Tiauna Godbolt Pro Make-up Artist, Licensed Esthetician Interview
Enjoy this informative interview with anti Botox advocate, MAC addict Tampay Bay, Florida based professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician Tiauna Godbolt.
Q: Tell a little about yourself personally and if you attended school or you are a self taught makeup artist?
A: I am 24, I attended school for clinical skin care where I took make up classes also. I believe doing make up is a natural talent, not everyone can do it regardless if you went to school or not. I attended school to hone my skills and to have a degree that could help me get more work.
Q: Do you think going to school for make-up artistry is important to excel in the business later on?
A: Most definitely, truthfully you can have the best make up on earth but if you have crappy skin under that then where does that make up get you? I believe make up artists should be well rounded so going to school can definitely help you land more opportunities.
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: Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved all things “pretty”. I was certainly born to do this….
Q: What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about your job?
A: Showing someone their potential…I love natural beauty but I also love how with make up you can really play up someone’s features and make them look and feel amazing. The exciting part is when I get crazy jobs that allow me to do wild or bold make up…those just give me a rush! I love crazy make up.
Q: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
A: How no matter what if you have the natural talent you can make ANYONE gorgeous.
Q: Describe your “Classic Approach to Beauty.” how do you define beauty?
A: I don’t define it. Everyone has their own, it takes a good make up artist to see that particular person’s beauty and then play it up!
Q: What individual products and brands you’re “addicted” to at the moment and you use on a daily basis?
A: MAC MAC MAC MAC!!! I am soooo addicted to MAC…it’s kind of sick.
Q: What are some of the most basic but effective skin care tips in general that you have, that are really important?
A: Go see an Esthetician, preferably me :) and get a home care routine…it will change your life.
Q: What is the biggest skin care dont’s?
A: APRICOT SCRUB, smoking, too much tanning… Apricot scrub literally cuts your face…and smoking well it cuts off your oxygen supply which is so vital to your skin. Tanning is terrible, you may love your darker skin now but in 10 years you will look a hot mess! Probably similar to my leather hang bag.
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: Ha! This is where I really knew applying make up is a natural talent. When I was in school I told this girl she could practice her make up technique on me…OMG! I ended up looking horrible. She put foundation that was too light on my carmel skin, I looked like I was glowing blue! And I can’t even talk about my eye make up…lets just say I immediately washed my face off!!! Make up comes easy for some…and those people are the naturals.
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: Not blending!!! Girls you need to blend your eye shadow so one color flows into the next, also make sure your neck is the same color as your face! And do not have big clown blush circles on your cheeks! Blend Blend Blend!!!
Q: What do you think are best/worst trends in the makeup / skin care industry right now?
A: It really depends…I hate botox…that is just disgusting. Especially the women that get it when they are like in their 20′s and 30′s…ladies can you imagine your face in 10 years? It probably won’t be able to move!
Q: Do teenage girls needs to splurge on high-priced makeup products, or are drugstore items are just as satisfactory?
A: Just read your ingredients! that is key…
Q: What feature(s) do you love to accentuate?
Q: What are your steps for the perfect, flawless, natural look?
A: Clear, smooth skin…and play up a little bit of everything.
Q: What is a really quick way to change a day look to a special occasion or nighttime face?
A: A smokey eye…or a bold lip!
Q: What are the differences between applying makeup on models and on real women?
A: Models generally have the ability to wear any kind of make up so they are easy…with real women you really have to listen to their wants and concerns and then use your own judgment to make them walk away feeling and looking fabulous.
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: I love love love liquid liner…it is so retro.
Q: Lip gloss or Lipstick. Which product is best? Why?
A: GLOSS!!! there are so many different types now that you can have either a really subtle touch of color or a bold glossy pop of color that there is no need to wear boring one note lipstick.
Q: What should a client consider before deciding to try permanent makeup? What is the difference between permanent and semi-permanent makeup?
A: Consider aging…permanent make up will be there and that color forever so I strongly discourage it. Semi permanent like lash and eye brow tinting is a great alternative.
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: Studio sculpt concealer…MAC
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 prefer brushes…but air brushing is also very cool for photo shoots.
Q: What do your clients think of you? What are some individual testimonials?
A: That I’m crazy but my ideas always come out looking amazing.
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: Be naked in the truth of your beauty. This basically means being 100 percent comfortable in your own skin…
Q: What tips and advice do you have for aspiring makeup artists just starting out?
A: Just pick up any work you can and take a lot of photos for a portfolio. Usually your work will speak for itself.