"Confidence and great personality are key. Your expertise is usually greatly appreciated by clients."
Can you tell us what makes you a good fit for this particular makeup artist position with the competition being so tough?
In my 17 years of experience, I got the chance to work for and with very talented people. My story of how I got started with this career could be inspiration for many others out there that, like me, are seeking for opportunities.
Why did you choose this profession?
Growing up, I was inspired by the glamour of family members such my Grandmother and Mother. Beauty and Fashion was something I grew up with. In my early Childhood in Argentina, I was mesmerized by a TV show that had a Magazine format, the Fashion and Beauty segment were my favorite. Oscar Mullet (celebrity makeup artist) was the head of that segment. He quickly became my makeup mentor. After attending Art School, I decided to try new horizons and I came back to USA. I worked for a photo studio company were I developed the passion for photoshoot productions. Makeup was my innate talent so, I decided to give it a try, so after following a friend's recommendation, I interviewed for what it became my first Makeup Artist opportunity. Lancome had gave me the opportunity to be a freelance artist for them... The rest is history!
What are the biggest challenge makeup artists have to face?
Makeup Artist have to learn to deal and keep up with different personalities, most of the times attitude and cattines from other professionals.
If a customer asks for a style that you are sure would not suit them, how do you convince the customer to go otherwise?
Confidence and great personality are key. Your expertise is usually greatly appreciated by clients. If the client is confident about her own look, you have to learn to "go with the flow". Makeup reflects Style and can only be worn properly with confidence.
How do you prepare dry and oily skin for foundation makeup application?
Regardless of the skin condition, the key is to have a slippery canvas. Dry and dehydrated skin will always respond well to products with a slower absorption, while oily skin need products that are rather lighter with breathable texture.
Do you have any experience in cosmetic retails?
Most of my career was based in retail.
Tell us about your experience as a makeup artist?
When I had my first opportunity as Makeup Artist and I realized that that could be my way of leaving, I felt the luckiest person alive! From there, my career skyrocketed to what I am now. Investing in every job as an opportunity to take the next step. Always lucky to work with prestige companies such Lancome, Laura Mercier, Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Nars cosmetics. From freelance Artist all the way to National Stylist.
Name some you have covered?
I work in NY Fashion Week since 2013 with Nars cosmetics. I have recreated looks for Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Takoon, Tanya Taylor, Creatures of the Wind among other shows
What is the difference between applying makeup for a TV shoot and applying makeup for a live appearance party?
With the technology advances, makeup started to change drastically, making real life makeup vs TV makeup almost identical. The huge demand of almost filtered makeup finished for social events leaves no extras to TV makeup.
How often do you clean your makeup tools such as brushes and combs?
I pay particular care of my makeup tools. I have learned from lead Makeup Artist such Mark Carrasquillo, that having multiple brushes of the same style allows you to go from show to show without using the same set twice on the same day. Once day is over is "bath time" for my babies. The extra money expensed is totally worth it! Your clients will appreciate your cleanliness.
How do you determine a client’s undertone before you decide what makeup technique to use?
I always take a look to my client's body skin, the way they tan, lighter and darker areas, amount of redness or discoloration.
Do you have any tips you'd like to share?
Be Passionate and patience. The day will come, it is all about hard work, professionalism and connections!