INDUSTRY NEWS: MAC X KEITH HARING

In 1994, MAC launched the VIVA GLAM campaign and since then has raised OVER $500,000,000 globally to support the MAC VIVA GLAM Fund supporting healthy futures and equal rights for all. When you buy any VIVA GLAM Lipstick, 100% of the selling price goes to support local organizations supporting women and girls, the LGBTQIA+ community and people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

That’s 27 years of giving back and this year there Continue reading

ON SET: JANA CARBONI + SARAH TANNO + HOUSE OF GUCCI

How did you come to work on House of Gucci?
Jana Carboni: I worked for a long time with the amazing Tina Earnshaw as her key makeup artist, also on some of Ridley Scott’s films. When Ridley started to crew up for Gucci, I was asked to join them. The movie was going to be filmed on the location between Northern Italy and Rome and they were looking for some Italian fashion and glamour knowledge and they thought of me.

Sarah Tanno: I have worked with Lady Gaga since 2009. I’ve had the most wonderful opportunities to learn and expand my career because of the versatility of her artistry. Ridley Scott has been a huge inspiration in a lot of my fashion work so having the opportunity to work with him and Gaga together was sensational.

What sort of research or prep did you do for the project?
JC: I started with a massive photo reference. I went through countless photos, books, documentaries about that era and the Gucci Family, and watched films shot in those years. Together with hair designer Giuliano Mariano, we had several Continue reading

PROFILE: MIKE RUIZ

Where were you born?
Montreal, Quebec

Where do you live now?
I live in a small rural town about 15 minutes from Princeton, NJ.

What’s your sign?
I’m a Capricorn and a textbook one at that.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do specifically but I knew that I wanted to be in show business in some capacity.

How did that transpose into working in photography?
I became a photographer quite haphazardly. I didn’t set out to become one, it sort of just happened. I was working as a model/waiter for a few years when, at the age of 28, I got a camera as a gift from a very good friend of mine. Up until that point, I was just coasting, working as a model, which did take me around the world. I credit those travels for my art and cultural education.

Once I received that camera, something magical happened. It became a conduit for self-expression that I wasn’t able to tap into prior. I instantly became consumed and Continue reading

ON SET: PATRICIA REGAN + HALSTON

What was your research process like for Halston?
I studied extensive research. I often find replicating hues of colors from books, old magazines or photographs a challenge. In order to find authentic shades true to the period, it is best to create a color scheme. Shades of lipsticks or blush often require the mixing and blending of colors in order to find the right hues that translate, for example, on the actor’s lips to match the era. Finding nuances requires tweaking. Whether it’s lipstick, blush, contour, eyeshadow, all needs to translate appropriately. We shot in high definition, a further challenge to replicating shades of colors. On occasion, it has happened that I was not aware of filters that were used, which can be a startling revelation, not necessarily the fun kind.

You shut down during filming due to Covid. What was that experience like?
We started filming Halston about four weeks before we got shut down. News started trickling in of other shows shutting down and of friends getting sick. We came in on a Friday the 13th in March and were sent home for Continue reading

INSPIRED: DAMONE ROBERTS

How did you get your start in the beauty industry?
I sketched a charcoal image of Diana Ross in high school and it won first place out of all 50 States, which allowed me the opportunity to study for a Semester at Rutgers University under all the great art teachers. One day the makeup crew didn’t show
up for the Drama Dept. and the teacher asked us to step in after explaining to us that painting a canvas and face are basically the same things. Looking back I now realize that this was my intro into the beauty industry. First makeup job was at a counter for
Fashion Fair and then I graduated to MAC in the late ’90s. From there I went on to do brows at Anastasia where she personally taught me about balance and structure.

Do you approach working with a celebrity differently than working on other clients?
Actually, I don’t. I treat all my clients with respect. I think it’s your birthright as a human being. My staff and my celebrities always tease me because I have no idea who anyone is, and haven’t seen most of their projects. I’ve been busy building my own dreams. It’s a lot of work running your own company. I remember saying one night at closing to the Continue reading

ON SET: FRANCES HANNON + THE FRENCH DISPATCH

How did you come to work on The French Dispatch?
Wes Anderson contacted me in November of 2017 for filming, end of 2018 on The French Dispatch. It is my sixth film with Wes, and I have also had the pleasure of being part of various commercials for Wes.

Wes Anderson films have a very stylized look, what is the collaboration like in terms of makeup and hair design?
As I’m reading Wes’s script, it is so detailed you can begin to visualize the characters as soon as you start to read. On The French Dispatch, I started by researching historical Continue reading

INSPIRED: MIMI CHOI

How did you get your start in makeup?
After graduating from university, I worked as a Montessori preschool teacher. While I still love working with children, I felt that I wasn’t completely myself because I had to act and dress a certain way. I’ve always been a very expressive person and adventurous with my fashion, so I felt that side of me was being suppressed. As an outlet and creative release, I’d paint intricate designs on my nails when I got off work. After three years as a preschool instructor and with the encouragement of my family, I decided to pursue my passion and enroll at Blanche

Macdonald Centre here in Vancouver at the age of 28. During my first Halloween as a student, I tried my first illusion which was a cracked face look using only a black and white liner. I received a lot of positive feedback and many people recreated my look on social media which inspired me to further explore this style.

Did you start out as a creative artist or were you focused on more traditional means of artistry in your early career?
I did every style of makeup as part of the Global Makeup Program at Blanche Macdonald including beauty, fashion, and prosthetics. Illusion makeup was something that I explored during my free time because it was intriguing to me and I felt that it was a style that would elevate other aspects of my artistry.

So many artists have been inspired by your work and have tried their hand at your style of artistry. Is that a blessing or a curse to have others copy your energy and designs?
I am flattered that artists enjoy my work enough to recreate it and I’m humbled to know Continue reading

PROFILE: RACHEL GOODWIN

Where were you born?
Smithtown, Long Island.

Where do you live now?
Smack dab in the center of Hollywood, California.

What’s your sign?
I am a double Scorpio with a Libra moon, so basically I’ve got mystery and beauty running through my veins LOL!

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I had a moment around 10 when I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian because I love animals so much, but then lost interest the minute I heard the words makeup artist at 14.

How did that transpose into makeup artistry?
They don’t seem to overlap but I did make myself into my cat Lou Lou in my very first makeup class. It was a stage makeup class at my community college and they had us bring Continue reading