How old were you when you became obsessed with make up?
I was about 6 years old and obsessed with my grandma’s orange red lipstick and blue
eyeshadows. Everyone and everything in my way was wearing it.
When did you decide “okay, this is it, I’m going to be a professional make up artist?”
From my Grandma’s lipstick obsession to decision of becoming professional makeup
artist it took many years, few deferent cities and few countries including Poland where I
grew up, Italy, 11 years in NY and finally LA where I became a professional makeup
artist. I guess I always knew it.
What were the early days of your career like? Did you have to test a lot in the beginning to build your book?
It took around 3 years of testing with different photographers, models, stylist. All kinds
of shoots, productions, music videos, commercials. Testing on different skin tones, types
of beauty, etc. Every single time you learn something new and perfect your skills but you also learn
about light, photography, cameras etc. I started with people who were on the same level but each time I was raising my bar higher, trying new things, assisting to amazing makeup artists. Many times I’ve lost my patience thinking that it will never really happen for me and i wont be able to do what I
love and pay my bills. But one day all the pieces just started coming together and here I am.
What are the benefits of being represented by an agency as opposed to being on your own?
First of all the amazing feeling to be represented by a great agency like the one I’m a part of…. Cloutier Remix.
Good agencies are your families. The artists work together.Your agency will say yes or no to clients, they argue for higher rates and better terms, they watch the money and make sure you get paid. You are invited to lots of great and very beneficial events. You have access to things and clients you would never have on your own…The list is long… It’s like dream come true. My amazing agent Libby
Anderson who I’m truly grateful for because she gave me a chance. I didn’t really have a strong portfolio when I first emailed her but she saw future in me and was my best critic for all these years and she still is. Having someone respectable and talented guide you is a huge benefit.
How do you communicate with the photographer you’re working with on a shoot to achieve his or her goals?
If you have a great team then you’re already half way there. Listen, observe and share
thoughts. Thats how we communicate to better understand what the overall goal is.
How much of your input do you add to achieve the results the photographer is looking for?
It’s the communication and mainly what I do which each time I try to maintain at 110%.
Tell us what a dream job is for you?
My dream job… I have too many of them but some are definitely working with Mario Testino, Bruce Webber or young and very talented Kevin Sinclair.
What are the three tools in your make up kit that you can never, ever be without?
NARS Yachiyo brush for defining cheekbones and highlighting the complexion but I can
pretty much do it all with this one, good black mascara (I love L’oreal ), and BOBBI BROWN illuminating bronzing powder.With only these tree you can definitely create more than one look.
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. Test, test, test. Always look for new photographers. When you plan test
shoots, state your opinion about styling, concept, model… always remember it’s team
work. Don’t be afraid to ask the photographer for one more closeup or different angle.
It’s for your portfolio too. Try to assist as many great makeup artists as possible, learn, observe, don’t waist time on your phone. Learn about light and makeup techniques. Follow a respectable Makeup Artist like Lisa Eldridge on Youtube.Try to stay in touch with people you meet. You never know
what awaits around the corner. Stay positive!
What is your favorite quote?
“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”
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