How did your career begin in the world of makeup? Well let me start off by saying what an honor it is to be featured by MustaeV USA as an artist of the month. I'm a huge fan of the brand and to even be considered for this is an incredible thing.
I kind of fell into makeup in a weird way, almost starting backwards really. I was unemployed for a bit after leaving a Lush store. I got bored at home and started playing with a few makeup products I picked up. Eyeliner and some shadows a friend gave me. I didn't know anything about what I was doing, I just wanted to create weird, otherworldly looks and images. I would take songs I liked and turn them into a makeup, which I'd then post online. After a few of these, a band I love, Le Galaxie, approached me to do a music video for them. It was such a daunting thing, but I couldn't pass it up. So, having never put makeup on anyone but myself, I said yes. It was an incredible experience and I decided that this was what I wanted to do with my life. I focused on working on skill set and I became a retail artist in Charlotte Tilbury. Coming from my more dramatic work, I learned a lot in there about beauty.
I've been very lucky in my path. My icons and heroes have become my best friends and sometimes I feel I have to stop to take in how fortunate I've been over the past few years.
What is your inspiration for the makeup looks you create? Music is my greatest and most constant driving force. When I started playing with makeup, I'd focus on a track I loved, the sounds of instruments, the mood of an album and how I could visually represent that. I'll still go back to that sometimes and creating that kind of visual is often when I'm happiest. I love working with musicians and bands as I'll get to hear their music and then create a look for them that will tie into their sound. I find inspiration in who they are and what they want to say. This tends to bleed into my beauty or editorial work, I'll always reference a song if I'm describing a look or a vibe to whoever I'm working with.
I tend not to look to other make up artist for inspiration, past or present. I feel that once I see something then I don't want to do it because it's done. Even if I'm taking a concept or adapting it, it doesn't feel like it's my place to do that. So I love looking at artists who work with other mediums. Russell Mills is a favorite of mine. His use of texture and the feel of his paintings really hits me.
What is your favorite beauty product to work with? Oh god, that changes all the time! I'm a huge fan of new products so I'm always excited about new things. I'm obsessed with Danessa Myricks Colorfix right now. It's a longwearing cream color that can be used anywhere and it comes in the most beautiful shades you've ever seen. I spread it on my toast in the morning. Can't get enough!
What is your favorite MustaeV product to work with? I ADORE the Mood Therapy Masks. Skin care is so important and those masks not only work incredibly well for making the skin look and feel great but also adding another level of care for clients or even yourself after a long day. I'm mega into the Poppin Red eyeshadow too. That all over the lid and smudged underneath paired with a red liner in the waterline is one of my favorite looks to bring impact and drama instantly.
Do you have any tips to create the perfect red lips? Don't overthink it. Playing with shape and texture are some of the best ways to find something beautiful and new. Using a lip liner in a different tone or shade as the lipstick is a great way of adapting the color of a red lip for the wearer, don't get hung up on getting the most perfect crisp line in the world. If you're having a good time, it's not going to last anyway!