“I’m a model and I have a fashion blog called ‘Natalie Off Duty.’ I started modeling when I was fifteen and created my blog three years after. It’s about what I do when I’m not modeling, so ‘Natalie Off Duty’ was kind of the perfect name. My sister has a blog called ‘Color Me Nana‘ and she didn’t want to be on it, so she started using photos of me. I got exposed to other blogs and thought they were really fun, so I just started my own. I’ve been working with Volcom for about two years now and have been their campaign model since spring of 2011. Now we are collaborating for fall and holiday designs, so there will be a bunch of great stuff out as ‘Natalie Suarez for Volcom’ this June.”
I caught up with makeup artist Michelle Rainer in Paris for a chocolat chaud — and to find out more about how her lifelong love affair with beauty began.
“My interest in makeup goes back to my childhood. I grew up in Vienna, which is a very colorful, beautiful city with lots of art; inspiration was always around me. My aunt had a makeup shop near my school and I spent the afternoons in there, from when I was ten years old and on. I always had a natural eye for color and I can tell the difference between slight variations…. For me, the [beauty] universe was always familiar and later on, it would become a job. The most exciting aspect for me has always been fashion, and with the fashion goes the makeup… Whether I am working for a magazine or a show. It is all so interconnected. If we promote red on the eye in a fashion show, we also use red on the eye in a beauty story later on. In the end, it is the fashion that gives the direction for the beauty. If there is a lot of blue on the catwalk, there will be blue nail polish out next season. It was not so interesting for me to become a fashion designer or a clothes maker — so I design faces.”
“I was born and raised in Switzerland and came to New York to study graphic design at SVA and then graduated and worked at The New York Times as an Art Director, and then at a brand engagement firm. Creative freedom is the most interesting to me… If you have a project where you can go nuts and use your judgment, then it’s amazing. I do different side projects that are a good balance to my everyday work; I’ll take on pretty much anything that’s fun. I did a t-shirt and jewelry line for OBEY recently, and that was great.”