What first inspired you to become a makeup artist?
I started doing body painting when I was 15 and then makeup when I was 19. So body paint came first. I spent 5 years in an art school when I was a teenager, and this sparked my interest in makeup. I always loved mixing colors and working with contrast colors and themes. In the very beginning I thought of makeup gigs as side jobs, not as a full time vocation. But then I realized the full creative potential of makeup!
How would you describe your creative style that separates you from other artists?
I create a puzzle out of human bodies. When you see a photo of my work, you might think ”Wait, what is it? Let me see!” – I always pursue this point. Also, I’m really into melding fashion and beauty into more avant-garde forms of body painting. In my opinion, body painting should look beautiful, tasteful, and intriguing to the viewer.
How do you see airbrush makeup versus traditional makeup?
Using airbrush gives you much more freedom. It saves time, especially if you need to cover the body completely. Creating smooth transition from one color to another is so simple. When you have all these benefits at your disposal – why would you want anything less?
Do you have any tips and tricks on airbrushing you would like to share?
Keep your airbrush clean! Always! Clean the tool right away after using it, and don’t allow the paint inside of your gun get dry. Also, when body painting, you want to follow curves of the body while airbrushing for a fluid, beautiful finish.
In your professional career, what work are you most proud of?
I have done many interesting projects and it’s hard to choose just one! One of my favorites is an ad campaign I did for Aizone, my longtime client. It was our first collaboration when I worked under the creative direction of the extremely talented and creative Jessica Walsh and Stephan Sagmeister. I utilized a black and white color story, painting models covered with checker boards, stripes and zebra patterns. Another project that is dear to me - a story for Cosmopolitan China. My assistants and I traveled to Beijing to body paint 5 top Chinese models.
Where do you find your beauty inspiration?
Textures and colors are very inspiring. Nature in all of its forms inspires me as well.
What do you foresee as the next hot makeup trend for the upcoming Autumn/Winter 2015 season?
I think we will see some metallic makeup on the model’s faces this season. I really like this trend and have a lot of ideas on how to incorporate it into my work.
What are some TEMPTU products that you can’t live without?
I can’t live without Dura paint. Seriously! I always use Dura for my body paintings, always. Also, I’m a huge fan of the Temptu AIRpod makeup. It’s just genius – fast, easy and light weighted.
Is there anything that you would like to add for our Pro community?
Airbrushing is the perfect medium to express anything you can dream up, and turn that dream into a reality!