Working as a makeup artist at a popular beauty counter in a large mall means I’m usually busy helping women find the right products and providing application tips and tutorials. I’ve been a makeup artist for almost three years and my clientele is largely in their 20s and early 30s, with the occasional older woman. To be successful, I have to specialize in a little bit of everything—from minimal makeup and glowing skin to the full-face “Kim Kardashian” look (one of the most requested party faces).
Clients usually know what they want when they come to the counter. My job is to fulfill their vision, but make it work for their features. Recently, I’ve had a lot of requests for the perfect “winged eye” (my secret is a gel liner and angled brush) or a red, matte lip. Older clients typically want to “look like themselves but better.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"