1. How old were you when you became obsessed with makeup?
At the age of 15 I started to model a bit and the first time a makeup artist worked on me I realized that this is what I wanted to do in my life as my career. I started to assist that year, 1995, and began on my path.
2. When did you decide, “okay, this is it, I’m going to be a professional makeup artist!”
3. What were the early days of your career like? Did you have to test a lot in the beginning to build your book?
When I first started, I was assisting until I was 19. And then I began to have my own jobs.. I remember one of my first jobs was for Abercrombie and Fitch doing the editorial part of the catalogue. The rate were great. By the time I was 20 I got my first campaign jobs. Back then the fashion industry had lots of money and was not so saturated with makeup artists.
4. What are the benefits of being represented by an agency as opposed to being on your own?
I was freelance and did well before I joined an agency but I had problems getting paid by some clients. Having an agent for sure helped me manage my career.
5. How do you communicate with the photographer you’re working with on a shoot to achieve his or her goals?
I talk with the photographer, often along with the stylist and hair about the look wanted and we refer to and discuss inspiration photos or mood boards before executing our look for the shoot.
6. How much of your input do you add to achieve the results the photographer is looking for?
Basically what I just said, I communicate with everyone and refer to the mood boards.
7. Tell us what a dream job is for you?
A dream job to me is doing something magically creative, for instance working on the Bjork video Wanderlust. It was demanding and pushed the creative limits for all of the artists involved. I loved it.
8. What are the three tools in your makeup kit that you can never, ever be without?
Mascara by Lancome or Christian Dior. Ruby Woo Red MAC lipstick and my airbrush kit from Temptu.
9. What advice for young makeup artists who are just starting out and want to be where you are, at the top of the industry?
My advise for a young makeup artist would be to focus on mastering the look of perfect skin before attempting more heavy or creative makeup looks.
10. What is your favorite quote?
“Artists are the only people who draw lines and encourage people to cross them.” – Amber Ibarreche.