Interview with Michelle, Sephora Make Up Artist

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!

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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. :)