What has been the highlight of your career so far?
There are actually two major highlights in my career so far. The first is to be offered a teaching position at North America’s premier Makeup/Design School Blanche Macdonald Centre where I am able to share my techniques and experiences. Following that is my representation by Canada’s top artist agency Judy Inc. I am represented for Makeup+Hair and Product+Off Figure Styling.
What are your all time favourite beauty products?
I have to confess I am a makeup junkie, I am sure many makeup enthusiasts can agree with me that you can NEVER have too much makeup. Over the years I have tried numerous products and those that I restocked over and over again have become my kit favourites. I often post and talk about my current and new finds on my social media such as Twitter and Instagram.
Here are 5 products that I am in love with at the moment and the reason behind it.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution – Gently cleanses and tones your skin, perfect product to start off your makeup regime.
Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen – Eliminates dark eye circles and fine lines in seconds! Must-have for every women to industry artists.
Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette – 5 shades work perfectly together to help you conceal any imperfections! Available in various palettes depending on your skin tone. Buildable from sheer to full coverage.
M.A.C Chromagraphic Pencils – These extremely pigmented pencils are a dream come true for makeup artists. Use alone or underneath eyeshadow as a base. Can be mixed together to achieve a spectrum of colors.
TREsemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray – I often need to create hairstyles that last all day on set. This is my go-to spray to set the finished style. Long lasting body and bounce!
What was your very first photoshoot like?
Nerve wrecking. Very first photoshoot was actually my makeup fundamental’s final exam back in 2005 while I was attending Blanche Macdonald Centre’s Freelance Makeup Artist Program. Thanks to my instructor at the time, Jon Hennessey, his encouragements and support have brought me to where I am today. He is definitely a source of inspiration for me, and you can see his work at www.nobasura.com/jon-hennessey.
What is your all time favourite beauty campaign?
I would have to say my all time favorite beauty campaign is one of my works for Vancouver based beauty emporium, CurliQue. At the time the movie Black Swan was the most talked about film and I was very much inspired by the movie visuals and the trailer. I didn’t get the chance to watch the movie when I created the look but my vision of the “Black Swan” has a more glamorous touch. The images were used as a wall wrap that completely covered the exterior of the beauty emporium while it was under construction.
In hindsight if you could tell your younger MUA self one thing what would it be?
Growing up my career goal changed from one thing to another. Started off wanting to be a pianist as a little kid, an artist in my teens, a fashion designer in my early adulthood and soon after a makeup artist. Although my career goals have changed over time, my interests with all these subjects remained as strong as the first day I made a go at them.
I was often told that one can’t be good at everything, you must focus on one subject and be an expert on it. I disagree as I believe if one is inspired and passionate about something, the sky is the limit as to what he/she can achieve. I’ve always believed in this and this is what I would remind my younger MUA self… Do what you feel is right. Gut instinct right?
This year the sponge had a rebirth with the beauty blenders – what is your take? Do you use them or are you a brushes all the way MUA?
The Beauty Blender is an excellent tool for creating flawless and natural looking skin. I have them in my kit at all times and I am absolutely in love with them!
Glitter – hell yes or hell no?
Lol hell yes! That’s if it’s done right of course.
Whilst in the studio – what music are you loving?
I have a large collection of music on my phone. Depending on my mood and what project I am working on I often browse through my library to find tunes that match the inspirations. Lately I’ve been listening to albums “Innocents” by Moby and “Pure Heroine” by Lorde.
If you could key one makeup show – which designer/brand would be your choice?
Alexander McQueen. The shows are always surreal and magical. I really appreciate the master craftsmanship and attention to details.
What’s an average working day like for you?
That would depend on what I am doing. I love the fact that I make my own schedule and since I do different types of work my days are almost never the same. One thing that doesn’t change from my day to day schedule is my time dedicated to health and fitness. I allot 1.5hrs, 6 days a week to the gym as I strongly believe leading an active lifestyle improves your personal well-being. Being active also takes away stress and prevents muscle ache from a long day of work.
Words: Tabby Casto