PROFILE: SHARON MARTIN

Where were you born?
I was born in Jamaica.

Where do you live now?
London, England.

What’s your sign?
I was born under the sign of Sagittarius.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was younger, I did want to be a makeup artist. I am not from the background where this was seen as a good job in my family. There was no career advice available to me at the time, but I loved reading magazines and looking at the models. When
I saw a makeup artist at work on a photo shoot one day as I was making my way home from secondary school, the image of seeing the makeup artist with a large palette applying lipstick to the model was very exciting, and brought to life the pictures I
had seen in my mother’s fashion magazines.

How did that transpose into a working in makeup?
I started out working in the theatre, and later transferred to television and films. Following my training, I was a trainee in the theatre. My first project was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the star was Jason Donovan. My duties were to Continue reading

PROFILE: ALEX BOX

Where were you born?
Grimsby, UK.

Where do you live now?
The Cotswolds.

What’s your sign?
Cancer.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Archeologist, hairdresser, magician; it changed daily.

How did that transpose into a working with makeup?
As a fine artist, I began exhibiting in the ‘90s. I explored body and environment using material aesthetics of makeup and prosthetics in my practice, much like Mathew Barney or Cindy Sherman. I was asked by a fashion designer to collaborate on Continue reading

WELCOME SPRING 2021


Welcome

Well, here we are, more than a year into a pandemic
that has changed us forever in so many ways.

Through all of the challenges and all of the loss of the
past year, I know that there were many things that came
to light for me, my business, and for our industry, that
shifted and evolved us for the better.

Personally, my energy has been wide open to the lessons
to be learned during this time. I know they have left an
impression on me, and I hope they left one on all of us.
I am grateful beyond words for the support of our
community during this time — and grateful for the privilege
of being able support this community and our industry
right back.

I am grateful for the moments of hope we have given
each other and I am in awe of the way we came together
to support one another when times were their most
challenging.

I am grateful, and ready, for what comes next. I am
anxious to get to work on moving forward in whatever
new ways of working and engaging that will mean. I am
here for the commitment to do what needs to be done
and to help to build a stonger industry in the process.

As we begin to move forward into whatever will become
our next normal — know that I am here, The Powder Group
and On Makeup Magazine are here, and our TPG
community of artists and brands are here — planted
steadfastly by each others side.

We are here, for the long term, with support and
inspiration and dreams of an amazing today and of an
incredible tomorrow. Welcome back.

Michael DeVellis
Editor, On Makeup Magazine

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