Our next A Few Questions With artist feature Ryan Burke is not easily forgotten, his work is both inspirational and unforgettable, and the creativity of his self portraits are mesmerizing. Ryan, a Pat McGrath ambassador, makeup artist, photographer and next a soon to be The Artist Summit 2017 presenter! Also check out the feature we did on Ryan in our Fall 2016 issue: Inspired by Ryan Burke for a more in-depth look at how Ryan comes up with his various looks and more on his makeup artist career.

Ryan Burke will be among the inspiring presenters at this year’s The Artist Summit produced by The Powder Group from October 1-6, 2017 in Provincetown, MA. We are looking forward to Ryan’s presentation, but in the meantime check out his interview below and #seeyouatthesummit. For more information about The Artist Summit visit www.theartistsummit.com

What inspires you right now? (and Why?)
Inspiration comes from anywhere – it could be architecture, it could be a plant.  I get inspired by other people too occasionally, but I always take that piece of inspiration and pull it in my own direction.  I think the important thing about “inspiration” is to spark an idea, not to replicate someone else’s work.

Who are three of the biggest influences in your career? (and how have they effected your career)
My first big inspiration in my career is my ex and close friend, Oscar Ambrosio.  We basically started in nightlife together at a time when instagram was only retro film filtered pictures of scenery and pets and there were maybe a handful of people in the world who were turning conceptual looks.  Both of us loved dressing up and it’s how I started getting into makeup and shooting myself.  Nobody was really doing this yet – shooting looks and putting them on social media.  Neither of us knew how to do makeup and because it wasn’t big on instagram yet there were hardly any tutorials or examples for us to work from so we inspired each other.  We taught each other techniques that we’d figure out and pushed ourselves to try any and every idea that came to mind.

My next inspiration came when my friend introduced me to the work of Pat McGrath.  I had been playing with makeup for a bit already but I knew nothing of major makeup artists.  Seeing her work opened up my world.  I was like “oh you can do THAT, you can take it THERE” so I started expanding on what I was doing and going more conceptual.  My favorite was to do cut-out eyebrows because I couldn’t draw them on right at the time.  I started with the regular eyebrow shape but it evolved to an obtuse triangle which became a signature shape for my style and has since been replicated by many people.

My third inspiration came when I moved to New York to be a more “serious artist.”  I met Domonique Echeverria at Greenhouse and we became close friends.  It was actually my intention to leave nightlife and makeup behind in order to actively pursue photography but her influence gave me new inspiration for looks and I started taking things to a whole new level – I added in better styling and began making headpieces.  Her aesthetic influenced mine to be more refined and fashionable.

Can you tell us about a defining moment in your career? One that made you realize this was what you were going to do with the rest of your life.
To be honest, I’m not sure what I’m going to do for the rest of my life.  I’m not just a makeup artist and I’m pursuing whatever opportunities come to me in various mediums. However, as far as taking makeup seriously as a professional artist, that moment came when I began working on Pat Mcgrath’s team. I not only learned to refine my techniques to a more professional level but, I also got the validation I needed that I could be successful as a makeup artist.

What advice would you give to a makeup artist or hair stylist starting out in the industry?
Pursue the style you like to do the most but, also allow yourself to develop in other types of makeup and hair.  Not only will this open up more opportunities and make you more valuable as a versatile artist but there can be a lot of crossover between different types styles.

What is more important to you the work (a makeup artist or hair stylists artistic skill) or the artist (the person themselves – personality, professionalism)
Work comes first in my opinion. In the age of the social media makeup artist, there are a lot of “personalities” who do makeup. While this is a career avenue that works out well for some people, being a skilled artist will most likely get you a more long-term career in the end. I also feel that as a matter of integrity as an artist, I would prefer to have the skills rather than being a personality who can’t actually deliver when it comes down to it or just puts out the same regurgitated generic ideas that have already been done hundreds of times over.

What is the key to a successful work-life balance?
If you love makeup and it is your profession then you should be enjoying your work as part of your life.  But apart from that, make time to be in nature and disconnect from the world.  I always have a need to do this in order to keep myself inspired and motivated.  It is very draining at times to work a lot – even if you enjoy it and taking some time away from that makes you appreciate things more and keeps you sane.



From our Spring 2017 issue the Welcome note from our Editor/Creative Director Michael DeVellis: The Action of Inaction. Hope his words below give you an extra push, be it to follow our dreams, start or finish that project we have been working on for what seem like ages, or simply give you the inspiration to start taking action in whatever direction you may need. Also checkout more features from our Spring 2017 issue here.

How many of us have a project or a task that we have been meaning to get to but simply haven’t. Maybe we even have all of the resources at our disposal to get it started and we just haven’t made it happen yet.

Understandably, if money or skill are lacking in order for us to make some magic happen, we have a problem that takes a bit more than placing some encouraging You Can Do It! notes around our apartment or office. Solid planning and strategy are critical in those cases to ensure that we have everything in place that we need to in order to move those ideas forward successfully.

But, what if we don’t take action at all? Imagine all the Continue reading


In Case you missed it, catch up with our Editor/Creative Director Michael DeVellis’s inspirational Beauty Talk with Janice Tunnell and Denise Tunnell below. The discussions will help anyone who is serious about making it in makeup, or anyone who is looking to refocus (or start focusing!) on their career, relationships or personal development. Also if you’re curious about what’s next at The Powder Group. and  if you want to know the background of Ten Words and why is focusing on a set group of impact words going to help your career and personal life. Additionally how can you move your world forward through a simple focus on your own Ten Words? Tune in below!

Sunday August 6, 2017
Beauty Talk: Ten Words with Michael DeVellis


Sunday July 16, 2017
Beauty Talk: Michael DeVellis and 10 Words


From our Fall 2016 Issue Kit Focus: Louie Zakarian – Louie has had a career that spans more than two decades with a range of experience that crosses over from film and television, to theater and live performance. He has toured with Paul Simon, designed makeup for Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and has film and television credits that include Fringe, The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw, Requiem for a Dream, Across the Universe, Evening, P.S. I Love You and The Ministers. But Louie is perhaps best known as the makeup department head at Saturday Night Live for the past 20 years. The accolades for his work are heard far and wide and he took home the Emmy Award for his work on SNL in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. Over his tenure at SNL, more than 50 cast members have come through his makeup room along with more than 100 guest hosts and more than 100 musical guests. To say that Louie Zakarian has been a part of the most important program in popular culture would be an incredible understatement. He and his team have helped SNL parody presidents — including Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama — along with other political figures, sports stars and celebrities. SNL reminds us to laugh and to maybe, just once in a while, to be silly. It also remind us to not take everything so seriously. But one thing Louie takes very seriously is his makeup kit. We asked Louie to share some of the products that he can’t live without and that help to make his makeup room and FX lab two of the most impressive and important makeup artist work spaces in our industry. He generously obliged.

Brush 1” Chip PPI Premiere Products Skin Illustrator Signature Series Palette Louis Zakarian Edition Ben Nye Final Seal Edap Dermal Biostimulant PPI Premiere Products Skin Illustrator Necro Palette Amazing Cosmetics Concealer NARS Pressed Powder in Desert  Joe Blasco Blue Nuetralizer Viseart Lip Palette Tweezerman Slant Tweezers Stiple Sponge Orange Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer TIGI Eyeshadow Palette Duo Adhesive 3rd Degree Silicone Modeling Compound Stilicolor Adhesive MAC Lipstick in Lucid Alcone Makeup Wipes Telesis Adhesive and Thinner Kryolan Grease Palette MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Foundation Pros-Aide Adhesive Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes Urban Decay Naked Palette Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion Mascara Wands Disposable MAKE UP FOR EVER Forever Smokey Mascara Clinique Stay Neutral Powder MAC Spice Pencil RCMA VK Foundation Palettes #10 and #11 Telesis Supersolv


A Few Question with Sheila McKennaNext up on our A Few Questions With series, is Sheila Mckenna, President and Founder of Kett Cosmetics! An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Sheila is an expert in the field of airbrush makeup artistry. She started Kett Cosmetics in 2000 and what was only known as a niche brand for professional makeup artists in Film and TV, has since transformed into a globally recognized highly effective brand.

Sheila McKenna will be among the amazing group of presenters at this year’s The Artist Summit produced by The Powder Group from October 1-6, 2017 in Provincetown, MA. We are looking forward to Sheila’s presentation and hope you are too! Check out her interview below and #seeyouatthesummit. For more information about The Artist Summit visit www.theartistsummit.com

What inspires you right now? (and Why?)
Nature. It never stops expanding and recycling. I am drawn to repetitive patterns. This is what you will find on a broad and molecular level inside all living things. You can see a pattern when looking at a field of grass and then zoom in to discover new patterns emerging on a single blade.

Who are three of the biggest influences in your career? (and how have they effected your career)
My father Jim McAward was the first person to truly influence my life. He did what he loved for a living and helped fuel that desire in me. He ignited my love for black and white photography where the distraction of color is Continue reading


MAC Cosmetics just reinvented the eyeliner, and the wheel with a brand new mashup, the Rollerwheel Liquid Liner! This new innovative eyeliner, still a traditional liquid liner, but with a twist, it houses a spinning wheel applicator that holds the perfect amount of product to provide a continuous, smooth, even stroke of color every time. The wheel tip also makes it easy to create the sharpest lines and is perfect for creating the perfect wing. Available in four shades and various finishes such as Rollin’ Black Shine, a shiny black, On A Roll Back, a matte black and Roller Royale, a royal blue. You’re sure to find the perfect shade and finish for creating your unique graphic liner look! MAC Rollerwheel Liquid Liner, $21 will be available in stores and online starting August 17. www,maccosmetics.com #RollerWheelLiner


We recently sat down with Ryan McKnight Owner/Agent at Kreative Kommune, for our A Few Questions With series. We hope you are as inspired as we are by Ryan and can’t wait to catch his presentation at this year’s The Artist Summit produced by The Powder Group and happening this Fall from October 1-6, 2017 in Provincetown, MA. For more information about The Artist Summit visit www.theartistsummit.com

What inspires you right now? (and Why?)
Individuality, it always has and always will be my main source of inspiration. When an artist of any kind is able to execute their individual point of view and make me say “wow this is so fresh and new” it really makes me smile.

Who are three of the biggest influences in your career? (and how have they effected your career) 
Shelia Mckenna. Shelia was the first makeup artist to believe in me and my talent. We started at MAC in 1998 at the same time and I was a newbie and Sheila was an accomplished makeup artist. She always treated me as if I was in the industry for years. Her talent was awe inspiring for me and having that support from someone of that caliber made me feel like I can do anything in this business. Continue reading


Sephora has been delving into the natural beauty world by including more natural beauty lines among their coveted beauty brands, and among them now is Antonym Cosmetics. Launched this July at  Sephora, Antonym was founded by French makeup artist Valerie Giraud who believes “Your skin deserves clean ingredients, it just shouldn’t be at the expense of the looks you love”, hence why Antonym products are all natural organic, and EcoCert certified.

Antonym packaging and brushes are all made from sustainable materials, while the products are highly pigmented to create gorgeous looks without compromising performance. While being gentle on the skin, environment and cruelty free. Antonym’s line includes 17 makeup products including eyeliner pencil, blushes, highlighter blushes and eye shadows, as well as 20 vegan brushes, ranging from $19 – $42. Antonym is now available in-store and online at www.sephora.com and www.antonymcosmetics.com




With The Artist Summit 2017 right around the corner happening October 1 – 6, 2017, and featuring presenters such as AJ Crimson, Alphonse Wiebelt, Sheila McKenna, Carl Ray, Bethany Townes, Orlando Santiago, Ryan Burke, Ryan McKnight, Rae Ann Silva, Danessa Myricks, Sutan Amrull, Chris McCarthy, James Vincent, and Michael DeVellis. A not to be missed event, check out highlights from 2015’s The Artist Summit below.   For more information and to register for The Artist Summit 2017, visit www.theartistsummit.com #seeyouatthesummit

Since 2003, we at The Powder Group have been creating programs and events that brought the pro makeup and beauty community together in new ways, elevated the artistry and business of the artists and stylists in our industry, and connected brands and pros in ways that were unique to our culture and energy. In 2008, we continued that journey and launched The Artist Summit event series. The program was an education forum and that provided a blend of business, artistry and community like few events in our history. In the next two years we brought the event to New York City, Miami and Chicago and thousands of pros came to join us on this new journey.

As the industry began to expand around us and education and other industry events began popping up everywhere, we regrouped on Continue reading


This year we were introduced and re-introduced to so many memorable characters on TV. And behind each amazing character’s makeup and hair design, were a team of uber-talented Makeup Artist and Hairstylists. Like the work from Christien Tinsley’s team on the android-humanoid drama Westworld to Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of Spicer from Louie Zakarian’s team on Saturday Night Live, to Eryn Krueger Mekash team’s work on American Horror Story: Roanoke and FEUD: Bette And Joan to Ewan McGregor’s Ray and Emmit Stussy portrayal in Fargo designed by Gail Kennedy’s team.

We congratulate all of the 2017 Emmy Award nominees like Louie Zakarian, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Mike MekashKim AyersTym Buacharern, Enzo Mastrantonio, David WilliamsAndrew Sotomayor, Amy Tagliamonti, Darcy Gilmore, Zoe Hay, Craig Lindberg  and so many many more. Please find a complete list of all nominations in the makeup and hairstylists categories below. Continue reading