D’nelle Almanza – Professional Licensed Cosmetologist Interview


Q: Tell a little about yourself personally and if you attended school or you are a self taught makeup artist?
A: I am a licensed cosmetologist and I am attending a school in Hollywood, CA. I am half ways done with my program.

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 stumbled on to this love on random. I went to beauty school and loved doing hair and was always scared to try makeup. I took a short course on makeup artistry and realized I loved it and decided to go to a credited school for professional makeup.

Los Angeles aspiring Make-up Artist D'nelle Almanza self portrait

Q: Do you think going to school for make-up artistry is important to excel in the business later on?
A: Yes I do.

Q: What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about your job?
A: I love being creative and how you won’t be judged on how you look personally unless you look very bad.

Q: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
A: How perfect your look must be. But i’m a perfectionist.

Q: Describe your “Classic Approach to Beauty.” how do you define beauty?
A: I define beauty as being a smooth clear complexion look.

Q: What individual products and brands you’re “addicted” to at the moment and you use on a daily basis?
A: I love NYX and Ben Nye. But I usually use studio 69.

Q: What are some of the most basic but effective skin care tips in general that you have, that are really important?
A: Don’t touch your face if your hands are dirty and don’t exfoliate your skin to much.

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 with a skin care product but with a woman with terrible skin tones.

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: Putting more makeup over acne. It doesn’t help at all.

Q: What do you think are best/worst trends in the makeup / skin care industry right now?
A: I love the smokey eye. I love to use many colors with that.

Q: Do teenage girls needs to splurge on high-priced makeup products, or are drugstore items are just as satisfactory?
A: No. they can find just as good makeup in a drug store. They just need to know how to put it on. Everyone thinks by buying the most popular makeup brand or most expensive will help them look better but its not what you buy but how you apply it.

Q: What feature(s) do you love to accentuate and why?
A: The cheek bones. That’s my favorite.

Q: What are your steps for the perfect, flawless, natural look?
A: Face primer, concealer, foundation, translucent powder.

Q: What is a really quick way to change a day look to a special occasion or nighttime face?
A: Your day look colors would be lighter and for a quick change to a nighttime look just add darker colors. Maybe blues, purples, blacks, grays, etc.

Q: What are the differences between applying makeup on models and on real women?
A: On models your look is more intense and on real women your making them look beautiful.

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 like the pencil for the waterline, and for the eyelid i like the gel based or even liquid. I like the pencil and feel its more safer to apply especially for real women without having to be extra careful. and the gel liner just glides on the lid.

Q: Lip gloss or Lipstick. Which product is best? Why?
A: I love lip gloss. but for a longer lasting look I would use the lip stick.

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 know that is the look they want to stick with.

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: mellow yellow.

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 have done an airbrush look with out actually using an airbrush machine with a sponge, powder, and water spray bottle.

Q: What do your clients think of you? What are some individual testimonials?
A: They like me enough to keep coming to me.

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’m doing everything for the better of my family. I want to do as much with this career as I can accomplish.

Q: What tips and advice do you have for aspiring makeup artists just starting out?
A: Learn and take in as much as you can. And figure out what works best for you. Everyone has their own technique its up to you to decide what is better for you and your clients.

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