Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

Temptalia recently interviewed Sephora makeup artist Michelle (age 23), who has worked as a makeup artist for the past three years.  She has not had any beauty-related education, other than her training from Sephora.

Temptalia: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
Michelle: That women come in with a bias – such as age vs. makeup – older women can’t wear shimmer, no black liner… etc. And other artists perpetuate these rumors!

Temptalia: What’s in your makeup bag right now?
Michelle: Goodness – At least three different lippies from Sephora – a beigey gold sheer, a red sheer, and a coral gold, pressed white powder (Stila) Sue Devitt Black Widow mascara (love!), MUFE #2 blush, NARS Orgasm blush, Fresh lipbalm, and blotting papers from Boscia.

Temptalia: What does your 10-minute look consist of?
Michelle: A multi purpose concealer (generally I use the pallettes from MUFE, so much in one!) a cream to powder foundation (Benefit makes a great one), Undressed Beige cream shadow from Dior all over lid, Zero pencil from Urban Decay lined and smudged slightly, a bit of matter bronzer all over and in the brows a bit, a volumizing mascara (Sue Devitt) and a little Orgasm on my cheeks and center of lips. I top off with a little of the sheer red lipstick from Sephora Brand and I am done!

You can see the rest of our interview,

Temptalia: When did you first fall in love with makeup?
Michelle: About 5 years ago, when I saw my first Galliano runway show… lovely.

Temptalia: Where do you find your inspiration?
Michelle: Honestly, drag queens. :)

Temptalia: What’s your favorite way to achieve the perfect natural look?
Michelle: Clean lines, soft matte color, even skin, and kept BROWS!

Temptalia: What feature do you love to accentuate?
Michelle: The eyes, they are the windows to the soul.

Temptalia: Do you love working any specific brands or lines?
Michelle: I loooove Nars, Trish McEvoy, MAC Pro, and Make Up Forever!

Temptalia: What are three important skills required to be a makeup artist?
Michelle: Patience, a steady hand, and the comprehension of a person’s comfort zone. :)

Temptalia: Could you share your three beauty tips you could not live without?
Michelle: 1.) Do eyes first, so any fall out won’t ruin your concealer. 2.) Great brushes will last a long time, and will give you better benefit from even the cheapest makeup. 3.) Understand and be willing to bend your own rules once in a while. :)

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4 thoughts on “Interview with Michelle, Sephora Make Up Artist

  1. Tanya

    OH OH OH OH OH I just ADORE drag queen make-up :) They do such amazing work and despite having 50 bazillion layers of make-up on they just look sooooo stylish, colorful, and totally glam. Born girls could never get away with wearing drag queen make-up, its just too fab for us born girls :(

  2. Amanda

    Seems like this chick really knows her stuff! :)

    I have been so fortunate to have had a make over with Michelle. She’s the best EVER! Thanks to her, my beautiful baby blues just pop out, she tought me so much about EYE makeup and how important it is.


  3. Brittany

    oh wow i love to watch RuPauls Drag Race.. and i just abosolutely love how they do thier make up and I have loved make up ever since i started cheerleading 8 years ago…… <3 =)

  4. Alicia Lewis

    Where and how did you get your training. Im am a student at a beauty school and would like to become a make-up artist. Thank you for your help .