Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I'm originally from Boston. I moved to Los Angeles for college when I was 18 to study guitar performance at Musician's Institute. I played a lot of Bossa Nova as well as blues and rock in a few bands. I have a strong art background -- I have painted since I was a teenager and I still paint regularly now. I often post photos of my paintings on my Instagram.
How did you first become interested in makeup, and what led you to become a makeup artist?
I have loved makeup since I was around 6 years old, but I never thought of it as a career. There were little tells throughout my life that I hadn't noticed until recently, like how in 4th grade when a mime came to perform for my class and we got to ask questions the only question I asked was, “Who does your makeup?” I would often read makeup books and experiment on myself and friends, but it didn't all come together until I was in Los Angeles.
Around the time I was in my last semester of college, my neighbor who was a model and worked for a clothing line downtown invited me to a shoot/event where he thought I would have fun assisting the makeup artist. I put together a kit in a day and when I got to the shoot the makeup artist didn't show up! I did the makeup for the shoot and no one had any idea that I had ever done it before. After that I just knew that this was what I was meant to do. I quit music and started working on shoots and in a Special FX lab.
What are your top 5 favorite beauty products?
Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beaute. This fast absorbing oil creates a beautiful sheen on skin that I use often on shoots. Since it absorbs so quickly it doesn't ruin the clothes, which stylists really appreciate! It is also a great hair treatment and smells amazing!
What are your top 3 makeup tips?
1) To get rid of dry skin on lips, put a little bit of rose salve on a disposable mascara wand and use it to scrub your lips. You get all the dead skin without the residue and granules from a lip scrub product.
2) Use an Alpha Hydroxy Acid product to lightly exfoliate before putting on your moisturizer. It smooths skin without lifting dead skin that can look obvious when you apply makeup over it.
3) To refresh a dried up cream eyeshadow or eyeliner, put a few drops of a silicone/water mix makeup remover in and stir. I like Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
There are so many things I love about being a makeup artist. I love creating art on a face, I love making people feel great about themselves and I love connecting with everyone who is in my makeup chair. I think the best part is being a part of creating a beautiful image. It takes a strong team of people to make beautiful images. So much work goes into a shoot. When everything comes together the image I get back is a work of art.
Being a makeup artist must be fun -- but what do you do in your spare time?
When I'm not working I do outreach in my community. I am part of an outreach group called Human Too that feeds and cares for the homeless in Hollywood every Friday night. We make and give bags of food and talk to the homeless on Hollywood Boulevard. I love connecting with all the people we meet and caring for them no matter where they are at in their life.