Q&A



Please describe yourself in three words:
Hard-working, impulsive and trustworthy.
Where are you from?
I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Valley.
Where did you go to school?
I went to school at studio makeup academy and graduated in 1998.
Where are you based?
I’m based in Los Angeles.
What was your first experience into the industry that you currently work in? What was memorable about it?
After high school, I worked at MAC for about 3 years. It was a great learning experience to work with women and men of all ages and skin tones. While I worked at MAC, I assisted on music videos and commercials part-time. I did that for about a few months. It was hard to juggle both a retail job as well as a freelance job. So I took a risk and quit my job at the counter and started freelancing full time.
Did you apprentice or intern anywhere?
I assisted makeup artists  Paul Starr, Jeanne Lobell, Frank B., Pati Dubroff and Stephan Marais.
What was your big break?
My first Harper’s Bazaar cover in 2006 was Britney Spears as a brunette and she was pregnant with her second child. I’d worked with Britney a few times in the past but mostly as an assistant. When it came time to book hair and makeup for this shoot she remembered me and requested that I be hired. It was an amazing opportunity and turned out to be a pretty iconic magazine cover.
What do you love most about your job? Why is it suited for you?
I love working with new clients, collaborating  with new and creative  artists and traveling. I like variety and change and my job allows me to never get bored.
Best beauty advice you ever got?
Start using an eye cream and sunblock in your pre-teen years.
Do you ever get starstruck?
Yes, usually from athletes and chefs.
What was your first job?
My first job I landed on my own was a Bone Thugs N Harmony music video.
When did you know you made it?
I feel humbled when my peers (other makeup and hair peeps) compliment me on my work.
What was your most stressful moment?
Probably being stuck in traffic, on my way to getting a client ready for the Golden Globes. Or when my flight is cancelled and I have be there to work the next day.
Who is your ultimate style icon?
Diane Kruger. She always looks chic and beautiful without trying too hard.
What's your favorite look you've ever created?
One of my favorite shoots was with Mia Wasikowska for Blackbook. It was inspired by Twiggy.
Who are some clients, celebrities, publications you have worked with in the past?
Blackbook, Vogue, Flaunt, Bazaar, Marie Claire, Glamour, In Style, Bullett, Vanity Fair, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Chloe Moretz, Ashley Benson, Amber Heard, Kristen Stewart, Ginnifer Goodwin.
What inspires you? Why?
I’m inspired by everything that surrounds me-art, travel, photography, fashion, film/TV, furniture, FOOD, nature, love and friends. I can find beauty and influence through all those things. They help my creative juices flow.
What song, movie or editorial inspires you?
I love Wong Kar Wai’s movies. His new film “The Grandmaster” was so beautiful and mesmerizing.
Which 90's supermodel inspired/inspires you most?
Cindy Crawford was my favorite! I had her workout tapes and was obsessed with her. I watched everything she was in-House of Style, Pepsi commercials, music videos, etc. She is still flawless.
Please recommend one interesting or inspiring beauty blog, Instagram persona, magazine or site.
I love the blog fashiongonerogue. It posts all the most recent ads and editorials from many fashion magazines. Plus it credits the photographer and model as well.
How would you describe your personal signature makeup style?
I would say my signature makeup style always includes good skin and a polished eye.  I want my clients to feel and look beautiful without transforming them too much.
What are some of your personal and career highlights so far?
I love being able to work with so many different creative people. Whether they are photographers, hair stylists, fashion stylists, musicians or actresses. I love my job and being able to collaborate to make beautiful pictures and art. Every day that I continue to work in this industry is the greatest accomplishment for me. Most recently Scarlett Johansson for Vogue Latin America, Reese Witherspoon for the Oscars and Jessica Chastain for the Oscars.
What are the beauty products you can't live without?
My beautyblender sponge, Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream, YSL powder, Laura Mercier brow pencils and Marc Jacobs Eye Pencils.
What's your desert island essential?
La Prarie Anti-Aging Eye and Lip Perfection-it has a lip balm and an eye cream!
Which item or items would be found in your dream closet?
Alaia, Saint Laurent, McQueen, Margiela and Stella McCartney.
Please recommend one budget-friendly beauty product that every woman can benefit from?
Mentadent whitening toothpaste works really well. I think every woman will benefit from a whiter smile. Whiter teeth looks healthy and young, who wouldn’t want that?
Name one beauty product every woman should get for the spring.
A bright lipstick. Either in hot pink, bright coral or fuchsia red. If these colors intimidate you, wear a tinted balm or lip gloss instead.
What is your favorite summer dish?
Sangria-red or white, I don’t discriminate:)
What is one summer trend you’ll be happy to see the last of?
Probably over bronzed skin. A little golden glow is nice, but becoming an oompa loompa is not cute.
What is your number one summer beauty tip?
Wear less foundation. You’ll end up sweating it off. Opt for a tinted moisturizer instead.
What is your ideal end-of-summer vacation spot?
Vietnam-it’s perfect any time of year.
What trend are you looking forward to adopting this fall?
Menswear and punk. I love plaids, cut-outs and different textures. Oversized coats and heavy wool are perfect for layering for Fall.
What makeup tricks do you recommend to brighten your face during winter months?
**I love wearing a bright lip to help liven up the face during winter months. Many women are not used to wearing a bright color (hot pink, fuchsia, orange) on their lips, so it may look “strange” to them. It’s just because they’re not used to seeing themselves with such bold color on their mouths. There are so many different textures and finishes to lipsticks and glosses these days, so if you’re unsure about this trend, try wearing a sheer lipstick or gloss. But if you want to jump in, I recommend wearing this in a matte or semi-matte finish. Also, try toning down the eye makeup when wearing a bright lip. Stick to liner and mascara.

-Product recs:Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Lip Pencil in Zinfandel, NARS Semi-matte lipstick in Schiap, Dolce & Gabbana Lipgloss Intense Lip Colour in Secret 136 and YSL Rouge Pur Couture SPF 15 in 19 Fuchsia.

**I also like the idea of wearing a luminizer on the face to add dimension and glow to the skin. I love using a cream/liquid highlighter down the bridge of the nose, the inside corners of the eyes and above the cheekbones. Sometimes on the brow bone (depending if it is prominent, if it is, skip this area). The luminizer will help create a subtle glow. Remember less is more, so avoid using too much. Also find a luminizer that doesn’t have too much sparkle or glitter. The goal is to find one with a nice sheen. That’s why I prefer to use a cream or liquid over a powder because it can melt into the skin. I find the powder ones can go on a little heavier and sit on top of the skin.

-Product Recs:Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Sunlight or Champagne, Benefit Highbeam and NARS Illuminator in Copacabana

**I’m a fan of flushed cheeks. Winter is the perfect time to wear this look because it adds a healthy color to the face. Focus on applying the color on the apples of the cheeks.

-Product Recs: Tarte Cheek Stain in True Love, Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Pink and Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 72 Rose Initial

**Skin may get really dry during the winter months. So go heavier on the moisturizer, remember to exfoliate and you may want to add an oil to moisturizer for extra hydration (at least at night).

-Product Recs: Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, Kate Somerville Exfolikate and Koh Gen Do Oriental Plants Emollient Cream

**To get skin looking brighter, try Vitamin C for the face. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that will brighten the skin and diminish fine lines and spots. It’s a gentle alternative compared to a harsh retinol.

-Product Recs: Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Serum and Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder.

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