Make Up Artist:
Rudy Miles for beautybyrudy
Ajahmure Clovis for hernailsrock
FEATURED MAKEUP ARTISTS INTERVIEW
1.What do you hope your contribution to the project says to the viewers?
I hope the viewer is able to feel something organic from the makeup in the project; I hope it evokes an emotion, whatever that means for each individual.
2.How has working with a team benefited you aside from strengthening your skills?
Working with a team really contributes to the creative process for me. Once I design and develop a makeup concept, the team’s reactions and connections to that concept help it to become a reality. It’s the first step towards manifesting the look and bringing it to life.
3.What is some good advice for Makeup Artists striving to work in this industry?
GET EDUCATED and coached in a classroom setting! It’s very difficult to develop your own style of makeup artistry if you’ve only studied how to do some other artists’ techniques. Artists learn so much more about developing a style if they can connect the makeup techniques to big picture concepts like color theory, texture and placement.
4.What do you find to be the most rewarding and difficult when working with a team of artists to meet a common look?
I find it most rewarding when any one aspect of the shoot (hair, nail, wardrobe, lighting) can inspire the direction for the rest of the team. I find it most difficult to work with a team that is not able to try the unexpected and create in the raw of the moment.
5.How do you plan for the unexpected?
I plan for the unexpected by being detached from the process. If I have a concept in mind but it evolves into something completely opposite, I can work with that because it is about the work that must be released from me, not about me.
6.What do you feel is a common mistake Makeup Artists make?
A common mistake makeup artists make is having no range of talent. So often I speak with makeup artists who think every photo shoot requires heavy contouring and highlighting, false lashes, lip gloss and the like. Many artists don’t have or understand restraint and subtly and the beauty of painting face for the face you’re working on, not just for the sake of picking up your brush.
7.What advanced classes have you taken that you feel has helped you the most?
The MAC Pro classes I’ve taken with makeup artists James Kaliardos and Linda Mason were amazing. Both of these artists spoke so eloquently and passionately about the creative process and their body of work. They also didn’t have the artistic blocks and constraints that sometimes accompany the craft. It’s an honor to get to watch such artists create right before your eyes. They reminded me that is it indeed art, every time.
8.What do you say to those who don’t feel education is important throughout their career?
If you’re doing what you did last season, you’re already out dated. Education is critical to not only stay ahead of trends but to even be able to put yourself in a creative space to possibly be a movement maker, not just a trend setter. This industry is ever evolving and so should we as artists, ideally.
9.How do you keep your style fresh?
I stay fresh by staying inspired and free. I look for inspiration in the everyday and rarely from current magazine layouts since they are already printed and actually not ‘new’ at all. Product technology, ingredients and performance are also huge influences as they often drive techniques I develop and looks I want to try. Again, I don’t box myself in so I don’t have to try to think outside the box; there is no box.
10.What would you say you have learned of most value through your experiences as a Makeup Artist?
Let your work speak for itself. People will always have opinions about you as a person but your work should be indisputable. One may say,”Oh, I don’t like that style of makeup,” but never be able to say, “This artist can’t do makeup.”
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.
12.How did you get your start in the editorial world? How hard or easy was it for you to build your career?
I’m forever thankful to makeup artist Ana Marie Rizzieri who was key for me having my first national for Arden B. shot by photographer Walter Chin. I thought I was assisting her on the day of the shoot but she gave me a model to work with for the day instead. From there, as Global Creative Director for Makeup, I did makeup for many of the major beauty campaigns for Aveda Corporation which further built my book. As I built relationships in the industry, I built my career. Leading shows for designers like Zang Toi at New York Fashion Week also adds a layer of credibility to my body of work.
The difficulty comes sometimes when clients hire me without understanding my work or expecting me to do makeup from some picture that they show me; not going to happen.
13.What has been the most amazing opportunity you have had in this industry so far?
Visiting the Yawanawa Indians for 3 days deep in the Brazilian Rainforest is definitely one of the highest highs of my career. From this amazing visit into their village where I learned their sacred face painting art, I left so inspired and was able to translate the visit into new packaging, products and partnership agreement for the Aveda Corporation Uruku makeup collection. Tashka, the Yawanawa Chief, is still a dear friend today.
14.What colors are you in love with right now?
I am loving muted colors right now; mauves, lavender, greys, brown mustard yellow. These colors feel sophisticated and moody to me yet lighthearted. For the lips, I’m loving brights, semi-matte and matte textures.
15.What inspires you?
Textures. Nature. Technology/formulation. Makeup ingredients. I am very inspired by the product I am working with as that opens the door to usage and techniques. Being in love with life means moments of inspiration are most common in the everyday activity of just being.
16.Next BIG goal?
The beautybyrudy EYE LASH CURLER is my obsession right now. Last year, I received a U.S. patent for a new lash curler design; I’ve basically re-invented the lash curler! This revolutionary, high end design doesn’t use the traditional plate system to bend and press the lashes, it actually has a curler/roller system to curl the lashes effectively. I’m thrilled that we have found a design engineer to help with design so that we can get a prototype made and move towards production. I can’t wait to launch it!