Corinne Gordon – Professional 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 Dream Vision Studios in Las Vegas, NV. I graduated May 2009 & am looking to get my career started.
Q: Do you think going to school for make-up artistry is important to excel in the business later on?
A: I do believe it helps, but some things are better learned from experience as well.
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’ve always enjoyed applying makeup to myself & friends & always found myself constantly experimenting with my abilities & furthermore found myself wanting to learn as much as I possibly could about the industry.
Q: What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about your job?
A: Making people feel good about themselves.
Q: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
A: Constant challenges.
Q: Describe your “Classic Approach to Beauty.” how do you define beauty?
A: Enhancing ones natural features.
Q: What individual products and brands you’re “addicted” to at the moment and you use on a daily basis?
A: Urban Decay, Makeup For Ever, MAC, Ben Nye, Graftobian, Bobbi Brown.
Q: What are some of the most basic but effective skin care tips in general that you have, that are really important?
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: Use unsafe products on herself.
Q: What do you think are best/worst trends in the makeup / skin care industry right now?
A: Bringin’ Back the 80’s.
Q: Do teenage girls needs to splurge on high-priced makeup products, or are drugstore items are just as satisfactory?
A: I think that some drugstore items are just as good, but some high priced products are a must for certain looks.
Q: What feature(s) do you love to accentuate?
Q: What are your steps for the perfect, flawless, natural look?
A: Moisturize, Conceal, Powder, Light Pink eyeshadow all over, a bit of light brown in the crease, add mascara, foundation & powder.
Q: What is a really quick way to change a day look to a special occasion or nighttime face?
A: Add great liner & some flashy color.
Q: What are the differences between applying makeup on models and on real women?
A: Different skin types. You must learn and be comfortable working with both.
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: Creme/ Gel Based. I personally just like it a lot more & find it is easier to work with & stays on way better, for a more flawless look.
Q: Lip gloss or Lipstick. Which product is best? Why?
A: I prefer to use both.
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.
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: Yes, for body painting, Extreme color on the face, alcohol based makeup for longer lasting results, & for weddings, definitely.
Q: What do your clients think of you? What are some individual testimonials?
A: Pleasure to work with & always striving to do better, I’d say.
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: I definitely hope to make a name of myself & be known for doing something great for women & men out there. If nothing else, I hope to just make everyone I work with feel better about themselves & realize they too, are beautiful.
Q: What tips and advice do you have for aspiring makeup artists just starting out?
A: Don’t give up & always take a step back and look at the big picture, never be too hard on yourself & definitely never let your ego get the best of you. Keep on Keepin’ on.