Welcome 2021

I was going to write a new post saying goodbye to 2020 and welcoming in 2021 with open arms – then was rereading my Welcome letter for The 2020 Issue of On Makeup Magazine and thought it summed my headspace right now up pretty well already. So here is a look back at that letter – and forward with hope that we can take some gratitude from the lessons we learned along the way this year and use them for our more powerful and connected tomorrow. Here’s to 2021!
ON MAKEUP MAGAZINE – THE 2020 ISSUE WELCOME
Well, this has certainly been one a hell of a year.
And while that statement might initially be taken in a negative way, its intention here is one of hopeful positivity.
This has been a year of shifting focus, adjusting our expectations and moving forward -most often toward uncertainty – but forward nonetheless.
It has been a year of coming together, on so many levels as a society and an industry. It has been a year of supporting one another on a level that few thought could exist. It has also been a year where we have been forced to rethink, rework and renew so many pieces of our lives and careers. As an industry, we have been forced to look at who we are, what is important to us and how we grow in a positive direction. As a community we are seeing, listening and supporting. We are learning, engaging and making room for new ways of thinking about beauty and business and our brothers and sisters in artistry.
There is no doubt that this is hard and that the path forward will continue to be a challenge. It is also clear that when the dust settles, we will find ourselves left with a more thoughtful, more connected and more powerful future.
I am personally going to take much more from this year than the challenges and the hardship it has brought with it. I will remember that we didn’t miss so much of what we thought we would miss, and that we discovered so much more than we expected – about ourselves and about each other – along the way.
I will move forward with the hope that we never go back to what we once saw as normal, or acceptable. This time and place has done so much to help us see clearly and has allowed us to begin making important changes. Now it’s our job to keep that momentum going.
A time of evolution has begun. Looking to the past should give us lessons, but not a design for our future. Hindsight, you see, is indeed 2020, and if we take the lessons of this year and use them to see our future more clearly we will have made our most difficult year also our most important one.
Michael DeVellis
Editor, On Makeup Magazine

PROFILE: NICKI LEDERMANN

Where were you born?
In the Bavarian Alps and grew up outside of Munich Germany, in a town called Ebersberg.

Where do you live now?
Brooklyn. I have been a NY resident for 30 years.

What’s your sign?
I am your typical Capricorn: stubborn, hardworking, very loyal.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
My first love was music. I wanted to become an opera singer when I was little. I went to Munich’s High School of Music and Art. Then I wanted to be Continue reading

PROFILE: ALEXX MAYO

Where were you born?
In the land of enchantment, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Where do you live now?
Los Angeles, Hollywood to be exact.

What’s your sign?
I am a true Taurus!

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Well, when I was younger I had a very strong interest in marine biology, I loved knowing there was a whole world under water that was different than ours. I was drawn to different colors of sea life.

How did that transpose into a working in makeup?
Having an interest in marine biology sparked creating paintings and drawings of Continue reading

IN MEMORIAM: ELLIS FAAS

Ellis Faas

Words James Vincent 

Few people and even fewer artists have made such an impact on this beauty industry as Ellis Faas. Bold shapes, broad strokes, unexpected color choices, interesting placement and shape and unforgettable color and texture choices were as much a part of her makeup and photographs as was flawless skin. With a passion for pushing the boundaries of beauty and a humility that belies her accomplishments, Ellis was an artist’s artist. The news of her death left many artists, including myself, sharing stories about Ellis’ influence and impact on their art and career.
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PROFILE: RAISA FLOWERS

We are excited to share this interview with one of The Powder Group’s, The Artist Summit 2019 presenter Raisa Flowers! We are inspired by the colorful, creative artist of Raisa, who gave us an insight into how she got her start in the beauty industry, what she considers her most memorable work, challenges, signature style and much more. Check out the full interview below and get more information on the 2019 Artist Summit at www.theartistsummit.com

Where were you born?
Mt. Vernon, NY

Where do you live now?
I still live in Mt. Vernon actually! I have lived in Brooklyn at some points of my life, but honestly with the quality of home I want to have, my space has to be to a high standard. Where I live is so chill. It’s just the vibe that I am on. But hopefully I will be in Harlem or back in Brooklyn again soon.

What’s your sign?
I am an Aquarius. The best sign ever 🙂

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an artist, but I was told it wasn’t realistic. They were wrong. Then I wanted to be a doctor, a chef and a fashion designer! I had big dreams when I was younger, and still do.

How did that transpose into makeup artistry?
Makeup gave me the ability to express myself in many ways. Especially after being told Continue reading

PROFILE: AGA RHODES

When was the first time you realized you wanted to be a makeup artist?
I have always been creative and attended art school in Poland, my home country. However, makeup back then was not one of my stronger attributes. But, after some life changing events and being in need of a job, I started dabbling in makeup. I figured it was pretty close to art – same colors, brushes, color theory, just like oil paints (which is my favorite medium). Figured it couldn’t be so different. I had no idea what I was doing, but here I am 20 years later still doing makeup. I guess it worked out.

What is your main area of work/artistry?
My main area of work is beauty, everything from red carpet, luxury bridal, editorial, fashion, commercial and advertising. I have done a few movies, and it’s amazing to see your name in the credits on big screen, but I much rather the beauty side of the industry.

What is the best part of living in Chicago as a makeup artist?
My family first moved to Chicago in the 1980s from Poland, because it has the largest Polish community outside of Warsaw. I love that Chicago is such a melting pot of everything, that whatever area of the artistry you choose, there is a market for it. The Midwest in general, has a big bridal industry, that there isn’t a wedding season, but rather it’s year-round.

What was your first memorable work as an artist?
That’s a tough one. For me I operate on a very emotional level when I think back on my work. There are so many, like when I got to do makeup for Joan Jett, one of my idols since I was a teenager and I couldn’t believe I was doing her makeup. Another moment was when I saw my work blown up on a stage for NAHA (North American Hairstylist Awards) and knowing that the printed images that came out of that shoot would be seen worldwide. It’s so humbling.

How did you know that the makeup artist industry was where you wanted to be? 
I know exactly when it happened and again, it’s all about an emotional feeling for me. It was 2013 and I won a trip to The Makeup Show in NYC. Back then I was a comfortable makeup artist with books full of clients at various prestigious salons but, felt like Continue reading

PROFILE: NICK BAROSE

Do you have a signature style?
People always say I do very natural looking skin. Then I add fun eyes and lips to keep it interesting and a bit more dramatic. Skin is important to me especially on red carpet. I don’t want my clients to ever look phony or too made up.

What’s coming next in makeup artistry?
I hope it goes back to real talent and things that matter. Less self promotion. More art and more fun as opposed to the same one-note beauty all the time.

What should someone who is looking to develop a career in makeup know before getting into the business?
Be really good at your craft. Assist good people that do more than just celebrities and put selfies on Instagram. Be versatile and when you’re new, try to learn as much as you can and don’t worry about getting a lot of exposure yet. In my humble opinion, a lot of new artists today worry too much about becoming visible when their skills are not ready yet.

What type of work do you find most satisfying?
I really enjoy working in different genres. I just wrapped a fun editorial with Harpers Bazaar, with fine art photographer Laurie Simmons, where I Continue reading

ON SET: PATTY BUNCH + WILL & GRACE

The final episode of Will & Grace aired in 2006. What is it like to reunite on a show after more than 10 years?
Truth be told, I was retired and they dusted me off and brought me back just for this! I was the department head and did Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes and Eric McCormack
so it’s really great to be back and see my friends again. We’ve got over half the crew back. Director, James Burrows is back and most of our writers are back. We have a few new, young writers that add a lot of spice to the scripts. Everybody is thrilled to be on board. Between the writing team and acting team, they were born to do this show. They’ve all gone on to do other amazing things, but if you circle back around, Will & Grace is still their greatest accomplishment. For us, as well — the makeup and hair team. When you’re working on a project that is so strong, you up your game. You do it with passion. Everybody encourages you to do better and be better. And you want to be better.

Have there been any changes to the makeup and hair team for the revival?
Karen Kawahara who used to do Debra Messing is on Veep, so we have the fabulous Julie Hewett now. Luke O’Connor and Tim Burke are back for hair. Renee Vaca has joined them. She is a wigmaster and she’s really great. Farah Bunch is back, so you have Mama Bunch and Baby Bunch.

When did Farah join the show?
Farah came in on our second season of Will & Grace and it was cast-chosen. She was doing a sitcom next door to us and she would come over and visit. At that time, Continue reading

PROFILE: COLLIER STRONG

Where were you born?
St. Petersburg, FL

Where do you live now?
Los Angeles

What’s your sign?
Libra

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Rich! I never again wanted to feel the shame I felt growing up poor. Fortunately I found out early on I was really good at something I truly loved and was able to make a decent living at.

How did that transpose into a career in makeup?
I started out as a hairdresser. I grew up working in Continue reading

PROFILE: VLADA HAGGERTY + SMASHBOX COSMETICS

On Makeup Magazine had the pleasure of sitting down with Vlada Haggerty, a Los Angeles based makeup artist and beauty innovator. Vlada has made her mark in the beauty world with her exquisite and instantly recognizable lip-art (as seen and hugely popular on Instagram @vladamua). Newly appointed as the Lip Editor-in-Chief with Smashbox Cosmetics, Vlada had the opportunity to collaborate on the two new liquid lip collections, Be Legendary Liquid Metals and Be Legendary Liquid Pigments. Using the new collections, she worked with Smashbox to create beautifully intricate lip-art to promote the new collections, with looks that include her signature glossy lip drips. So what exactly does the role of Lip Editor-in-Chief entail? Check out our interview with Vlada below for details on her role and the upcoming Lip Art World Tour. Continue reading