Photography by Sequoia Emmanuelle
Styling by Ferriss Mason
Make-up by Ashley Joy Beck
Hair by J Micheal
Model: Guetcha Tondreau (Wild Models Talent Agency)
FEATURED MAKEUP ARTISTS INTERVIEW
1.What do you hope your contribution to the project says to the viewers?
Any time I do a makeup I hope people see a different angle of beauty. That's the part of my work that I hope speaks loudest. When other people see it, I want them to take a moment to experience love
and hopefully realize that beauty is not just in my contribution, but everywhere around them all the time.
2.How has working with a team benefited you aside from strengthening your skills?
Working with Sequoia Emmanuelle and the rest of the team always pushes me to go further and do my best. Sequoia has such good creative input. I get better every time I shoot with her and the rest
of the team.
3.What is some good advice for Makeup Artists striving to work in this industry?
Just keep on keepin' on. It takes a while to build a solid foundation. Experience is invaluable, so get that before you start expecting money and notoriety. Work for free, but be smart about it. Do
projects that really resonate with your vibration. Search out other like minded artists to collaborate. If makeup artistry is your biggest passion in life, just stay positive and never 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?
The most rewarding part of working with other artists is seeing how everything comes together like magic. You really can see The Creator's hand in a collaboration because the final product generally
looks as if one person, one mind, painted the whole thing. That's the crazy part. The difficult part is more obvious. We are essentially separate creators even though we are all connected. When you
feel the separation more than the connectedness, that can get in the way of creating the ultimate alchemy. You must relax your gaze and melt your vision with the other collaborators to feel the
oneness of the final product come to fruition.
5.How do you plan for the unexpected?
To plan for the unexpected I always overpack my kit. I have a huge selection of different colored cosmetics, lashes and even nail products in my kit at all times. I always want to be prepared for
anything and everything.
6.What do you feel is a common mistake Makeup Artists make?
A common mistake some makeup artists make is not taking each individual face separately. What I mean by that is not being fully present with the subject you are working on. Many makeup artists
get into routines and forget that every face is unique. Each subject requires your full attention when assessing what you will do to it to bring out that person's unique beauty.
7.What advanced classes have you taken that you feel has helped you the most?
I attended MUD (Makeup Designory) in Burbank in 2008. I was already 5 years into my career as a makeup artist at that time but I had just moved to LA and I needed a little help getting started in that
industry. MUD put me in contact with a starter network and gave me the tools/education I needed to take my craft to the next level.
8.What do you say to those who don’t feel education is important throughout their career?
I will never stop learning but I don't need formal education to teach me. I can teach myself and so can you! Being an avid observer of the world around me and being open to learn from everyone and
anyone, I am able to pick up lots of tips and tricks all the time.
9.How do you keep your style fresh?
Experiment! That's why I still do trade shoots and I will never stop. I love to try new things. I go with whatever my minds eye sees. "See it, do it" is a rule that's never steered me wrong.
10.What would you say you have learned of most value through your experiences as a Makeup Artist?
Makeup can heal. If you allow it, like anything else in this magical world, it has the power to become a shamanic tool. I learn more and more about how it heals every day, with color, feeling, attention
11.How would you describe your style?
Free yet fine-tuned. I like to play as much as possible with everything (and everyone) in my life. I like to push it as weird as possible while still being beautiful. It is at the edge of that boundary where I
feel the most tingly excited feelings bubble up and manifest into the art.
12.How did you get your start in the editorial world? How hard or easy was it for you to build your career?
My work has always been editorial in nature. Even while in school, stories of goddesses and angels and spirits swam through my mind into my hand and onto the faces and bodies I chose for
canvases. I have a huge imagination (everyone does). I listen to it and allow it to shape what I do so a story can be expressed. We are all writing our own realities. It was an obvious move to take
those stories and submit them to magazines so I could share my vision with as many people as possible. It has been hard and easy and neither all at the same time to build this thing we call "my
career" and it is still building. Difficulty is just a matter of perspective. I am enjoying the journey so I am always succeeding.
13.What has been the most amazing opportunity you have had in this industry so far?
Working with Cirque du Soleil and the band Empire of the Sun have both brought me so much joy, notoriety and opportunity that it is hard to pick one over the other. I am very grateful to those two
entities, as well as all the opportunities I have had to collaborate with the epic photographer Sequoia Emmanuelle.
14.What colors are you in love with right now?
I love all colors. I cannot pick any over the others. But currently, I am vibing with neons and metallics, especially in tandem. They are so vibrational I can't help but play with them constantly, especially
in my sketching and drawing.
15.What inspires you?
I love patterns and bold colors and shapes. That and the amazing personalities of all the bodies I get to touch.
16.Next BIG goal?
Right now, I have a few. I'd like to have my work in more magazines that can be bought on newsstands. I'd also love to have more fine art work in galleries. Another current goal is to develop my
healing face paint skills and spread the news that face and body paint can be done by everyone to connect with and heal your fellow humans. If you get into the joy of painting you will discover new
ways to harness your divine nature of healing and ability to bring out aspects of your self and other people's personalities. Transformation is happening all the time to all of us. Let's get involved and be
conscious of the opportunity to play with each other in every moment.