be an easy road and work will just land at your feet. This is not the case for most makeup artists. You have to work hard. In relation to applying makeup, it's important to always keep in mind the concept of the shoot. As much as you want to let your creative flare loose, you have to keep the look balanced and in harmony.
7.) What advanced classes have you taken that you feel has helped you the most?
I haven't taken any advanced classes as such. I'm continually learning from my peers/colleagues. We all have different ways of doing things and its refreshing to pick up a new skill or technique from another artist.
8.) What do you say to those who don’t feel education is important throughout their career?
Education comes in different ways. Where it be at an institution or hands on learning, it is vital to be educated in your field to learn the skills and
techniques to achieve the desired outcome.
9.) How do you keep your style fresh?
Being inspired by various artists, magazines, movies and anything that is
current and in trend.
10.) What would you say you have learned of most value through your
experiences as a Makeup Artist? Patience and to be humble.
11.) How would you describe your style? Polished and Fashion forward. To me makeup should be beautiful, regardless of how avante garde it is.
12.) How did you get your start in the editorial world? How hard or easy was it for you to build your career? Assisting top makeup artist's, learning skills/techniques and then meeting other creatives to collaborate and build my portfolio. From there, things fell into place.
13.) What has been the most amazing opportunity you have had in this
industry so far? This is a difficult one to answer. Working with different
celebrities, fashion shows and campaigns have all been amazing
opportunities. My first glimpse into the world of makeup was when i was a 16yr old boy and i saw my very first drag show. I was amazed at the illusion that makeup transformed these guys into glamorous beautiful creatures!
14.) What colors are you in love with right now? Warm browns, mahogany and plums.
15.) What inspires you? Other makeup artists and anything that catches my eye. The world holds a lot of beauty in different things.
16.) Next BIG goal? Having the opportunity to work overseas.