"I help my clients to communicate who they are on that specific day/occasion when I do their makeup."
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Tell us about yourself, and why you are a good fit as a makeup artist.
I always listen to my clients and give them what they would really like to see. I understand them and treat each and every client special. Makeup gives you a different mood, it's about feelings and it's a kind of communication to the world. I help my clients to communicate who they are on that specific day/occasion when I do their makeup.
Why did you choose this profession?
I realised how much I can help someone with a nice makeup and I love this creativity in my life. Different colours, different textures, many possibilities and you never have two same days. I'm in love with this job and couldn't imagine my life without beauty.
What are the biggest challenges makeup artists have to face?
There are many challenges nowadays but I think the social is one of the biggest to face. The clients are online all the time, there so many self thought "love to be a makeup artists" around and many unnatural pics which gives you a complete false idea about makeup. There is no flawless skin like on these particular photos it simply doesn't exists and to explain this to your thirty something customer that she is still going to see some wrinkles it's sometimes really hard. Trends like contouring and highlighting and these terrible eyebrows, too close to each other and too wide; it's just not for everyone and the clients are so influenced in a totally wrong way. In one hand social media is a blessing because you have more inspiration then before but on the other hand it's just too much.
If a customer asks for a style that you are sure would not suit them, how do you convince the customer to go otherwise?
I've often had this problem as I used to work for MAC, Nars and ARMANI so I choose not to discuss too long about it, I just did the half of the face as they wanted and the other half as I recommend it and 98% they wanted my suggestion.
How do you prepare dry and oily skin for foundation makeup application?
I love preparing the skin because without beautiful skin you can't do a nice makeup. For dry skin I use a lots of moisturiser, toner and sometimes even an enzyme peeling. I choose a liquid moisturising foundation. Oily skin needs moisture as well but here I take a less rich cream and go for a primer which mattify the skin, I use an oil free foundation.
Do you have any experience in cosmetic retails?
I've worked for MAC, ARMANI, NARS, NYX, YSL altogether 5 years in retails as a makeup artist and store manager.
Tell us about your experience as a makeup artist?
I could write here long stories but my favourite experience is always the end of the makeup as my clients take a look in the mirror and with sparkling eyes saying thank you for making me beautiful. Seeing how happy they are and how gorgoeus they feel is my absolutely most fav experience.
Do you apply makeup for special events? Name some you have covered?
I do make up for all kind of occasions. I was head of makeup this year for the Elite Model Look of Switzerland and this I loved so much. I used to work for TV, did makeup for Miss Universe Hungary and had clients they attended the Zürich Filmfestival. I also did makeup for several clients for the Streetparade in Zürich.
What is the difference between applying makeup for a TV shoot and applying makeup for a live appearance party?
There are many things you have think about. For a live party you do the make up and after you leave so you have no chance for a touch up that's why it has to be very long lasting. For a TV shoot you should check the lighting and the colours and also the products what you use could be different. HD is always a great choice.
How often do you clean your makeup tools such as brushes and combs? How does it affect the wear and tear of your tools and how do you feel about the associated expense?
I clean them after each and every customer. The brushes are the extension of my finger, my tools I'm working with they are my business cards they have to be clean there is no compromise about this. I invest in good tools I also have my own branded brushes and quality is really important.
How do you determine a client’s undertone before you decide what makeup technique to use?
I make a colour match to find the right undertone and investigate what kind of skin type she has and what products she use everyday, after this it's easy to decide for the right makeup technique.
Do you have any tips for our readers?
Educate yourself and keep on going! There is always something to learn in this industry from everyone. Believe you can.
Hair & Makeup: @viktoriageorgina
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