Izzy Seager – Beauty Talk and Pro Make-up Artist Interview
Q: Did you always want to be an artist, or did you stumble upon your talent by chance? Who or what inspired you to become a makeup artist?
A: Yes, I am artistic in different ways as well and I have always loved make up. I even wore it in elementary school and got in trouble for it with one of my teachers on numerous occasions.
Q: Tell a little about yourself personally and if you attended school or you are a self taught makeup artist?
A: I am a self taught make up artist.
Q: Do you think going to school for make-up artistry is important to excel in the business later on?
A: Yes, however, only in the case of Special Effects Make Up Artistry.
Q: What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about your job?
A: Playing with the make up on someone other than me.
Q: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
A: Nothing really.
Q: Describe your “Classic Approach to Beauty.” how do you define beauty?
A: Hmmm, not sure, I always hear “less is more” but I think you can never have too much make up on—-if applied correctly of course!
Q: What individual products and brands you’re “addicted” to at the moment and you use on a daily basis?
A: I really love my Bare Minerals foundation, I have sensitive skin and would more often than not have a visitor on my face (a zit), however, it has cleared up my skin beautifully!
The 217 MAC brush is a must! I also use an e/s primer every day, either Urban Decay Primer Potion, which is a great e/s primer, however, they need to change the packaging because you think it’s empty but no, no–there’s a ton of product left in the container if you cut it open!!
Also MAC’s painterly paint pot is a great e/s primer, I really think these are both comparable products. I also use my Maybelline Colossal(yellow tube) mascara if I don’t wear lashes.
Q: What are some of the most basic but effective skin care tips in general that you have, that are really important?
A: Washing your face and moisturizing before going to sleep, I notice make up applications the following day is always better.
Q: What is the biggest skin care dont’s?
A: Going to sleep with out washing your make up off (I do this).
Q: Have you had an extreme, crazy or bad experience with a skin care product or during a makeup session? If so, what happened?
A: I have only let 1 person do my make up and this was a month ago, it wasn’t horrible and since I wasn’t going anywhere after so I figured if I hated it I could just walk out with my Chanel sunglasses on (these are real dark and hide half your face) and then wash my face as soon as I got home.
I did have one experience last summer, I wanted to try out a bronzer and the girl at the store “helped” me and tried the product on me. She made me look like an oompa loompa and I asked her if the application looked “right” to her–she looked at me with a blank face!
Q: What do you find to be the most common mistakes women make with makeup? What’s the worst thing a woman can do to her skin?
A: Well, it should look good in fluorescent lighting as well as natural lighting. The lighting in cosmetics stores is always the worst so I always check it out in the sun light.
Q: What do you think are best/worst trends in the makeup / skin care industry right now?
A: None, I think it depends what you like–that’s why there is such a variety-something for everyone!
Q: Do teenage girls needs to splurge on high-priced makeup products, or are drugstore items are just as satisfactory?
A: Drugstore items are good enough until they become more experienced with the products and know their likes and dislikes—otherwise the high priced makeup products can be great gift ideas for special occasions.
Q: What feature(s) do you love to accentuate?
A: The eyes of course!
Q: What is a really quick way to change a day look to a special occasion or nighttime face?
A: Adding a dark e/s color and making a smoky eye or red lips.
Q: What are the differences between applying makeup on models and on real women?
A: Real women are particular about the look you give them!
Q: In terms of eyeliner, if you had to choose between a pencil, liquid, or creme/gel based, which one would you choose? Why?
A: These are all good, however, right now I am using MAC’s fluidline gel in black track.
Q: Lip gloss or Lipstick. Which product is best? Why?
A: Lip gloss for nude/natural looking lips and lipstick for darker shades (like red).
Q: What brand/type of concealer is your favorite for covering up the after effects of a late night out i.e. under-eye circles, blemishes?
A: Ben Nye or Joe Blasco is great!
Q: What tips and advice do you have for aspiring makeup artists just starting out?
A: Well, you can only do so much make up application on yourself so, I would say to ask as many people as you can if you can practice on them AND always take pictures of the different looks you come up along with jotting down the products used.