This weekend I will be attending The Makeup Show LA and surrounding myself with the newest product launches, education, and catching up with my fellow artists. I have been involved with The Makeup Show for three years now, and look forward to meeting up with some of my friends, and other inspirational artists that I admire.
Today, I am taking a ride down memory lane. Two years ago when I was online editor for ForTheLoveOfMakeup.com I was able to interview some of my favorite artists and friends. Below, are my top three. I hope you enjoy and are inspired....and if you see me this weekend, please say hello!!
Questions with Kevin James Bennett:
Why do you love being a makeup artist? I am privileged to work in an industry where the stroke of a brush can lift a person's self esteem, turn them into a character, make them feel strong, sexy, confident. I'm constantly amazed at how this non-permanent medium can illicit so many varied emotional responses. Whether it's design, application, development, marketing, education, beauty editorial..I LOVE IT ALL!
In one word, what inspires you? Curiosity.
What makes you a good makeup artist? I'm not afraid to make mistakes. You can't grow without putting yourself out there and developing new concepts. So what if your idea doesn't work, wipe it off and start again.
What was your first job as an artist? Putting makeup on mannequins at Bloomingdale's.
How would you describe your style of makeup? Lifestyle makeup. I've spent the majority of my career working in mediums that require my work to define/perfect what exists or to create a plausible "character" makeup that fits a lifestyle.
If you could do one person’s makeup who you haven’t yet done who would it be? Cate Blanchett...she's such a chameleon and can carry off just about any period look (especially "old hollywood glamour).
Questions with Valerie Hernandez:
How long have you been doing makeup? I have been experimenting with makeup since I was a little girl, basically for as long as I can remember! Professionally for 7 years.
Why do you love being a makeup artist? I absolutely love being a makeup artist because I love educating women on “Healthy, Beautiful and Flawless” makeup techniques.
In one word, what inspires you? ESSENCE
What makes you a good makeup artist? Drive along with Passion ! But most importantly the APPRECIATION of every single opportunity that is placed before me.
What was your first job as an artist? I was an assistant to Celebrity Makeup Artist D’Andre Michaels.
How would you describe your style of makeup? Clean and Healthy.
If you could do one person’s makeup who you haven’t yet done who would it be? That would definitely have to be Ellen Degeneres !
Questions with Eugenia Weston:
How long have you been doing makeup? Over 3 decades.
What are three of your must-have products? Senna's Concealer, Secret Set Invisible Powder, Brow Pencils.
Why do you love being a makeup artist? I love transforming faces which in turn transforms women's psyche.
In one word, what inspires you? Fashion.
What makes you a good makeup artist? Having a true passion for it and being a perfectionist. Having an indepth knowledge of color theory. Listening to my clients and having no attitude!
What was your first job as an artist? Working with Helmut Newton.
How would you describe your style of makeup? Naturally gorgeous, whether it be a dramatic or a soft makeup.
If you could do one person's makeup who you haven't yet done who would it be? Megan Fox.