Luana Oh Scienza – Beauty and 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: My mother is a make-up artist, so I have learned a lot from watching her. My mother actually brought the art of permanent pigmentation to Brasil, which is where she migrated in the 60′s. Her work is very well known there, and she has been in various magazines/shows to explain the process.
Q: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
A: The transformation you make in a person.
Q: Do you think going to school for make-up artistry is important to excel in the business later on?
A: I don’t think school is necessary, for i believe the school will teach its own technique and their idea of the best way to apply, or best product. Learning it yourself gives the ability to develop own technique and broaden up makeup knowledge. This way you have your own opinion, instead of just agreeing with what the teacher recommends.
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: Well, being a makeup artist, just sorta happened. Friends saw my makeup, therefore for parties and whatnot they asked me to do it. After a while their parents were wanting it too!!
Q: What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about your job?
A: It’s most exciting to think its not a JOB, more of a hobby, with privileges. I mean, I don’t do it for a living, so i can’t call it a profession.
Q: Describe your “Classic Approach to Beauty.” how do you define beauty?
A: Natural yet Radiant.
Q: What individual products and brands you’re “addicted” to at the moment and you use on a daily basis?
A: Burt’s Bee Lip Balm.
Q: What are some of the most basic but effective skin care tips in general that you have, that are really important?
A: Sugar scrubs are the cheapest and yet the most effective scrubs. Not only its cheap, but it can be made at home! It will liven up your skin, and give you a radiant glow.
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: I recommend Smashbox Hd Primer to one of my friends, though it looked beautiful in pictures, the breakout later on was quite upsetting.
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: The most common mistake would have to be putting on too makeup, the wrong way!!! I mean sometimes using makeup is necessary, but why emphasize the lips,eye,eyebrow, and cheeks all the the same time? I think that is just plain CRAZY
Q: What do you think are best/worst trends in the makeup / skin care industry right now?
A: Best would have to be sun protection in makeup. Worst: Black lipstick
Q: Do teenage girls needs to splurge on high-priced makeup products, or are drugstore items are just as satisfactory?
A: Some drugstore items, though cheaply packaged, are actually as good and sometimes better than the high end ones.
Q: What feature(s) do you love to accentuate and why?
A: My eyes. I think eyes are important, and that is generally what one looks at the most.
Q: What are your steps for the perfect, flawless, natural look?
Clean skin is a must
Foundation ( no need to cake it on)
Concealer ( only where its necessary)
Powder ( light bluff, just to set in foundation)
Blush (a healthy glow is always good)
Q: What is a really quick way to change a day look to a special occasion or nighttime face?
A: Lipstick, or eyeshadow. Either way, you are prepared to accentuate whatever you want, whenever you want it.
Q: What are the differences between applying makeup on models and on real women?
A: Models seem way taller, so chair adjustments are necessary… hahaha Just a joke. Other than that, there are no differences.
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: Liquid, It stays on longer, smudges less, but also requires a steady hand.
Q: Lip gloss or Lipstick. Which product is best? Why?
A: Lip Gloss. I am not saying lipgloss is better than lipstick in anyway, but for my age group at least, lipstick can be a little too heavy a look. Though If you are older, lipstick can do wonders and make you look super sexy.
Q: What should a client consider before deciding to try permanent makeup? What is the difference between permanent and semi-permanent makeup?
A: A client should consider many things:
- person doing the procedure
- people who have done it and outcome
- and most of all if its really a necessity
The difference between permanent makeup and semi permanent makeup are of that of a real tattoo and henna , respectively.
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: Liss weider concealer wheel.
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: Why use a machine to achieve something that can be done by hand? Especially when results by hand are faster, less messy, and more natural?
Q: What do your clients think of you? What are some individual testimonials?
A: I am friendly and attend to their wants and needs.
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: Makeup is what i do for FUN. I love it and i will not stop doing it. I am going to be studying Pre-med in college though. I think We all need to CREATE OUR FUTURE, instead of just letting it happen.
Q: What tips and advice do you have for aspiring makeup artists just starting out?
A: Have fun, and don’t believe everything you hear. Make your own opinions and give yourself opportunity to GROW. =]
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