1. How old were you when you became obsessed with make up?
My obsession with make-up started when I was about 6 years old. My mother’s beauty case was never safe when I was around. The other thing that I remembered is going trough my mother’s beauty magazines and giving my friends total makeovers.
2. When did you decide “okay, this is it, I’m going to be a professional make up artist?” Who were some of your mentors or inspirations when you got started?
During high school I always told my mother that after I finished high school I wanted to attend a Make-up school. The only problem that my mother had with this choice is that a Make-up school wouldn’t provide a certified diploma but just a certificate. It’s like attending university after high school, which will give you a valet accreditation. Fortunately for me after I finished high school there was a new type of university in Amsterdam called the “all round make-up artist school” which would provide me with a certified diploma after completion. That’s when I knew “Okay, This is it!” I have always been inspired by artists like; Alex box, Pat McGrath and Caroline Saulnier. Inspiration I get through all types of art. Due to the many shapes and structures the artist may have used. The other funny thing that inspires me is seeing poorly done make up and hair looks from other artists. It doesn’t mean that their idea’s are bad but I find myself thinking of a way to perfect their look in my own way.
3. What were the early days of your career like? Did you have to test a lot in the beginning to build your book?
I think that it’s the same for any type of career. It takes a lot of time and effort. During my education I did a lot of internships that ranged from movies, theater and television shows. After my education I attended a different hair and make up school which focused more on the fashion industry. This industry was always the way I wanted to go with my career. So to build up my book I had to do allot of test shoots, fashion shows and editorials to gain the experience needed.
4. Looking back, is there anything you would do differently in your journey as a make up artist? Any decisions you made when you were younger you would not make today, knowing what you have learned so far?
Looking back I might have switched my all round make up artist school for a hairdressing school. The reason for this is that the all round make up artist school was really focused on make up and hair for theater and movies. My passion lies with the fashion industry. I want to make someone beautiful and not turn him or her into a character for a play. It has never been a wasted of my time because I learned allot, but people expect me to be their hairstylist as well as their make up artist. You have to be all round in this business so I think hairdressing school would have prepared me more as an all round artist.
5. How do you communicate with the photographer you’re working with on a shoot to achieve his or her goals?
I always get a mood board or a make up and hair inspiration before a shoot. But next to that I always make my own mood board with my own inspiration. This way we can both see if we are on the same page before we start. During a shoot I demand honesty in the work that I make. In this way we can work as a team to get to the best end result.
6. What skills did you learn early on that you still use today?
Every shoot is different. So every shoot demands a different type of skill. During my education I learned that you have positive lines in the face when you want to apply make up. I use that knowledge every day whether I’m doing my own make up or applying it on someone else. Other skills that I still use are that some products can be used for more then one purpose. Such as a lipstick can also be used as a creamy blush or an eye shadow can be used as an eyebrow powder.
7. Tell us what a dream job is for you?
To do the hair and make up for a cover shoot of Vogue magazine would be amazing. I would also love to be “chef de cabine” for make up and hair during fashion week.
8. What are the three tools in your make up kit that you can never, ever be without?
My hairspray, my “Mason Pearson” brush and my eyebrow brush. I can’t work without them on set.
9. What advice for young make up artists who are just starting out and want to be where you are, at the top of the industry?
Never give up on your dreams, even when times get hard. It takes allot of time to make it in this industry. But when you put all you’re effort in you’re work and strive for the best results you will reach you’re goals. Never stop learning.
10. What is your favorite quote?
“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner” – Lao Tzu