Stephanie Perez Bridal Wedding Fashion Make-up Artist Interview
Q: Tell a little about yourself personally and if you attended school or you are a self taught makeup artist?
A: I attended a mediocre cosmetology school which thought absolutely nothing about makeup. It didn’t work out I do not have a passion for hair. I have a passion for makeup. I am self-taught. Everything I know I learned my self.
Q: What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about your job?
A: Makeup has the ability to transform. Seeing the look of a clients face when they look in the mirror makes my job worthwhile. It’s what motivates me everyday.
Q: Do you think going to school for make-up artistry is important to excel in the business later on?
A: I think that it would be wise to go to a makeup school if yo do not have experience in makeup and if you want to excel your skills. Some clients feel more safe to work with a makeup artist that has their license or certificate. I do not believe you have to go to a school. I myself have never been to a makeup school but have learned so much on my own and by asking questions and most importantly practicing.
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: A person who has a passion for something has probably always had and always will have a passion for it. I’ve always wanted to be a makeup artist. But wanting is only part of it. Going or it is what makes you get what you want. I’m so young and yet I already have had clients for photoshoots, bridal makeup, print, special occasions etc. That is something amazing to have accomplish for my age. Its never too late to start. Even if you’re 16 you can start.
Q: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
A: Even if you don’t think you have the skills, someone else thinks you do. That’s the beauty of makeup and art. Beauty is subjective. Everyone ha different tastes.
Q: What individual products and brands you’re “addicted” to at the moment and you use on a daily basis?
A: Probably the one brand every makeup artist uses. MAC. I love mac. The quality of the makeup is amazing.
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 EVERYDAY. In the morning and at night. Especially at night when you take your makeup off. It is important you remove all the oils and dirt before going to sleep or they will settle in your pores which produces acne and blackheads which we all hate. How easy is to wash our face? Take it one step further and use a cleanser and toner to make sure the makeup comes off.
Q: What is the biggest skin care dont’s?
A: Don’t sleep with your makeup on. One of the biggest makeup no no’s. Do not pull on your skin when removing makeup. When removing makeup, don’t pull down pull up.
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: Fortunately no. I like to plan ahead to make sure i have no messups. I look at the ingredients in skin products to make sure i don’t use anything harmful on my face. Don’t jinx me!
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: Some of the most common mistakes I see are using the wrong foundation for your skin type, applying lashes immediately after applying glue before waiting 30 seconds to let glue get tacky, not using a eye base under eyeshadow. The worst thing a women can do to her skin is pulling on it.
Q: What do you think are best/worst trends in the makeup / skin care industry right now?
A: I think makeup is subjective and everyone has the freedom to be creative.
Q: Do teenage girls needs to splurge on high-priced makeup products, or are drugstore items are just as satisfactory?
A: I think its a good to invest in some high end cosmetics but still use drugstore brands because they are highly underestimated. I would be lying if I said drusgstore makeup is just as good as expensive makeup. I think the best thing you can do is go on YouTube and watch reviews on drugstore products. The are amazingly helpful.
Q: What feature(s) do you love to accentuate?
A: Eye’s. I believe it’s one of the most powerful features of the human body. They can say so much.
Q: What are your steps for the perfect, flawless, natural look?
A: Use a mineral or light coverage foundation. Don’t go overboard on the eyeshadow. Remember its a natural look.
Q: What is a really quick way to change a day look to a special occasion or nighttime face?
A: A red lip.
Q: What are the differences between applying makeup on models and on real women?
A: There really isn’t a difference. Models are humans too! There is a slight difference. In order for makeup to show up on camera, makeup has to be applied more heavily than you normally would.
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: Gel based. I use a gel eyeliner on bottom and top lashes.
Q: Lip gloss or Lipstick. Which product is best? Why?
A: I think both products are great. Depending on what look you’re going for.
Q: What should a client consider before deciding to try permanent makeup? What is the difference between permanent and semi-permanent makeup?
A: If they really need it. There’s not going back so you have to consider it carefully. Especially eyebrows. If you get your eyebrows tattooed, they might not match and you’re stuck. And it’s not always safe and pain free.
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: For under eye circles try using a peach color concealer. To cancel out a color, you have to go opposite of the color wheel. Acne can be covered with a green concealer or just a very thick and pigmented concealer.
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: Airbrush makeup is more commonly used in bridal or runway makeup. The results are excellent. Sometimes you not tell you have makeup on. It gives you a very flawless look. They are easy to use but is quite pricey. I do not recommend it if you do not have too much experience with makeup. You don’t want to waste your money on something you do not know how to use.
Q: What do your clients think of you? What are some individual testimonials?
A: I have always gotten positive feedback from my clients. They always tell me I never let them down. The work speaks for itself.
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: My future goals include getting into more serious makeup and work with distinguished clients. What gets me by is my passion.
Q: What tips and advice do you have for aspiring makeup artists just starting out?
A: If you don’t have a passion for makeup, then you’re probably not gonna make it. Keep a positive attitude and don’t give up if you make a mistake. Every makeup artists has made a mistake along their career. They weren’t born perfect. But the difference is they didn’t give up.