Nicole Fae – Make-up Artist Wardrobe and Hair Stylist Interview
Minneapolis and Chicago based artist Nicole Fae does not afraid to speak her mind, let it be about trends, products or professional conduct.
And her “clean work ethic” also guarantees clients are not ending up with pink eyes the day after!!!
Enjoy this informative interview from a truly professional artist.
Q: Do you think going to school for make-up artistry is important to excel in the business later on?
A: I think that to be a safe and sanitary makeup artist, it is important. I see safe artists coming from a background with school. Talent comes from practice. School can teach you faster then learning on your own.
Q: Tell a little about yourself personally and if you attended school or you are a self taught makeup artist?
A: I am a makeup artist, hair stylist, and wardrobe stylist in the Mpls-Chicago area. I have been doing makeup and hair for 4 years. Wardrobe had really taken off for me in the past two years. I also do special fx
makeup. I went to school for cosmetology and to MUD in Burbank, CA for Beauty and Character makeup. I am pro-sanitation!!
Q: Did you always wanted to be an artist, or did you stumble upon your talent by chance? Who or what inspired you to become a makeup artist?
A: I am a tall girl so as a very early age people were always telling me to be a model. I loved the industry, but LOVE food. Makeup and hair was the obvious choice for me after modeling.
Q: What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about your job?
A: Working with new people everyday.
Q: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
A: How hard it is to hustle! You don’t make any money or become famous your first 5 years.
Q: Describe your “Classic Approach to Beauty.” how do you define beauty?
A: It’s always whats on the inside. I hate working with a pretty girl with a diva attitude.
Q: What individual products and brands you’re “addicted” to at the moment and you use on a daily basis?
A: I don’t believe in trends. Magazines tell you whats hot, but really its what looks best on you. I love Avon lipstick and don’t have ANYTHING MAC.
Q: What are some of the most basic but effective skin care tips in general that you have, that are really important?
A: Wash your face. Moisturize. SPF EVERYONE-oil is so 1970′s!!
Q: What is the biggest skin care dont’s?
A: Never use Sea Breeze (no matter who you are)! They don’t make orange makeup, so quit with the self tanner!
Q: Have you had an extreme, crazy or bad experience with a skin care product or during a makeup session? If so, what happened?
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: I think that women with oily skin tend to forgo the moisturizer because they think it makes their skin oilier. Your skin is oily because it craves moisture!!! It reacts by making excess oil.
Q: What do you think are best/worst trends in the makeup / skin care industry right now?
A: Dare I say MAC. There is no need to go out and buy their stuff. Max Factor is just as good.
Q: Do teenage girls needs to splurge on high-priced makeup products, or are drugstore items are just as satisfactory?
A: Just stay away from the BLACK eyeliner. Go for an innocent brown. Its dark, but age appropriate.
Q: What feature(s) do you love to accentuate?
A: Cheek bones and lips.
Q: What are your steps for the perfect, flawless, natural look?
A: Great brows, moisturized skin, and a minimal amount of concealer.
Q: What is a really quick way to change a day look to a special occasion or nighttime face?
A: Dark lips!
Q: What are the differences between applying makeup on models and on real women?
A: Most women don’t wear makeup so you have to apply it in a natural way.
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: To each their own. I use the makeup I do because I know how to use it and it works well for me.
Q: Lip gloss or Lipstick. Which product is best? Why?
A: Depends on their age.
Q: What should a client consider before deciding to try permanent makeup? What is the difference between permanent and semi-permanent makeup?
A: Same as tattoos vs. temp tattoos. You make the call.
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: A concealer that evens the skin tone as opposed to a concealer that makes a thick mess. You should choose a concealer with an orange hue for under your eyes and with a green hue for problem areas.
Q: How about airbrush spray makeup trend? Are these products better or easier to use than standard sponge or finger application? If yes when would you recommend using them?
A: I recommend for makeup artist use only. This should be used for HD film work or bridal only.
Q: What do your clients think of you? What are some individual testimonials?
A: I am easy going and honest. I am not out to sell products or trends. I am here to show them what looks best for them and them alone. I also listen very well. I am not a diva so my clients can ask me to make changes with out a fight!
Q: Would you share some of your future goals, your life motto, any words of wisdom that get you by in life and professional career?
A: To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late and to be late is NEVER acceptable. My models know this one! You better be there and early, regardless of being paid.
Q: What tips and advice do you have for aspiring makeup artists just starting out?
A: Get over yourself, don’t be a diva. Don’t be late and waste everyone’s time. Use mascara wands! A makeup artist once told me that she didn’t have to worry about her models/clients…um, I don’t think you always know when you have pink eye. It might show up a day later. That is a dirty MUA!