Photographer: Michael Oliveri / www.michaeloliveri.net
Michael Oliveri / @michaeloliveri
Makeup: Marine Muradyan
Marine Muradyan / @makeupbymarine
Hair: Valerie Chibukhchyan
Valerie Chibukhchyan / @hairbyvalerie
Wardrobe: Ali Levine / www.alilevinedesign.com
Ali Levine / @alilevinedesign
Model: Brigitte Florez @ KISMET MGMT
Brigitte Florez / @brigitteflorez
KISMT MGMT / @trickymaus
FEATURED MAKEUP ARTISTS INTERVIEW
1.What do you hope your contribution to the project says to the viewers?
I want the viewers to be inspired and astonished by the art we created.
2.How has working with a team benefited you aside from strengthening your skills?
I enjoy working with talented team of artists, the feeling of seeing amazing results of a great team is a priceless feeling, but the main benefit aside from strengthening my skills is being a part of something amazing “Art”.
3.What is some good advice for Makeup Artists striving to work in this industry?
The Advice I give to Artists is never give up on your passion, when your passionate and you give your 100% it will be a success. Don’t let ego get in the way and always be humble and learn from other great artists.
4.What do you find to be the most rewarding and difficult when working with a team of artists to meet a common look?
The rewarding part of working with a team of artists is seeing the final results and knowing you were a part of something great and you’re not alone you get to celebrate with your team. The key to solving any issue you may have is communication and learning to work together and everybody putting their creative ideas or whatever the scenario may be.
5.How do you plan for the unexpected?
My kit is prepared for anything and everything and if not in my immediate kit then I have backup in my car, I have two set of brushes I have a emergency make up kit in my car which has small sizes of everything, so if I go on set and the creative director surprises me with something I didn’t know about, no problem, I will always find a way.
6.What do you feel is a common mistake Makeup Artists make?
Aside from being a great artist you need to list to what the client wants and the look they’re going for. If you work for a commercial and they need a really natural look then it’s the make up artists job execute the look they are going for even if in your creative mind you wish you did something else or if you think something is even better then what
7.What advanced classes have you taken that you feel has helped you the most?
I personally haven’t taken any advanced classes but I have assisted great artists in the past that I learned a lot from, every artist has different techniques, I learned that in my field of work you are always learning so as good as everyone may think I am, I am learning new things everyday. Also I worded in retail with beauty products for 7 years, I
would say just surrounding yourself in the industry helps the most.
8.What do you say to those who don’t feel education is important throughout their career?
I would say they wont get too far, I mean I have met some great artists who were self taught but I think the odds of that is not too much education is really important because if you don’t learn the fundamentals it just causes a lot of confusion and time wasting,
9.How do you keep your style fresh?
I am always keeping my self updated, being on top of the latest beauty trends, keeping myself updated with new products that come out, which all of this is very fun for me,
10.What would you say you have learned of most value through your experiences as a Makeup Artist?
I've learned a lot throughout the journey but one of the most valuable experiences I would say is working with a great team of photographer, hairstylist, model, and stylist. Its an amazing experience having a great team, putting all your ideas together and creating something amazing.
11.How would you describe your style?
My style varies I have different days of what I am in the mood for but majority of times I would say I am very fashion savvy, I love designer brands and I love make up products anyone that knows me knows I spend a lot on make up products and clothes and shoes. I also have my bachelors in fashion marketing so iv always been into fashion and beauty
even before I decided I wanted to be a make up artist.
12.How did you get your start in the editorial world? How hard or easy was it for you to build your career?
I started to network through social media such as model mayhem, myspace, facebook, ect… I would always look for good photographers and set up shoots with them and from every good or bad shoot I would learn something, some would be great and some wouldn’t, as far as my career being built, I building it everyday, I am a perfectionist so honestly even if I am really happy about a shoot or a gig, next time I want to do better and I want bigger, I guess in other word I am always trying to challenge myself.
13.What has been the most amazing opportunity you have had in this industry so far?
one of the most fun opportunities have been traveling with my clients, recently I did flew to New York for Jennifer Lopez’s Birthday, that was definitely one of the best experiences.
14.What colors are you in love with right now?
I love neutrals, rich browns bronzys golds but it changes
15.What inspires you?
Everything inspires me I find art in everything, colors, textures, shapes , I think inspiration can come from everything you just have to visualize how you can use it to get inspired.
16.Next BIG goal?
My Next Goal is to have a BIG A- list celebrity clientele and get with a great agency who can push me in that direction.