Featured MUA: Dara Elise Andino



"I'm an absolute rule breaker. I will take a concept to the very edge of your imagination, and go one step beyond."

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Tell us about yourself, and why you are a good fit as a makeup artist.

I'm an absolute rule breaker. I will take a concept to the very edge of your imagination, and go one step beyond. I love using my work to challenge the way someone thinks.

Why did you choose this profession?

I'm obsessed with self love and self expression. by doing what I do, I enable my clients to experience that. I live for their reactions!

What are the biggest challenges makeup artists have to face?

I believe the biggest challenge for an artist is starting up: they could have talent, but no connections. I encourage all artists to find a go-to photographer, and to be unafraid to be bold! Collaborate when you can!

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 believe almost any look is achievable for anyone, depending on how you tweak the application! There are multiple ways to achieve a specific style, and there are different levels of impact.

How do you prepare dry and oily skin for foundation makeup application?

I like to start off by giving the client a warm towel to add some water content to the skin and wipe off any excess shine. To seal the moisture in, I apply a gel moisturiser, and for dry skin I layer a couple drops of argan oil over top. For both skin types, I adore the hourglass mineral veil primer.

Do you have any experience in cosmetic retails?

I've hosted a nudestix event during college, where we created flyers by hosting our own independent photoshoot, and sampled the product for customers by providing demos.

Tell us about your experience as a makeup artist?

I'm a freelance Makeup artist, hosting my own photoshoots, working with other talented photographers are models of all kinds! I'm also in the process of developing my own cosmetic line!

Do you apply makeup for special events? Name some you have covered?

I have done proms, weddings, graduations and other photo worthy events.

What is the difference between applying makeup for a TV shoot and applying makeup for a live appearance party?

TV shoots, depending on the nature, is usually almost always corrective and matte. There isn't much done to change how the person looks. As opposed to a live appearance party, so long as it's elegant anything from minimal to high drama goes.

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 always at least spot clean my brushes between uses, and shampoo them with almond soap at least once a week! Your brushes are an investment: they can be the make or break of an application!

How do you determine a client’s undertone before you decide what makeup technique to use?

I look at 3 areas: their cheeks, their forehead and their chest since sometimes redness in the face can mask a yellow undertone. from there i determine the complexion shade by swatching from cheek to neck.

Any tips?

Be unafraid to try new things, and never stop practicing!

What is your most memorable experience?

I think my most memorable experience so far has to be my shoot for my final project in college! I love working with people equally excited as I am. I was also so excited to hear I was the first MUA to bring in a male model for the final shoot in the history of the program!

Booking Information:

Instagram: @daraandinobeauty

Email: dhee.andino@gmail.com


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