Salina Law of Honolulu, Hawaii – Make-up Artist Interview


Enjoy this super educational interview with Honolulu, Hawaii based MAC Trainer and make-up Artist Salina Law.

Saline advocates perseverance, humbleness, and an open mind in true Hawaiian style, she also provided one of the beast answers to my “steps for the perfect, flawless, natural look” in the history of this interview series.

Interview With Make-up Artist Salina Law Of Honolulu, Hawaii

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 makeup artist with a lot of help from MAC Cosmetics for the past 12 years. I am currently the West Coast Travel Retail Americas Trainer for MAC. So I guess I did some things right :).

Q: Do you think going to school for make-up artistry is important to excel in the business later on?
A: I think perseverance, humbleness, and an open mind is way more important than going to a makeup school. Do not afraid to practice til it hurts and take constructive criticism to be successful!

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: I actually wanted to be a fashion designer, but Honolulu is not the place for it unless you are extremely good and you have lots of backup cash. I stumbled into my career 13 years ago when my good friend asked my to join MAC after I graduated from UH Manoa in Business Administration (with very few employment options–aka. a recession in Honolulu). My hobbies during college were fashion/jewelry design and painting/drawing, so makeup artistry was the next step. Ever since I laid my hands on my first eye shadow and brush, it has been love!!!

Q: What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about your job?
A: Society makes women feel very unattractive. Often, we feel too fat, too short, too pale, too dark, or just plan blahhh! My job allows me to make almost any woman I touch feel beautiful…inside and out. That is the
satisfaction I get from my job.

Q: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
A: That it takes a lot of energy. Like hairstylists, we tend to spend a lot of time psychologically prepping our customers for what we’re about to do to them. At the end of the day, we are our clients’ pep-talkers, therapists, psychologists, and best friends…all for that one perfect moment/picture!

Q: Describe your “Classic Approach to Beauty.” how do you define beauty?
A: Beauty is within….makeup/clothes/accessories/hair just add to it. If you are a beautiful person, your makeup artist/stylist will make you even more beautiful. If you are not…then the makeup/styling can only do so much…and it shows in the pictures.

Q: What individual products and brands you’re “addicted” to at the moment and you use on a daily basis?
A: MAC Moisturelush Cream, MAC Eye Brows in Lingering, MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Light, Dark, and Medium Dark, MAC Brush 131, and MAC Prep+Prime Translucent Face Powder….all MAC pretty much. But, I also do love Stri-Vectin as it is to me one of the world’s beeeeest beauty creams to fight wrinkles (been on it for 3 years and everyone thinks I’m 10 years younger :).

Q: What are some of the most basic but effective skin care tips in general that you have, that are really important?
A: Always cleanse in the morning and night. Moisturize and use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or more.

Q: What is the biggest skin care dont’s?
A: Sleeping with makeup on….eeew!

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: Not really. I usually don’t use anything I wouldn’t use on myself. I also ask clients what reactions they have had in the past so I don’t run into any problems.

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: Wearing makeup to bed….again…eeeew! Another thing is using the wrong concealer under their eyes. I advise everyone to get themselves swatched at a counter when choosing a concealer. And finally, no matter how oily you are, you DO need a moisturizer! Always prep skin with moisturizer prior to makeup!

Q: What do you think are best/worst trends in the makeup / skin care industry right now?
A: Best trend: Natural looking flawless skin, Precision liner, and contouring/highlighting. Worst trend: No lip liner…liner can make such a big difference!

Q: Do teenage girls needs to splurge on high-priced makeup products, or are drugstore items are just as satisfactory?
A: Some drug store brands are actually quite nice…you just got to know what to look for. However, it is good to splurge on a good foundation, powder, and brushes. Once you build your confidence and expertise, you can get drugstore versions of your favorite basics like: backup brushes, eye pencils, lip pencils, lipsticks, nail polish, and glosses. Makeup is a way to pamper yourself….get the best you can when you have money.

Q: What feature(s) do you love to accentuate?
A: The eyes, skin, bone structure, lips, brows…ok, sounds like EVERYTHING!

Q: What are your steps for the perfect, flawless, natural look?
1) Cleanse
2) Moisturize
3) Apply foundation only where you need it (Try MAC brush 188)
4) Apply concealer only where needed (try MAC brush 195)
5) Powder with a good brush (MAC Brush 150 is a MUST)
6) Sculpt brows using a good brush and powder or pencil (MAC Brush 266)
7) Apply a highlighter, contour, and liner color on eyes (MAC brushes 275, 224, and 266)
8) Apply bronzer to sculpt face (MAC Brush 129)
9) Apply lip liner and lipstick in a natural tone (I loooove MAC Creamola pencil and any beigey-pink gloss)
10) Fall in love with yourself for once!

Q: What is a really quick way to change a day look to a special occasion or nighttime face?
A: Liquid liner on the eyes…instant old-school Hollywood glamour and of course, a good Red Lipstick (LOOOOVE Viva Glam I from MAC with MAC Mahogany pencil).

Q: What are the differences between applying makeup on models and on real women?
A: Models come with a perfect bone structure. Real women need sculpting.

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: All, depending on the look. I love liner and I love versatility. What can I say? I am a woman and want it ALL!

Q: Lip gloss or Lipstick. Which product is best? Why?
A: Lipstick. More versatility.

Q: What should a client consider before deciding to try permanent makeup? What is the difference between permanent and semi-permanent makeup?
A: Do your homework. With permanent makeup, it is forever and hard to get rid of. I honestly don’t agree with it as your face will change with age and it can look worse years from now. As for the difference between
permanent and semi-permanent, think tattoo vs. a sharpie. Enough said.

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: MAC Moisturecover…the best! Any skin type can wear it, and it does not look cakey. I use it on everyone!

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 like it for the fun of the application; however, your trusty fingers are great tools God gave you :)! Keep your touch light and use your middle finger (not too much and not too little pressure)….sponges are no-no unless you are fixing something or are looking for some serious coverage. I love the MAC 195 brush…works with any concealer type. Tried and tested!

Q: What do your clients think of you? What are some individual testimonials?
A: They think I’m funny. Mainly because I try to make them smile by telling jokes when I work with them. This helps to make them more comfortable with. Makeup is such a personal thing and it is weird at times when a new makeup artist comes into your life. My customers also think I am very precise in my application. Most of my photos do not need touchups. Just ask Honolulu Photographer Anthony Calleja :) at (models Katinia, Xan, and Megan).

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: Always keep an open mind, be humble, and take life by its horns! My goal? -I would like to be one of the best-preferred makeup artists in the US. Is that too much?

Q: What tips and advice do you have for aspiring makeup artists just starting out?
A: Practice, practice, practice! Take pictures of your work to check it out! And don’t be afraid to ask questions! Finally, buy one of Kevyn Aucoin’s books!

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