I have a real treat for you today. Makeup artist Daniel Martin is truly inspiring. He's worked with a wide range of celebrities including Amanda Peet, Jessica Szohr and Jennie Garth, and his work has been seen everywhere from Interview to Lucky. Read on to discover his tip to get the perfect berry lip stain, the celebrity whose ultra-famous apartment he's worked in, and so much more!
Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I grew up all over the place, from Central America to Asia, and then settled down in Seattle in the mid 80ʼs. Though Grunge was our backyard scene to us Pacific Northwesterners, I wanted to become a club kid so I moved to the east coast in the early 90ʼs. Richmond, Virginia is where I really started to take my career seriously. I got my aesthetician's license and started teaching makeup for Aveda regionally.
I always knew the goal was to be in New York, so I made the move in the spring of 2000. I freelanced and assisted for a bit, and went back to corporate beauty when it got too difficult. In 2005 I left my corporate gig to work on my own and Iʼve been blessed ever since. Ten years later I am living my dream!
How did you first become interested in makeup, and what led you to become a makeup artist?
I grew up with three sisters, a mother and a grandmother who loved makeup! Because I was always drawing, it came natural to me working in a different medium -- that being makeup. When I realized the creativity in session work (photo shoots), then I started to take it seriously.
Have you worked with any makeup artists who inspired you? What did they teach you?
I have assisted Pat McGrath, Virginia Young and Pati Dubroff. All three of their approaches were different than the next and in return, I was able to cultivate my own point of view.
What are some of the moments that have stood out as highlights in your career?
Wow that's a great question. I had an opportunity to work with these wounded female soldiers from Iraq for a charity event, and it was a humbling experience to sense firsthand, the “power” of what makeup can do for someoneʼs spirit. Iʼve been blessed with many career highlights, from working with Yoko Ono at her infamous Dakota apartment to keying my first show at Bryant Park for designer Atil Kutuglu. There have been many and Iʼm very grateful!
What are the products and brands you simply can't live without?
I can go on and on about products! I'm a total beauty nerd! Chanel, Lancome, M.A.C, Shu Uemura and KohGenDo are the majorities in my kit. To narrow down my ultimate favorites:
Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencils
RODIN olio lusso Luxury Face Oil
Lipstick Queen lipsticks
Cle de Peau concealers
What are your top 3 makeup tips?
1) If you hate wearing a full face of foundation but want even coverage, try using a tinted moisturizer. This gives you the benefits of hydration and SPF protection as well as an even skin tone.
2) Putting a dark berry lipstick on and wiping it off after 5-10 minutes will leave a gorgeous stain for hours.
3) For the budding makeup artist, take the time to really understand skin. Less is always more in the new HD world!
Being a makeup artist must be fun -- but what do you do in your spare time?
I am truly blessed to do what I love, and live comfortably in one of the most amazing cities in the world! In my spare time, my partner and I love exploring the different and obscure neighborhoods in all the five boroughs of New York City. From Greek food in Astoria to funnel cakes in Coney Island, thereʼs always something new and inspiring living here. When weʼre not in the city, we have a beach house in Connecticut we escape to at least once a month.